Social Impact Round Up: Week of Jan 20

Wharton's Jon M. Huntsman Hall welcomes prospective students.
Wharton’s Jon M. Huntsman Hall welcomes prospective students. Flickr/The Wharton School

Welcome back for the spring 2014 semester, Wharton community!

Every week, Wharton Social Impact Initiative presents a round-up of events, news, and opportunities related to social impact at The Wharton School and The University of Pennsylvania.  These lectures, info sessions, speaker series, and workshops are just a sampling of the broad range of social impact opportunities available as part of the student experience.

Upcoming Events

Deloitte’s “Making Impact Through Consulting” Workshop

Jan. 20 and 21, 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. To RSVP, contact

Social Impact Talk: Sabriye Tenberken

Jan. 21, 3-4 p.m., Vance Hall 103: WSII presents guest speaker Sabriye Tenberken, co-founder of Tibet’s first school for the blind, called Braille Without Borders.  An advocate for ethical social change, Tenberken is also co-founder of Kanthari, the International Institute of Social Entrepreneurs and Innovators in Kerala, South of India. This talk is open to all students, though we request that you please RSVP to by 9 a.m. Tuesday to confirm your attendance. Due to inclement weather, this afternoon’s event has been canceled.

Nonprofit Board Leaders Fellowship — Information Session

Jan. 21 and 22, Noon-1:15 p.m., JMHH 345: Learn about The Nonprofit Board Leadership Program (NBLP), an experiential learning opportunity that matches Wharton MBA students with Philadelphia’s nonprofit organizations. In this information session, interested MBAs will learn all about the NBLP Fellowship and how to apply. Accepted applications will Gain valuable community leadership experience and develop an understanding of nonprofit governance through top-notch training, workshops, and expert speakers. Contact for more information or to RSVP.

IMPACT Magazine Information Session

Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m., JMHH, Room TBD: Student-run IMPACT Magazine is seeking new members and contributors, and will host an information session this week for interested undergrads. IMPACT is a new social impact-focused publication aimed at raising awareness about social impact initiatives and inspiring action. Visit for more information.


Jan. 27, 6-7 p.m., Claudia Cohen Hall G14: Interested in launching startups in cities around the world? Generation Enterprise, founded and run by a team of 14 Penn alumni, is a nonprofit teaching business skills to at-risk youth in low-income communities. Join Generation Enterprise for an information session this month, where you’ll meet current team members, hear first-hand about careers in social impact, and discuss international and domestic emerging market business building.

Career Opportunities

Our social impact job board includes new project associate positions, graduate-level internships, and summer opportunities. Applications to WSII Project Associate positions are due Tuesday, January 22:

Open Capital Advisors is looking for up to four summer Fellows to join its team in East Africa from June to August. Interested MBAs should write to before February 5. Biographies of current and former Fellows are featured online.

thinkimpactApplications for this summer’s ThinkImpact program are due Jan. 24. Experience social innovation this summer in Africa or Latin America while working alongside community partners in a rural village. Learn more about this competitive scholarship program, and apply today. All University of Pennsylvania students are eligible to apply, with a preference given to Wharton undergrads.

Do you have a social impact event or news item you’d like us to share? Email your information to Allie Harcharek at can view previous roundups in our blog archive.