2014-2015 Turner Social Impact Society

The Turner Social Impact Society helps today’s students become tomorrow’s social impact leaders. These students were selected for the 2014-2015 cohort.


DavidsonLLeah Davidson is a Wharton junior concentrating in management and global innovation. She has created a microfinance program to incubate businesses in rural Peru, launched Act for Antarctica, an international campaign to protect the polar regions, and conducted research on frugal innovation in India as a Wharton Research Scholar.
BrunoMMarisa Bruno is a junior in the Huntsman Program, studying International Business and targeting Portuguese. She is especially interested in the role that social enterprises can play in improving the quality of education and spent last summer teaching in a community school in Nepal.
Katlyn GrassoKatlyn Grasso, a senior at the Wharton School from Buffalo, New York, is the Founder and CEO of GenHERation. She is the Managing Practice Leader of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, the Co-President of Wharton Ambassadors, and a member of the Wharton Venture Initiation Program.
GuptaSSaloni Gupta is a senior studying Finance and Strategic Management. She hails from the Bay Area where she was introduced to the concept of microfinance. Since then, she has interned at Kiva.org, served as the President of Penn Microfinance, and currently resides on the Kiva U Advisory Board. She is also the CEO of Compass Capital, a student-led microfinance institution (MFI) serving entrepreneurs in West Philadelphia. In the past, she has worked a Wharton Social Impact Associate and been a part of the Wharton Social Impact Conference.
SlotznickWWill Slotznick is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences studying International Relations with concentrations in African studies and International Development. Will engages in research regarding international educational development at Penn, and has conducted field work in Ghana and Nicaragua.
ShinSSeaon Shin is a senior studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Wharton. She has taken two nonconsecutive gap years to work on pursuing her passion to build a non-profit turned social enterprise called GYEM (Global Youth Empowerment) in Dubai, UAE. Seaon is a fellow at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, a WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) Learner fellow (2014), was named top 8 young social entrepreneurs by Ashoka’s Youth Venture (2010), and has nervously presented at two TEDx conferences.


RoskowinskiLLuke Roskowinski is a senior in Wharton hailing from Little Silver, NJ who concentrates in Marketing and Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. As the son of a chef, he has always had a deep love of food and this inspired his passion to increase access to healthy food in disadvantaged communities.
BeckRRachel Beck is a junior in Wharton concentrating in Marketing and Social Impact and Responsibility. She is a Wharton Social Impact Initiative Fellow, the Director of Social Impact for the Wharton Business Plan Competition, and Vice President of Alumnae Relations of Sigma Kappa.
ChenAAngela Chen is a pre-medical Junior in the Nursing School and Wharton, where she is concentrating in Health Care Management. She is from Vestal, NY and has been actively involved with her surrounding communities from a young age. Currently, she loves working as a Research Fellow with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative on the Impact Philadelphia team. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and playing tennis.
DeGagneMMatthew Degagne, W’15, is a senior from Thunder Bay, ON, Canada concentrating in Real Estate and Entrepreneurship and Innovation and pursuing a University Minor in Urban Real Estate and Development. Outside his campus and community involvement through Wharton Ambassadors, the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Big Brothers Big Sisters, Matthew has a social impact focus on urban economic and community development, and youth mentorship.
ChinAHailing from Kuching, Malaysia, Amanda Chin is a current senior in Wharton concentrating in Finance and BEPP. She is an avid golfer and captain of the Penn Women’s Golf Team, and passionate about issues within development economics including poverty alleviation and education.
LohKSKai-Syuen Loh is a Philosophy, Politics and Economics/Finance dual degree student in the College and Wharton. I love writing, exploring different types of food and above all, learning about the stories that exist around us – whether about people or in the world.
IqbalAAlexandra Iqbal is a senior at Wharton concentrating in Marketing & Operations Management, as well as Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Since January of 2012 Alex has worked with WSII on numerous social impact projects for organizations around Philadelphia such as FastFWD, Penn Purchasing, and the People’s Emergency Center. Her love for social impact has not been limited to campus as she has continued to pursue a socially conscious career leading her to a summer internship with Goldman Sach’s Urban Investment Group in 2014.
ChenCConnie Chen is a junior studying Finance and Environmental Policy & Management, and double minoring in Urban Studies and History. This past summer she worked in Singapore on projects with renewable energy.
KleinSSamantha Klein is a junior in the college from New York City studying Health and Societies. She is passionate about engaging in the communities around her and is excited to engage in and learn more about social impact.
OchAAlison Och is a senior in Wharton concentrating in Finance and in Social Impact & Responsibility.  Her passion lies in the growing field of Impact Investing, as she hopes to explore new and greater ways of making a difference.
DinsmoorAAlex Dinsmoor is a senior in Wharton, where he studies Social Impact & Responsibility, Healthcare Management & Policy, and Actuarial Science. On campus, he directs a literacy tutoring group called Penn Reading Initiative and serves as a member of the Netter Center Student Advisory Board.
OgunrindeAAdebisi (Debi) Ogunrinde is a junior in the Huntsman Program. She is interested in the African diaspora and international development, and has focused on better understanding the intersection of business and social impact through her studies and co-curricular activities. She also enjoys competitive debate and badminton.
CaplanAAliza Caplan is a junior in the College studying Sociology and Jewish Studies.  She is passionate about the intersection of social justice, volunteerism and community engagement.
MarcelaArguelloMarcela Argüello is a senior in Wharton from Tampico, Mexico, concentrating in Finance, Management and Operations. She is an avid soccer player and is passionate about financial development issues, especially in Latin America.
Lena BackeLena Backe is a senior in the College studying Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) and International Development. Highly passionate about the intersection of business and sustainability, Lena has interned at B Lab, worked with a sustainable development NGO in Morocco, and currently serves on a WSII student-led consultant team to help businesses integrate CSR into their core practices.
Abel McDaniels is a junior in the College from Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He is studying history and Urban Education Policy, and he is planning a career in educational leadership and policy-making.