Six Social Impact Courses to Consider Next Semester

At Penn, undergrads can choose from a plethora of courses relating to social impact. These interdisciplinary courses help increase understanding of business practices, while also giving students the tools to tackle the most pressing social issues affecting our world today. As you select your spring semester schedule, consider one (or more)Read More

Student Perspective: Why I Pursue Business with a Purpose

Jenna Gebel, a second-year MBA candidate at Wharton, wrote about her summer internship working in sustainability at Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters. I will never forget the moment when I found out I was accepted to the Coca-Cola Office of Sustainability internship program. Sitting in my MBA corporate finance class, I quickly glanced atRead More

Welcome #WhartonGrad: What to Do on Alumni Weekend

Attention alumni: this weekend, join your friends and classmates at Wharton MBA Reunion Weekend, and remember what makes Wharton the best business school in the world and for the world. From Friday, May 15 to Saturday, May 16, visiting alumni have the opportunity to cultivate connections through networking events and class gatherings, learn from renowned Wharton facultyRead More

Student Perspective: 3 Key Lessons for Social Entrepreneurs

First year MBA candidate Justine Lai shares key takeaways from her experience during the Wharton Social Impact Fellowship in the fall semester. Lai worked with social entrepreneurship accelerator FastFWD, a program launched by WSII, GoodCompany Ventures, and the City of Philadelphia. It’s estimated that nine out of ten startups fail; 42% ofRead More

Student Perspective: Thinking about long-term outcomes with Accion Venture Lab

Second-year Wharton MBA student Nathan Krishnamurthy spent his summer internship at Accion Venture Lab, one of the world’s leading VC groups dedicated to social impact — and in the meantime gained perspective on what it will take to grow the student-run Wharton Social Venture Fund. Social impact investing is an industry thatRead More

Welcome MBA Class of 2016!

Welcome! The beginning of the school year is such an exciting time—and our team is especially excited to highlight the different opportunities for students interested in social impact. Who are we? Wharton Social Impact Initiative — or WSII for short — strives to inspire, facilitate, and support the Wharton community inRead More

Wharton Social Impact Initiative announces 2014 MBA loan forgiveness fund

The world of business is changing. With it, Wharton graduates’ aspirations are changing too. For recent Wharton alumni lending their business knowledge to careers in the nonprofit or public sectors, a social-impact focused fund managed by the Wharton Social Impact Initiative can help ease the burden of student loans. The John M. BendheimRead More

Social Aspirations at Business Plan Competition

The Wharton Business Plan Competition recently announced the winner of its newly-instituted Social Impact Prize: Dana Cita, a microlending firm founded by second year MBA candidate Susli Lie, WG’14, and co-managed by impact investor Tom Schmittzehe, WG ’03. The Social Impact Prize, a $10,000 award, is bestowed upon the strongest business planRead More

Conference to Fill Gap in Social Impact

Major gaps still exist in the social impact ecosystem between entrepreneurs and successful innovators who want to give back to the world, and investors who are willing to support their cause. The only way to truly tackle the world’s growing pains is by closing this gap and finding sustainable solutionsRead More