Career Seminars

 The “How to Optimize Your Career” Series is a designed set of three distinct seminars, each covering different content and aspects of effective short and longer-term career management (session content detail provided below). The series is offered by the Wharton Club only twice each year and is designed specifically for business professionals wanting to build towards, acquire, and ultimately retain C-Suite roles and achieve greater career success as exhibited through stronger career advancement, enhanced job satisfaction, and greater life time earnings.  Seminars listed below (see calendar for specific dates):

Session 1 – Effective Market Positioning
• The Importance of Being Proactive and What this Means
• The Impact of Market Supply & Demand on Your Career
• How to Create a Compelling Resume!
• What Employers Are Seeking Today

Session 2 – Proactive Career Management
• How Attractive is Your Background? (EPAM Self-Diagnostic)
• Should You Stay or Should You Go?
• Industry Transitions – When and how to do so successfully
• How to Select Your Best Next Role

Session 3 – Successful Job Transitions
• An Inside Look at the Executive Search Process
• Crushing Your Interview!
• Compensation Savvy
• How to Get a Great Start in Your New Role

TIME: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Pre-session reception and networking
          6:00 - 8:00 pm Seminar Session

Penn Club members and their guests: $40/person
Non-Penn Club members: $55/person


This highly acclaimed seminar series is led and designed by Chris Nadherny (WG ’79). During his 30 years as a Consultant and Partner with Spencer Stuart, a leading global executive search firm, Chris conducted over 700 search assignments for a range of public companies, midcap firms, and private equity portfolio businesses. He has formally interviewed, assessed and tracked the careers of literally thousands of senior executives. He brings a unique understanding of how successful careers are navigated and formed. He is the author of a recently published book, “THE PROACTIVE EXECUTIVE: A C-Suite Recruiter’s 5-Step Plan for Achieving Greater Career Success”.


1)“The Chicago Wharton Club’s ‘How to Optimize Your Career’ seminar is a practical and professionally game-changing series regarding effective career management from A to Z.  Rather than presenting packaged ‘how to’s’ and anecdotes that are quickly forgotten, the program encourages rigorous self-examination about how effectively you are navigating, or inadvertently mismanaging your career.  Through a Socratic give and take and a well thought out approach the program series provides a needed framework for achieving greater career success, satisfaction and earnings potential.”  ~ Dave D.

2)“I highly recommend the Wharton Chicago Club’s workshop on career optimization.  The workshop provides a unique depth of understanding and experience to drive value for participants. The workshop is very well prepared and thoughtful.  I have benefited tremendously from the program’s thoughts and feedback on career planning.” ~ Vivek I.

3)“I recently attended the ‘How to Optimize Your Career’ workshop and am so glad I did.  It was an extremely valuable experience that refreshed my thinking about effective and proactive career management. In particular, information about the impact of supply and demand for talent on your career provided me a more complete appreciation for my current situation.  I truly appreciate the coaching, the assessment tools, and all the great tips the instructor. I highly recommend the seminar series to those who are interested in optimizing their professional success, satisfaction and rewards.” ~ Patricia T.

4)The Wharton Chicago Club’s Career Seminar Series is a master class in the truths and hard realities of career management…something that we are not taught in school. No matter the stage of your career, it is well worth your time to reflect on your accomplishments, strengths and weaknesses as you apply the program’s principles to your resume, current job, and broader career. The seminar series provided essential strategies and tools for staying relevant and attractive in today’s competitive and swiftly changing marketplace ~ Suzanne G.

5)“The time committed and cost of attending Wharton Chicago Club’s ‘Optimizing Your Career’ Seminar Series was one of the best personal investments I’ve made in my career since leaving business school many years ago. Your career is one of the greatest assets you have and should be thoughtfully cultivated throughout your adult life.  However, the reality is that you tend to focus on your career only at those times when you want or need to make a change.  At that point, you realize that you haven’t managed this critical asset as well as you could have.  This seminar provides invaluable insights and tools you need to be the master of your destiny.  I only wish that I’d gone through this program much earlier in my career!” ~ Dave B.