Booking a Speaker

There are policies and guidelines for not only asking someone to speak but also how to go about booking a speaker for your event. Each speaker that a group, club, department, or individual wishes to invite to a Wharton event, whether on campus or off-site, MUST be approved by the Dean’s Office (and, in certain cases, the University) before any invitation is extended.

Speaker Policies & Approval

Each speaker request must be submitted using the school-wide Speaker Approval Management System. Requests are typically processed within 3 business days. Speakers that require additional review may take up to 2 weeks to receive final approval. Failure to abide by this policy may result in losing Wharton and University resources.

All speakers on or off campus at a Wharton event must complete a media release. Direct the speaker to the appropriate online Wharton Media Release form.

If you would like to request the presence of Dean Erika H. James, you may do so by completing the Dean Erika H. James Speaker Request Form.

Additional Tips
  • It is Wharton’s policy not to pay a speaker; however, a thank-you gift (valued at around $25) is perfectly acceptable.
  • Click here to download the Speaker Checklist template to help make sure you do not forget any details.