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This book belongs to:

the activists, the dreamers, and the problem-solvers who will make a lasting impact on the world


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Letter from the Presidents

October 31st, 2013

started from just ly since its inception in 2008. We PennSEM has grown tremendous to cover Spring anded our portfolio of programs one internship program and exp n about topics a research arm to help students lear s, talk of ies ser ly live a s, trip ak Bre t their own program to motivate students star within social impact and a Fellows er Penn more relationships within the larg up lt bui lly efu car ’ve We s. ture social ven act at Penn in g ourselves as a leader in social imp hin blis esta , ond bey and nity mu com repreneurship d our name from “Penn Social Ent the process. Importantly, we change ect the change eurship Movement”, not just to refl ren rep Ent ial Soc nn “Pe to ” ring Mento neering role in also to better encapsulate our pio in our activities and direction, but field of social knowledge and opportunities in the the collective advancement of ideas, ond. entrepreneurship at Penn and bey g number d, we’ve also encountered a growin ieve ach ve we’ t tha wth gro the h Along wit ween students’ also strived to bridge the gap bet of challenges. While PennSEM has field, our club’s and the lack of opportunities in the interest in social entrepreneurship a result, ed by the school administration. As aliz ion itut inst ly ing eas incr n bee role has some difficult be revised, and we’ve had to make a number of our programs had to long-running our club’s future. In particular, our decisions about the direction of -up of offerings. m had to be dropped from our line gra pro hip rns Inte s iou stig pre and , the passion, nges that the club has gone through However, despite the immense cha rs sought se of community that our founde sen and it spir ial eur ren rep ent , dedication ng vision: to be nSEM remains true to our foundi to cultivate has not wavered. Pen to bridge the gap eurship at Penn and beyond, so as leader educator of social entrepren le social impact. between good intentions and tangib ing the sense of two main goals. The first is increas Over the past year, we’ve focused on ed in a little over PennSEM has dramatically expand t tha n give , club the in nity mu com ting community, a series of initiatives aimed at promo two years. To this end, we have put program. retreat and a intra-club mentorship club ual ann t firs our of nch lau the including that members dated some of our committees so At the same time, we’ve also consoli of promoting the l was to recalibrate our strategy do not feel siloed. The second goa events and PennSEM has excelled in organizing ile Wh . ers mb me our of nt me develop d to do more for community, we realized that we nee opportunities for the larger Penn


the personal development of our members. We have begun to explore options that give PennSEM members the opportunity to be more directly immersed in social enterprise, for example through externships and consulting experiences, so as to give them a more holistic view of social enterprise and broaden the experiential side of learning.

Of course, PennSEM could not have grown without the immense support and assistance from a number of individuals to whom we are exceedingly grateful. In particular, Professor Nien-He Hsieh, Professor Diana Robertson, Professor Phillip Nichols, Lauretta Tomasco and Gale Wilson of the Wharton Ethics Program and Legal Studies Department have proved to be unfailing allies throughout PennSEM’s history, providing constant mentorship and support from the very beginning. We also owe much to Sherryl Kuhlman, the Managing Director of the Wharton Program for Social Impact, for her generous support of the PennSEM Internship program and for institutionalizing many of our efforts at Penn. We are also extremely grateful to our wonderful donors Robert & Diana Levy, and Joel and Lois Coleman, for their large generous funding, which made many of our initiatives possible. The support of the Wharton Research and Scholars Program (Professor Martin Asher and Bethany Schell) was also crucial to execute the Social Impact Talks. Finally, we would like to express our deep gratitude towards many of our partners and allies in the social impact space, particularly the Compass Fellowship, whose support has really been instrumental to realizing the Fellowship program, as well as the Spring Break trips and many of the events.

PennSEM hopes to continue to create an environment for Penn students to learn about and realize their social enterpreneurial aspirations - whether it is as an entrepreneur, an advocate or supporter. This book is dedicated to highlighting PennSEM’s achievements over the short span of 5 years and to reaffirming our commitment towards our vision.


