What happens when the same minds that bring you smart phones, designer coffee, and standing desks turn their attention to social challenges such as poverty, poor education, and childhood obesity? Each week, hosts Katherine Klein, Sherryl Kuhlman, Sandi Hunt and Nick Ashburn highlight the individuals and organizations who are using their business smarts to change lives. Learn how your company’s positive impact in society can support your business model, drive innovation, and improve your bottom line.

Guests [view recent guests]

  • Past Guest Thu 5/17
    Iam Simmons

    Co-Founder and Principal
    Blue Haven Initiative

  • Past Guest Thu 5/17
    Elizabeth Cushing

    President
    Playworks

  • Past Guest Sat 5/12
    John Tourtelotte

    Managing Director
    Rivermoor Energy

  • Past Guest Sat 5/12
    Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

    Executive Director; Co-Founder, Stanford Center for Women's Leadership
    Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University

  • Past Guest Sat 5/12
    Samra Haider

    National Director
    Center for Employment Opportunities

  • Past Guest Sat 5/12
    Ashley Bittner

    Principal
    Owl Ventures

  • Past Guest Thu 5/10
    Kyle Robertson

    Founder, Editor-In-Chief
    StartU

  • Past Guest Thu 5/10
    Curt LaBelle

    Managing Partner
    Global Health Investment Fund

  • Past Guest Thu 5/10
    Larry Payne

    Senior Vice President, U.S. Public Sector
    Cisco Systems

  • Past Guest Thu 5/10
    Liesel Pritzker Simmons

    Co-Founder and Principal
    Blue Haven Inniative

  • Past Guest Thu 5/3
    Claudine Emeott

    Director of Impact Investing
    Salesforce

  • Past Guest Thu 5/3
    Marilia Bezerra

    Managing Director
    CARE Enterprises

Hosts

Katherine KleinKatherine Klein

Professor Katherine Klein is the Edward H. Bowman professor of management at the Wharton School, and Vice Dean for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where she shapes the vision and strategy for social impact projects, partnerships, initiatives and faculty engagement at Wharton. Katherine teaches social impact, leadership, and management, including an MBA course studying conflict and change in Rwanda’s capital. Her research has been published in numerous top journals, and centers on leadership, teams, and organizational theory, among other topics.

Sherryl KuhlmanSherryl Kuhlman

Sherryl Kuhlman is the Managing Director for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where she works to integrate the Wharton community into a local and global network of social enterprises and impact organizations. Informed by more than 10 years in social impact management, partnership development, and outcomes measurement, Sherryl provides strategic focus to Wharton’s numerous social impact initiatives, with a focus on creating innovative partnerships and connecting the Wharton network to opportunities to create impact in local and global communities. Sherryl has a Ph.D. in ethics, and received her MBA from Wharton in 2001.

Sandi HuntSandi Hunt

Sandra Maro Hunt joined the Wharton Social Impact Initiative in August 2013 as the Senior Manager of Social Impact. She brings both for-profit and nonprofit experience to this role, where she works with the WSII team and stakeholders to manage and develop existing and new initiatives. Sandi is passionate about exploring the tools that Wharton, and the Penn community as a whole – students, alum, faculty, the university – bring to bear in creating social impact, and about building out best practices and programs with those learnings.

Nick AshburnNick Ashburn

Nick Ashburn is the Director of Special Projects for Impact Investing at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where he provides direction for new and existing research, engagement, and training initiatives in impact investing. Nick has worked on projects with the Ford Foundation, IDEO.org, the US Department of State, USAID, and has taught social entrepreneurship at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and lectures in the School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn. Nick also holds a master’s in international educational development from Penn GSE.

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