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Alumni & Connections

Alumni of the Social Enterprise Program are an invaluable resource for MBA students and for one another. They participate in conferences, serve as mentors for the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program, provide career advice and mentoring to students, serve as guest speakers in courses, help source pro bono consulting projects, participate in research projects with faculty, attend the Social Enterprise Program's Annual Reception, and participate in student club lunch time and evening speaker and social events.

Community Profiles

Sara Green

“Being able to make a difference in the world, even if it is just a small drop in the large bucket of refugee suffering, is very rewarding to me.”
— Sara Green '01, Executive Director, Refugees in Transition


Sallie Krawcheck Profile

“The Nonprofit Board Leadership Program takes vital steps in making sure the next generation of business leaders is prepared to become knowledgeable board members. Students get a hands-on opportunity to learn the true ins and outs of working on a board.”
— Sallie Krawcheck ’92, Former Chairman and CEO, Citi Global Wealth Management

Columbia Business School also taps into New York City, which boasts unsurpassed resources for students and graduates alike. As the global corporate center and home to more nonprofit organizations than any other city, New York offers countless opportunities to learn about and contribute to innovations in social enterprise. The Social Enterprise Program facilitates these opportunities through pro bono projects inside and outside the classroom, summer internships, seminars, and volunteer opportunities with local organizations.

The SEP engages a wide network of academic and business leaders who share a vision for finding innovative ways to generate social benefit through business practices. In addition, Columbia University has a vast array of centers and programs that offer activities and courses relevant to students and practitioners interested in social enterprise. These connections not only add exponentially to the MBA experience but also enrich the ongoing professional experience and learning of alumni.

Both the Social Enterprise Program and the student clubs welcome alumni and practitioner involvement in initiatives at the School. To get involved please join our e-mail list or contact us. Columbia Business School alumni who would like to be invited alumni events can update their contact details, interests and email list subscriptions in BANC online.


2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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Summer Fellowship Program

Microfinance models help women of Burkina Faso

Read about the experiences of our summer fellows as they help create social and environmental value.


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