Meet the Experts

Meet the Experts Webinar Series 2021-2022

Learning has always been the fundamental objective of the Wharton Global High School Investment Competition. We are excited to provide our competitors with additional opportunities to explore business and finance beyond the actual strategizing, analyzing and stock market engagement.

Meet the Experts is a series of video conversations featuring finance and business experts who are often connected to the Wharton School in some way. While these interviews — created specifically for the Investment Competition — are not designed to give student teams a competitive advantage, they are a great way to learn from today’s professionals about emerging and thought-provoking finance themes, like gender-lens investing, fintech, global markets, and more.

Complement all your great learning from the competition by joining us live or on-demand for a Meet the Experts conversation. If you join us live, you’ll get the chance to ask questions during the Q&A portion of the discussion. Access to the live webinars is exclusively available to competing students and advisors. Student team leaders and teacher-advisors are encouraged to build these learning opportunities into your competition experience and use the webinars as a way to invite industry leaders virtually into the classroom.

Participation in the Meet the Experts webinars is not a competition requirement.

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Watch this year’s series below:

Collin Roberts

Senior, Maclay School, 2020 Global Investment Competition Co-Champion

Madeleine Roberts

Sophomore, University of Chicago, 2020 Global Investment Competition Co-Champion

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Title: Lessons from the Investment Competition and Applying Your New Knowledge to Life After High School

Collin and Madeleine's Full Bios

Collin Roberts is a senior at Maclay School in Tallahassee, Florida, where he co-founded the school’s investment club his freshman year. He enjoys participating in business and ethics case competitions, as well as public forum debate. Collin has been named a Coolidge Senator by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, an honor given to the top 100 seniors who are committed to public policy, uncommon academic depth, and service to others. He has been interviewed by The New York Times for his opinions about youth investing and continues to pursue ways to engage his peers in financial literacy.

Collin competed in the Wharton Global High School Investment Competition for two years, and both years his team placed at the global level. In his second year, Collin served as team captain and guided the team to a co-first-place finish globally and first place in Region 3 (North America).  His areas of interest are innovative strategy development and the research and analysis of stocks.

Madeleine Roberts is a second year at the University of Chicago pursuing a double major in quantum engineering and physics with a minor in creative writing. She has published research on modern monetary theory and is currently focused on applications of quantum cryptography as well as developing experimental optics that use quantum imaging to view individual biomolecules. Madeleine is also exploring ways of bringing quantum technologies to the commercial market. She enjoys cycling and swimming and recently competed in the Chicago Triathlon.

Madeleine is a two-year participant in the Wharton Global High School Investment Competition, finishing both years as a global finalist. Under her leadership as team captain the first year of competition, her team finished in 2nd place in Region 3 (North America) and 3rd place at the global finals. In her second year, she contributed core creative ideas that helped secure a first-place global finish and first place in Region 3. Her special area of interest during the competition focused on using creativity and innovation to highlight the team’s strategy, both in written reports and in-person presentations to judges.

Katherine Klein

Professor of Management, the Wharton School, Vice-Dean, Wharton Social Impact Initiative
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Title: Sustainable Investing

Katherine's Full Bio

Katherine Klein is the Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to Wharton, Katherine was on the faculty of the University of Maryland and a visiting professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

An award-winning organizational psychologist, Katherine has conducted extensive field research regarding a range of topics including team leadership, climate, conflict, social networks and effectiveness; organizational change and technology implementation; employee diversity; and employee responses to stock ownership and stock options. She has taught executive education, studied, and consulted with a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations including Charles Schwab, Rohm and Haas, North American Scientific, Medtronic, The Baltimore Shock Trauma Center, Penn Vet, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Korean Management Association.

Her research has been published in numerous top journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Review. A former associate editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, she is currently an associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly. Katherine is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Katherine’s current research interests include race in organizations; leadership succession and social network change; and Rwanda’s reconciliation and reconstruction following the 1994 genocide.

Michael Roberts

Professor of Finance, the Wharton School
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Title: Let’s Get Personal…About Finance

Michael's Full Bio

Michael R. Roberts is the William H. Lawrence Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an affiliate of the Institute for Law and Economics and the Wharton Financial Institutions Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He also founded and heads the Wharton Financial Analytics initiative.

Professor Roberts’ research spans corporate finance, banking, and asset pricing. Recent work has examined equity pricing anomalies, collateralized loan obligation (CLO) performance, and the effect of interest rates on bank lending. His research has received several awards including two Brattle Prizes for Distinguished Paper published in the Journal of Finance, a Jensen Prize for best paper on Corporate Finance and Organizations published in the Journal of Financial Economics, and Best Paper awards from the Financial Management Association, Southwestern Finance Association, and Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research. Professor Roberts has served on numerous journal editorial boards, including the Journal of Finance of which he was a co-editor.

In addition to his research, Professor Roberts is an acclaimed teacher. At the Wharton School, his accolades include the David W. Hauk Award and half a dozen additional teaching awards at the undergraduate and MBA levels. While at Duke University, he won the Daimler-Chrysler Core Teaching Award at the Fuqua School of Business. He has taught undergraduate, M.B.A., Ph.D., and executive education courses in Finance, Economics, Statistics, and Data Analytics. Outside of academia, Professor Roberts has worked as a financial engineer and consultant, providing services to many financial and non-financial corporations as well as expert testimony in corporate legal matters.

Professor Roberts earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and his M.A. in Statistics and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Itay Goldstein

Professor of Economics, Coordinator of PhD Program, the Wharton School

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time: 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Topic: The Economy & Stock Market

Itay's Full Bio

Itay Goldstein is the Joel S. Ehrenkranz Family Professor and a Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been on the faculty of the Wharton School since 2004.  

He serves as the coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Finance and holds a secondary appointment as a Professor of Economics. Professor Goldstein earned his Ph.D. in Economics in 2001 from Tel Aviv University. He is an expert in the areas of corporate finance, financial institutions, and financial markets, focusing on financial fragility and crises and on the feedback effects between firms and financial markets. His research has been published in top academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Review of Financial Studies. His research has also been featured in the popular press in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, National Public Radio, and others.  

Professor Goldstein is the Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies since 2018. Before that, he served there as an editor for five years. He also served as an editor of the Finance Department in Management Science and an editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation. Professor Goldstein is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as an academic advisor in various policy institutions, including the Federal Reserve Banks of New York, Philadelphia, and Richmond, the Bank of Canada, the Bank for International Settlements, and the Committee for Capital Markets Regulation. He was the co-founder and the first president of the Finance Theory Group and served as a director of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, and the Financial Intermediation Research Society. He is a frequent speaker in academic and policy forums around the world, and acted as keynote speaker in leading academic conferences. 

He has taught various undergraduate, M.B.A., Ph.D., and executive education courses in finance and economics. Prior to joining Wharton, Professor Goldstein has served on the faculty of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He had also worked in the research department of the bank of Israel.