Learn More and Get Involved

7 Steps to Learn about Social Impact

If you want to learn more about Wharton Social Impact Initiative—or if you just want to learn more about the intersection of social impact and business in general—here are some steps you can take.

1. Sign up for our newsletter and student opportunities email list.

Subscribe for our monthly newsletter. We share the latest social impact news, stories from Wharton and Penn, innovative research, podcasts, upcoming events, and more. If you’re a current student at Penn or Wharton, be sure to also sign up for our student opportunities list. Not only will you receive our monthly newsletter, but you will also be the first to hear about any student program applications, paid opportunities, and other ways to get involved.

2. Explore our student programs.

From real-world impact investing experience to social impact research, our programs give students the skills and training opportunities to effect smart and savvy change through business. Explore all programs.

3. Read social impact stories and listen to our Dollars and Change podcast.

Student reflections. Impact investing insights. Research analysis. Impactful start-ups. By reading social impact stories on our website and tuning in to our monthly podcast, you’ll learn from a diverse set of perspectives about the many challenges and hopeful solutions in using business as a force for good.

4. Read the FAQs.

Speaking of reading up on social impact, check out the FAQs on our website. This page is a great place to start if you are looking for an introduction to impact investing, if you want to know how business can even have a social impact, and if you want learn how else you can get involved.

5. Take a social impact course.

Wharton offers numerous courses that will help you understand and tackle many of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world. Each semester, we update our “Social Impact Courses” page so that you can explore and find a course that matches your interests. We list courses that are available for the upcoming semester as well as courses that may be offered other semesters. Tip: You can also take our Coursera course on Business Strategies for Social Impact, or earn a certificate by enrolling in Wharton’s specialization on Business Strategies for a Better World.

6. Sign up for office hours.

Want to just connect with a WSII staff member one-on-one? Our team has regular office hours to meet with Penn/Wharton students each week. First, learn more about our team to see who you’d like to chat with. Then, scroll down to see each team member’s weekly office hours and email Jay to schedule. Just be sure to include the topic for your meeting and which team member you’d like to speak with in your request.

7. Join a social impact club.

Current students can learn about all of the student-run clubs and conferences by logging in to CampusGroups (Wharton) and Penn Clubs. Social impact-related clubs include: Wharton Social Impact Club, Wharton Impact Investing Partners, Wharton Africa Investment Partners, Penn International Impact Consulting, and Penn Social Entrepreneurship Movement.

Are you a Wharton alum? Join the alumni-led Wharton Alumni Social Impact Club.