Wharton Stories: Social Impact

“If we want to create a world that’s a better place, we need people who can bring that sense of social justice and combine it with some practical Wharton toolkits so that they can be more impactful.”

From Peace Corps to Wharton

In lieu of its in-country immersion program, which was canceled because of the pandemic, the Lauder Institute incorporated community engagement projects that connected students with communities in Philadelphia and beyond.

Lauder Students Put Language Skills Into Practice

Lizbeth Nunez, WG’22, reflects on her internship with Firework Ventures — an impact venture capital firm co-founded by alum Ashley Bittner, WG’13, that invests in future-of-work companies.

Investing to Impact the Future of Work

Maya Burns, WG’20, and May Li, WG’21, share their experiences connecting students to organizations in need and helping local businesses since COVID-19 closed their doors.

How 1,200 MBA Students Helped Small Businesses Survive the Pandemic

The Turner MIINT gives hundreds of business school students across the globe a hands-on education in impact investing.

How the Turner MIINT Program Trains Students to Think Like Impact Investors

Learn about student programming, events, and other ways to get involved with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative for the Spring 2021 semester.

Students, Get Involved With Social Impact This Semester

If you’re a first-year MBA student at Wharton and you’re launching or leading a social venture, learn how the Jacobs Impact Entrepreneur Prize can help power your startup.

Two Crucial Things Student Social Entrepreneurs Need — and How to Get Them

Matt Stephenson, WG’11, founded his nonprofit Code2College after many years of working in finance and education. He reflects on the current opportunities and challenges in the STEM field, and how the Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Program impacted his career.

How This Bendheim Awardee Is Championing More Diversity in STEM

A team of Penn students in Wharton Impact Venture Associates (WIVA) sourced an impact investment deal into a startup that aims to champion sustainable and ethical practices in the fashion industry.

How This Philly Start-Up is Making Fashion More Sustainable

Although campus programs, events, and classes were remote this semester, students stayed connected more than ever. Wharton Social Impact students reflect on how they finished the semester virtually while prioritizing impactful activities.

Why These Wharton Students Stayed Involved with Social Impact Remotely