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Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas ’04: Nonprofit manager

As a financial reporter and editor, Rebecca Thomas had been challenged but not inspired. Since forgoing a career as a professional dancer, "I had not found a new passion," she says. "I came to the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School to reignite this passion."

Thomas attributes her excitement about pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector to courses in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit finance, as well as to active networking with like-minded students. "My most memorable experience at Columbia was serving as the President of the Social Enterprise Club," she says. "The club helps students professionally pursue business ventures that seek social benefits as their primary goal." Under her leadership, the Club received the honor of hosting the 2004 national Net Impact Conference and raised funds for student internships in the public and nonprofit sectors.

While at Columbia Business School, Thomas worked part time for the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG), helping the organization develop and implement a strategic plan. She spent her summer interning at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), a leading community development financial institution that strives to fill the financing and advisory needs of nonprofit organizations.

Since graduation, Thomas has been working full time at NFF, as a Senior Associate in Program and Product Development. Her responsibilities include managing special research and advocacy projects, working with a team to develop and deploy new and existing financial services, and providing financial assistance to nonprofit clients. "I have applied my MBA skills in management, strategic planning and finance toward a career helping low-income communities better understand the linkages between money and mission," she says.

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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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