Student Perspective: Striving for Good Business and Good Returns

In her Fellowship with Wharton Social Impact Initiative, Cathleen Gui applied what she’s learned about impact investing to the emerging field of gender lens investing. The speed at which impact investing has evolved in recent years has been rapid, going from a concept to an investing approach that is increasinglyRead More

Welcome undergrads, and Class of 2021!

Undergraduates of Penn and Wharton, Spring 2017

Welcome, undergrads! Whether you’re a freshman arriving on campus for the first time, or a seasoned upperclassman making moves, there are so many exciting opportunities ahead at Penn. More and more, we see incoming students arrive on campus inspired to create change in the world and in their careers, andRead More

Welcome, Wharton MBAs! 5 Ways to Get Involved in Social Impact This Semester

MBA candidates at pre-term

  You’ve already had a blast at the Wharton Olympics and started networking with your cluster. You’re working your way through the student onboarding checklist. Maybe you’ve even found your favorite new coffee shop in Rittenhouse Square. Now it’s time to really get started. Welcome to Wharton! Every year, weRead 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

Student Perspective: Testing a Scale-up Strategy in Sierra Leone

Freetown surprised me. Freetown mesmerized me. Even having previously lived and worked in Africa, I arrived for the summer colored by media portrayals of disease and suffering in Sierra Leone. What I found was a city of poverty, inequalities and inconsistencies yes, but also of beauty, serenity and hope. HighRead 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

Investing in Women Impact Stories: Soom Foods’ Shelby Zitelman, W’07

WSII’s Investing in Women program presents a series of interviews to introduce thought leaders and create a conversation around a more gender informed economy. We have selected individuals from across the impact spectrum—multinational companies, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and more—to share their candid thoughts on trends, missteps, best practices, andRead More

Hello from Quaker Days, Wharton class of 2020!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Penn! While you preview your future life in Philadelphia, we hope you’ll look into the many ways to weave social impact into your university experience. At Wharton, you can apply business strategies for a better world. The Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) leverages Wharton’s strengths to develop and promoteRead More