Wharton Stories: Social Impact

Vincent Stanley, director of philosophy at Patagonia, recently visited Wharton as a Turner Social Impact Executive Speaker. He discussed Patagonia’s commitment to solving environmental challenges through responsible business practices.

Responsible Business Lessons from Patagonia

Jess Stokes, WG’21, and Wei Wei, a student in the Graduate School of Education, worked on a WISE Fellowship project with the Philadelphia Zoo to grow their student science program — and expand their impact.

Saving the Planet Through Education With the Philadelphia Zoo

“Sustainable investment may be the safest bet we have because one thing we know is that climate change is happening. You can have different philosophies about where or why, but it is in fact happening.”

Why Sustainable Investing is a Safe Bet

Federico Mele, WG’20, received the Jacobs Impact Entrepreneur Prize last year. He reflects on how the opportunity allowed him to scale his organization and build a powerful network all over the world.

The Global Network That’s Helping Me Scale My Nonprofit

Learn about student programming, events, and other ways to get involved with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative for the Spring 2020 semester.

7 Ways for Students to Get Involved With Social Impact This Semester

After an illness cut her promising soccer career short, Stephanie McCaffrey talks about starting over and finding herself again in the process.

Stephanie McCaffrey: Finding Herself Again After Soccer

At October’s SOCAP Conference in San Francisco, a panel discussed MBA demand for impact investing education and training programs like the MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network and Training).

Learning by Doing Is the Future of Impact Investing Education

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

“What we were finding was that we were onto something big and something different, something that wasn’t just confined to my community, Tarkwa Breman, alone.”

How This Penn Alum Is Revitalizing Education and Healthcare Through Cocoa Farms in Ghana