Explore Business

Our Explore Business mini-sites are gateways to conversations, readings, and activities that inspire high school students to think more deeply about timely issues affecting business and society. They are built using engaging conversations between Erika James, Dean of the Wharton School, and industry and academic leaders who are discussing cutting-edge business themes and concepts. Meant to be incorporated into classroom discussions and assignments, we invite high school educators and students to dig into these rich learning opportunities with the help of Wharton-powered insights and tools. Explore Business with a world leader in business education.

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The Business of Race

In 2020, protests in response to attacks on Black Americans brought attention to the breadth and depth of racial injustice in our country, and the need for a national dialogue. The first three sessions in this series focus on the impact of systemic racism on business and society, and how it can be confronted.

Race and Corporate Power

Race and the Entrepreneur

Race and the Selling of America

Environmental, Social and Governance

ESG, which stands for Environmental, Social and Governance, has become the unifying lens people are using to evaluate companies’ efforts to do more than make a profit. As firms try to contribute positively to the environment, address governance discrepancies, and support social causes, many are also working toward ESG compliance. These three Explore Business mini-sites focus on company efforts to incorporate ESG factors into their business strategies and to responsibly drive social impact – and how investors, consumers and other stakeholders are responding.

Tackling the Climate Crisis

Redefining Corporate Governance

Humanizing ESG


In the 21st century, the business world is increasingly using data and analytics to develop insights that will drive better decisions and shape stronger leaders. High school students need to understand the impact of analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, which are altering the approach to problem-solving in every industry. These three Explore Business mini-sites for high school educators to use with their students investigate how data can help govern and grow the economy; how analytics can drive social good; and how analytics gives sports teams a competitive edge.

The Analytics of Finance

Using Data to Protect and Serve

More Than a Game

Brand Identity: Inside the Iconic Levi’s Brand

This is a case study in leadership, marketing, brand management and retailing. Whether they are devout denim heads or have never worn a pair of Levi’s jeans, high school students will strengthen their business knowledge through the lens of this fascinating Levi’s story, told by the “brand guy” who stepped in to turn the company around.