One of the great academic offerings at Columbia Business School is the block week, a weeklong immersive class format that allows students to engage deeply with a subject over a short period of time. This semester, I chose two complementary block week classes: “Media Marketing & Entrepreneurship” and “Just Capitalism & Cause Driven Marketing”.
The block-week format offers a variety of advantages, including quality of the faculty and guest speakers. One particular day that week was divided in half between Just Capitalism, taught by renowned Renaissance man and guru Deepak Chopra, and MM&E taught by Sharad Devarajan, a CBS alumnus who is doing amazing things with comic books in India and the US. (Seriously, there’s too much to mention here, but check out his Wikipedia.)
On this day, we started Just Capitalism with an early-morning guided meditation with Deepak Chopra (not what you’d expect in business school, right?) then we heard billionaire philanthropist Ray Chambers talk about his career in Private Equity and how he found his greatest fulfillment leading projects that help those in need. In the afternoon, the speakers in our media class included an executive from AMC, a writer from the Sopranos, the creator of Dexter, and “master of horror” Wes Craven.
This is just a snippet of what was a truly amazing week of lectures, group projects, and diverse guests. I’d highly recommend taking a block week during your time at Columbia Business School.