Social Impact Round Up: Week of Feb 7

Wharton Social Impact Initiative presents a weekly round-up of events and news related to social impact topics. 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. View previous roundups in our archives.

Upcoming Events

Turning Ideas Into Action: The Role of Business in Financing the Post-2015 Agenda

Feb. 10, 4.30-7.30 p.m., JMHH 255: The Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research presents its latest business and development innovations lecture series, featuring Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Special Envoy to the President of World Bank, an international financial institution providing loans to developing countries for capital programs.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mohieldin spent six years as the Minister of Investment of Egypt and held senior positions in the Egyptian government, and on several Boards in the Central Bank of Egypt. The lecture is free to attend and open to students.

Panelists at the impact investing session of the 2013 Wharton Latin America Conference.
Panelists at the impact investing session of the 2013 Wharton Latin America Conference.

Wharton Latin America Conference

Feb. 14-15, JMHH: The Wharton Latin America Conference aims to showcase Latin America’s economic, cultural and political potential as well as to highlight the opportunities and challenges that the region faces.

In addition to keynotes from Jorge Quiroga, former president of Bolivia, and an Iron Chef Jose Garces, a social impact panel will explore successful for-profit business models and innovations to “improve the Latin American social reality.” An entrepreneurship panel will also discuss startup ecosystems, hurdles and opportunities in that space. Tickets are available online, at $39 for students and $95 for professionals.

Wharton Women in Business Lecture: Sallie Krawcheck

Feb. 27, 4.30-6pm, SHDH 350: As part of its leadership lecture series, Wharton Women in Business presents a talk by Sallie Krawcheck, Owner of 85 Broads professional women’s networking organization. Krawcheck is the former President of Global Wealth and Investment Management for Bank of America Merril Lynch, and will discuss the “power of investing in women.”

The lecture is free to attend for students, faculty and staff, but an RSVP is required.

D. Wayne Silby received the Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact.
D. Wayne Silby, W’70, is featured in an article about social impact finance, in the January 2014 issue of Wharton Magazine.

News and Opportunities

This semester, Wharton Social Impact Initiative kicks off a new Sub-Saharan Africa initiative, exploring issues such as poverty, education, social entrepreneurship, and lack of investment capital in an area that’s ripe for entrepreneurial growth. As part of the initiative, we will launch several funded summer internships for Wharton and Penn students. Stay tuned to next week’s social impact round-up and our Facebook page for more information.

Our social impact job board has new projects, internships, and international summer opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students across Penn. Browse the listings and apply today.

Knowledge@Wharton interviewed Sabriye Tenberken and Paul Kornenberg, co-founders of Braille Without Borders, a school for blind teenagers in Tibet. The pair later went on to found Kanthari International, a leadership training center in India to help disadvantaged people become social entrepreneurs.

Metro Philadelphia has details about Impact Hub, a new coworking space for social entrepreneurs. FastFWD, a collaboration between WSII, Mayor Nutter’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and GoodCompany Group, is one of the local groups working at this Northern Liberties-based community center.

Wharton Magazine explored the work of prominent Wharton graduates in the field of social impact finance, in its latest feature, “Banking on Good Returns.” The sector has grown considerably in the past three decades – as evidenced through the stories of Wharton alumni like D. Wayne Silby, Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, John Guffey Jr., Nick O’Donohoe and Durreen Shahnaz – and is “poised to take off,” according to author Katie Kuehner-Hebert.

Penn Law launched a fellowship and funding program for graduates pursuing careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. The Catalyst Program is open to graduating JD students taking unpaid positions with local, state, federal and international government agencies, public defender offices, NGOs or international tribunals.

Penn alumnus and Philabundance director George Matysik talks to about the challenges of fighting urban (and suburban) hunger efficiently and effectively.

Wharton Social Impact Club is accepting applications for next year’s co-president. Candidates must run with two people per slate. For more information or to submit your candidacy, contact co-presidents Lisa Weitzman and Ailyn Fun before Feb. 10.

Post by Joanne Ho, W’15. Do you have a social impact event or news item you’d like us to share? Email your information to Allie Harcharek at