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

Has Impact Investing Been Seduced? That’s One Hypothesis

Commentary by Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s Nick Ashburn and Katherine Klein In the latest edition of SSIR, we read Mara Bolis and Chris West’s thoughtful critique of the evolution of impact investing with great interest. Bolis and West argue that impact investors have become increasingly “seduced” by the promise ofRead More

Student Perspective: What I Learned About Mission Preservation through Legal Documents

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. Our Social Impact Fellowship legal research team—composed of Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at Georgia State University, and four Penn Law students—collected and analyzed data to better understand how impact investing funds reflectRead More

Student Perspective: What Impact Investors Can Learn from Benefit Corporations

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. In collaboration with Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at Georgia State University, and supported by four Penn Law students through the Social Impact Fellowship, this cross-campus collaboration aimed to advance our ongoing impactRead More

Student Perspective: What Legal Contracts Can Say About Core Values

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. In collaboration with Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at Georgia State University, and supported by four Penn Law students through the Social Impact Fellowship, this cross-campus collaboration aimed to advance our ongoing impactRead More

Student Perspective: Applying a Legal Lens to Impact Investing

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC), and during the 2017 spring semester we welcomed four Penn Law students to continue the work through the Social Impact Fellowship. In collaboration with Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at GeorgiaRead More

Building The Evidence Base: Establishing Wharton’s Role in a Shifting Industry

Since the controversial “Google Diversity Memo” surfaced over the weekend, our inboxes have been filled with strong reactions. Amidst the cacophony of responses, one piece seems to resonate strongly with readers: Wharton Professor Adam Grant’s analysis on “Differences between Men and Women are Vastly Exaggerated.” Why are CNN, CNBC, Fortune andRead 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