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Monday, November 20, 2017
5:30pm— 8:30pm
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University of Pennsylvania Campus-Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut St
Room F55
Philadelphia, PA 19131
United States
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Investment Series

Gender Lens Investing

November 20, 2017

Presented by The Wharton Social Impact Initiative, The Wharton Club of Philadelphia, The Wharton Alumni Social Impact Affinity Club, and Beacon (formerly the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group) and Beacon's Women's Network

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Chestnut Street Ventures

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Penn Alumni Investing in Penn Alumni

We invite You to participate in our second program!

At Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street
UPDATE - Room G65
Philadelphia, PA

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Fajita Bar with Beverages

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Ticket Prices for Wharton Alumni and Partner Members:
November 20th Program: $30.00

Ticket Prices for Guests, Non-Wharton Alumni and Non-Partner Members:
November 20th Program: $40.00


November 20th: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Gender Lens Investing

Gender lens investing is the practice of investing for financial return while also considering the benefits to women. The term was coined around 2009 and became an increasingly popular practice in the mid-2010s. There is a realization that women now have considerable funds to invest, have significant leadership roles in successful companies, play a vital role in our economic future, and that gender equality needs to be more than just a mission. Come learn how you can become a player in this pursuit. One vital realization, it’s not just for women!!



Suzanne Biegel: Catalyst At Large Consulting. For over a decade, Ms. Biegel has been advising institutions, investors and philanthropists in the areas of impact investing, especially with a gender lens. Additionally, she is the Investment Director for SPRING, a pioneering accelerator that supports businesses whose products and services could transform the lives of adolescent girls. She founded ClearlySo's angel network, Clearly Social Angels, focused on businesses and social enterprises with strong social/ environmental impact. Although based in London, Ms. Bieigel plays a major role in our own Wharton Social Impact Initiative, as a Senior Gender Lens Investing Advisor.



Malcolm McClain: Rethink Impact.  Rethink Impact is the largest, US-based impact venture capital firm with a gender lens that invests in female leaders using technology to solve the world’s biggest problems. Rethink Impact believes that the next generation of extraordinary companies (in health, environmental sustainability, education, and economic empowerment) will find success through their relentless pursuit of mission, for the benefit of all communities.  The firm typically invests in A, B and C rounds for companies with between $1M-$50M in annual revenue.  Before Rethink Impact, Mr. McClain worked at Cambridge Associates providing investment guidance to college endowments, foundations, and ultra-high net worth families with a focus on venture capital and impact investing. While there, he helped to broaden client investment in women and minority investment managers.


Moderator: Sherryl Kuhlman, Managing Director Wharton Social Impact Initiative, (PhD and MBA, WG '01)





Tickets include Refreshments
Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street
Room F55
Philadelphia, PA

Ticket Prices for Wharton Alumni and Partner Members:
November 20th Program: $30.00

Ticket Prices for Guests, Non-Wharton Alumni and Non-Partner Members:
November 20th Program: $40.00


November 9th: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Social Impact Investing Versus Non-Profit


This session will provide insight into the differences between "Social Impact Investing" and "Non-Profits."  These terms/philosophies ARE NOT interchangeable and greatly affect the focus/definition of goals, sustainability, processes and success metrics. This evening will consist of a mixture of “Ted Talk” style presentations, followed by an interactive panel discussion.


E.Heisman.jpg.jpgEileen Heisman: President and CEO National Philanthropic Trust (NPT). Founded in 1996, NPT has raised over $8 billion in charitable contributions and currently manages $4.3 billion in charitable assets through 178,000 grants. She was among the first fundraising professionals to earn the distinguished ACFRE certification. She has been named three times by NonProfit Times as one of their Power and Influence Top 50, an annual listing of the 50 most influential executives in the philanthropic sector, most recently in 2016. Although much in demand, across the globe, we are most fortunate that Ms Heisman finds time in her busy schedule to lead many programs here at Wharton and Penn.





Devon Walls: President and CEO New Day Chester. New Day Chester is a visionary redevelopment business that is breathing new life into downtown Chester, PA, one of the most economically depressed cities in the nation. By rehabilitating decrepit buildings and renting spaces to artists and socially-minded entrepreneurs, New Day Chester co-owners, Devon Walls and the Bard Rock Foundation, are merging creativity, community, and economic development in a way that is brand new to this formerly industrial town. He is a Chester native, artist and entrepreneur who has worked for years creating the conditions for an arts revival in Chester. He is a professional artist—painter, photographer, videographer, set designer and furniture maker. He has a long history promoting the arts in Chester through teaching, funding, organizing and advocating. Mr. Walls is an Artist in Residence at Widener University and a principal in the Boundaries and Bridges initiative funded by The Barra Foundation to connect Widener and the Chester community.




 Kristina “Tina” Wahl: President The Barra Foundation. Barra has been supporting "intentional" innovation since 1963. The late Robert L. McNeil, Jr., the former Chairman of McNeil Laboratories, created the Foundation to support nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Foundation provides both risk capital and core support to encourage innovation in the region's social sector, particularly in the fields of Arts & Culture, Education, Health and Human Services.  A homegrown Philadelphian, Ms. Wahl has served on the boards of several charitable organizations in the Philadelphia area.



Moderator: Heather Aspras, President Wharton Alumni Club of Philadelphia, (MBA WG '08), Director of New Product Strategy, GlaxoSmithKline.









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