Podcast: Ben & Jerry’s Rob Michalak Talks Social Mission on “Dollars and Change”

How can an independent company maintain its culture and mission when a big corporation gets involved? In this episode of “Dollars and Change,” hosts Sherryl Kuhlman and Sandi Hunt chat with Rob Michalak, Global Director of Social Mission at Ben & Jerry’s.  He shares how Ben & Jerry’s successfully maintainedRead More

Student Perspective: Five Business Lessons from a Community Kitchen

In North Philadelphia, one community kitchen aims to both relieve hunger now and end hunger forever. Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) is an adult culinary arts vocational training program, run under the umbrella of Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger-relief organization. Through a three-month full-time program, PCK prepares men and women for careersRead More

Student Perspective: Four Lessons from My Community Development Finance Internship

Undergraduate Leigh Ann Eisenhauer reflects on her summer experience at The Enterprise Center Capital Corporation (TEC-CC), a Philadelphia based Community Development Financial Institution that provides access to capital to small businesses, with a focus on women and minority owned businesses. She received funding from WSII to support this experience.  ThisRead More

Building a Changemaker: Notes from the Germination Project

A reverse vending machine that provides transit credits in exchange for recyclable goods. An immersive, cross-cultural exchange and language learning program that doesn’t require a passport. A grassroots anti-smoking movement to improve the health, environment, and brand of a city. A network of rooftop gardens connecting corporations with communities. TheseRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: The Art of the Pitch

All week long we’ve been highlighting some of the key lessons aspiring impact entrepreneurs must address in order to succeed. Now that you’ve learned about asking the right questions, finding partners who share your vision, and keeping it simple, it’s time to address one oft-overlooked area: yourself. Specifically, how toRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: Finding the Right Investors

We’re continuing Impact Entrepreneurship Week series with an entry from our director of impact investing, Harry Douglas. His advice: “Find funders who understand your mission, vision, and values.” All week long we’re sharing perspectives on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and highlighting some of the key lessons aspiring impact entrepreneurs must address in orderRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: Keep it Simple

We’re continuing Impact Entrepreneurship Week series with an entry from our senior director, Jacob Gray. His advice: keep it simple. All week long we’re sharing perspectives on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and highlighting some of the key lessons aspiring impact entrepreneurs must address in order to succeed. Read the rest of the impactRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: Feed Your Bottom Line

More students are engaging in impact entrepreneurship than ever before. Today’s young entrepreneurs believe in applying business solutions to the world’s toughest problems, and they’re putting their Penn-developed skills to use in starting and scaling enterprises that work toward solutions. This week we’re sharing our perspectives on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and highlightingRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: 5 Lessons from WSII

Inspired by everything from Warby Parker to the Sustainable Development Goals, more students are engaging in impact entrepreneurship than ever before. Today’s young entrepreneurs believe in applying business solutions to the world’s toughest problems, and they’re putting their Penn-developed skills to use in starting and scaling enterprises to tackle theseRead More