Social Impact Round Up: Week of March 23

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 conferences 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.


Social Entrepreneur in Residence: Joey Hundert

Social entrepreneur Joey Hundert visits with students in spring 2013.
Social entrepreneur Joey Hundert visits with students in spring 2013.

March 23-26, Various times, Vance Hall 108-109: For the third year in a row, Wharton Social Impact Initiative welcomes visiting entrepreneur Joey Hundert, founder of the world’s first “sustainable carnival” and an advocate for clean energy technology.

Hundert also owned and managed several successful consulting firms in the areas of enterprise development, venture capital, economic analysis, strategic planning, business planning, community planning and sustainable technologies. He has been involved with dozens of start-up enterprises, helping in the areas of planning, strategic oversight and sourcing capital.

We are pleased to offer students 30 minute individual sessions to talk about their social enterprises, their social impact career paths, and more! Please sign up for a 30-minute individual meeting with Joey here for his visit next week from Monday to Thursday, March 23-26!

EES/IGEL Wednesday Seminar Series: Challenges Sustainability Must Master

March 25, Noon-1 p.m., Hayden Hall 358: Penn’s Department of Earth & Environmental Science and Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) present a lunch-and-learn seminar on environmental sustainability. Can sustainability be cheap enough to be sustainable?   How much renewable energy is needed for sustainability – and could there be too much?   Will EPA’s proposed clean power plan reduce or maintain CO2 emissions?  Explore these not-so-simple problems and some interesting ideas for solving them in this discussion with Steve Corneli, NRG Energy’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Policy. Lunch will be served.

Impactful Thursday – Social Entrepreneurship Sector Discussion

1:15 p.m.: 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. This week the club’s focus is on social entrepreneurship. Contact for more information.

The Capital for Social Impact Series will take place at the RSA House, in London, England on April 1, 2015.
The Capital for Social Impact Series will take place at the RSA House, in London, England on April 1, 2015.

Capital for Social Impact Series: London

April 1, 6-9 p.m. BST, RSA House – 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ: For those in the UK, join the Wharton Social Impact Initiative for a discussion on impact investing trends, innovations, and strategies in London on April 1, 2015. At our latest event in the Capital for Social Impact Series, Senior Director of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, Jacob Gray will lead a conversation with impact investing experts Suzanne Biegel and Nick O’Donohoe on the latest market trends in impact investing.

The Capital for Social Impact Series is a premier resource for Wharton and Penn alumni to explore the topic of impact investing and to engage with experts in the field — though we welcome members of the public to attend as well. The event is free to attend, though registration is required.

Wharton Leadership Development Workshop: “Leadership As Activism”

Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Wharton Leadership Development Workshops are a set of free active learning opportunities, focused on 1 to 3-day workshops that highlight alternative leadership education methodologies or specific topics.

In this workshop, participants will explore leadership as activism. Authentic leaders emerge when they are driven by a sense of purpose that inspires others; they have a clear vision for how they can create value for society at large, as well as for shareholders. The workshop looks at today’s ‘activist leaders’ in business: they are motivated by successful commercial outcomes, and also have a strong sense of public good. Working through real-life examples, you’ll see how it’s possible to grapple with complex societal issues whilst staying rooted in the core of the business.

The program is open to current and former Wharton MBA students free of charge. It will be held on campus from 10am-5pm on Saturday, April 11. If you are interested, please send your expression of interest in an email to Roksana Rusek Please include a short CV and examples of the context(s) in which you have enacted or hope to enact “leadership as activism.”

Out4Biz presents: Martine Rothblatt: following your passions to build successful, profitable organizations

April 23, Noon-1:30 p.m.: Martine Rothblatt is the only transgendered CEO of a publicly traded company, and is the highest paid woman CEO. How did she get where she is today? Join Out4Biz in a dynamic discussion as Rothblatt explains what led her to co-found Sirius Radio and eventually leave to embark on a journey via research on genetic engineering to find a drug to save her daughter from a fatal lung disease. Contact for more information.

GEL Lunch Seminar: Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr.

 April 7, Noon-1:15 p.m., JMHH F70: The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative present a lunch lectures with Robert Mosbacher, founder and chairman of BizCorps. 

As a result of his travel while head of OPIC, he concluded that there is no shortage of SME entrepreneurs in emerging markets around the world. However, there is a severe shortage of businesses that have the capacity, particularly human capacity, to realize their potential. That is why he launched BizCorps, a non-profit program which recruits and places MBAs from top business schools with high potential, growth-oriented SMEs in targeted markets where they help address the capacity challenges of those businesses.

He will discuss that experience and others from the international economic development world. To attend the lecture, please RSVP to


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We recently announced three different ways to pursue summer internships and funding through WSII. Funding applications are due no later than April 15, and summer internship positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

The Social Impact Advisory Board, under the supervision of WSII, is excited to announce the availability of funds to current Wharton Council-approved clubs to promote social impact activities and opportunities on campus. These funds are not limited to clubs with social-impact-specific missions, but rather are available to any recognized club that wants to engage in social impact. To apply, complete this form. For more information, or questions, contact