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

Purpose and Profit: How this Venture Capital Firm Is Changing the World and Achieving Real Impact

Wharton MBA candidates Julia Enyart, Alice Tang, and Boyce Whitesides reflect on what they learned while working with an early-stage venture capital firm focused on “profit and purpose.” Founded by social entrepreneur Derek Handley, Aera VC is an early-stage venture capital firm that seeks to be a catalyst for theRead More

K@W: Why Impact Investing Has Reached a Tipping Point

More major mainstream investment managers are flocking to impact investments. Already, funds invested in it are well into the tens of trillions and some foundations are committing to invest their endowments in it. Perhaps even more telling than these indicators suggesting that impact investing is heading toward the mainstream: MoreRead 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

The Wharton School and Bridges co-host Sixth Annual Impact Investing Competition

25 business schools from around the world compete for $50,000 investment opportunity Students from the world’s top business and policy schools gathered on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia for the culmination of the MIINT—the MBA Impact Investing Network & Training program. Three winning teams secured a total ofRead 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

2016: The Social Impact Year in Review

Each new year, we are filled with possibility. Some make resolutions, some set major goals, and some are just excited to return to the campus routine once more. As we begin what is sure to be a busy spring semester, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the events, stories,Read More