What To Do When the Money Runs Out: Leveraging Data as a Means to Sustainability

Eliza Rothstein, C’16, is passionate about exploring the intersection of philosophy and education in order to make education engaging and empowering for students of all backgrounds. As a recipient of funding from Bendheim Fellows Social Impact Fund, she spent her summer at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. EveryRead More

Student Perspective: Redefining Local Produce in Detroit, Creating Solutions for Small Urban Farmers

Sophomore Serena Bia, C’18, reflects on her summer experience managing a rooftop farm in Detroit, Michigan where she conducted research on how to maintain an economically viable small urban farm. Her work was supported through Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s summer internship funding. Detroit is no longer a one-industry town relying on automobile production—theRead 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: Learning about the Future of Gender Lens Investing

A group of Wharton Social Impact Fellows recently attended “Modeling a Future Gender Lens Investing Portfolio,” a conference hosted by USAID and partners. These highly engaged students have been involved in research and analysis for our Investing in Women & Girls project this summer, and trekked down to our nation’s capital for theRead 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

Student Perspective: Why I Pursue Business with a Purpose

Jenna Gebel, a second-year MBA candidate at Wharton, wrote about her summer internship working in sustainability at Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters. I will never forget the moment when I found out I was accepted to the Coca-Cola Office of Sustainability internship program. Sitting in my MBA corporate finance class, I quickly glanced atRead 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

Student Perspective: 3 Key Lessons for Social Entrepreneurs

First year MBA candidate Justine Lai shares key takeaways from her experience during the Wharton Social Impact Fellowship in the fall semester. Lai worked with social entrepreneurship accelerator FastFWD, a program launched by WSII, GoodCompany Ventures, and the City of Philadelphia. It’s estimated that nine out of ten startups fail; 42% ofRead More