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6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
Columbia Law School - Jerome Greene 104

Over the past year and a half, multiple proposals have been advanced to alter Columbia's strategy to investing its endowment in order to make those investments better reflective of the imperative for a shift away from an economy reliant on fossil fuels. At the same time, there is increasing recognition that these investments need to be matched with a strong commitment to 'walking the talk' on sustainability across Columbia's campuses and throughout its programs. As part of an ongoing dialogue, this event will be an opportunity to hear and discuss faculty and student perspectives from across the university. It will feature a panel of distinguished faculty, and will allow considerable time for questions from members of the Columbia community.
Panelists Include:

  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute
  • Bruce Usher, Director, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School
  • Lisa Sachs, Director, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
  • Michael Gerrard, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
  • Todd Gitlin, Author of "Occupy Nation", Columbia Journalism School
  • Jessica Prata, Assistant VP, Environmental Stewardship
  • Sponsored by Columbia Law School


    9:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.
    51 Christopher Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY

    The Social Enterprise Club and the Education P2P group went on a site visit to one of the Uncommon Schools, a network of high-performing public charter schools in Brooklyn.  Participants toured the school, observed classrooms, met with school leadership, learned about career opportunities, and network. 

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

    6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
    Low Library, Rotunda
    Columbia University

    Participants joined us for an evening of networking and socializing with fellow alumni, faculty members, students and professionals in the social enterprise sector. In addition, the 2016 Social Enterprise Leadership Award honored Phoebe Boyer '93, President and CEO of the Children’s Aid Society. 

    7:15 p.m.– 10:00 p.m.
    Warren Hall
    Columbia Business School

    Columbia Business School's Healthcare Industry Association and the Mailman School of Public Health's Future Healthcare Leaders hosted an evening of networking and discussion on Shifting Healthcare Delivery Models. Students heard from industry leaders who will speak to their experience in shaping and navigating new ways for individuals and organizations to secure healthcare services. 
    Panelists included:

  • Hope Yates, JD, MPH '14, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Maven (the first digital clinic designed to provide immediate, professional, and affordable care for women)
  • Amy Tippett-Stangler, Senior Director, Primary Care Transformation at the Northeast Business Group on Health (an employer-led organization that works with its members and health plans to achieve the highest value in healthcare delivery and the consumer experience)
  • Sponsored by the Columbia Business School Healthcare Industry Association and the Mailman School of Public Health Future Healthcare Leaders

    Events will be held at the following schools on:
    January 26— Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
    February 3— Journalism School
    February 5— Earth Institute
    February 10— Engineering
    February 11— Teacher’s College
    February 24— School of International and Public Affairs

    Seeking financial support for your social impact summer internship?  Come hear about the Tamer Center Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, a unique and exciting funding opportunity for students between their first and second year working full-time over the summer at organizations making social change in the world. Come hear from past fellows about their experiences, as well as more details around guidelines for students, qualifying organizations, and the internship itself.
    More information can be found on the Tamer Center website here. Questions and other inquiries can be sent to


    2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall
    Columbia Business School

    Trunk show featuring Sseko Designs ( Opportunity for members to mix and mingle and purchase holiday gifts for a good cause. Sseko Designs uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty. 

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

    12:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.

    Led by Industry Career Fellows, these small group interactive sessions will help you effectively launch and manage an enterprise job search. Learn ways to expand your target list, hone your networking techniques and improve your interview skills for your target industry.  The Enterprise Career Groups will create structure and help you to develop a customized action plan

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School

    7:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.
    Metropolitan Pavilion
    125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

    Columbia Engineering hosted University alumni, faculty, students, and friends for Columbia Entrepreneurship Night in NYC. The 10th installment of our popular entrepreneurship series (hosted in partnership with Columbia Alumni Association and Columbia Entrepreneurship) is designed to provide an insider's perspective on the future of food sustainability.
    About the Speakers

    Dickson Despommier
    Despommier is an emeritus professor of microbiology and Public Health at Columbia University. From 1971 to 2009, he conducted research on intracellular parasitism and taught courses on Parasitic Diseases, Medical Ecology and Ecology. In recent years, Despommier has received considerable media coverage for his ideas on vertical farming. He developed his concept of vertical farming over a 10-year period with graduate students in a medical ecology class beginning in 1999, with work continued by Ontarian eco-architects like Gordon Graff from the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture.
    Despommier is also co-host of three popular podcasts along with Vincent Racaniello, namely TWIV (This Week in Virology), TWIP (This Week in Parasitism) and Urban Agriculture.

