Interview: Alumna Dureen Shahnaz, WG’95, on Why Impact Investing Needs to go Mainstream

Durreen Shahnaz, WG’95, started her career with Morgan Stanley in 1989 and was the first Bangladeshi woman investment banker on Wall Street. After stints with various organizations including the Nobel Prize-winning Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Shahnaz went on to set up Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), the world’s first social stock exchange, in 2009Read More

Alumni Impact Story: Matthew Stephenson, WG’11

Matthew Stephenson, WG’11, was on the precipice of a lucrative career on Wall Street when he realized his job in risk management – protecting an investment bank from credit losses – wasn’t personally fulfilling. “As exciting as my job was, my skills weren’t actually helping people,” he says. Public service wasRead More

Alumni Impact Story: Davis Smith, WG’11, G’11

When I was in undergrad, I read an article in the student newspaper that changed the trajectory of my life. The story told of a successful entrepreneur who sold his business and moved with his wife to the Philippines. They bought a large colonial mansion, but not for themselves. TheyRead More

Alumni Impact Story: Durreen Shahnaz

Like many of today’s Wharton students, getting into social impact finance “was not an epiphany” for Durreen Shahnaz, WG’95—it was something very much a part of her life’s journey. The 1995 Wharton graduate was born and raised in Bangladesh, a country “where women do not receive much opportunity to pursue a career in finance, letRead More

Alumni Impact Story: Chris Marvin, WG’11

Chris Marvin, WG’11, was serving as an aviation platoon leader and Blackhawk pilot, deployed to combat operations in Afghanistan, when his helicopter crashed. During his recuperation stateside—which involved 10 surgeries and thousands of physical therapy hours—he received a letter from an organization, thanking him for his service with a $5ooRead More

Alumni Impact Story: Barry Mattson, WG’08

Barry Mattson, WG’08, is a recipient of the Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund – a program designed to ease the burden of student loans for selected Wharton MBA graduates who are pursuing careers in the nonprofit and public sectors. Below, Mattson describes his work fighting poverty in Ethiopia. As an MBA student, I hadRead More

Why Eva, Ashton and Andre? Bobby Turner, W’84, talks speaker series

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.

Wharton alum K. Robert “Bobby” Turner is a man on a mission – a mission to make a positive difference in the world and to inspire others to do the same. And when it comes to inspiring others to make a difference, he’s starting at Penn. His message? You can makeRead More

Alumni Impact Story: K. Robert Turner, W’84

For a landlord, the economics of running an urban apartment complex can be dismal. Tenants without a sense of home ownership may damage the property, and with an average turnover of 100% every two years, losses from vacancy are high. Tenants also suffer. Constant turnover may leave the community vulnerableRead More