Alumni Impact Story: Matthew Stephenson, WG’11

Matthew Stephenson, WG’11, was on the precipice of a lucrative career on Wall Street when he realized his job in risk management – protecting an investment bank from credit losses – wasn’t personally fulfilling. “As exciting as my job was, my skills weren’t actually helping people,” he says. Public service wasRead More

Faculty Impact Story: Professor Ian “Mac” MacMillan

Known for his “tough love approach” to educating would-be social entrepreneurs, Wharton professor Ian McMillan — or Mac, as he is commonly known on campus — is dedicated to training the next generation of scholars and change-makers. And thanks to the recently published “Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook” (co-authored with Dr. James Thompson), andRead More

Alumni Impact Story: Davis Smith, WG’11, G’11

When I was in undergrad, I read an article in the student newspaper that changed the trajectory of my life. The story told of a successful entrepreneur who sold his business and moved with his wife to the Philippines. They bought a large colonial mansion, but not for themselves. TheyRead More

Alumni Impact Story: Durreen Shahnaz

Like many of today’s Wharton students, getting into social impact finance “was not an epiphany” for Durreen Shahnaz, WG’95—it was something very much a part of her life’s journey. The 1995 Wharton graduate was born and raised in Bangladesh, a country “where women do not receive much opportunity to pursue a career in finance, letRead More

Alumni Impact Story: Barry Mattson, WG’08

Barry Mattson, WG’08, is a recipient of the Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund – a program designed to ease the burden of student loans for selected Wharton MBA graduates who are pursuing careers in the nonprofit and public sectors. Below, Mattson describes his work fighting poverty in Ethiopia. As an MBA student, I hadRead More