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Why My Company Has a Social Mission

David Klein with members of the Wharton Social Venture Fund, spring 2014.

I sometimes get the question, “Why do you have a social mission?” To which I will respond, “I can’t wait for the day to come when I get to ask you why you don’t.” At CommonBond, our core social mission is simple:Read More

November 21, 2014   |   Posted in: Alumni, Alumni Perspective, Faculty

Student Perspective: Reflections on “Dollars and Change”

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An undergraduate Social Impact Fellow recaps a recent segment of Dollars and Change, featuring social entrepreneurship professor and impact strategist Diana Ayton-Shenker.  The October 23rd show was hosted by Sherryl Kuhlman and Sandi Hunt. Other guests included Nick Ryan of Worn Again, Topher Wilkins ofRead More

November 19, 2014   |   Posted in: Sirius, Student Perspective

Social Impact Round Up: Week of Nov 17

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Each month, Wharton Social Impact Initiative brings you an update on student activities, events and opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania. These lectures, info sessions, and workshops are just a sampling of the broad range of social impact opportunities available asRead More

November 18, 2014   |   Posted in: Events, Social Impact Round-Up

Alumni Perspective: The Business of Making “No Impact”

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In this blog post for Wharton Magazine, Cassia Peralta, WG’10, looks at businesses striving for environmental sustainability by pursuing “no impact” initiatives. These movements encourage positive behavior modification, and can have a serious effect on reducing carbon emissions, she says.  A record number ofRead More

November 14, 2014   |   Posted in: Alumni, Alumni Perspective

Student Perspectives: Creating a New Food System

[By Aaron Guo, W’17]

Wharton junior Catherine Gonzalez spent her summer working on growth and sales strategies for a local food hub with a mind for community impact. Wharton Social Impact Initiative provided her with funding and support through the Bendheim Fellows Social Impact Fund. Social impact and profit need not beRead More

October 29, 2014   |   Posted in: Student Perspective, Students

Social Impact Round Up: Week of October 27

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Every week, Wharton Social Impact Initiative brings you an update on student activities, events and opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania. These lectures, info sessions, and workshops are just a sampling of the broad range of social impact opportunities available asRead More

October 27, 2014   |   Posted in: Events, Social Impact Round-Up, Students

Turner Social Impact Speaker Series Returns on November 4

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Wharton Social Impact Initiative is pleased to announce the Lauren and Bobby Turner Social Impact Executive Speaker Series will feature a dialogue with tennis star and philanthropist Andre Agassi. In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the series, Agassi returns to Wharton onRead More

October 24, 2014   |   Posted in: Alumni, Events

Knowledge for Social Impact: Spring 2015 Undergraduate Course Announced

Students at 2014 MBA Pre Term Event

This spring, Katherine J. Klein, Vice Dean for Social Impact and Professor of Management, will once again offer her undergraduate, cross-disciplinary class:  Knowledge for Social Impact — Analyzing Current Issues and Approaches [MGMT 241-001, previously MGMT 199-021], on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m.Read More

October 23, 2014   |   Posted in: Courses and Curriculum, Faculty

Social Impact Society launches at Wharton

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Turner Social Impact Society, a new opportunity for undergraduate students.  The Turner Social Impact Society (TSIS) is a community of students united by their shared passion for making a difference, andRead More

October 14, 2014   |   Posted in: General News, Projects and Partnerships, Students

Social Impact Award: Alumna honored by Wharton Club of New York

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Impact investment pioneer and social entrepreneur Durreen Shahnaz was recognized last week at the Joseph Wharton Awards Dinner in New York, an annual gathering of alumni that dates back to the 1970s. Shahnaz, WG’95, received the Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact, oneRead More

October 8, 2014   |   Posted in: Alumni, Awards
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