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Press Release: Jonathan Greenblatt Named Senior Fellow at the Wharton School

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Philadelphia, PA, December 19, 2014 – The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announced that Jonathan Greenblatt, currently Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, will serve asRead More

December 19, 2014   |   Posted in: Projects and Partnerships, WSII News & Thoughts

Impact Investing Discussion Series is a Powerful Tool for Alumni

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We often hear from Wharton and Penn alumni that they’ve heard of impact investing, but they aren’t quite sure what it is – let alone know how to engage in it themselves. In October, Wharton Social Impact Initiative kicked off aRead More

December 19, 2014   |   Posted in: Alumni, Events, General News

Thinking through the Student-University Relationship: 5 Lessons on Student Engagement

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Stephanie Kim, Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s Manager of Community Impact, walks through her process of developing, refining, and growing a fellowship program built with students in mind. “The Wharton Social Impact Initiative exists first and foremost because students demanded it.” WSII ManagingRead More

December 15, 2014   |   Posted in: General News, WSII News & Thoughts

Student Perspective: Capacity Building in the Social Sector

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Lena Backe, C’15, was a summer social impact fellow with WSII; she received funding and support to work in San Francisco. In today’s blog post, she shares her experience consulting for a branch of the enduring national nonprofit, Meal ofRead More

December 12, 2014   |   Posted in: Student Perspective

Alumni Perspective: Teaming up with law school students to pitch a social enterprise

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Vasco Bilbao-Bastida, a recent graduate of the Wharton MBA/MA joint degree Lauder Program, shares his experience working with law school students to pitch a social enterprise addressing access to justice as part of LawWithoutWalls. Beyond its clear impact in congressionalRead More

December 9, 2014   |   Posted in: Alumni Perspective, General News, Student Perspective

Social Impact Round Up: Week of Dec 5

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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

December 5, 2014   |   Posted in: Courses and Curriculum, Events, Faculty, Social Impact Round-Up

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
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