Social Impact Round Up: Week of Dec 5

Each month, Wharton Social Impact Initiative brings you an update on student activities, events and opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania. These lectures, info sessions, and workshops are just a sampling of the broad range of social impact opportunities available as part of the student experience.

This week we share a few upcoming events and lectures, and opportunities for current Penn students. View previous roundups in our archives.

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Attention undergrads! Limited space remains for Professor Katherine J. Klein’s cross-disciplinary class, Knowledge for Social Impact — Analyzing Current Issues and Approaches [MGMT 241-001], on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. This class is open by permission of the instructor. If you are interested in enrolling, please complete this brief survey as soon as possible; preference will be given to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Our latest social impact newsletter is out! Read about recent social impact news and insights, and a primer on putting your donations through high-impact year-end giving. Subscribe online today to receive tailored email updates on the first Monday of every month.

Our visiting Social Impact Practitioner Bill Clark, W’74, as a visiting social impact practitioner this semester is still accepting consulting appointments with students. Before the end of the semester, sign up for an appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. Mmake a request through our online form or email

As part of our growing impact investing initiatives, we recently collaborated with Lifelong Learning to kick off the Capital for Social Impact series, supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. View a photo story of the series’ first event, and stay tuned for further events in Hong Kong, London and New York early next year.

The School of Social Policy and Practice is offering a social entrepreneurial course, with several openings for MBA and undergraduate students. “The Social Entrepreneurial Approach to Community Reintegration [SWRK798] provides an opportunity for students to work closely with the instructor and partner agencies to explore and implement a social entrepreneurial approach to community reintegration for previously incarcerated individuals.” For questions, contact Charlotte Ren at

Getting Vital Commodities into crisis areas


USAID for Social Enterprises

December 9, Noon, 2401 Walnut Street: Learn how you can help the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and several innovative social enterprises advance international development.

Wharton Social Impact Initiative is collaborating with Development Innovation Ventures to provide consulting services and strategic insights in order to advance the progress of some of DIV’s most promising social enterprise investments.

This is a great opportunity for Wharton MBAs to interact with leading innovators, and work on operational strategy and business planning for social enterprises in international development.  For more information, email Sandi Hunt or Zaks Lubin with questions.

To submit social impact-related events, news, or opportunities, contact WSII Manager of Communications Allie Harcharek. Information must be submitted at least two weeks prior to event date, and must include a date, time, location and contact information.