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

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

Knowledge@Wharton: Derek Handley on Finding Purpose, Leadership, and Hybrid Capital

In this Knowledge@Wharton interview, social entrepreneur Derek Handley spoke with Vice Dean Katherine Klein on the importance of vision and what it takes to make a difference. An edited transcript of the conversation follows: Katherine Klein: How did you find your purpose as a businessperson? Derek Handley: I think the common patternRead More

New Report: “Innovative Finance: Mobilizing Capital for Maximum Impact”

A new report from Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Knowledge@Wharton examines the origins and different approaches of innovative finance for social impact. Ending poverty and fostering sustainable development — the aims of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — will require some $3.9 trillion annually for the next 15 yearsRead More

Innovative Finance and the Sustainable Development Goals

Just last fall, nearly 193 countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 objectives to eradicate extreme poverty, slow climate change, and reduce inequality and injustice around the world by 2030. Varied and ambitious, the SDGs provide a framework to tackle diverse environmental and social challenges rangingRead More

Social Impact Round Up – Indiegogo, Hacking and more

Every week, we take a look at some of the social impact events and happenings around campus, so you can save your space, submit an application and get involved. Healthcare, Poverty and You September 24, 7 p.m. in JMHH G60: Dr. Buz Cooper, a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute forRead More

Video: Katherine Klein on Social Impact and Opportunity

Knowledge@Wharton High School recently spoke with Wharton Social Impact Initiative Vice Dean Katherine Klein on social impact and opportunity. KWHS intern Ila Kuma, a high school senior, led the interview, exploring topics like entrepreneurship, innovation, and accountability — and how they meet at the intersection of business and social impact. “TheRead More