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

Student Perspective: 5 Lessons Learned from Social Entrepreneurship in East Africa

Call me a glutton for punishment, but I love working in challenging environments that require difficult and entrepreneurial solutions. That’s how I wound up working with East African startups for three years prior to Wharton and again for my 2015 summer internship. I am passionate about supporting entrepreneurship in emergingRead More

Student Perspective: Balancing Profits and Purpose at Kate Spade & Company

One of the highlights of my Wharton experience was leading a team of five Wharton students to work with Kate Spade & Company on the On Purpose initiative, which focuses on women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda. When I first heard about Kate Spade & Company’s On Purpose initiative, I was excited to learn thatRead More

Student Perspective: SiriusXM “Dollars and Change” Recap, Week of July 9

Wharton Social Impact Fellows Samantha Klein and Emma Kloppenburg tuned in to a live recording of “Dollars and Change” on Wharton Business Radio, powered by SiriusXM. Here’s what they learned from the two-hour segment. Employees are an organization’s most valuable asset. And yet, 70% of U.S. workers report not being engagedRead More

A Carnival Ride That Runs on Vegetables? Meeting with Joey Hundert

Wharton undergraduate Jason Choi. W’17, shares his student perspective from a recent visit with Joey Hundert, a sustainability-obsessed business leader who’s held the position of “social entrepreneur in residence” with Wharton Social Impact Initiative for the last four years. This post originally appeared on Choi’s blog, Breaking Hoops. How do you inspireRead More

Passion, Action, and Inspiration: a Personal Look at Social Entrepreneurship

Senior Jongmin Jeon reflects on his experience at Asia Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), an impact investment firm based in Singapore. Thailand rice farmers, Singaporean ex-convicts, Malaysian juveniles, Philippines native inhabitants, Indonesian uniform knitters -these are beneficiaries of social enterprises that I came across last year. As the list goes on and on,Read More

Student Perspective: Reflections on “Dollars and Change”

An undergraduate Social Impact Fellow recaps a recent segment of Dollars and Change, featuring social entrepreneurship professor and impact strategist Diana Ayton-Shenker.  The October 23rd show was hosted by Sherryl Kuhlman and Sandi Hunt. Other guests included Nick Ryan of Worn Again, Topher Wilkins of Opportunity Collaboration, and Benjamin Stone, co-founder of Dollar A Day. “We’reRead More

Calling Social Entrepreneurs: FastFWD Launches New Cycle

Entrepreneurs can change the world. We’ve seen this already through Wharton alumni launching disruptive ventures that scale or heading a social network that alters the way we communicate. But entrepreneurs can also shape the world through ideas and business practices that lead to lasting civic change. This May, FastFWD – a collaboration among the City of Philadelphia, GoodCompanyRead More

#WhartonGrad: Alumni Spotlight Month

Wharton grads look at the world’s most pressing challenges and say: “How can we change this?” Our alumni connect their business knowledge and commitment to social change in innovative organizations, companies, and careers. It’s true – everywhere we look, it seems Wharton grads are doing something inspirational. And a new class is setRead More