    Adnan Durrani
    Mr. Durrani is Chief Executive Officer of American Halal/Saffron Road Foods and President of Condor Ventures, Inc., a firm devoted to strategic investing in natural food companies. Prior to his current endeavors, he served as an investment professional for almost 30 years and most recently was a partner at Blue Chip Venture Co. which led a number of media and technology ventures, including Beliefnet (sold to News Corp.), (sold to AOL), Get2Chip (sold to Cadence), and @Plan (sold to Doubleclick).
    A skilled entrepreneur, Mr. Durrani has been recognized as one of the entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who engineered "20 Ideas That Changed the Way the World Does Business". He founded Vermont Pure/Crystal Rock Water Co., the second largest bottled water company in the Northeast, and was a financial partner of Stonyfield Farms, Inc., the leading organic yogurt brand, spearheading its private sale to Dannone in 2003. He was also a principal of Delicious Brands, Inc., whose growth he led, with the financial backing of Carl Icahn, to become the fifth largest cookie brand in the United States. In addition, he served as a member of the Board and as Finance Chairman of Social Venture Network and co-founded the Social Venture Institute of New York.
    Also active in the non-profit sector, Mr. Durrani is the Director, Treasurer, and Finance Chair of READ (Rural Education and Development Enterprise) Nepal, an organization devoted to building libraries in rural communities in Nepal and India, which is primarily funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has been a lecturer at the Natural Business Conference in Berkeley, CA and at the Silicon Valley Technology Conference in Palo Alto, CA. In addition to serving as a member of Columbia Engineering’s Board of Visitors, he is Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Mr. Durrani received a BS in electrical engineering from Columbia in 1981.

    David Rosenberg
    David, a serial entrepreneur, co-founded and leads AeroFarms, a clean-technology company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments. AeroFarms has been recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company, was voted Most Innovative Company at the Future of Agriculture conference and the Best Growth Company to invest in at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference. David is also the founder of Hycrete, Inc., a nanotechnology cleantech company. David is an active member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its annual meeting in Davos. Within WEF he is honored as a Young Global Leader, where he Co-Chairs the Circular Economy Taskforce. At WEF he is also a Co-Lead for Technology and Innovation Group of The Transformational Leaders in Agriculture and was a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security.
    David is also a member of the B20 SME Taskforce, which advises the G20. David is also a member of Young Presidents Organization. David is an annual lecturer at Columbia Business School and a former adjunct professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business. David received his BA from UNC Chapel Hill and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He competed for the U.S. in Fencing where he was a finalist at a world cup and represented the NYAC, helping the club win three U.S. National Fencing Championships.

    Sonny Wu
    Wu is the managing director of GSR Ventures. Sonny Wu focuses on investments in the new materials and new energy sectors. He has made extensive investments related to LED technology, electric vehicles, coal to gas and shale gas, dedicated to support domestic start-ups and leverage mature technologies for scaling in China. Sonny is currently the chairman of LatticePower and Boston-Power.
    Prior to GSR, Sonny held key executive positions at Nortel Networks and led the investment in Shanghai ASMC (HKEX: 3355) in 1994. He served as Managing Director for Shanghai Nortel Semiconductors Corp. and Guangdong Nortel Telecom Corp. in 1995.
    Sonny grew up in China, and completed his education at the University of British Columbia, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan Fellow)

    Sponsored by Columbia Engineering

    8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
    Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
    2920 Broadway
    New York, NY 10027

    The HITLAB Innovators Summit is a special opportunity to engage the most creative minds in medicine and technology, and explore ideas to solve the most pressing challenges in healthcare. The summit is comprised of talks, panel discussions, demonstrations and networking sessions, all of which are centered on HITLAB’s mission to improve health through innovation and technology.
    The event culminates in the HITLAB World Cup, an international challenge where innovators present original solutions to the challenges that plague healthcare.
    Talks during the summit include: 35+ innovative healthcare leaders, experts on healthcare challenges, one-on-one interview with healthcare transformation leaders.

