Turner Social Impact Speaker Series Returns Nov. 16 with Bill Ackman

Bobby Turner, W'84, shares a presentation about social impact and "Gens Y and Z" during the Social Impact Executive Speaker Series on Oct. 7. 2013.

For the eighth time in five years, the Lauren and Bobby Turner Social Impact Executive Speaker Series will light up the stage and inspire the Penn community with high profile leaders who are “doing well, and doing good.”

On Monday, November 16, more than 800 Penn students, faculty, and staff will enjoy a dialogue with William Ackman, Founder & CEO, Pershing Square Capital Management, hosted and moderated by Wharton alumnus K. Robert “Bobby” Turner, W’84.

Endowed by Turner (W’84) and his wife Lauren Golub Turner (W’85), this annual speaker series brings high-profile guests and celebrities to campus to discuss philanthropy, advocacy, education, and other efforts to create positive change in the world. Through candid interviews, audiences get an inside look at leaders who are using their influence and notoriety, as well as their creativity and passion, to make an impact on important social issues.

Previously, host Turner has shared the stage with other luminaries such as Eva Longoria, Andre Agassi, Ashton Kutcher, and KIPP’s Michael Feinberg. Read more about the series.


Ackman, CEO and portfolio manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., speaks at the Ira Sohn Investment Conference in New YorkAckman is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., an SEC registered investment adviser founded in 2003. Pershing Square is a concentrated research-intensive fundamental value investor in long and occasionally short investments in the public markets.

Prior to forming Pershing Square, Mr. Ackman co-founded Gotham Partners Management Co., LLC, an investment adviser that managed public and private equity hedge fund portfolios. Prior to Gotham Partners, Mr. Ackman began his career in real estate investment banking at Ackman Brothers & Singer, Inc. Mr. Ackman received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College.

In 2006, William and Karen Ackman founded The Pershing Square Foundation which supports exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues.

Mr. Ackman’s board memberships include Chairman of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC), Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP), and the Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard Business School.

At a Glance
  • Date: Monday, November 16, 2015
  • Time: 4:45pm
  • Venue: Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street
  • Open to: Current Penn and Wharton students, faculty, staff, and Penn alumni
  • RSVP required to attend