penn-club-eventPartner Event (Penn Club) - Doubling Down: Secrets of Dual Career Success

Join us on September 15th for an event hosted by Penn Club of LA, MIT Club So Cal, and Wharton Club So Cal! Dual career couple, Ilene Gordon (MIT ‘75) and Bram Bluestein (Lafayette ’69), share their secrets of success in this interactive conversation, moderated by Denise Winner (Wharton ’83, Penn Parent ’21).

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 6:00PM
Virtual Event via Zoom (details sent after registration)

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Advance registration is required.

Cost: No charge, but registration is required.

Contact: Michal Clements,


Ilene Gordon
Ilene is retired chairman, president and CEO of Ingredion Incorporated. Currently she is presiding director of International Paper and a director of Lockheed Martin. She is a vice chair of the board of trustees of The Conference Board; a member of the MIT Corporation board of trustees; and on the executive committee of The Economic Club of Chicago. Additionally, she received the Committee for Economic Development Leadership in Diversity Award in 2016; the National Association of Corporate Directors 2013 Director of the Year award; and in 2018 the Executive Leader Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Bram Bluestein
Bram has been helping companies build transformative brands for his entire career. Prior to Bluestein & Associates, Bram worked as a Senior Advisor at McNally Capital, enabling family offices to capitalize on opportunities in the private equity space. This followed a 35+ year career as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton™, A.T. Kearney, and The Boston Consulting Group, serving clients across industries and geographies. As a Senior Partner at Booz Allen, Bram led the global automotive practice and serviced the clients in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China and India. As a Senior Partner at A.T. Kearney, Bram led the global industry practices for A.T. Kearney and EDS Solutions Consulting, the global automotive practice, and the firm’s largest account team.

Denise Winner
Denise Winner has over three decades of experience in financial services and consulting. Her significant involvement with start-ups and financial service firms provided her with the background to successfully launch Winner Squared, a consulting firm focused on business analysis and financial engineering. Denise’s breadth of expertise in analytics, accounting, strategic business analysis, artificial intelligence and software development implementation has provided her the opportunity to work with over 30 companies from start-up to Fortune 500 companies offering financial, technology, and management consulting services.

Likely discussion topics:

  • Navigating the different life stage parts of being a dual career couple, e.g., Partnered/married, no kids (early career, later career), Partnered/married with kids at home, Partnered/married with adult children and grandchildren
  • Nurturing career and work, self-care, partner relationship, friendships along with care giving (for children and/or parents)
  • Schooling disruption perspective (in light of COVID)

We welcome advance questions from the audience.


6:00PM - 7:30PM Tue 15 Sep 2020 ( Timezone: Pacific )


Virtual Event via Zoom (details sent after registration)

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