Social Impact Round Up: Week of September 5

Our new bulletin board, now on display in Huntsman Hall.
WSII’s new bulletin board, now on display in Huntsman Hall for the start of the fall 2014 semester.

The fall semester is officially in progress!

Every Friday, 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. 

View previous roundups in our archives.

Upcoming Events

The Social Impact Consulting Group info session

September 7, 2014, JMHH Lecture Room: The Social Impact Consulting Group (SIC) provides pro-bono consulting services for non-profits in the Philadelphia area, and is officially sponsored by Penn and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. Attend this session to learn more about this undergraduate group, and hear about previous work from SIC project leaders. Contact for more info.

Wharton Social Venture Fund info session

September 8, 6-7:30 p.m., JMHH 365: For the first time, the Wharton Social Venture Fund, an MBA-led impact investing fund, will recruit Wharton undergraduates for the fall semester. This is a unique opportunity to gain high quality finance, research, and management experience, and to network with peers on a highly professional level. This Monday, the club will host an information session, open to all undergraduates interested in venture capital, private equity, or social impact. For more information, contact Alexandra Iqbal.

Wharton Community Consultants info session

September 9, noon-1:30 p.m., JMHH 260: Wharton Community Consultants is an MBA-led group provides consulting and advisory services to nonprofit and community organizations throughout the Philadelphia area. Meet the leaders of this group and see how you can get involved. Contact for more information.

MBA Career Management Industry Chat: Social Impact

September 10, 4:30-6 p.m., JMHH 340: This session will provide a basic overview of the social impact industry, current trends, MBA roles and recruiting timeline and outlook for the year. Learn about what companies tell MBA Career Management they are looking for in candidates and how to approach the job search in this industry. For more information, contact

Impactful Thursday

September 11, noon-1:30 p.m., JMHH: Impactful Thursdays are a series of biweekly educational talks and panels hosted by the Wharton Social Impact Club to educate and facilitate connections among Wharton MBA students, alumni, academics, and industry leaders on a range of social impact topics.


A student attends the Healthy Food Truck Initiative panel event in May 2014.
A student attends the Healthy Food Truck Initiative panel event in May 2014.

The Healthy Food Truck Initiative is a new student-run group that collaborates with food trucks to promote healthier meals, provide nutritional information, and host interactive events with customers. The initiative is seeking talented undergraduate or graduate students to play a strategic role in growing the initiative. Contact for more information.

Wharton Management department announced a new field challenge course, MGMT 353: Computer Literacy Program. In this course, students will assist the Building Bridges to Wealth program to fulfill its mission of “reducing the wealth gap, providing business and financial knowledge, and increasing investment returns” through computer literacy workshops catered towards the needs of small business entrepreneurs. If interested, please send an email to by September 7; space is limited to nine students.

The Social Impact Advisory Board works closely with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative to strengthen and build the undergraduate social impact community at Wharton.  SIAB is recruiting freshmen and sophomores to join the Board.  Online applications are now open, and are due by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Global Architecture Brigades at Penn is seeking students who are interested in combining community service with design. GAB is an organization in which students design and build public works for communities in need around the world. As a member of Brigades, your year will comprise of fundraising, designing, and competing in local competitions, culmining in a final trip to the destination for which we will be designing. Students from all schools are encouraged to apply. Please direct any questions to

The Summer Social Impact Fund has officially kicked off, and is recruiting MBA students to join. SSIF is a student-run initiative that supports Wharton MBA’s taking on unpaid/underpaid summer internships. 100% of membership dues will go towards allowing the WG Class of 2016 to take on social impact internships. All funds raised from students through SSIF are matched by donations from the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. In return for their contribution, SSIF members will be entered into lotteries to win free tickets to Wharton events, conferences and parties throughout the year. Please contact Pooja Shaw for further information.

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