Wharton Stories: Philadelphia

Each year, Wharton Social Impact Initiative works with hundreds of students, supporting them in their quest to launch a high-impact career. Meet nine alumni making a difference through their careers in business and finance.

9 Alumni Changemakers Working in Social Impact

While getting her MBA, Shanel Fields, WG’19, founded MD Ally to ensure critical emergency resources are reserved for patients with true medical emergencies.

This MBA’s Telehealth Startup Saves Lives One Call at a Time

Edgardo Jimenez, WG’20, credits Wharton for helping him land a new role at the cutting-edge of technology. “This EMBA program adds so much value from the brand and curriculum to the network. It’s already paying off immeasurably and I haven’t even graduated yet,” he said.

How Wharton Helped this Mechanical Engineer Transition from Heavy Industry to Technology

“There’s this incredible disconnect right now. Unemployment is at 3.6 percent — that’s beyond full employment. Why is everybody so unhappy, or at least, anxious?”

Dean Garrett Breaks Down Trade War Politics, the Rise of Populism, and What Keeps Him Optimistic

Wharton helps students accelerate their careers whether they are staying in the military, planning a future transition, or working in the private sector.

How Wharton’s EMBA Program Adds Value for Military Students

Students focused on balance during Wharton Well-Being Week by learning tools and techniques to focus on their mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Wharton Undergrads Take Time to Focus on Wellness

Joan Lau, WG’08, wasn’t planning to become an entrepreneur — but the knowledge, network, and confidence she gained from Wharton’s EMBA Program helped her pivot into new ventures.

How Wharton Helped This Alumna Transition from Scientist to CEO

Matthew Caulfield, W’16, GW’20, transferred to Wharton in his sophomore year and stayed to pursue a PhD in Ethics and Legal Studies. His involvement in election tech research has made him a spokesperson at national conferences.

PhD Candidate Matthew Caulfield Became an Election Technology Expert — As an Undergrad

Jerad King, WG’19, is using his knowledge, network, and broader perspective to help grow his family’s car business, make better investments, and advocate for his industry.

How Wharton Is Impacting This Automotive Industry Executive’s Career

During Wharton’s EMBA program, Katherine Tan, WG’19, joined the Gates Foundation where she is achieving her goal of working at the “intersection of social impact and the private sector.”

How Wharton is Helping this Alumna Impact Global Development