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Sept 29–Oct 1, 2015 • New York, NY
Katherine Milkman

Katherine Milkman
Tenured Associate Professor, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania


Katherine Milkman is a tenured associate professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the winner of numerous research and teaching awards. Her research relies heavily on big data to document various ways in which individuals systematically make counterintuitive choices. Before becoming an academic, she was a Division I collegiate athlete and one of the top 120 women’s junior tennis players in the U.S. She also worked briefly in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and equity research at Morgan Stanley.

Katherine has published over two dozen research papers in the last decade in leading social science journals. She is the recent recipient of an early career award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences, and when under 30, Milkman was named one of the world’s top 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets and Quants. Her research findings have reached a wide audience through multiple op-eds in the New York Times, and frequent coverage in such major media outlets such as NPR, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Forbes.

At Wharton, Katherine has received numerous awards for her ability to communicate ideas to students. She is a recipient of the excellence in teaching award for the Wharton undergraduate division, was voted Wharton “Iron Prof” by the school’s MBA students for a PechaKucha-style presentation of her research, and in was one of ten finalists in 2014 and 2015 for the Anvil Award for Wharton’s most outstanding MBA teacher.

Katherine has collaborated on research, consulted, taught executives, or delivered keynote talks for a wide range of clients including such household names as Google, Morningstar, TIAA-CREF, the American Red Cross, Cummins Engines, Interbrand, and BMGI.

She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University (summa cum laude) in operations research and financial engineering and her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s joint program in computer science and business.


10:10am–10:25am Wednesday, 09/30/2015
Location: Javits North
Katherine Milkman (Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania)
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Katherine will discuss recent behavioral science research suggesting how a number of simple, inexpensive tools can be used to encourage improved decisions. Read more.