Social Impact at Wharton Global Forum: 4 Takeaways

  Visionaries, rainmakers, trend-spotters, influencers, inventors, disruptors, advisers—these are Wharton alumni. Several members of the WSII team had the pleasure of attending the 52nd Wharton Global Forum in New York City, where we heard fascinating panels and networked with attendees. The common thread among these leaders in business, government, academia,Read More

Meet the Newest Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Recipients

The Wharton Social Impact Initiative is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund for Public Service. These 17 Bendheim Fellow are examples of Wharton alumni using their skills—in finance, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and more—for social impact. A look at previous winners reveals a diverse network ofRead More

Alumni Perspective: How Universities Can Create Positive Social Change

This past June, Turner Social Impact Society member Will Slotznick, C’17, traveled to Cartagena, Columbia to represent Penn’s Digital Seeds Program at the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA). The convention brought together academic communities from across the Western Hemisphere to share their experiences with actionable research for socialRead More

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

Penn Alumna Simi Shah Featured in Inspirational Women Series

Penn alumna Simi Wilhelm Shah, GEd’04, was featured as part of the Inspirational Women Series, an interview series with women across the world who are dedicated to effecting positive change in the lives of women and girls worldwide. In the discussion, she shares her perspective as an investor with a passion forRead More

Advancing the Field: Gender Lens Investing News on International Women’s Day

There are countless reasons to believe that bringing women fully into the global economy is the right thing to do. Today, on International Women’s Day, Wharton Social Impact Initiative highlights the work we are doing to understand how advancing an inclusive economy is also the smart thing to do. BecauseRead More

Student Perspective: Changing the Banking System for Good

This past summer in Oakland, CA, I had an opportunity to work at a bank that is focusing on social justice, environmental resilience, and economic sustainability. Beneficial State Bank is a triple-bottom-line community development financial institution (CDFI) that was founded during the financial crisis to change the banking system for good.Read More