#WhartonGrad: Alumni Spotlight Month

Wharton grads look at the world’s most pressing challenges and say: “How can we change this?” Our alumni connect their business knowledge and commitment to social change in innovative organizations, companies, and careers.

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It’s true – everywhere we look, it seems Wharton grads are doing something inspirational. And a new class is set to graduate one week from today, ready to join a network of 92,000 alumni in 150 countries.

As we count down to the University of Pennsylvania’s 258th commencement ceremony, join us as we highlight a few who are living examples of “doing good and doing well.”

Every day this month, we’re sharing new photos, stories and quotes on the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Facebook page. You can see more activity using the hashtag #WhartonGrad.

Commencement ceremonies will also coincide with Wharton MBA Reunion Weekend on May 16-18.

In addition to networking, tours and activities across the three-day event, Lifelong Learning will offer thought-provoking master classes in management, leadership, negotiation, entrepreneurship and more. Professor Katherine Klein, Vice Dean for Social Impact, will present a crash course on using business as a force for social good.

The Business of Social Impact: Friday, May 16, 3-4:30 p.m., Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Room F45

No longer is the business of business solely business. Businesses are pursuing social missions, and social entrepreneurs are pursuing business strategies to create sustainable impact. How are Wharton alumni and other innovators using business and business knowledge as a force for social good? This session will explore several examples, identify key ingredients of success, and outline remaining challenges and opportunities for impact.

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Other sessions include a 90-minute  lesson on social entrepreneurship with Dr. James D. Thompson, co-author of “The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook,” and a case study and discussion on effective nonprofit management, led by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy’s Kat Rosqueta (WG’01).

For more information, view the full schedule of events.