Wharton Stories: Social Impact

In Wharton Social Impact’s Dollars and Change podcast, Vice Dean Katherine Klein talks with leaders and researchers about the power of business and finance to drive positive societal and environmental change.

2021 Year in Review: Dollars and Change Podcast

The field of gender lens investing is growing. A new report by Wharton Social Impact and Catalyst at Large analyzes data from over 200 funds and shares key numbers and trends.

New Gender Lens Investing Research: Insights from Project Sage 4.0

Stacy Shimanuki, C’24, W’24, writes about her summer working on a Wharton Social Impact Research Experience project on the financial inclusion of migrant workers in Singapore.

Spending a Summer in Singapore To Conduct Social Impact Research

Lindsey Cameron, assistant professor of management at Wharton, discusses key findings from her research on how drivers in the gig economy create “workplace games” to find control and meaning in their work.

Research Spotlight: Prof. Lindsey Cameron on Drivers in the Gig Economy

Caroline Culmo, W’24, C’24 discusses how her impact investing experience at the Fund for Health helped her learn about the private sector’s role in reimagining health equity.

How Working With the Fund for Health Reshaped My Understanding of Health Equity

“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

Measuring impact is tricky. Wharton Social Impact’s Head of Research Maoz (Michael) Brown and Doctoral Fellow Lauren Kaufmann discuss key findings from their forthcoming research on how investors assess impact for social and environmental change.

Research Spotlight: How Impact Investors Measure Impact

Sophia Chang, W’24, C’24, reflects on her internship with the Penn Medicine – Wharton Fund for Health and how this experience can make a meaningful impact in Philadelphia.

What I Learned About Impact Investing for the Social Determinants of Health