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Wharton Social Impact Initiative talks with leading industry experts who are changing the world through social enterprises, impact investing, corporate social responsibility programs, social impact research, and more. Subscribe to the Dollars and Change Podcast today wherever you get your podcasts! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Roma McCaig, Senior Vice President of Impact & Communications at Clif Bar, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss how Clif Bar’s business model produces a virtuous cycle where productive growth delivers positive impact. McCaig outlines the company’s plans to cut carbon emissions, discusses their …
 
Michael Brown, Head of Research at Wharton Social Impact Initiative, joins host and Vice Dean Katherine Klein to discuss the complexities around impact measurement. Most impact investors report meeting or exceeding their impact performance metrics. But is this truly the case? Brown collaborated with Wharton PhD candidate Lauren Kaufmann on research…
 
Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss Echoing Green’s work as an early-stage funder of emerging social entrepreneurs. Supporting these extraordinary leaders is Echoing Green’s core strategy to drive positive social change across the globe. Dorsey also d…
 
Davis Smith, Founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss how the outdoor gear brand prioritizes impact in every aspect of the business—the supply chain, charitable giving, employment culture, and more. While many fashion-industry brands focus their impact efforts on the en…
 
Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss the need to increase women’s financial inclusion – access to bank accounts, insurance, mobile money apps, and even cell phones. Increasing women’s financial inclusion will increase economic …
 
Bart Houlahan, Co-Founder of B Lab, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss the origins, work, and community of B Lab, the nonprofit behind the well-known B Corps certification. Houlahan describes how B Lab is building a global movement of corporations that meet the highest standards of social and…
 
Sonal Shah, President of The Asian American Foundation, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss the state of the AAPI community in the U.S. today. Listen and learn how this new foundation is working to achieve belonging and prosperity — free from discrimination, slander, and violence — for all Asi…
 
Katy Kappler, Co-Founder and CEO of InScribe, joins host Sandi Hunt, Managing Director of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, to discuss how the virtual community platform aims to help any student (regardless of their background or their modality of learning) access the resources they need to be successful in their program. Kappler also discusses…
 
John Rogers, Chairman, Co-CEO, and CIO of Ariel Investments, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss the racial wealth gap in the United States and strategies to overcome it. Systemic racism has prevented many African Americans from participating in key sectors of the economy in which wealth is cr…
 
Bobby Turner, Principal and CEO of Turner Impact Capital, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss his impact investing work in affordable workforce housing. He also shares his perspective on the responsibility of business leaders to employ socially responsible practices—especially during a global …
 
Dave Gilboa, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Warby Parker, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss how the company prioritizes its values when making key strategy decisions. Like many businesses, Warby Parker had to make significant changes because of COVID. Gilboa discusses how the company’s pivots kept e…
 
Stefanie Thomas, Founding Member & Early Stage Investor at Impact America Fund, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss the fund’s investments in businesses delivering strong financial returns and economic opportunity for communities of color. Impact America Fund works with entrepreneurs who have …
 
David Thomas, President of Morehouse College, and Robin Ely, Professor at Harvard Business School, join host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss the “business case” for diversity – the idea that the more racial and/or gender diversity you have in your organization, the better it will perform financially.…
 
Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, Director of Product Impact at Google.org, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss what’s distinctive about Google.org in the world of corporate philanthropy. Through Google’s focus on technology and innovation, the company aims to bring their expertise to organizations th…
 
Shawn Cole, Professor at Harvard Business School, and Robert Gertner, Professor at Chicago Booth, join host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss the Impact Finance Database—a joint effort of HBS, Booth, and Wharton to dramatically increase the pace and scope of academic research on impact investing. Cole,…
 
Karl Khoury, Co-founder and Partner at Arborview Capital, and Russell Diez-Canseco, President and CEO of Vital Farms, join host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss their successful partnership. In 2014, Arborview Capital made an impact investment into Vital Farms, an ethical and sustainable food company …
 