Darren Ho Lyn Li Che


Chapter 1: SJ, a dual degree junior at Penn, was having a mid-college crisis. Despite excelling academically, having a fulfilling social life and exploring all that the US had to offer to an international student, he couldn’t help but feel that there was something missing in his $56,000 p.a. education. He wanted to do something more to help make Penn and the world at large a better place, but he did not really know how. Like so many other Penn students, he was caught in the gap between his ideals and the pre-professional pragmatism that a Penn education had instilled in him.

But unlike most Penn students, SJ also read How to Change the World by David Bornstein (no, we’re not getting commission for advertising his book). That book showed him that there are people out there who have combined “the enterprise of Richard Branson with the compassion of Mother Theresa”, and that we all have the capacity to follow their footsteps. SJ was inspired. He wanted to use the rigour of business thinking and the power innovation to help solve social problems, and in the short term, he wanted to leave Penn having made some kind of long-term, positive impact on the school. And so, as they say, the rest is all history. He gathered a group of 5 friends, with big dreams, and a desire to make a difference.


And so…PennSEM PennSEM was born in late 2007.

of t he t r o p r up rous s am and t hei e n e g e h gr W it h t Et hics Pro rs L evy! M on W hart ders Mr and fun

To make Penn a leading educator in social enterprise by providing academic resources and real-world experiences for students to explore the field of social entrepreneurship and for those who already have an interest in the field to pursue their interests.


Chapter 2: The founders wanted PennSEM (then known was “Penn Social Entrepreneurship Mentoring”) to address the lack of knowledge and opportunities in the field of Social Entrepreneurship, so as to empower Penn student to become forces of good in the world. To address this problem, the founders came up with a 3-pronged initiative.

In 2008, PennSEM sent 10 undergrads for an 8 week summer internship/mentorship programs with 6 social enterprises around the world, to expose them to the vibrant and growing global social entrepreneurship scene. The interns blogged

and did a case study for each of their social enterprises, which they shared with the rest of PennSEM. Thus, the internships contributed to the knowledge generation component of PennSEM, providing a platform for discussion and generation of practical solutions.

about their experiences

Social entrepreneurs are inspired, and they

and Mr Jonathan Harris, director of Rubicon

inspire. In 2009, PennSEM brought in

National Social Innovations.

three leading social entrepreneurs to speak on at Penn. Among them was Mr Alex Counts, the

donations by Penn alums, Joel and Lois Coleman,

President and CEO of the Grameen Foundation

as well as Robert M. and Diane V.S. Levy.

In addition to organizing concrete programs and

movement at Penn in Spring 2009. SITF

events, the eight-person PennSEM team also

held its inaugural Social Impact Open House

sought to institutionalize and embed the social

event in Fall 2009, and worked with

entrepreneurship movement more deeply within

the Wharton Undergraduate Dean’s

the school through the Social Impact Task Force

Advisory Board.

(SITF). The Task Force was formed as a coalition of student groups involved in the social impact


These events were sponsored by generation

In sum, in the first three years of its establishment (2007-2009), PennSEM focused on (1) laying the foundations; (2) building relationships within the social entrepreneurship space within and without Penn; and (3) creating formal processes that future generations of PennSEM members can build upon, so as to ensure high and sustainable impact.

From its very inception, PennSEM took impact measurement very seriously. For example, it actively solicited feedback from its partner organisations and students, and also constantly encouraged individuals to send in ideas of social entrepreneurship-related events that they wanted to see at Penn.


PennSEM is a club and place where dreams run wild and free! Everyone is passionate, dedicated and truly good to the core. We all get along well and strive to come up with innovative ideas to change the world. The coolest part, though, is watching these ideals become realities!

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Chapter 3:

In 2010, PennSEM changed its name from “Penn Social Entrepreneurship Mentoring” to “Penn Social Entrepreneurship Movement” to better capture what PennSEM hoped to achieve: enlarging and enhancing the social entrepreneurship space at Penn.

The new PennSEM team wanted to get students talking about social entrepreneurship, but also hoped to get them to take action and contribute in their own way. PennSEM was growing. Not just in the number of members, but also the number and types of initiatives it offered.

PennSEM had the foundation of a strong core set of initiatives, namely the Internship Program that has quadrupled in number of applicants since its inception, and the well-attended speakers series. The 2010-2011 PennSEM team was ambitious in setting a strategic two year Roadmap of program offerings.

