Welcome Back! Upcoming events for January 2016


Welcome back for the Spring semester!  We hope you are returning from the holiday break rested and rejuvenated.  Check out our 2015 by the numbers and see below for upcoming opportunities in the coming weeks:

  1. Wednesday 1/13 – We’re recruitingSpring 2016 Fellowship positions will be posted on our job board Wednesday 1/13 and will close Wednesday 1/20.  Interviews will take place on a rolling basis for a February project start.  Spread the word!  More information about the Social Impact Fellowship here.
  1. Tuesday 1/19 – Lunch with Natalie Lynn Rekstad, Black Fox Philanthropy. Sign up for our first small group lunch of the semester with Natalie Lynn Rekstad, Founder & Chief Catalyst of Black Fox Philanthropy – Tuesday 1/19, 12-1:20pmRSVP here – location will be confirmed via email on Friday 1/15.  Natalie’s bio is down below.
  1. Wednesday 1/20 and Thursday 1/21 – WSII’s Penn Impact Entrepreneurship Workshops, 5-7pm in SHDH 213. WSII will host two identical workshop sessions for ANY undergrad students interested in shaping and sharpening their ideas for the President’s Engagement and Innovation Prize, whether they are applying this year or in future years.  The workshops will provide a framework for thinking about your social impact concept, and walk through a checklist of things we encourage you to consider before submitting your application. Students who attend may also apply to a lottery for a 1×1 coaching session with WSII staff, to take place the week of January 25th.  RSVP here.
  1. Wednesday 1/27 – Lunch with Kelle Bevine, Inter-American Development Bank. Sign up for a small group lunch with Kelle Bevine, Chief of Strategy Management within IDB’s Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF), and Chief Advisor to the SCF Manager – Wednesday 1/27, 12-1:20pmRSVP here – location will be confirmed via email on Friday 1/22.  Kelle’s bio is down below.

We have quite a few events and activities cooking for the semester, so be sure to keep up with our newsletterFacebook, and Twitter and reach out to socialimpact@wharton.upenn.edu with any ideas/thoughts – we’d love to hear from you.

A happy new year to all  – see you soon!

The WSII Team


Natalie Lynn Rekstad is a catalyst in service to lifting the world through innovative development strategies for nonprofits and global NGOs. She has created Black Fox Philanthropy to exponentially increase the scale and reach of her impact by building stronger, more engaged, and strategic philanthropic communities. Ever interested in scale and mobilizing others, she delivers inspiring keynotes, workshops, and TED-style talks to audiences across the country. She has been featured in dozens of local and national media outlets including CBS, NBC, Sirius XM “Dollars & Change”, and Denver Woman Magazine (Cover Story). She is a frequent panelist, speaker, and resource for a variety of organizations on the topic of philanthropy.

An active supporter of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado since 2007, Natalie now serves as a Board Trustee. Her ultimate vision: A world where men and women lead together with full opportunity and equality. Natalie is a member of Women Moving Millions, a global contagion of women making gifts of $1 million or more for the advancement of women and girls, and is an MCE Guarantor, infusing $1 million in microfinance to women throughout the developing world.

In addition to her nonprofit and philanthropic background, Natalie has 17 years of corporate travel management experience, most recently as VP of Sales and Marketing for Andavo Travel, then the largest woman-owned business in Colorado, a $60 million travel management firm.

Kelle Bevine is Chief of Strategy Management within the IDB’s Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF), and Chief Advisor to the SCF Manager, a post she assumed in 2007. Prior to joining SCF Management, Ms. Bevine held positions in operations as Senior Investment Officer and Investment Officer and specialized in securitized transactions while responsible for IDB capital market deals in Mexico. As Chief of SCF/SMU, she manages staff assigned to facilitate greatersocial and climate impact in SCF operations, working closely with origination teams to identify and design sustainability opportunities aligned to strategy as well as originating and executing private sector transactions in social infrastructure sectors of health and education. Her responsibilities also include leading the department’s strategic communication, overseeing SCF’s strategy implementation, budgeting, training and human capital development.