Rachel Robasciotti, founder and CEO of Adasina Social Capital, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss how her firm is serving as a bridge between social justice movements and the financial markets. She also discusses why she sees the potential for real impact in public markets. "If you're going t…
 
Suzanne Biegel, Founder of Catalyst at Large, joins host Sandi Hunt, Managing Director of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, to discuss their recently published co-authored report, Project Sage 3.0. This report presents a global scan of gender lens private equity, venture capital, and private debt funds, as well as key findings on the current st…
 
Roy Swan, Director of Mission Investments at the Ford Foundation, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss how the Foundation uses grant capital, mission-related investments, and program-related investments to advance social, economic, and racial justice. In addition to capital tools, Swan discusse…
 
Gayle Jennings O’Byrne and Pialy Aditya, General Partners of the WOCstar Fund, join host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss investing in women of color. Their early stage venture fund invests in women of color and their diverse tech startups. Black women are the fastest growing group of start-up founder…
 
Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance at the London Business School and author of the new book Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit, joins host and Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Katherine Klein to discuss emerging research on responsible business. Edmans offers a perspective on employee satisfaction and …
 
Second-year Wharton MBA students Ellen Halle and Susanna Hamilton join host Sandi Hunt to discuss how they helped launched the Philadelphia chapter of Off Their Plate. This grassroots movement helps provide meals to hospital teams while restoring jobs to restaurant workers who have lost work due to COVID-19. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and op…
 
Lisa Hall, fair finance lead and fellow-in-residence at the Beeck Center, joins host Katherine Klein to discuss “fair finance,” a term coined at the Beeck Center “to really describe what it means to have shared prosperity using the tools of the financial market.” She also discusses the tools and strategies that could be employed to “increase the fa…
 
C. B. Bhattacharya, Professor of Sustainability and Ethics at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, joins WSII's Sandi Hunt on Knowledge@Wharton to discuss why sustainability needs to be strategic to a firm’s business and how it can be orchestrated. Bhattacharya says that when a company defines its purpose, it will f…
 
Cynthia Muller, Director of Mission Investment at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Sandi Hunt to discuss the unique position of corporate foundations in addressing systemic inequities. Since 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has focused its investments on benefitting disadvantaged children in poor and rural areas and addres…
 
Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia, joins WSII's Sandi Hunt on Knowledge@Wharton to share career advice for those looking to work for the most impactful companies—or those looking to make their current companies more impactful! He discusses what makes Patagonia a special place to work and how students can go about their job search…
 
Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss the future of carbon recycling and sustainability. LanzaTech reduces carbon emissions and makes new carbon-neutral products, such as plastics and fuel. Original airdate: March 28, 2019. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Miriam Altman, CEO and Co-Founder of Kinvolved, joins hosts Sandi Hunt and Katherine Klein to discuss chronic absenteeism in schools. Her startup Kinvolved makes students’ attendance data available to parents and acts as a connection tool for parents, teachers, and school administration. Original airdate: March 21, 2019. See acast.com/privacy for p…
 
Jason Wadsworth, Category Merchant for Packaging & Sustainability at Wegmans, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Sandi Hunt to discuss the negative impact of food waste. He talks about the grocery store's efforts in reducing food waste and increasing sustainable packaging. Original airdate: April 4, 2019. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out inf…
 
Damon Centola, Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, joins hosts Sandi Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss his book “How Behavior Spreads”—a look into how changes in societal behavior occur. His findings offer insights for those looking to …
 
Noorain Khan, Director of the President's Office at Ford Foundation, joins hosts Sandi Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss how the organization incorporates a disability lens across all of their grant making. She also discusses why inclusivity and accessibility are embedded in all of the foundation’s operations, from communications to staff trainin…
 
