“The Turner Impact Portfolio Challenge serves as a beacon of hope for a more equitable and sustainable future.” – Dean Erika James

Increasingly, institutional investors are seeking to make impact across asset classes: venture capital, public equities, fixed income, alternatives, and more. Enter the Turner Impact Portfolio Challenge (TIPC).

Now in its sixth year, TIPC is a year-long, graduate student ESG investing competition produced by the ESG Initiative at the Wharton School and supported by naming sponsors Bobby and Lauren Turner and founding corporate sponsor Bank of America.

Hundreds of students gather at Wharton’s Huntsman Hall for a full day of programming. (Image: Shira Yudkoff Photography)

This year, 175 students spanning over 40 teams from 16 universities across the U.S. participated in total. These students join hundreds of TIPC alumni across the country who have completed the program.

And the Winner is…

Michaela Flynn, Chase Johnson, Mai Kruvi, and Kendall Thompson from Bard College won the competition with a portfolio that aimed to meet the financial, decarbonization, and impact goals of the pension fund through activist positions in utilities, shareholder advocacy, and a gender lens when selecting assets and asset managers.

Judges for the 2024 competition included Nicholas Ashburn (Head of Responsible Investing and Managing Director, AMG Investment Office at PNC Bank), Mary Stokes (Managing Director and Institutional Market Investment Executive, Institutional Investments at Bank of America), and Bonnie Treichel (Chief Solutions Officer at Endeavor Retirement).

This story is by Emma Davis. Read more at Wharton’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) page here. 

Posted: July 2, 2024

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