Event Summary: March 2018 CSIS Executive Program Convening


In March 2018, over 100 students in CSIS’ Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy convened on the University of Pennsylvania campus. For the first time, students met their co-learners and collaborated side-by-side. Check out some highlights, and take a look at the full album of event photos here.

Peter Frumkin (CSIS Faculty Director) welcomed the 2018 cohort of the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy to campus.

Ariel Schwartz (CSIS Managing Director) shared words of encouragement with the 2018 class and congratulated them on their progress so far.

Students brought photos representing their family and/or home, and pinned them to an interactive global map.

Students’ photos represented core parts of their life: family, place, community, purposeful work.

Students contemplated the ‘Give-Get’ wall of their + their peers’ profiles. Each ‘Give-Get’ profile includes the name and photo of the student, their own narrative of what they would like to offer other members of the community, and specific requests for support.

Students embellished their ‘Give-Get’ profiles for the cohort gallery.

Em Havens (IDEO U) and Gray Garmon (Southern Methodist University, not pictured) introduced students to the fundamentals of human-centered design.

Students dove into design thinking fundamentals by prototyping products designed for their peers using only found materials.

A student adds the finishing touches to their prototype.

Students piled into Philadelphia trolleys as they toured some of the city’s most impressive public murals, led by Philadelphia Mural Arts.

Students gaze upon one of Philadelphia’s beautiful murals, one of 3,500+ such murals in the city.

Students broke into small groups to share the story of what brought them to the Executive Program, and to discuss the ways in which each their work overlaps with one another’s.

Em + Gray taught the fundamentals of brainstorming: a collaborative art of creative idea generation and problem solving.

Dean John Jackson, Jr., Ph.D. of Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice dazzled the class with a powerful heartfelt address, and officially welcomed all to the Social Policy and Practice (SP2) family.

Students embraced the concept of ‘failing’ by creating their own ‘wall of failure.’

The cohort capped off their last full day of learning with a bowling party in North Philadelphia.

On their last day on campus, students considered how to take what they’d learned over the week in order to move ‘onwards and upwards.’

Adam Roth-Saks (Director, Masters in Nonprofit Leadership, UPenn) discussed extended learning opportunities with students, with the fall 2018 debut of CSIS/NPL’s hybrid online Masters in Nonprofit Leadership.

The cohort gathered for one final group hug (+ a spontaneous dance party!) before parting ways.

We loved hosting all of the 2018 Exec students on campus, and look forward to seeing you again in September for your graduation, and the Alumni Summit!