For the first year, they wanted Penn students to not just be interested, but be knowledgeable. That’s when they started academic workshops taught by faculty members such as Professor Hsieh and Professor Harkavy.

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They also launched the inaugural Spring break trip to visit various social enterprises in the North East region (New York City, Washington D.C. and Boston). The intensive one-week trip met with strong success in sparking the participants’ interest in the field and providing them with first-hand insight into the workings of actual social enterprises.

For the 2011-2012 academic year, they wanted interested students, with their newly acquired knowledge to become more engaged in the field and have opportunities to create social impact, at Penn and beyond.

They launched two exciting programs: Fellows and Think Tank. Tank The Fellows Program would provide students with a year-long opportunity to launch their own initiative to tackle social issues in the local community or even abroad.

The program was to consist of 3 main pillars: personal development, active engagement, and mentorship. Throughout the year, Fellows would participate in activities and workshops that would enable them to tackle a social issue in whichever way they chose. In the long run, PennSEM hoped that the program will continue to grow, by increasing the number of fellows and scaling their projects. This program had the ambitious goal of grooming future leaders in the social impact field by providing them with a launching pad for their ideas.


In the Spring of 2011, PennSEM started assembling a Think Tank. Think Tank would become the knowledge hub of PennSEM, with the aim of generating significant academic thought leadership in the field of social impact. It would provide opportunities for students to go beyond merely learning informally about social entrepreneurship to actively engage in generating new knowledge for the wider social entrepreneurship community. PennSEM believed that it would be able to leverage the networks of faculty and access to entrepreneurs, to support students in undertaking academic research in social entrepreneurship.

Think Tankers would write short articles on specific sectors with social enterprises and problems in specific geographic communities. It was envisioned that these articles would be compiled into an annual publication to be circulated within the Penn Community as well as to Social Enterprise Clubs in other campuses. Through Think Tank, PennSEM hoped that it could increase interest in social entrepreneurship among the Penn student body, and also grow the social entrepreneurship movement through developing and spreading ideas and knowledge.


In 2010, PennSEM designed an orientation program for all interns to provide them with an overview of the field of social enterprise. In addition, interns are required to make a preinternship presentation about the organisation and his/her specific projects and goals, as well as background information about the sector in which each organisation operates. PennSEM hoped that the interns’ case studies would help Penn faculty for future research purposes, and presented them at a university-wide social impact panel. Summer 2011 was the third year internships were being held. PennSEM was able to send 12 interns to a variety of social enterprises. PennSEM established partnerships with more social enterprises worldwide, including Aflatoun in the Netherlands, Drishtee in India, New Foundry Ventures in San Francisco and Asian Impact Investment Exchange in Singapore.

New Foundry Ventures


Drishtee Asian Impact Investment Exchange

Moving forward, PennSEM hopes to create opportunities to a wider range of social enterprises for the 2012 program, with new partners in South America and Africa. Another goal is to diversify the sources of funding.


from Entrepreneurs to Academics In the fall of 2011, PennSEM hosted its inaugural Social Enterprise Workshop Series titled the “Social Enterprise Core�. This two-part workshop series sought to build on the traditional speaker series, by bringing in Penn professors to examine the subject matter from an academic lens.

17 participants, including 5 PennSEM members, began their journey with the two-day Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, one of the largest gatherings of social impact minded academics and practitioners from around the world. They visited 8 social enterprises over 5 days, including Acumen Fund and Room to Read. Over coffee chats, the group also met with individuals who have helped shape the field of social impact, such as David Kyle,

PennSE M wit h Room to Read

founder and CEO of the Indian School

Finance Company.

The trip aimed to inspire students to engage with social entrepreneurship at a deeper level and hopefully, enable these students to continue careers in the field. Organizations visited on the Spring Break trip: Acumen Fund

LeapFrog Investments

Citizen Schools,

New Leaders for New Schools

Domini Social Investments

Room to Read



Chapter 4: In the 2011-2012 academic year, year PennSEM entered a new phase of consolidation of with 5 initiaitves and a much bigger team. (from 12 to 23 members in just a year!) First, it changed its logo to better reflect the spirit of PennSEM: a leading educator in the field of social entrepreneurship at Penn and beyond. PennSEM has matured very quickly as an organisation, and we ramped up the quality of our programs.

