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

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

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

Welcome, Wharton MBAs! 5 Ways to Get Involved in Social Impact This Semester

MBA candidates at pre-term

  You’ve already had a blast at the Wharton Olympics and started networking with your cluster. You’re working your way through the student onboarding checklist. Maybe you’ve even found your favorite new coffee shop in Rittenhouse Square. Now it’s time to really get started. Welcome to Wharton! Every year, weRead More

Building The Evidence Base: Establishing Wharton’s Role in a Shifting Industry

Since the controversial “Google Diversity Memo” surfaced over the weekend, our inboxes have been filled with strong reactions. Amidst the cacophony of responses, one piece seems to resonate strongly with readers: Wharton Professor Adam Grant’s analysis on “Differences between Men and Women are Vastly Exaggerated.” Why are CNN, CNBC, Fortune andRead More

Advancing the Field: Gender Lens Investing News on International Women’s Day

There are countless reasons to believe that bringing women fully into the global economy is the right thing to do. Today, on International Women’s Day, Wharton Social Impact Initiative highlights the work we are doing to understand how advancing an inclusive economy is also the smart thing to do. BecauseRead More

Doubling down on analytics: Our vision for the future of impact investing

At the very end of 2016, we reached a major milestone in our impact investing research: we now have 100 impact investing private equity funds in the Wharton Impact Research and Evaluation Database (WIRED). The participating funds make investments around the world - in developed and emerging markets – andRead More

Dollars and Change interviews AeraVC founder Derek Handley

Derek Handley's professional triumphs have landed him among some of the world's biggest names and corporations (and maybe even in space). The New York-based social entrepreneur, speaker and author was previously the founding CEO of B Team, where he collaborated with Sir Richard Branson to catalyze better ways of doing business. Last month, heRead More