    Sponsored by HITLAB


    7:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
    Columbia Business School
    Warren Hall, Room 416

    Morgan Stanley believes capital has the power to create positive change in the world. The biggest and most impactful changes come from people like you. If you come to Morgan Stanley, what will you create?
      Morgan Stanley hosted an information session on Wednesday, December 2nd to explain more about the 2016 Sustainable Investing Fellowship. This opportunity is open to first and second-year MBA and dual-degree students with Columbia Business School.  To find out more about the Fellowship please visit: .

    Co-sponsored by the Career Management Center and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise

    7:30 a.m.– 8:30 a.m.
    Columbia Business School

    Former Minister Hedi Larbi is the Fall 2015 Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. He most recently served as Advisor to the MENA Vice President at the World Bank, and from January 2014 to February 2015 served as both the Minister of Economic Infrastructure and Sustainable Development and the Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, Tunisia. Mr. Larbi has over 35 years of professional experience in economic and social development as both a policy advisor and policy maker, with more than two decades of high level work in the World Bank Group, the private sector (in Europe and Middle East and North Africa), and the Tunisian transition government. Mr. Larbi also has substantial expertise in the areas of public policy, economic and sectoral development strategies, private sector development, infrastructure services, human capital development, public finance and macroeconomic management, infrastructure (transport, water, energy, and urban services), social sectors (education, health, social protection), and more. He has developed, negotiated and supervised major economic and institutional development programs, and public and private investment operations in various social and economic sectors including major infrastructure projects and economic reforms. Mr. Larbi has an excellent knowledge of the economic, institutional, political and social challenges of the MENA region as well as of many Sub-Saharan countries. To a lesser extent, his regional experience extends to Latin American Countries and East and Central European Countries in the context of cross-support and policy advice to governments and World Bank teams. Mr. Larbi holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from the Ecole des Mines de Paris, and an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Sponsored by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School

    6:00 p.m.

    Students learned about Education Resource Strategies (ERS), a nonprofit education consulting firm that is dedicated to transforming how urban school systems organize resources – people, time, technology, and money – so that every school succeeds for every student.  During this session, Courtney Catallo Hitchcock BUS’13 spoke talk about her experiences working at ERS after business school, shared a case study example from a past ERS project, and talked about career opportunities at ERS. 

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School

    6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 208
    1125 Amsterdam Ave (between 115 and 116 Streets)
    New York, NY 10027

    The due diligence process should not be a one-way street. Far too often it’s the investors that do most of the investigating, when entrepreneurs have a responsibility to themselves, their organization, customers, and their mission to perform due diligence on their potential partners. As an entrepreneur you really need to know who your potential investor is before you sign on the dotted line. In her talk, Christine Mendonça, goes through the process of how to screen potential investors, perform investor due diligence, and navigate best fit. It can’t and shouldn’t be all about the money.  Doing the work now, ensures that after the deals done you have right partners at the table to navigate growing your social venture.

    About Christine Mendonça

    Christine LeViseur Mendonça is the founder of Shore to Shore Advisory, an impact investment advisory firm, working exclusively with clients who want to put financial return seeking capital to work in positively changing the world. Before starting her company, Christine became the 5th generation in her family to work in the steel industry. At 21, she managed the due diligence process for Gerdau Ameristeel’s 2004 NYSE Equity and Bond Offering. By the age of 26, Christine led or co-led the integration of $187 MM in acquisitions (6 companies, 27 locations) and supported in the integration of another $4.5 BN of assets.

    Christine is an active speaker on impact investment and engaging women into the investment process. She has spoken at the United Nations, Conference Board, MaRSDD, and Centre for Social Innovation.  She is a senior advisor for the Mentor Capital Network and mentor for Tampa Bay WaVE. Additionally, Christine has served as a board member of Latinos in College, Tampa Bay WaVE, and as a Master Guardian ad Litem.

    She received her MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2010. Christine earned her BS in Business Administration in International Business at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She has also studied at ITSEM in Cuernavaca, Mexico, the American University in Paris, and the University of South Florida. Christine is a dual citizen of the United States and Brazil.

