Benjamin Franklin Society
For Maneesha Phadke Ghiya, ENG’00, W’00, Penn has become part of her family. She met her husband on campus when they were undergraduates and eventually got to see both her brother and brother-in-law graduate with Wharton degrees. Additionally, Maneesha credits her time as a Quaker with molding her into the person she is today.
“I feel very grateful to Penn because of the significant and positive impact it has had on my life, my family, and my career,” Maneesha says. “I even had the opportunity to get a jump-start on my investment career as a result of the education I received in the Management and Technology Program.”
“I have a strong belief in supporting students who demonstrate a financial need.”
– Maneesha Phadke Ghiya
While the M&T Program prepared Maneesha for her work in venture capital, it was the myriad clubs and student groups that first caught her attention when she was initially applying to college. Through her support of M&T’s Hamilton Endowment, as well as The Penn Fund, which qualifies her as a member of the Benjamin Franklin Society, she is helping to ensure that future students can follow in her footsteps and take full advantage of everything that makes attending Penn so special.
“The diversity of educational and extracurricular opportunities were a large factor in my decision to matriculate at Penn,” Maneesha says. “Accordingly, The Penn Fund broadly supports this array of undergraduate programming and has become the focus of my giving.”
Last year, Maneesha celebrated her 15th class reunion over Alumni Weekend. Wanting to forge an even stronger connection with her alma mater, she decided to become a volunteer with the Penn Alumni Interview Program.
“Being an interviewer allows me to continue to learn from, contribute to, and be involved with the dynamic Penn community,” Maneesha says. “I really enjoy having the opportunity to engage with aspiring students that have the drive to learn and a passion for contributing to the community—two factors that greatly embody the Penn spirit!”