The Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA) is a a 501c3 non-profit alumni club on a mission to accelerate the success of Penn + Wharton female founders and funders.
We founded this community after learning that women make up over 50% of the Penn student body, but only 13% of Penn founders are women, and they raise just 6% of venture dollars. We think that we can do better as an alumni community and within the ecosystem at large.We aim to accelerate the success of female founders and funders by amplifying your voices, growing your networks and providing inspiration.
We amplify the voices of our founders and funders by profile founders and funders in our spotlight series and share these stories across social media.
We connect Penn and Wharton women through virtual and live social events, introductions, and our slack community
We provide inspiration through hosting educational speaker events. Our speakers have ranged from Tina Sharkey (Brandless), Dean Erika James (Wharton), Judith Rodin (UPenn & Rockefeller Foundation), Andy Rachleff (Wealthfront & Benchmark Capital), Steve Blank, and Iris Choi (Floodgate), just to name a few.
Fasted growing club. 5000+ members in 3 years.
Have hosted over 60+ live and virtual events.
How Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders (WAFFA) Came to Be
Alice Zhang and Jarah Euston shared a surprising, but all too common, experience while attending a large San Francisco angel investment conference in 2018. At that point, the startup world appeared to be on the cusp of change. Groups like All Raise and Women Who Tech had been carving out inroads for women and driving awareness around the need for systems of support for female-founded startups.
VP, Community Development
VP – Founder & Funder Outreach
VP – Programming
VP – Public Relations
Neda Talebian Funk
VP – Communications
VP – Social Media
Gail Gilbert Ball
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