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 2/23
    John Friedman

    Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs and Public Policy
    Brown University

  • Past Guest Thu 2/23
    Brett Hurt

    Co-Founder, CEO

  • Past Guest Thu 2/23
    Kenn Cukier

    Senior Editor of Digital Products; Author of "Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Work Live and Think" and "Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education"
    The Economist

  • Past Guest Thu 2/23
    Taylor Downs

    Founder & CEO

  • Past Guest Thu 2/23
    Matt Laessig

    COO and Co-Founder

  • Past Guest Thu 2/16
    Brett Haggler

    Co-Founder, CEO
    New Story

  • Past Guest Thu 2/16
    Leslie Johnston

    Executive Director
    C&A Foundation

  • Past Guest Thu 2/16
    Jan Jones Blackhurst

    EVP of Government Relations & Corporate Responsibility
    Caesars Entertainment Corporation

  • Past Guest Thu 2/16
    Ryan McCarty

    Culture of Good, Inc.

  • Past Guest Thu 2/9
    Garvin Jabusch

    Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer
    Green Alpha Advisors

  • Past Guest Thu 2/9
    Derek Handley

    Social Entrepreneur, Former CEO of The B Team

  • Past Guest Thu 2/9
    Eli Kennedy

    Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI)


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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