    Co-sponsored by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School


    9:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.
    school of International and Public Affairs

    Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a presentation and discussion of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2015 featuring Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA. The World Energy Outlook 2015 (to be released November 10) presents updated projections for the evolution of the global energy system through 2040, examining the prospects for fossil fuels, renewables, the power sector and energy efficiency, and analysis on trends in carbon emissions and fossil-fuel and renewable energy subsidies. In particular, the 2015 edition is informed by in-depth analysis on key issues and trends such as the lower oil price environment, India's energy outlook, opportunities and challenges for unconventional gas, and the competitive position of renewables and the role of energy efficiency. Founding Director Jason Bordoff will moderate a discussion with Dr. Birol following his presentation. Registration is required. This event is open to press. It will also be livestreamed at: A podcast of this event (in addition to other past Center events) will be available ~5 days after the date of the event through iTunes or via our website. For more information contact:

    Sponsored by the Center on Global Energy Policy at SIPA

    4:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.
    Lerner Hall
    Columbia University

    The Earth Institute presented the second in the Smartphone Apps for Citizen Scientists Workshop Series.  Presentations included:

  • Diana Eddowes, "FreshWater Watch: Smart technologies helping global communities monitor their environment”
  • John Feighery, "The mWater Surveyor Platform and Mobile App”
  • Samuel Janis, "Environmental Monitoring in the Age of the App; Building a Networked Solution for Middle School Kids”
  • Karen Pagliaro-Meyer, "What you need to know about Privacy”
  • Alexander van Geen, "Disseminating well-water quality data with an app while respecting privacy: Arsenic in New Jersey and Bangladesh”
  • Smartphones are revolutionizing the collection and sharing of environmental data, but their potential as tools for citizen science is vastly under-utilized. This series will examine a range of topics including the underlying science and technical development, as well as the legal and privacy concerns of data collection and dissemination, and the implications for environmental justice and regulations enforcement. Each workshop will cover a different scientific topic from airborne contaminants to soil and water and feature speakers leading the field from the researchers behind the science to the users in our communities.  

    Sponsored by the Earth Institute at Columbia University

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    6:00 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.
    Uris Hall
    Columbia Business School

    This workshop was for students who wanted to explore how their Columbia Business School experiences and skills can be combined with their passion and values for social impact. Hosted by Dr. Mrim Boutla, an expert on social/environmental impact careers and founder of More Than Money Careers, this workshop provided students with a framework to help identify social impact career paths that align with students’ unique values, skills and life priorities.
    Topics covered included:

  • How to translate skills from one sector the another;
  • How to clarify one's sector fit based on MTMC's framework;
  • How to identify employers in one's impact area/sector; and
  • How to leverage LinkedIn and Twitter to identify employers and internships/jobs before one's competition.
  • Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

    6:00 p.m.– 7:15 p.m.
    Warren Hall
    Columbia Business School

    Students joined Deloitte for the third event in the 2015 Strategy Round Table Series featuring some of our national and global strategy thought leaders. The sessions are designed to be interactive, focusing on discussion and questions posed by students. Students had the opportunity to network with the speakers over light fare after the discussions. The event featured an interactive discussion with Larry Keeley, a leader in Monitor Deloitte's Doblin innovation practice, about how companies can materially improve innovation success rates through a rigorous and systematic approach toward generating and sustaining innovation. Larry is the author of The Ten Types of Innovation.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

    3:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
    Columbia University

    SUMANI hosted a panel discussion on sustainability consulting. This event featured senior consultants from: SustainAbility, Accenture Sustainability Services,  Ernst & Young Sustainability Services, and BSR. This is a great opportunity to learn about the sustainability consulting space and engage with consultants from top-tier firms. The panelists are:

  • Kevin Eckerle, Senior Manager, Sustainability at Accenture
  • Margo Mosher, Manager, SustainAbility
  • Mohit Bhargava, Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services at Ernst & Young
  • Matthew Raimondi, Senior Manager, Advisory Services at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)
  • Discussion topics will include: the type of work done by each firm, a day in the life of a sustainability consultant, interesting projects, industry trends, the recruiting process, etc. – the goal is to expose attendees to the industry.

    Sponsored by the Columbia University Net Impact SUMA Chapter

    12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m.
    School of International and Public Affairs

    As part of Columbia University's Fall 2015 Development Colloquium, Anthony Louis D'Agostino presented "Shock Absorbers?: Irrigation and Labor in India."

