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

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: 5 Lessons from WSII

Inspired by everything from Warby Parker to the Sustainable Development Goals, 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 to tackle theseRead More

Thinking through the Student-University Relationship: 5 Lessons on Student Engagement

Stephanie Kim, Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s Manager of Community Impact, walks through her process of developing, refining, and growing a fellowship program built with students in mind. “The Wharton Social Impact Initiative exists first and foremost because students demanded it.” WSII Managing Director Sherryl Kuhlman told me this my first day onRead More

Video: Katherine Klein on Social Impact and Opportunity

Knowledge@Wharton High School recently spoke with Wharton Social Impact Initiative Vice Dean Katherine Klein on social impact and opportunity. KWHS intern Ila Kuma, a high school senior, led the interview, exploring topics like entrepreneurship, innovation, and accountability — and how they meet at the intersection of business and social impact. “TheRead More