With Turner Social Impact Society, Student Leaders Emerge

Good IdeasWharton Social Impact Initiative is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of the Turner Social Impact Society, a group of 20 undergraduates poised to become the world’s next great social impact leaders.

The Turner Social Impact Society, developed and launched for the 2014-2015 school year, is a close-knit community of students united by their shared passion for making a difference, and their commitment to gaining the skills and knowledge to do so.

This year’s delegates include 15 Members, and five Fellows—a more rigorous level of membership for students interested in a focused area of social impact. Accepted members receive career mentoring, exclusive event invitations, and additional support throughout the year.

The society kicked off last Friday at a lunchtime event, where Wharton alum Bobby Turner, W’84, addressed the eponymous group via video chat from the west coast. A longtime supporter of social impact activities at Wharton, Turner is an example of using business knowledge and resources for social good.

“We were confident that building a community of like-minded peers would be valuable for students,” says Sandi Hunt, WSII’s Senior Manager for Social Impact, who worked closely with Turner to develop the new program. “But were surprised to see and feel just how significant that value was, even in the society’s first day. WSII is thrilled to offer this new resource to support and develop students’ commitment to social impact.”

These sophomores, juniors, and seniors hail from schools across the University, including Wharton, College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Nursing, reflecting the cross-disciplinary nature of the social impact field.

Through TSIS, the Wharton Social Impact Initiative will offer workshops, internships, fellowships, and mentoring to support and develop selected students’ social impact interests and goals. With this latest offering, we’re continuing to support and develop students’ lifelong commitment to social impact.

Bonus Read: See bios of Turner Social Impact Society students