Social Impact Fellowship 

In August 2013, 22 Penn students and recent alumni will begin their Social Impact Fellowship and at the Schwartz Family Penn Social Impact House. This two-week program brings together under one roof a unique community of innovators committed to designing effective solutions for social change. Led by Penn experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovationdesign  thinking, and business development, fellows will gain the tools, skills, and networks to activate the ideas that will change the world. Sponsored by Penn’s Nonprofit Leadership Program, the program aims to convene  top leaders across the university and enhance the social innovation community at Penn.

We selected fellows because of entrepreneurial drive, unquestionable passion, and unique fields of expertise including computer science, architecture, education, health care, finance and engineering. Each day, different mentors and educators will lead workshops in transformative leadership, design, business, communication and strategy.  


The Place


Live and work in the Berkshires.

Join us in a breathtaking, contemporary 15,000 square ft. estate built on 120 acres of forest. Equipped with a pool, hot tub, organic garden, and yoga studio, this Frank Lloyd Wright-meets-Zen garden home provides an inspirational setting ideal for concentrationcreativity and collaboration.

Only 10 minutes from Great Barrington, MA - voted America’s #1 small town by the Smithsonian – this house is perfect for working hard and enjoying all that the Berkshires have to offer: hiking and biking trails, music festivals, and locally owned farms!


Eat, sleep, and learn together under one roof. 
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The Purpose

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Learning by doing.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. 
- Einstein

Expert faculty in social innovation will lead fellows through experiential workshops designed to train the next generation of problem solvers. Rather than simply learn about social innovation, fellows will design, build, and prepare to implement their own visions of social change.

Whether launching a venture or inspiring change within an existing one, fellows will acquire multidisciplinary skills for personal leadership and strategy development, as well as gain access to resources and support networks that will last long beyond the fellowship.


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The People


People make the difference.

The fellowship offers participants an opportunity to gain real-time feedback from an interdisciplinary community. Fellows are entrepreneurial, collaborative, reflective, disruptive thinkers and do-ers willing to take bold risks to make a positive impact in the world. Penn faculty and awarding-winning social entrepreneurs will be in-resident mentors, helping fellows refine their ideas and business approaches.


Scott Sherman mentoring fellow, 2012

Scott Sherman mentoring fellow, 2012

Gemma Bulos, Mentor

Gemma Bulos, Mentor

Ted Gonder, Entrepreneur-In-Residence 2012

Ted Gonder, Entrepreneur-In-Residence 2012

Fellow, 2012

Fellow, 2012