Dollars and Change broadcasts live from the 2019 CEO Connection Mid-Market Convention, a conference that brings together the leadership of the mid-market subject matter experts, prominent academics, and senior government officials. Hosts Sandi Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by: Anthony DeCandido, Partner and Financial Services Senior Analyst a…
 
Claudine Gartenberg, Assistant Professor of Management at the Wharton School, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss her research on corporate purpose. She says employees need clarity on how their actions are directly linked to the company's purpose. Original air date: July 11, 2019. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out in…
 
David Fajgenbaum, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, joins hosts Sandi Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman on Dollars and Change. He discusses how he combined skills and expertise from both his medical and business degrees to work towards a cure for Castleman disease, a rare disease that presents as a cross between cancer and a…
 
Matt Hoffman, President of Tellus Products, joins host Sandi Hunt to discuss how the company uses sugarcane fibers to create eco-friendly alternatives to plastic products like plates, bowls, and take-out containers. He also discusses some of the issues stemming from plastic waste. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Lucinda Cramsey, Founder of Moink and an eighth-generation farmer, joins host Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss why the company sells humanely-raised and ethically-sourced meat. She also discusses regenerative agriculture, the issues facing American small farmers, and entrepreneurship. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Tim Flacke, Executive Director of Commonwealth, joins hosts Sandi Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss how the organization is building innovative solutions that tackle the challenges of financial vulnerability. He discusses the psychology (and anxiety) of saving and offers tips on how people can save more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-…
 
Stacie de Armas, VP of Strategic Initiatives and Consumer Engagement at Nielsen, joins hosts Sandi Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss insights from the recently published report, “La Oportunidad Latinx: Cultural Currency and the Consumer Journey”. She offers thoughts on why brands and policymakers need to know about the issues that are important t…
 
James O’Toole, Author of “Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good”, joins hosts Sandi Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss the complicated history of pursuing profits and social impact. He also talks about why he is hopeful, citing trends like the growth of social entrepreneurship, the rise o…
 
Melissa Hanna, Co-Founder and CEO of Mahmee, joins hosts Sandi Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss the alarming rates of maternal mortality in the U.S. Mahmee aims to tackle this crisis by offering comprehensive prenatal and postpartum support. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Yurij Rudensky (Redistricting Counsel, Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice) and Christopher Warshaw (Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University) join hosts Nick Ashburn and Sandi Hunt to discuss the trends and challenges of gerrymandering. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Nicole LaVoi, Co-Director of The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota and Cheryl Cooky, Associate Professor of American Studies at Purdue University, join hosts Nick Ashburn and Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss takeaways from the Women's World Cup, pay gaps, and gender inequality in sports. See acast.com/pri…
 
Sophie Lanfear, Director on Netflix’s Our Planet, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Sandi Hunt to discuss the nature documentary series. Our Planet focuses on humans’ impact on the environment and the effects of climate change on all living creatures. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Danyelle Solomon, Vice President of Race and Ethnicity Policy at American Progress, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Sandi Hunt to discuss structural inequities and systemic racism in the U.S. She discusses the H.R.40 bill and calls on Americans to better understand U.S. history and the impact of slavery. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out i…
 
Anne Tucker, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative at Georgia State University College of Law, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss how the law helps define strategic options in impact investing and opportunity zone funds. She offers insights on what to look for in legal contracts of imp…
 
Jonathan Lovitz, Senior Vice President at the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Sandi Hunt to discuss how LGBT business owners generate over $1.7 trillion in economic impact. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Shane Jensen, Professor of Statistics at Wharton, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Sherryl Kuhlman to discuss his urban analytics research on neighborhood vibrancy and safety, and how this research can inform urban policy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Adam Harris, Staff Writer at The Atlantic and Ben Miller, Vice President for Postsecondary Education at the Center for American Progress, join hosts Nick Ashburn and Sandi Hunt to discuss the systemic issues facing the student debt crisis. They also discuss the recent pledge from billionaire Robert Smith to pay off student loan debt for the Morehou…
 
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