Four Social Impact Events to Watch

Photo: The B Team
Photo: The B Team

Welcome back from spring break, Wharton! Here’s a look ahead at the four social impact events hosted by Wharton Social Impact Initiative over the next month.

We’ve invited these experts to campus to enrich and inspire social impact discussion among students, faculty, and alumni; look forward to small group lunches, one-on-one meetings, workshops, and moderated “fireside chats” all semester long.

All of these events are open to students across Penn, but require an RSVP. The location of each event will be sent to confirmed attendees in advance via email. Please reach out to Tyler Hoffman ( with any questions.

Mindful Leadership Workshop with Elazar Aslan

Tuesday, March 15, 12-1:20 p.m.: Join Wharton alum Elazar Aslan, WG’80 for a lunch workshop on mindful self-awareness, a practice that has fast gone from an emerging trend to an essential leadership capacity.  Elazar has coached executives from major companies on a Buddhist inspired approach to more effective leadership, better decision making, and greater innovation.  Space is limited and priority will be given to Social Impact Fellows, WIIP, TSIS, PWP, and SIAB students.  RSVP here and look out for an email confirmation with location.

Lunch with Derek Handley

Tuesday, March 22: Join us for a small-group lunch with entrepreneur, speaker and author Derek Handley. The discussion will range from entrepreneurship to Handley’s work with Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group) and Jochen Zeitz (Puma) to create The B Team, a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of leaders to create a future where the purpose of business is to be a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit. Derek also released his first book, ‘Heart to Start’, a memoir about the beginning of his own entrepreneurial journey, a practical field-guide and his journey to become a new type of entrepreneur who does business to have a positive impact on social or environmental problems. RSVP here and look out for an email confirmation with location.

Fireside Chat with Uzodinma Iweala

Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.: In conjunction with the Wharton Africa Students Association, we are proud to host Uzodinma Iweala, author of the acclaimed novel, Beasts of No Nation, and Founder/CEO of Ventures Africa. Join us in this focused fireside chat, moderated by Vice Dean Katherine Klein. RSVP here and look out for an email confirmation with location.

Lunch with Mary Anne Schmitt Carey

Wednesday, April 20: Join us for a small group lunch with Mary Anne Schmitt Carey, WG’01, CEO of Say Yes to Education. Founded by fellow Wharton alum George Weiss, Say Yes to Education addresses the urban education challenge by offering a uniquely nuanced and comprehensive approach to redesigning the civic infrastructure around urban public education.  Join WSII and a team of our Fellows to talk about how a community-engaged approach to education can help to improves the education success of urban youth. RSVP here and look out for an email confirmation with location.