A warm hello from our board.
Esther Uduehi, President
Esther Uduehi is a second-year PhD student in Marketing, focusing on consumer behavior. Her research interests are branding, signaling, and luxury consumption. She earned her BA in both Chemistry and Mathematics (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Indiana University as well as a Master's in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to joining Wharton, Esther taught MS and HS math at the Spence School in NYC and MS mathematics, science, and violin at the Fay School in Massachusetts.
Lauren Kaufmann, Vice President
Lauren Kaufmann is a second-year PhD student studying Business Ethics. Her research interests include social finance and neuroethics. Before enrolling at Wharton, she worked in the field of gender lens impact investing. She earned her BA (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Pennsylvania and her MSc (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics.
Karren Knowlton is a third-year PhD student in the Management department, Organizational Behavior track. Karren’s research streams include helping and advocacy between groups, gender dynamics in entrepreneurial communities, and interpersonal communication. In her prior life, she received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Karren worked as an engineer for Nike for several years before returning to WUSTL for her MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma). Directly prior to starting at Wharton, she worked as a research associate for The Kauffman Foundation and Washington University in St. Louis.
Allison Briggs is a second-year PhD student in Healthcare Management and Economics. Before Wharton, she worked in health economics and policy research. Allison graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and the Gillings School of Global Public Health with degrees in Biostatistics and Mathematics.
Erika Kirgios is a first-year PhD student in the Operations, Information, and Decisions department. She is on the Decision Processes track studying workplace diversity, inequality, and discrimination. She received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton University, where she studied Computer Science with minors in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience.