Exceptional Founders and Funders: Nature Versus Nurture


August 16


09:00 am - 10:30 am

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Wharton Alumnae Founders and Funders Association

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Better than Wordle – come discover the five-letter word which is the secret to entrepreneurial success.

Jory will share his journey, scratches and scars – what worked and what didn’t? Why this matters. Learn what role “Exceptional Leadership” plays in entrepreneurial success for Founders, Funders and Friends. Most importantly, discover the five-letter secret to ultimate success.

Founders and Funders have many visions of success, some dream of small boutiques to meet local needs, some to improve major social issues (climate change, civil rights/gender equality, famine, healthcare, etc.), while some want to be the next “Unicorn.” It doesn’t matter the size of the dream, there are some essential components for goal achievement.

You will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is it all businesses do all the time?
  • What can we learn from a “rocking chair?”
  • Do the “rules/best practices” change at different stages of growth?
  • Which companies thrive better: functional or dysfunctional?
  • Is it better to bring on teammates who share the same skills and view, or to select those who are different?
  • Is it better to lean in or lean out?
  • How your first success impacts future success?
  • How to be an exceptional leader – born or made?


Jory Schwach is a serial entrepreneur based in New York City. He is the Founder & CEO of Andium, an impact-based venture backed Enterprise Internet of Things ecosystem. Andium develops reporting technology for sustainability management of energy assets working with international energy conglomerates, such as BP and Chevron, to manage their operations in cleaner, safer and more advanced ways.

Jory also founded Solar GPS company GlobalRim and later co-founded MeshMe, a distributed communications mobile app profiled in MIT Technology Review and Bloomberg Businessweek. Jory is on the advisory board of Pison Stream Solutions and Cela. Jory worked on M&A technology transactions, is a published academic and an expert in applied machine vision and networking optimization technologies. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.




The Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to accelerate the success of Penn Wharton female founders and investors. Today, 13% of Penn founders are women but they raise just 6% of venture capital. WAFFA harnesses the power of the Penn Wharton network to educate, support, and foster connections for female founders and funders.