Wharton Stories: Philadelphia

Jason Lepes, WG’20, is combining his passion for food and cooking with new business skills to help grow the startup Foodkick.

A Passion for Food Led this Foodkick Co-Founder to Wharton

The Wharton Impact Venture Associates (WIVA) program gives students hands-on experience in impact investing. Four students reflect on lessons learned from assessing real impact venture capital deals.

What 4 WIVA Students Learned From Real-World Impact Investing Experience

Learn about Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s student programs, with opportunities in impact investing, consulting, social entrepreneurship, research, community building, and more.

Welcome Back to Campus: 7 Social Impact Programs for Student Changemakers

Mark Spector, WG’15, uses knowledge and tools from Wharton to negotiate real estate deals and lead development projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

How Wharton’s EMBA Program Impacted this Graduate’s Career at the Intersection of Real Estate and Government

Turner Social Impact Society member Stephanie Wu, W’20, consulted for Asociacion CREAR, an educational nonprofit in Costa Rica. Working on the ground in Costa Rica, she learned four important lessons about small nonprofits.

What I Learned About Small Nonprofits from an NGO in Costa Rica

“I heard about the network during Orientation, and I thought it was probably all talk. But then I saw it in action, and it was impressive,” said Denise Carter, WG’19, co-founder of Quoin Pharmaceuticals.

How Wharton’s Network is Helping this Alumna Grow Her Pharmaceutical Business

From academic courses to extracurricular involvements and internships, Michelle Jaffee, W’19, ensured social impact shaped her time at Penn. She offers tips for students looking for impactful opportunities.

How I Found My Social Impact Path at Penn — and How You Can Find Yours

Between inspiring young students to study STEM and interning at Procter & Gamble, Ben Onukwube, WG’20, is doing his best to help others be theirs.

Why This Computer Engineer is Working Towards His Best Self at Wharton

A self-proclaimed “data nerd,” Ajjit Narayanan, C’19 worked on an urban analytics project through Wharton Social Impact’s WISE Fellowship throughout his time at Penn. Seeing tangible social impact outcomes, he decided to make the project the basis for his senior thesis and career.

Why I Decided to Turn My Urban Analytics Fellowship into a Thesis and Full-Time Job

Ben Murray, WG’19, plans to use his Wharton MBA to efficiently scale his businesses in the film industry and beyond.

Why This Visual Effects Artist and Documentary Director Pursued an MBA