What's happening in Social Impact

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

Alumni Perspective: How Universities Can Create Positive Social Change

This past June, Turner Social Impact Society member Will Slotznick, C’17, traveled to Cartagena, Columbia to represent Penn’s Digital Seeds Program at the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA). The convention brought together academic communities from across the Western Hemisphere to share their experiences with actionable research for socialRead More

Welcome undergrads, and Class of 2021!

Undergraduates of Penn and Wharton, Spring 2017

Welcome, undergrads! Whether you’re a freshman arriving on campus for the first time, or a seasoned upperclassman making moves, there are so many exciting opportunities ahead at Penn. More and more, we see incoming students arrive on campus inspired to create change in the world and in their careers, andRead More

Has Impact Investing Been Seduced? That’s One Hypothesis

Commentary by Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s Nick Ashburn and Katherine Klein In the latest edition of SSIR, we read Mara Bolis and Chris West’s thoughtful critique of the evolution of impact investing with great interest. Bolis and West argue that impact investors have become increasingly “seduced” by the promise ofRead More