    Sponsored by SIPA

    5:30 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.
    Brooklyn Bowl
    61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

    Brooklyn Bowl is the world’s first LEED-certified bowling alley and concert venue. Owner Charley Ryan gave Green Business Club students a tour highlighting the venue’s green features and discussing running a green building/business. Afterwards, the students celebrated the end of the week with two hours of reserved bowling time. 

    Sponsored by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

    8:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.
    Lerner Hall
    Columbia University

    In 2014, AGS mounted an “Expedition to the Future”, and a topic that prominently recurred through much of the dialog was “urbanization.” An ever increasing proportion of the world’s population will dwell in urban areas by 2050, even as the world’s total population swells by billions. The geographies of our urban habitats are poised to change radically by 2050, and the implications of this for local, regional, and global decision makers are significant and paramount to our well-being. The spatial-temporal processes and patterns that will reshape our cities – and the rest of the planet - are many and interrelated, and will manifest differently in different places over time. In short, there is no single “urban habitat” and it is imperative that we, as a global society, understand the variety and interconnectedness of the world’s towns, cities and mega-cities as they evolve by 2050.
    The AGS Fall Symposium brought together leaders in business, government, science, and education that might not otherwise have the opportunity to interact, and provide opportunities for discussion, debate, and collaboration to further the understanding of the future of our cities.

    Sponsored by The Earth Institute's Center for International Earth Science Network (CIESIN) and the American Geographical Society (AGS)

    4:15 p.m.– 5:45 p.m.
    School of International and Public Affairs

    As part of Columbia University's Fall 2015 Development Workshop, Gharad Bryan presented "Economic Development and the Spatial Allocation of Labor: Evidence from Indonesia."

    Sponsored by SIPA

    9:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.
    School of International and Public Affairs

    Ms. Norie Sekimoto, Sr. Recruiter from World Bank Group, visited Columbia on Nov. 19 to give a seminar on careers in international organizations. Students learned about WBG, its work, hiring programs, what WBG is looking for from candidates and some tips to get a job in international organizations, in particular, WBG. After the presentation, Ms Sekimoto had a few hours for an individual advice upon request.

    Sponsored by the Program in Economic Policy Management at SIPA

    6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
    Chadbourne & Parke LLP
     1301 6th Ave, New York City

    Is it still possible to invest successfully in emerging markets? Is it also possible for emerging market investments to contribute to a country’s social and economic development?
    The current economic turmoil is creating uncertainty around the world, especially within emerging markets. Many banks, governments and investors are carefully monitoring the situation and paying close attention to their existing investments, foreign exchange exposure, as well as their appetite for new investments.
    This event will be an opportunity to hear from industry experts on investing in emerging economies. Join us for the occasion to listen to, and discuss with, speakers from the private equity, investment banking, legal and development finance areas, where we will explore the opportunities and challenges of investing in emerging markets in this new volatile landscape. Furthermore, the panel will specifically discuss how infrastructure investing and private equity can provide risk adjusted returns while contributing to the economic growth of emerging markets, such as creating sustainable jobs, building long-lasting infrastructure, and facilitating access to capital markets. 
    Speakers included:

  • Marc Rossell, Partner and Head of Capital Markets at Chadbourne & Parke LLP
  • Patricia Grad, Director of Investor Relations at Actis Capital 
  • Stuart Murray, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Citigroup
  • James Polan, Vice President of Small and Medium Enterprise Finance at Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Sponsored by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York City

    7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall
    Columbia Business School

    With bidding around the corner, we want to make sure you don't miss out on some of the fantastic social enterprise related courses in the Spring semester. Want to learn more about what “Investing in Social Ventures” or “Education Leadership” is all about?  The Social Enterprise Club hosted an informal panel and information session to help first-year students get the inside scoop on classes. See the full list of great elective courses on the Tamer Center Website

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

    5:45 p.m.– 6:45 p.m.
    501 Northwest Corner Building
    Columbia University,
    New York, NY 10027

