Dollars and Change Podcast
All the greatest insights into the world of social impact and business.
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. Su
Capital Tools for Social Justice with Roy Swan, Director of Mission Investments at the Ford Foundation
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 discusses the importance of “influence tools”: helping others understand the flaws in our system and charting a road map for change.
Investing in Women of Color with Gayle Jennings O’Byrne and Pialy Aditya, General Partners of the WOCstar Fund
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 founders. Yet, biases in investing cause major disparities in the amount of venture capital dollars they receive. WOCstar Fund’s goal is to not only change the trajectory for the companies they invest in, but also help other investors find these innovative and successful businesses.
Growing Purpose and Profit with Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance at the London Business School
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 CEO pay research to explain how both shareholders and stakeholders can receive long-term value with a “grow the pie” mindset instead of a “split the pie” mindset.
Economic Relief and Meals to Frontline Workers during COVID-19 with Wharton MBA Students Ellen Halle and Susanna Hamilton
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.
Fair Finance with Lisa Hall, Fellow-in-Residence at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University
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 fairness of finance” and the lessons learned from other programs that have tried to address inequality.
Sustainability Strategy with C. B. Bhattacharya, Professor of Sustainability and Ethics at the University of Pittsburgh
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 find that sustainability is built into that definition.
Racial Equity in Investing with Cynthia Muller, Director of Mission Investment at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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 addressing race-based issues. Original airdate: June 27, 2019.