End of Semester Social Impact Round Up: Week of Dec 20

Wharton Social Impact Initiative presents a weekly round-up of events and news related to social impact topics.

As the fall 2013 semester comes to a close, we look ahead to what’s in store for January and gather the latest social impact news at Wharton and beyond. You can view previous roundups at in our archive.


 Events & Opportunities

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Social Impact Consulting Info Session

Jan. 16, 2014, 7-8:30 p.m., Location TBD: The Social Impact Consulting Group (SIC), an undergraduate student group at Penn, is recruiting new members for the spring semester. SIC provides pro-bono consulting services to Philadelphia organizations with social missions. To learn more about SIC or to RSVP for the event, contact thesicgroup@gmail.com.

Deloitte’s “Making Impact Through Consulting” Workshop

Jan. 20, 2014, 3-4:30 p.m., JMHH, Room TBD: In this interactive session, MBA students will interact with consultants from Deloitte and explore real life case studies of social sector clients. Learn how to use a set of interactive tools to support innovation, growth and analysis for future clients. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, contact rena.fried@gmail.com.

WSII Social Impact Fellows
WSII Social Impact Fellows

Positions with WSII

Wharton Social Impact Initiative is hiring new undergrad and MBA Fellows positions, as well as a Marketing and Communications assistant. Browse open positions on the WSII job board, and apply before Jan. 15, 2014.

New positions will be added over the next few weeks.

Social Entrepreneurship Independent Study

Rebel Ventures, a project of the Netter Center’s Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, is a social entrepreneurship and youth development project that creates healthy products to support a sustainable community-based food system. Students are invited to apply for an independent study with Rebel Ventures, where you’ll use social entrepreneurship concepts to analyze the business model and develop a strategic growth plan.

For additional details, please contact Jarrett Stein or Roz Cohen.

Echoing Green Fellowship

Echoing Green is now accepting applications for its 2014 Fellowship Program. These highly competitive programs offer more than $3.8 million in seed-stage funding and support to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change.

All applications must be completed online by January 6, 2014.

Social Impact News

Calvert Investments founder D. Wayne Silby, W’70, spoke to The Wharton Club of New York about his recent acceptance of the Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact.

Business Insider named Wharton alumni Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa in their list of 25 Most Influential Business Leaders of 2013, taking note of the pair’s success as founders of Warby Parker, the “buzzy eyewear brand that provides a free pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair purchased.”

In an article on Philly.com, Katherina Rosqueta, WG’01, founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP), gives insight on how to make the most efficient and impactful charity donations this season.

Knowledge@Wharton dives in to the “sharing economy” in their recap of the MBA-organized Wharton Social Impact Conference. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots has narrowed with the emergence of the sharing economy, in which online and mobile technologies connect people [to] goods or services for reasonable prices and limited stretches of time,” the author notes.

Inc. covered the Wharton Social Impact Conference’s collaborative consumption panel, noting that the sharing economy has “changed the consumer landscape and is disrupting businesses in every industry.”

Wharton MBA Candidate Christina Ward also wrote her takeaways from the conference on The Huffington Post Business.

Wharton professor Ian C. MacMillan and Dr. James Thompson, director of the Wharton Social Entrepreneurship Program, published the full edition of The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook – a three-part guide to launching a social enterprise, published through Wharton Digital Press.


Do you have a social impact event or news item you’d like us to share? Email your information to Allie Harcharek at aharch@wharton.upenn.edu