    The Earth Institute and the School of Continuing Education's Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM) presented “Quantified: Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy" with Joe Whitworth, author, patented inventor and president of The Freshwater Trust.
    In “Quantified,” Whitworth drew lessons from the world’s most tech-savvy, high-impact organizations to show how we can make real gains for the environment. The principles of his approach, dubbed quantified conservation, will be familiar to any thriving entrepreneur: situational awareness, bold outcomes, innovation and technology, data and analytics, and gain-focused investment. This no-nonsense strategy builds on the inspirational environmental work begun in the 1970s, while recognizing that the next economy will demand new solutions. As President of The Freshwater Trust, a conservation nonprofit headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Whitworth has put quantified conservation into practice, pioneering the model of a “do-tank” that is dramatically changing how rivers can get restored across the United States. The stories in “Quantified” highlight the most precious of resources — water — but they apply to any environmental effort. Whether in the realm of policy, agriculture, business, or philanthropy, Whitworth is charting a new course for conservation.
    Google, Apple, Amazon, Uber: companies like these have come to embody innovation, efficiency, and success. How often is the environmental movement characterized in the same terms? Sadly, conservation is frequently seen as a losing battle, waged by well-meaning but ultimately ineffective idealists. Joe Whitworth argued it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it can’t be this way if we are to maintain our economy, let alone our health and the health of the planet.

    Sponsored by the Earth Institute and the School of Continuing Education’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management

    6:00 p.m.
    Davis Auditorium
    Columbia University

    Fast and furious, Fast Pitch is our elevator pitch competition. Teams must sell their customers and our judges in 60 seconds or less. Your elevator pitch could be the 30 or 40 most important words in your business. If you can’t hook your customers, investors, or partners in the first minute, you’ve likely lost them forever. Winning teams will be judged to be the most concise, complete, and compelling. The Fast Pitch competition will help your team improve your marketing, sales, and promotional capabilities. Attendance and participation is free, and the experience is priceless.

    Sponsored by Columbia Engineering

    6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
    Buell Hall, East Gallery
    Columbia University

    Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam, will speak about the true business cost of income inequality and what CEOs should be doing to help mitigate it. In a recent New York Times opinion piece, he describes how society is increasingly creating a caste system where it is becoming impossible to climb the economic ladder without exceptional talent, athletic skill or luck.
    While Mr. Georgescu has a unique vantage point, from his experience managing an award winning advertising agency, and graduating from elite schools like the Exeter Academy, Princeton University and Stanford Business School, he was born in Romania at the start of World War II, and had to overcome many obstacles — including exile from his native country, a five-year separation from his parents, and time in a hard-labor camp. He has also authored a book entitled “The Source of Success,” about how personal values and creativity are the leading drivers of business success in the 21st Century. 

    6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
    Mailman School of Public Health
    Mailman Auditorium, 8th Floor
    Allan Rosenfield Building
    722 West 168th St
    New York, NY

    A growing number of public health practitioners and innovators combine entrepreneurial skills with their understanding of public health to develop ventures that address some of society’s most pressing health and social problems. These public health entrepreneurs work across disciplines to launch double- or triple-bottom line ventures that bridge the gap between the business world and the healthcare space.

    This panel discussion with Columbia alumni who are also founders of health-focused ventures as they discuss their organizations, bridge the gap between public health and social entrepreneurship, share what they have learned, and highlight the resources that are needed to further develop their enterprises. 

    Speaker Biographies:   

    Dr. Ben L. Bynum, MD, MBA ’10, MPH ’10 (Health Policy and Management)
    Ben currently serves as the Director of Operations at Vital Healthcare Capital (V-Cap). V-Cap is a $100 million nonprofit loan fund that invests in safety net healthcare providers offering healthcare services and good jobs to residents living in low-income communities.  Ben was part of the planning team for V-Cap through funding from the Ford, Rockefeller, Robert Wood Johnson and Kellogg Foundations amongst others. Prior to V-Cap, Ben worked for angel investor and philanthropist, Josh Mailman, to provide growth capital to scale minority owned businesses.  In San Francisco, Ben consulted at Imprint Capital Advisors to strategize for charitable Foundations to create and execute impact investing portfolios.  As an Adjunct Professor at Berkeley College, Ben has lectured on healthcare innovations in low income communities.  Ben is on the Board of Directors of the national School-Based Health Alliance whose mission is to couple health clinics and schools in low-income areas.  Originally from Monroe, LA, Ben completed his undergraduate studies at Tuskegee University where he was a four-year letterman in football.  Ben received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in DC and his dual MBA/MPH at Columbia University, where he was recognized as a W.E.B. Dubois Scholar.

