Penn graduates have been featured on the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in four different categories – Finance, Education, Manufacturing & Industry, and Food & Drink.
The annual Forbes list recognizes 600 promising leaders from 20 different industries, and this list is the tenth to be published. The beneficiaries were appointed online and reviewed by each category’s editors who forward promising candidates to a panel of judges. Among this year’s judges was a 1992 Wharton graduate Jacqueline Reses and 2012 College and Wharton graduate Sarah Guo.
Alexandra Sternlicht, a 2016 college graduate and Forbes reporter under 30, said there was no guaranteed way to make the list.
“We love founders,” Sternlicht said. “We really appreciate their stories, how they’ve grown and what they’ve learned. Diversity is hugely important. And then we also look at how much money they’ve raised, how much money they make, how many employees they have.
Graduated from Wharton in 2014 Heather Steinman was honored in the finance category. She is Vice Chairman of the Raine Group, a global investment bank that advises and invests in technology, media and telecommunications. Steinman has traded over $10 billion since joining Raine in 2014, with a focus on entertainment and content.
Hannah Buchan, a 2016 College graduate and Beehouse partner, works at an investment firm that focuses on the legal cannabis industry. She previously worked as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Graduated from Wharton in 2015 Kathlyn Grasso was featured in the education category for founding Generation — a women’s empowerment network for high school girls — as an undergraduate, and won the first $150,000 President’s Pledge Award in her senior year. She also received the 2014 Wharton Venture Award.
Michael Vilardo — A 2014 college graduate and co-founder of Emile Learning — was also listed in the Education category. Emile Learning offers short educational videos and offers online high school lessons. At Penn, Vilardo was the baseball team’s second baseman and graduated early to pursue a management degree at Purdue University with his baseball eligibility.
Rajat Bhageria, a 2018 Wharton and Engineering graduate, founded robotic leader and was featured in the manufacturing and industry category. Chef Robotics automates food service using artificial intelligence to create and deliver food. Bhageria also founded ThirdEye, an app that converts text to speech for visually impaired users during her freshman year at Penn.
2020 Wharton Graduate David Zhao is listed in the food and beverage category for founding Chubby Cattle International Group, which uses technology to serve hot food, like serving ingredients on a conveyor belt. It has five locations across the United States, including one in Philadelphia’s Chinatown.
Although she said making the list was an honor, Sternlicht added that it was only the beginning of the winners’ careers. People on the 30 under 30 list are invited to local rallies, speaker series and under 30 summits.
This year, Forbes also launched a Summit 30/50, which will bring together the women of the “30 Under 30” and “50 Over 50” list in Abu Dhabi in March.
“People have met their spouse, business partners and best friends through this community. It can be really, really impactful,” Sternlicht said.