Simona Shao is the Wharton Club of Southern California Media & Entertainment Affinity Group Leader. Simona, an LA native musician, graduated from Wharton in 2019. While at Penn, she was the Director of Events for the Wharton China Business Society and a Global Marketing Strategy department research assistant. In her free time, Simona is a professional recording artist, singer-songwriter, and studio musician. A classically trained pianist, she began studying music at the age of 4. As a studio musician, she has recorded demo tracks produced for Rihanna by John Feldmann. In 2015, Simona was invited to participate in The Voice of China. Simona is also a Pasadena Tournament of the Roses Royal Court Princess, reigning during the 2014-2015 year.
She is currently a banking analyst in the J.P. Morgan Los Angeles Private Bank, specializing in the development of client relationships as part of an integrated team that helps clients reach their financial goals through banking services, lending, investments, and trust and estate planning. Prior to joining the Private Bank, Simona worked at Morgan Stanley Shanghai and the Hurun Report, China’s equivalent to Forbes.