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

Beyond-Aid Approaches to Promoting Gender Equality: Birdsall House Conference Series on Women

How can businesses go beyond traditional forms of corporate social responsibility to integrate gender equality into their value chains? How can the banking sector narrow gaps in access to formal financial services? How can international policy-making levers like trade agreements play a role in combating gender discrimination? Last November, IRead More

Student Perspective: Three Takeaways from the Women in the World Summit

Women in the World Summit

Gender Lens Investing Fellow Carolyn Han shares her experience attending the New York Times’ Women in the World Summit earlier this spring. The three-day Women in the World Summit, held in New York City, presents powerful new female role models whose personal stories illuminate the most pressing international issues. Every year, the summit brings inRead More

Five Ways to Advance Gender Lens Investing in Africa

  Gender lens investing is gaining traction with investors around the globe and Africa is no exception. WSII’s Senior Gender Lens Investing Advisor Suzanne Biegel reflects on discussions and lessons learned at Sankalp Africa Summit, a 2017 gathering of more than 1,000 investors, fund managers, entrepreneurs, and intermediaries focused onRead More

Event Recap: Wharton Social Impact Conference in Philadelphia

What if impact investing was just called “investing?” This month, we’ve had a number of fascinating conversations about the current state—and future—of the industry. At the Wharton Social Impact Conference in Philadelphia, that conversation continued and thrived among 220 attendees. (And you can still be part of it!) This year’sRead More

Wharton hosts largest-ever MIINT competition, MIT Sloan takes top prize

Last weekend, 25 student teams from some of the world’s top business and policy schools gathered on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia for the culmination of MIINT—the MBA Impact Investing Network & Training program. MIINT is an experiential lab designed to give business students a hands-on education in impact investing,Read More

Recap: Liesel Pritzker Simmons Takes Residence at Wharton

This November, Wharton Social Impact Initiative had the honor of hosting Liesel Pritzker Simmons through the Angella and David Nazarian Social Innovators in Residence program, an annual series that hosts leaders who leverage business-based solutions to solve economic and social challenges in communities around the globe. Simmons is the co-founder andRead More

Event Recap: Wharton Executive MBAs Attend the Cleantech Open Global Forum

Last month, I had the opportunity to see companies from around the world unveiling breakthrough developments  through the Cleantech Open, the world’s largest accelerator of early-stage clean-technology companies. Cleantech Open Board Member Ron Lusk invited several Wharton Executive MBA students from the San Francisco campus to the Cleantech Open GlobalRead More