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

Alumni Perspective: How Universities Can Create Positive Social Change

This past June, Turner Social Impact Society member Will Slotznick, C’17, traveled to Cartagena, Columbia to represent Penn’s Digital Seeds Program at the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA). The convention brought together academic communities from across the Western Hemisphere to share their experiences with actionable research for socialRead More

Student Perspective: What I Learned About Mission Preservation through Legal Documents

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. Our Social Impact Fellowship legal research team—composed of Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at Georgia State University, and four Penn Law students—collected and analyzed data to better understand how impact investing funds reflectRead More

Student Perspective: What Impact Investors Can Learn from Benefit Corporations

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. In collaboration with Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at Georgia State University, and supported by four Penn Law students through the Social Impact Fellowship, this cross-campus collaboration aimed to advance our ongoing impactRead More

Student Perspective: What Legal Contracts Can Say About Core Values

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. In collaboration with Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at Georgia State University, and supported by four Penn Law students through the Social Impact Fellowship, this cross-campus collaboration aimed to advance our ongoing impactRead More

Student Perspective: Applying a Legal Lens to Impact Investing

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC), and during the 2017 spring semester we welcomed four Penn Law students to continue the work through the Social Impact Fellowship. In collaboration with Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at GeorgiaRead More

Student Perspective: What We Learned about Food Insecurity from this Impact VC Firm

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: Three Takeaways from the Women in the World Summit

Women in the World Summit

Gender Lens Investing Fellow Carolyn Han shares her experience attending the New York Times’ Women in the World Summit earlier this spring. The three-day Women in the World Summit, held in New York City, presents powerful new female role models whose personal stories illuminate the most pressing international issues. Every year, the summit brings inRead 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