5 Professors, 1 session, 1 mission 5 professors gave thought-provoking 10-minute presentations each about their research topics in the field of social entrepreneurship. It was definitely one of most well-attended events to date.

PennSEM tried to bring in high profile speakers with a global outreach. Dr. Nachiket Mor: an ex-banker with the ICICI Bank, and serving on the board of both public and private institutions and trusts, Dr. Mor has rich experience working in leveraging upon finance to achieve social impact. Elizabeth Scharpf, founder and Chief Instigating Officer, Sustinable Health Enterprises (SHE). SHE’s first initiative was SHE28,


ket M or Dr. Nachi

which addresses girls and women’s lack of access to affordable menstrual pads in Africa, Asia and South America.

Fernando Nilo, founder of Recycla Chile. One of the most high-profile speakers PennSEM has invited so far, Fernando Nilo runs the first electronics recycling social enterprise in Latin America.

Vision: Vision to empower passionate students with entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to address social problems through innovative solutions.

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Ni lo

The Fellows team took a short hiatus in Spring 2012 to evaluate the pilot program in Fall 2011 and get feedback on how to improve it. Fellows identified the need for a better support system that went beyond peer-to-peer mentoring and access to professors.

Partners an organisation which runs a two year program The Fellows team reached out to Compass Partners, for college students across 12 schools, for advice on creating a similar program for Penn students. Compass Partners started the Compass Fellowship, an established education program and extensive network of entrepreneurs that combines personal development and social business skills training.

Fellows Fall 2013 in New York for a Compass Fellowship Event

PennSEM Fellows Program was accepted into the nation-wide Compass Fellows Program for Fall 2012. Over the summer of 2012, the Compass Fellows team trained the Penn Fellows committee, and the Penn Fellows Program was re-launched in Fall 2012, adapting the Compass Fellows curriculum.


The second PennSEM Spring Break trip took 13 Penn students to visit social enterprises in Boston and NYC. Organizations we visited: VisionSpring

Excel Academy

Root Capital

American MoJo


Sana (MIT)

Boston Community Capital

PennSE M in Boston

While the initial goal of Think Tank was to publish a journal on Social Entrepreneurship, the committee focused more on the process of critical thinking and learning in its first year. Through Socratic dialogue, the geographically and academically diverse team encouraged each other to rethink their preconceptions about social impact and entrepreneurship. Apart from weekly reading and discussion, the committee met for three intensive “bootcamps,� during which they narrowed down their research questions and began the first phase of research. The value that Think Tank has provided to the members is an intellectual platform and community where they can explore their academic interests that are not directly addressed in class.


s. s part t i f o m the su mission and n a h t he in. ore , but t ation, rema b is m u e l t c a u e ad iz Th nts gr f the organ e d u t o S ul the so , t i r i p s

ssor Profe rtson o R be Diana

I think the club has definitely grown much wider and larger in terms of the scope of its offerings as well as the diversity of interests of its members. This places it in a much better position to reach out to students along a wide spectrum of interest levels. It is also exciting to see PennSEM alumni increasingly moving into social impact fields, starting their own organizations, or working for social impact consulting firms.

Daryl Poon Ex-President 2011 - 2012

upta 3 eng 2-201 S 1 a 0 n i Kar ident 2 s Pre Ex-

Well when I joined in 2009, we had an 8 member team and two programs: an annual speaker event and a few internships. When I left, it was a 40 person club with five programs and amazing experiences such as trips to India, Cali, East Coast, a collob with Compass Fellows, and a think tank + blog. So the progress in terms of a student’s means to explore and discover SE, as well as the average pennsem member’s understanding of SE has been incredible for a short 4 years.


Chapter 5:

At this point in time, PennSEM had grown from the eight-man motley crew that it was to be a fortyperson strong team. In the 2012-2013 academic year, our new co-presidents, Lyn Li Che and Darren Ho, realized that this was a crucial juncture for consolidation. PennSEM had been growing at a record place that it was necessary for us as an organization to, pause, reflect, take stock and find a firm footing before continuing forward. At the same time, social impact had begun to catch on as a concept at Penn, with an emerging number of clubs and school driven programs. Given the new social impact offerings at Penn, PennSEM needed to ensure that its programming continued to be relevant to the Penn community and that it could leverage its relationships with other organizations in order to provide a cohesive social entrepreneurship experience to students. First and foremost, PennSEM needed to build the same congenial spirit of community that brought together our founders in the first place, only that this time it had to be a bond that was shared by 40 people.

