Gain insight about Stephanie’s social impact journey through a CSIS interview and learn how you can grow as a social innovator, entrepreneur, community alchemist, and/or intrapreneur! A Dallas, TX native Stephanie Fenniri brings her endearing spirit to Philadelphia’s social sector. Before creating positive change in the Philadelphia community, a fateful google search brought Stephanie to The Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS) where she was accepted into the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy and eventually became a graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Program at The School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) here at Penn.
How would you describe your experience in the Executive Program and in the hybrid NPL? What were your favorite classes, instructors, or learning moments?
The Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy has been a life changing experience! As someone committed to being a lifelong learner, I’m always pursuing some type of learning, but I never imagined I would feel this way about a program. After my first convening, I knew I’d found my people. We all wanted to make a difference, were committed to creating a positive impact in the world and striving to find the tools to help us achieve change for our communities. Some of my favorite moments are those that I’ve spent with my 2017 and now the 2019 cohort over Jamouts, which are video conferencing sessions when you can connect with global changemakers. The personal connections are incredibly supportive and the global network is vast enough that you can find someone in any region of the world who is willing to assist you. The common thread that connects us is our desire to create tangible social impact in our communities. I also have to highlight my love/hate relationship with the Business Models for Social Enterprise course. While I had extensive experience creating presentations for work, I had never assembled one for myself and I found the exercise both exciting and daunting. Pitching your own idea is something everyone should experience!