Social Impact Round Up: Michael Feinberg at Penn

 Wharton Social Impact Initiative presents a weekly round-up of events related to social impact topics. These lectures, conferences, speaker series and meetings represent the broad range of social impact opportunities at Wharton and Penn.


Lauren and Bobby Turner Social Impact Executive Speaker Series: Michael Feinberg

October 24: Wharton alum Bobby Turner (W’84) returns to host the Lauren and Bobby Turner Social Impact Executive Speaker Series. The three-year-old series’ sixth event features a dialogue with Penn alumnus and co-founder of KIPP Public Chart Schools Michael Feinberg. 

In an open conversation with Turner, Feinberg will discuss his passions and frustrations with public education, will discuss education, social entrepreneurship, and the power of an idea to change lives.

Feinberg is the Co-Founder of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and the Superintendent of KIPP Houston—which, together, comprise 125 public charter schools in twenty states including seventy middle schools, thirty seven primary schools and eighteen high schools.

The event is free and open to the entire Penn community, but pre-registration is required. The lecture begins at 4:15 p.m. in Ambani Auditorium, Jon M. Huntsman Hall.

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Education Innovation Workshop

October 26: Penn Law School’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic offers a free, full day workshop on the legal aspects of growing a business.  Centered around a theme of “Education Entrepreneurship” the workshop will present panels, speakers and lessons to benefit entrepreneurs in any industry. For more information or to RSVP, visit the Penn Law events calendar.

Social Impact Through Crowd Sourcing and Big Data : A Workshop

November 19, at Wharton | San Francisco campus: Social entrepreneurs are harnessing innovations in technology to bring about social change – faster and with fewer resources. Come hear from the experts on how crowdsourcing and big data are being applied in this manner. In this full and interactive workshop, three distinct sections will cover crowdsourcing, big data and expert case studies. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, where a full workshop schedule is also available.

Student-Run Social Impact Conference

November 15: The Wharton Social Impact Club invites you to attend the 2013 Wharton Social Impact Conference, an annual student-run event.The theme of the 2013 Wharton Social Impact Conference is Social Innovation, focusing on how alternate business models, technologies, and financing strategies drive social impact. This year’s keynote speaker is the Acumen Fund’s Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha Dichter, a noted speaker and blogger on generosity, philanthropy and social change. Panels discussions will include topics such as MOOCs and education technology, collaborative consumption, financial inclusion, and impact investing.

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