Secondly, we needed to ensure that our new two initiatives, Fellows and Think Tank, were getting the right amount of attention and help they needed to solidify their progress and take off in the years to come. This meant pulling together resources across the club, brainstorming on ways to improve on the programs, relooking targets and outcomes, and learning from past mistakes.


That said, PennSEM still delivered on its flagship events: Social Impact Talks and Spring Break.

Social Impact Talks Spring 2013, featuring Dr. Peter Frumkin

For Spring 2013, thirteen Penn students took a seventh journey from Philadelphia to San Francisco, where they visited exciting social enterprises such as Kiva, a global microfinance non-profit that pairs lenders with borrowers; IDEO, an innovation consultancy and design firm; and Clean Fish, a sustainable seafood sourcing company. The social enterprises in the West Coast were in very different sectors from the social enterprises in the East Coast. For example, there were a couple of environment-focused enterprises. They also met up with PennSEM alums like Matteus Pan, who was president of PennSEM in 2010-2011. The PennSEM community can continue to be as tight-knit even after graduation and regardless of location! PennSEM is looking to visit social enterprises in other parts of the US in the near future. There are, after all, no boundaries to social entrepreneurship.

PennSE M wit h Clean Fis h Founder and CEO Tim O’Shea

PennSE M at IDEO in Palo Alto 20

PennSEM’s inaugural winter break was to Mumbai, India. Karina Sengupta, a native of Mumbai and president of PennSEM (2011-2012), led a team of five to visit social enterprises, corporations and nonprofits based in Mumbai and its neighbouring city, Pune.

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India is a hotbed for social entrepreneurship, and the trip was an eye-opening experience for the trip participants, who visited slums and experienced the Indian public transport system and authentic Indian food (and the attendant food poisoning) for the first time. We hope to organise Winter Break trips to other parts of the world in the near future.

PennSE M members tried teachi ng children at the Akanks ha Foundati on, an NG O that aims to provide children from low-i ncome comm unit ies with high-quality ed ucat io n

BarrierBreak technologies uses technology to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and provide them with equal opportunity

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After some soul searching at the start of the semester, Think Tank changed its focus from academic research and publishing a print journal to more informal articles that could reach out to a wider audience. Think Tank would be a student-driven knowledge hub for anything related to social entrepreneurship. We did not just want to discuss abstract ideas, but also write about our own experiences in the field of social entrepreneurship. Secondly, we also wanted to expand the kind of media that we used to share knowledge, and encouraged our members to express their ideas through graphics and videos. The best platform to reach out to as wide an audience as possible was the Internet. We could compete for readership with established social entrepreneurship online journals, so we focused on making our articles accessible and relevant to our own members’ experiences. In Spring 2013, we launched SIPS – Social Innovation Perspectives from Students – a research blog housed on the PennSEM website that would feature articles written by Think Tank members, as well as blog entries documenting PennSEM members’ experiences in any social entrepreneurship-related events. For example, we wrote about our experiences on the Winter Break Trip to India and the Spring Break trip to San Francisco, and some of our members even wrote about the Global Engagement Summit and the Clinton Global Initiative. Thirdly, we focused more on building up knowledge within PennSEM, through conducting training workshops for the entire club. We still continued with our weekly discussions. Members take turns leading the discussion on a topic of their choice - so we learn and teach our peers at the same time! We are also thinking of coming up with a list of Top 10 Social Enterprises in Philadelphia, and our metrics for assessing these social enterprises as a committee project!


In Fall 2013, Fellows started its second year as part of the Compass Fellowship in a new direction. Having attended some of the Compass community events in Washington, DC and New York City in the past year, we learned more about the Compass style of doing things and decided to tweak the program to make it more hands-on and entrepreneurial. We made a conscious decision to limit the incoming class of Fellows to freshmen only like other Compass programs, as this allowed us to engage students at a point of college life when they are more free and able to participate in an intensive program like this. We also adapted the program to include more tangible activities instead of the many talks with social entrepreneurs we had last year, and also coordinate more with the wide Compass network.

