Code of Conduct



Wharton SoCal is dedicated to providing a harassment-free in-person or virtual experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. Wharton SoCal does not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form — whether the event is held virtually, in-person, or both.


Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate at any venue. Club members violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the Club without a refund at the discretion of the Board of Wharton SoCal. Event attendees, guests, participants or volunteers may be removed without refund at the discretion of the Wharton SoCal Executive Committee.


Harassment includes, but is not limited to:


  • Verbal and written comments that reinforce social structures of domination (related to gender, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion)
  • Sexual images in public or virtual spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behavior




Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.


If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Wharton SoCal retains the right to take action to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.


Wharton SoCal may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. Participants are expected to follow these rules during the event and during event-related virtual social activities that might take place before, during, and after the main program.




If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our events for everyone; you can make a report either personally or anonymously.


As human beings, we all have a role to play in keeping our communities safe. If you think you see a potential situation, don’t fall prey to the bystander effect. Please get involved and err toward being more helpful than might ultimately be necessary. Run interference and help create space by:


Inserting yourself into the interaction. Introduce yourself and try to join the conversation.

Throw the affected party a lifeline by approaching them and asking if they would like to go somewhere else to talk. If you feel uncomfortable and don’t want to get directly involved, or aren’t sure what to do, contact a Wharton SoCal member so they can get involved.


At an in-person event, contact a WSC Leadership member, or email [email protected] if you are comfortable.

This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.


It is Wharton SoCal’s stated goal and priority to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for all members and guests at all of our events.  ​​All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers are expected to follow the Code of Conduct. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.