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Inclusive Growth for Entrepreneurs

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Research Symposium:
Inclusive Growth for Entrepreneurs

What are the challenges for a more inclusive financial system for entrepreneurs? What insights can be drawn from behavioral economics and the experience of financial institutions and engaged entrepreneurs to overcome barriers to growth?

Supported By:

The Skylark Foundation

Hosted by: the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

Friday, February 28, 2014
8:45 a.m.– 2:40 p.m.

Venue: The Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Avenue (between 117th and 118th streets)
New York (directions and online map).



Please note that all symposium attendees should arrive by 9:00 AM. The program will begin at exactly 9:15 AM.

8:45 – 9:15 AM

Breakfast and Registration

9:15 – 9:35 AM

Welcome Remarks and Introduction

Lew Kaden
Former Vice Chairman

Bruce Kogut
Professor and Director, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics
Columbia Business School

Watch the video here.

9:35 – 10:20 AM

Keynote Presentation

Sendhil Mullainathan 
Professor of Economics
Harvard University
Founder, ideas42

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10:20– 10:35 AM

Coffee Break

10:35 – 11:45 AM

Plenary discussion: What is the Challenge for Inclusive Growth?

Gita Johar (Chair)
Senior Vice Dean
Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Erick Brimen
Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President of Finance

Kesha Cash '10
Director of Investments
JaliaVentures/Impact America

Tony Goland
McKinsey & Company

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11:45 AM– 12:00 PM


12:00 – 1:15 PM

Lunch and Keynote Plenary

Suresh Sundaresan (Chair)
Chase Manhattan Bank Foundation Professor of Financial Institutions,
Columbia Business School

Noah Breslow

Tim Ferguson
Chair and Managing Partner
Next Street

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1:15 – 2:30 PM

Behavioral Motivations, Entrepreneurs, and Poverty

Emily Breza (Chair)
Assistant Professor
Columbia Business School
Slides here.

Christopher Blattman
Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and of Political Science
Columbia University:
"Stimulating youth entrepreneurship in Africa: Experimental evidence from Liberia and Uganda"
Slides here.

Ronnie Chatterji
Associate Professor
Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business:
"Credit cards and Entrepreneurs"
Slides here.

Amit Khandelwal
Gary Winnick & Martin Granoff Associate Professor of Business
Columbia Business School:
"Soccer Balls, Hexagons, and Entrepreneurs"
Slides here.

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2:30 – 2:40 PM

Closing Remarks:

Bruce Kogut 
Professor and Director, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics
Columbia Business School

Gita Johar
Senior Vice Dean
Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business
Columbia Business School


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Related Reading

Two trillion and counting: Assessing the credit gap for micro, small, and medium-size enterprises in the developing world, October 2010

Global Financial Inclusion: Achieving full financial inclusion at the intersection of social benefit and economic sustainability, Fall 2010

Goodwill Enterprising: Can Entrepreneurship Save Our Cities?, Next American City

Lars H. Thunell on encouraging private-sector investing in emerging markets, June 2012

Why Washington has it wrong on Small Business, The Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2012

Entrepreneurial finance, credit cards, and race, Journal of Financial Economics, 2012

GroupMe co-founder Jared Hecht raises $3.4 million to fix small business lending, CNN Money, February 5, 2014


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Featured Video

Watch the trailer for our interactive debate entitled “Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?”

Featured Research

The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance
Identifies "structural breaks" — privatization, for example, or globalization — and assesses why powerful actors across countries behave similarly or differently in terms of network properties and corporate governance.


Program Brochure

View the Bernstein Center brochure, Ethical Challenges in Business