New Research: Tracking Private Equity (Venture) and Debt Funds with a Gender Lens

A preview of Project Sage, a collaborative research project tracking venture/private equity and debt funds with a gender lens for the benefit of investors, advisors, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem As a long-time investor and connector in the gender lens investing space, I’m constantly asked about vehicles directing capital towards women,Read More

Student Perspective: Striving for Good Business and Good Returns

In her Fellowship with Wharton Social Impact Initiative, Cathleen Gui applied what she’s learned about impact investing to the emerging field of gender lens investing. The speed at which impact investing has evolved in recent years has been rapid, going from a concept to an investing approach that is increasinglyRead More

Center for High Impact Philanthropy Releases New Report: The XX Factor

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy released a new report examining the inequalities and opportunities afforded to women and girls, and providing a framework for ways to help. “Women and girls make up half of the world’s population. Given their roles as caregivers, breadwinners, and de facto community leaders, it is not aRead 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

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

Research Review: Does Gender Diversity on Boards Really Boost Company Performance?

Many commentators suggest that gender diversity in the corporate boardroom improves company performance because of the different points of view and experience it offers. However, rigorous, peer-reviewed academic research paints a different picture. Despite the intuitive appeal of the argument that gender diversity on the board improves company performance, researchRead More

Podcast: Shannon Schuyler of PwC on “Dollars and Change”

On “Dollars and Change”: Shannon Schuyler of The PWC Charitable Foundation How can companies support working parents? And what does a Chief Purpose Officer do? In this episode of “Dollars and Change,” hosts Sandi Hunt and Nick Ashburn talk with Shannon Schuyler, Principal, Chief Purpose Officer and Corporate Responsibility Leader at PwCRead 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