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CSIS Alumni Named Forbes 30 Under 30 Honorees

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Congratulations to two CSIS alumni honored on Forbes’ 2019 30 Under 30 list in the Social Entrepreneurship category! Forbes chose Jeanny Yao and co-founder Miranda Wang for their pioneering work on sustainable methods of recycling plastic, and Shadrack Frimpong for founding a girls school in Tarkwa Breman, Ghana. Jeanny Yao, a participant in the 2016
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Alumni Voices, Executive Program, Impact House
Behind the Lens: Interview with Kira Simon-Kennedy
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Kira Simon-Kennedy participated in our Executive Program in 2015 and our Impact+ House in 2018. She talked to us about China Residencies, the organization she founded; “Commodity City,” the documentary she produced; and her thoughts about using art to work towards social change.

Alumni Voices
Run for Something: A 2018 Election Day Exclusive with Seisei Tatebe-Goddu
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November 6, 2018 – As US voters head to the polls this election day, CSIS brings you an interview with Penn Social Impact House alumna Seisei Tatebe-Goddu, Chief Operating Officer of Run for Something.

Executive Program, Partnerships
Q&A with Susan Sorenson: Executive Program in “Ending Violence & Abuse in Relationships”
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The Center for Social Impact Strategy and the Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse in Relationships recently partnered to offer the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy: Ending Violence & Abuse in Relationships launching in January, 2019. CSIS sat down with Dr. Susan B. Sorenson (Executive Director, Ortner Center) to discuss the program.

Alumni Voices, Executive Program
Leading With Values – with Jordan Muse
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In 2018, Jordan Muse (Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy, Class of 2017) worked as a Community Fellow with the Center for Social Impact Strategy. Here, she offers a reflection on what she learned from the program, alongside her experience at the 2018 CSIS Alumni Summit. 

Impact House
FAQs: Global Social Impact House 2019: Belize
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It’s time! Each year, the Center for Social Impact Strategy offers one Impact House free-of-charge for anyone, anywhere creating positive social impact. This is the Global Social Impact House.

Alumni Voices, Executive Program, Impact House
RECAP: 2018 Alumni Summit
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  Event Summary This year, CSIS celebrated 892 CSIS Alumni: 375 participants in our residential Impact Houses, and 517 graduates of the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy and our partner program in Arts Strategy. 105 alumni attended this year’s summit. Helen Gym (Philadelphia Councilmember) opened the summit by calling attendees to action, with a
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Alumni Voices, Executive Program
Autonomy Works – with Karrie Pece
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This blog post is brought to you by CSIS alumna Karrie Pece, Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy 2017. Karrie and the organization she works for – Automony Works – were recently profiled in CSIS Studios. Take a look, and hear what Karrie has to say (below) about her journey. My name is Karrie Pece
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Executive Program, Research and Ideas, Resources, Staff Voices
We asked a grant expert what makes proposals stand out. Here’s what he had to say.
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This article first appeared on August 30, 2017. We’ve republished it here with updated information. Let’s talk about grants. Let’s talk about grants. In so many ways, they’re a wonderful thing, providing funding to organizations and businesses that are changing the world for the better, and who need financial support to create that change. Unfortunately,
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Alumni Voices, Events, Impact House
RECAP: Impact+ House for Teams
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From August 2 – 6, 2018 the Center for Social Impact Strategy hosted the Impact+ House: our first ever Impact House for CSIS alumni and their teams. We hosted 16 people at Galusha Hill Farm Lodge in central Vermont, with 6 teams representing a range of social impact areas: youth development, arts and culture exchange,
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Alumni Voices, Executive Program
Clothing the Loop – with Laura Francois
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This blog post is brought to us by CSIS alumna Laura Francois, Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy 2018. My journey starts in Canada, eagerly advocating for conscious consumerism in the fashion industry. I desperately wanted to better understand the systemic problems of the clothing industry, and fatefully made the leap to Malaysia to do
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Events, Impact House
RECAP: Penn Impact Lab 2018 – Grand Canyon
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In May 2018 CSIS offered a credit-bearing program for current Penn students (in collaboration with SP2’s Masters in Nonprofit Leadership program): Penn Impact Lab (PIL). Students convened in Grand Canyon National Park to learn tools for social innovation and volunteer with the National Park Service. The course covered 5 distinct objectives: 1. To introduce students
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Alumni Voices
Four Transformative Lessons from Failure
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Thank you to CSIS Guest Blogger, Tia Kansara. Tia is a Global Social Impact House 2017 Fellow, and founder of Replenish. 13 years ago,  I decided not to go down the traditional route of a 9-5 job. I’d just returned from teaching English in Japan and desperately wanted to pay off my student loans. I
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Event Summary: March 2018 CSIS Executive Program Convening
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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.  

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Event Summary: March 2018 NAS “Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy” Convening
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In March 2018, National Arts Strategies convened 94 arts and culture leaders for the first in-person meeting of the 2018 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy (EPACS), developed in partnership with CSIS. Students represented 26 states and US territories, and 7 countries, traveling from as far abroad as Australia and Brazil. Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
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