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SP2 program teaches ex-offenders entrepreneurial skills

Formerly incarcerated individuals must contend with a barrage of social barriers, including the stigma associated with being an ex-offender, and a lack of money, job skills, social skills, and communal ties. “They face more obstacles than we scholars would be able to imagine,” says Charlotte Ren, a visiting assistant professor of strategic management in the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) and a senior fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School.