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Janney Carpenter

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Janney Carpenter is an independent consultant with 30 years of global consulting experience in social enterprise strategy and impact management. She helps social-purpose organizations, funders, and impact investors design effective strategy, manage social impact, and strengthen financial viability, with a focus on engaging markets for sustainable change.


Janney holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Professional Background

Janney has taught graduate-level courses at DU since 2010, including at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Non-Profit Leadership Program at University College, and the Daniels College of Business Denver MBA Program. In 2023, she received the University of Denver’s highest award for excellence in teaching, the Ruth Murray Underhill Award. Previously, she served as Faculty Director for DU’s Barton Institute Social Enterprise Fellowship program, and she spent five years as adjunct faculty at the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. Her consulting work in social enterprise strategy and impact management has focused on helping social-purpose organizations learn about problems and customer needs, develop and strengthen strategy, communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders and funders, and measure and manage their impact.

Janney has worked with non-profit and for-profit social enterprises, philanthropic funders and impact investors, and public sector entities. Prior to her work as an independent consultant, she worked in development finance at ShoreBank Advisory Services and in corporate finance at JP Morgan.

Teaching Philosophy

Janney wants to share her experience with social enterprises as effective local development actors and inspire students with case studies and project-based learning opportunities that bring course content to life. Her goal is to provide students with critical thinking frameworks for understanding how social enterprises can drive market and systems change. Janney brings practitioner voices and experiences into the classroom to connect students to diverse social impact strategies and leadership challenges, and shares examples from international development, corporate sustainability, and local social enterprises.