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 4/20
    Michael Bush

    Great Places to Work

  • Past Guest Thu 4/20
    Galen Welsch

    Co-Founder, CEO

  • Past Guest Thu 4/20
    Scott Tannen

    Founder, CEO
    Boll & Branch

  • Past Guest Thu 4/20
    Erek Dyskant

    Co-Founder, VP of Social Impact

  • Past Guest Thu 4/13
    Jacob Gray

    Managing Director of Impact Investing; Former Co-Host of Dollars and Change
    Threshold Group

  • Past Guest Thu 4/13
    Brian Trelstad

    Bridges Ventures

  • Past Guest Thu 4/13
    Melissa Bradley

    Co-Founder, Managing Director; Executive in Residence at American University; Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
    Sidecar Social Finance

  • Past Guest Thu 4/13
    Lisa Nutter

    Principal; Former First Lady of Philadelphia
    Sidecar Social Finance

  • Past Guest Thu 4/13
    Rehana Nathoo

    VP of Social Innovation
    the Case Foundation

  • Past Guest Thu 4/13
    Carol Jeppesen

    Senior US Network Manager
    UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

  • Past Guest Thu 4/13
    Ric Geyer

    Valkill Furniture

  • Past Guest Thu 4/13
    Ava Lala

    Geneva Global


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.

4/13/17 Rehana Nathoo at the Wharton Social Impact Conference

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