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.

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  • Past Guest Thu 3/23
    Ellen Lagemann

    Levy Institute Research Professor; Distinguished Fellow, Bard Prison Initiative; Former Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education; Author of "Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison"
    Bard College

  • Past Guest Thu 3/23
    Lindsay Beck

    Co-Founder, Co-CEO
    NPX Advisors

  • Past Guest Thu 3/23
    Catarina Schwab

    Co-Founder, Co-CEO
    NPX Advisors

  • Past Guest Thu 3/23
    Yancey Strickler

    Co-Founder, CEO
    Kickstarter

  • Past Guest Thu 3/23
    Ally Svenson

    Co-Founder
    MOD Pizza

  • Past Guest Thu 3/16
    Shawntel Landry

    Provost and Interim President
    American College of Education

  • Past Guest Thu 3/16
    Benjamin Stone

    Managing Director & General Counsel
    MCE Social Capital

  • Past Guest Thu 3/16
    Pierre Berard

    Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer
    MCE Social Capital

  • Past Guest Thu 3/16
    Rob Schneider

    Division Chief, Global Partnerships, Global Development Lab
    USAID

  • Past Guest Thu 3/16
    Miriam Grobman

    Founder
    Miriam Grobman Consulting

  • Past Guest Thu 3/9
    Matt Clifford

    Co-Founder and COO
    Barnana

  • Past Guest Thu 3/9
    Joanna Frank

    Executive Director
    The Center for Active Design

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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