7 Wharton Faculty & Doctoral Students Awarded Funding for Social Impact Research

Rigorous research provides the foundation for meaningful and sustainable social change. The Wharton Social Impact Initiative Fund for Social Impact Research helps support faculty and doctoral social impact research across many areas and disciplines. Awards typically range from $1,000 – $10,000, allowing recipients to advance their social impact research, developRead 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

Building The Evidence Base: Establishing Wharton’s Role in a Shifting Industry

Since the controversial “Google Diversity Memo” surfaced over the weekend, our inboxes have been filled with strong reactions. Amidst the cacophony of responses, one piece seems to resonate strongly with readers: Wharton Professor Adam Grant’s analysis on “Differences between Men and Women are Vastly Exaggerated.” Why are CNN, CNBC, Fortune andRead 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

K@W: Why Impact Investing Has Reached a Tipping Point

More major mainstream investment managers are flocking to impact investments. Already, funds invested in it are well into the tens of trillions and some foundations are committing to invest their endowments in it. Perhaps even more telling than these indicators suggesting that impact investing is heading toward the mainstream: MoreRead More

2016: The Social Impact Year in Review

Each new year, we are filled with possibility. Some make resolutions, some set major goals, and some are just excited to return to the campus routine once more. As we begin what is sure to be a busy spring semester, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the events, stories,Read More

News from Wharton Social Impact: Spring Semester In Review

This weekend, more than 150 Wharton alumni gathered to talk with us about business strategies for a better world. As part of Wharton Reunion Weekend, we were honored to host an alumni panel moderated by WSII Managing Director Sherryl Kuhlman, WG’01.  The session—featuring panelists Abigail Bach, G’86 WG’86, Dawn Hines, WG’91, andRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: Finding the Right Investors

We’re continuing Impact Entrepreneurship Week series with an entry from our director of impact investing, Harry Douglas. His advice: “Find funders who understand your mission, vision, and values.” All week long we’re sharing perspectives on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and highlighting some of the key lessons aspiring impact entrepreneurs must address in orderRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: Keep it Simple

We’re continuing Impact Entrepreneurship Week series with an entry from our senior director, Jacob Gray. His advice: keep it simple. All week long we’re sharing perspectives on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and highlighting some of the key lessons aspiring impact entrepreneurs must address in order to succeed. Read the rest of the impactRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: Feed Your Bottom Line

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 that work toward solutions. This week we’re sharing our perspectives on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and highlightingRead More