The Fall curriculum introduces the Fellows to the concept of design thinking through an interactive webinar from the Stanford school, then invites them to collectively choose a social problem they want to tackle at Penn or West Philadelphia. Over the course of the semester, the Fellows will go through the design thinking process to empathize with the target audience, define the problem, ideate, and finally prototype and test their solutions. With a freshmen class of ten Fellows with interests ranging from education, health and microfinance, we hope to equip them with practical skills and also a design thinking mindset that will guide them to launch their own social ventures in the future.


Chapter 6:

Now that the fallowing period of Spring 2013 was over, PennSEM was ready to go into the new year bigger, better, faster, stronger. Over a pensive summer, some high level thought was put into looking at PennSEM’s strategy within the competitive landscape of Penn clubs, particularly clubs in the social impact field. The external environment was changing very rapidly where there has been great institutional support for social impact programs all over campus, providing a challenge for PennSEM to continue to remain competitive.

PennSEM would no longer be split into 5 committees, but trimmed down to three initiatives, each with a specific core competency:

The experiential committee is essentially a combination of Trips, Internships, and Events. This meant that members in the three committees would be streamed into a common pool where every member would be staffed on at least two ongoing experiential projects. This also meant that we could cut off excess manpower that was not accretive to the organization, but also allowed greater flexibility and synergy in the structure. Though members would no longer be siloed into their committees, they would still retain a lean team structure. Initiatives like externships, remote internships and external consulting projects are in the pipeline!


The inaugural PennSEM retreat was launched in the beginning of the semester to bring everybody together once again before the new year began. Of course, it was a crucial time to bring the new recruits up to speed, socially and PennSEM-ly. It was a two-day, one-night retreat that involved many ice breaker games, a social entrepreneurship 101 workshop, committee goal-setting, resolving administrative conflicts and setting of key dates in the schedule on a club level, and a BYO that included the musical chairs dinner game (a new PennSEM tradition!).

(It would be remiss of us to mention that the PennSEM has become a household name among Penn students, drawing close to 80 over applicants this semester. The new recruits went through a long and hard process to finally be inducted into PennSEM.) Every PennSEM GBM is now always scheduled to end off with a social event so that PennSEMers can take the chance to spend the evening together since everybody from the club is present.


first externs hip PennS E M on their by Blue to U nited

Coleman Speaker Series featuring Connie Duckworth, Founder of Azru


I envision PennSEM to be a movement across campus, Philly and the world - people inspiring each other through their service and actions to make social entrepreneurship a default mindset. Jessica Foo, Class of 2017

I envision PennSEM to be a place where people are willing to take risks and act on their desire to make social change, and where resources are available to support this action, particularly in West Philadelphia. Yong Feng See, Class of 2015

I think that PennSEM can help in adding to the number of courses in the area of social impact throughout the university by approaching those in authority in the various schools and asking for more to be done. Perhaps with continuing, persistent discussions with faculty, the Social Impact and Responsibility Concentration can one day become a Major like those others that are available here Penn..

Among the strengths of PennSEM, in my view, are the energy and passion its members bring. To build on these strengths, I would encourage PennSEM to look for opportunities that meet three considerations: 1) that can be accomplished within the course of an academic year given the time commitment of students; 2) that educate students; and 3) that fill an unmet need. Professor Nien-He Hsieh

Loretta Tomasco, Director of the Wharton Ethics Program 28

Chapter 7: PennSEM grew by leaps and bounds over just 5 years. This growth was enabled not just by the club members, but by the great support of the Wharton Ethics Program, especialy Prof Hsieh, Prof Diana Robertson, Prof Philip Nichols and the director of the Penn Social Impact program, Lauretta Tomasco.


This book would not have been possible without the following people: Jessica Xu for Design

Yifei Xiao for Content and Editing Darrent Ho and Lyn Li Chi for Content Nancy Trinh, Xiaolei Cong, Serena Shi, and Yong Feng See for Pictures Thank you to the Wharton Council and PennSEM alumni, members, faculty, and other supporters for your contributions!


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