What's happening in Social Impact

Social Impact at Wharton Global Forum: 4 Takeaways

  Visionaries, rainmakers, trend-spotters, influencers, inventors, disruptors, advisers—these are Wharton alumni. Several members of the WSII team had the pleasure of attending the 52nd Wharton Global Forum in New York City, where we heard fascinating panels and networked with attendees. The common thread among these leaders in business, government, academia,Read More

WSII and Good Capital Project launch Total Impact Portfolio Challenge

The Good Capital Project, in collaboration with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, is launching the Total Impact Portfolio Challenge – a competition to provide a hands-on opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to build 100% impact investment portfolios by integrating social and environmental impact across asset classes. “Good Capital Project isRead More

From San Francisco to Mumbai: Six lessons learned from a Wharton undergrad’s social entrepreneurial journey

As part of our commitment to growing the talent pipeline, the Wharton Social Impact Initiative launched the Turner Social Impact Society (TSIS) in 2014 with the generous support of K. Robert “Bobby” Turner (W’84) and Lauren Golub Turner (W’85). TSIS is a community of Wharton and Penn undergraduate students whoRead More

Meet the Newest Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Recipients

The Wharton Social Impact Initiative is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund for Public Service. These 17 Bendheim Fellow are examples of Wharton alumni using their skills—in finance, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and more—for social impact. A look at previous winners reveals a diverse network ofRead More

Five things to know about Project Sage

Project Sage is a global scan of private equity, venture capital and private debt funds with a gender lens, published today as a collaboration between the Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Suzanne Biegel, Catalyst at Large. Download the full Project Sage reportRead More

New Research: Tracking Private Equity (Venture) and Debt Funds with a Gender Lens

A preview of Project Sage, a collaborative research project tracking venture/private equity and debt funds with a gender lens for the benefit of investors, advisors, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem As a long-time investor and connector in the gender lens investing space, I’m constantly asked about vehicles directing capital towards women,Read More

Student Perspective: Striving for Good Business and Good Returns

In her Fellowship with Wharton Social Impact Initiative, Cathleen Gui applied what she’s learned about impact investing to the emerging field of gender lens investing. The speed at which impact investing has evolved in recent years has been rapid, going from a concept to an investing approach that is increasinglyRead More