Wharton Stories: Business & Policy

Wall Street veteran and Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat, WG’87, shares four lessons from the global financial crisis that she says are “relevant today for all industries.”

The 4 Lessons Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat Learned from the Financial Crisis

An eye-opening internship in Bangalore took Stephanie Wu, W’20, through the history of women’s roles in Indian society, and to the forefront of how those roles are changing today.

What This Undergrad Learned During an Internship Empowering Women Supervisors in a Bangalore Garment Factory

Learn about student programming with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, with opportunities in impact investing, consulting, social entrepreneurship, research, community building, and more.

Welcome Back to Campus: 6 Social Impact Programs for Students

Christian Butts, W’18, explains how he balanced his interests inside and outside the classroom with a variety of work experiences and research opportunities at Penn.

Do What You Enjoy: Recent Wharton Graduate Shares What Kept Him Grounded

Transferring to Penn in his sophomore year, Will Welland, W’19, quickly found a community in the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative Student Group. Now entering his final year, he’s excited to lead the group as president.

How This Wharton Undergrad is Rallying the Next Generation of Public Policy Trailblazers

Social entrepreneur Peter Wang Hjemdahl, W’19, tells what he learned as a Hult Prize regional finalist with rePurpose.

6 Lessons Learned From a Wharton Undergrad’s Social Entrepreneurial Journey

Huntsman Program student Jonathan Lahdo, C’20, W’20, grew up in Dubai, UAE, to Syrian and Lebanese parents. At Wharton and Penn, he’s not only gaining the business and language skills to make a difference after graduation, but he’s also involved in student and community organizations to make a difference now.

How an Undergrad Club Is Empowering Refugees in the Philadelphia Community and in the World at Large

When Amazon asked cities to bid to host its second North American headquarters, Wharton students answered with two competitions to persuade the tech retail giant to choose Philadelphia. The winners and finalists presented to judges and Philly Mayor Jim Kenney on October 13, 2017.

Wharton Students Make a Case for Bringing Amazon’s Headquarters to Philadelphia

“I think as an entrepreneur, in the tech field specifically, there is a necessity of knowing the current regulatory landscape. That is a piece of the innovation puzzle that no aspiring tech entrepreneur can afford to ignore.”

Combining Tech and Public Policy to Promote Social Welfare

Determined to have an international impact, Stephanie Wu, W’20, is taking advantage of Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative’s resources, including a summer research assistantship and the Industry Exploration Program in Washington, DC.

How an Undergrad From Australia Aims to Have an International Policy Impact