    Jason Friesen, MPH ’12, EMT-P (Executive Health Policy and Management)
    Jason is a paramedic, and the founder and director of Trek Medics International, a nonprofit that improves emergency medical systems in developing countries. He earned his B.A. in English from Westmont College, completed his Paramedic training at Southwestern College, and received an MPH from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is originally from the NYC-area and has been working in international development since 2003, including many years in Central America, the Caribbean, and Europe, working for a number of recognized international humanitarian organizations. Most recently he was the Haiti Country Director for Project HOPE until mid-2012. Aside from ambulance operations and EMS management, he has also worked as a flight medic and paramedic instructor, a contributing author for EMS publications, and provides consulting for a range of global health initiatives in both systems development and disaster response. When the opportunity arises, Jason enjoys exploring coastlines for surf.

    Dr. Olajide Williams, MD, MS ’04 (Biostatistics)
    Dr Olajide Williams is the Founder of Hip Hop Public Health and a neurologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Hip Hop Public Health promotes health literacy through hip-hop, short animated features, and health video games. Dr Williams is responsible for creating the Stroke Center of Excellence at Harlem Hospital, New York, where he developed nationally recognized public stroke campaigns, including Hip Hop Stroke in partnership with the National Stroke Association. Dr Williams's contributions have earned him numerous local and national awards. These include; New York City Health and Hospital Corporation Urban Health Award for mitigating health care disparities, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University Distinguished Teacher Award, Columbia University Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine and Excellence in Teaching, the Network Journal's Top 40 Under 40 award, the NAACP Community Service Award, and a National Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr Williams was recently inducted into Columbia University's prestigious Glenda Garvey Teaching academy. He is a National Spokesperson for the National Stroke Association and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Recently, Dr Williams founded the Hip Hop Public Health Center, which focuses on developing innovative solutions to stroke literacy and school-aged obesity in high risk communities.

    Casey Santiago, MBA ’07, MIA ’07 (Social Enterprise)
    Casey Santiago founded Kangu after working at the pioneering microfinance crowdfunding website, Kiva, and having wonderful children of her own. She also serves as the Program Director of Technology and Innovation at the Results for Development Institute. Casey began her career at Deloitte and has advised non-profits, corporations and donor agencies including Doctors without Borders, Institute for OneWorld Health, Bristol Myers-Squibb, and USAID. Casey has worked in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia. She holds a BA magna cum laude from Wellesley College, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

    Co-sponsored by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and the Mailman School of Public Health 

    3:00 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.
    Dalberg’s Offices
    99 Madison Ave., New York NY

    Students visited Dalberg’s offices to learn about career opportunities and network.

    Sponsored by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School

    2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.
    Riverside Church, Room 430
    New York, Ny

    This was an introduction to quickly making ideas tangible and testable that was open to ANYONE with an idea or interest in human centered design. Hosted by Innovate NYC, it was designed to teach students to develop prototypes that will allow them to creatively test and iterate ideas. Any type of idea was welcome; digital, brick and mortar, experiential, etc. The first session focused on making prototypes while the second focused on testing them. Attending both sessions is not required but recommended. 

    Sponsored by Innovate NYC

    7:00 p.m.– 10:00 p.m.
    401 Third Avenue 
    Seattle, WA 98101

    The students and staff from the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School met with alumni in the Seattle area for a networking dinner. Current business school students interested in social enterprise were in town for the annual Net Impact Conference.

    12:30 p.m.– 1:30 p.m.
    Columbia Business School

    Blue Haven Initiative is a family office which makes investments in profitable companies, nonprofit organizations and new ventures creating positive social or environmental impact. To enhance innovation, Blue Haven invests using a variety of capital types, including equity, debt, and hybrid structures. They strive to improve social and environmental performance across the portfolio while optimizing financial returns appropriate to each asset class. Lauren Cochran, Director of Private Investments at Blue Haven, gave a talk on scaling social enterprises. Blue Haven will be recruiting for summer MBA interns.

    Sponsored by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School

    Nov 5, 9:00 a.m.– Nov 6, 9:00 p.m.
    Alfred Lerner Hall
    Columbia University, 2920 Broadway
    New York, NY 10027

    Columbia University's Annual Energy Symposium is the largest student-led energy event in NYC, established to foster an exchange of ideas between leaders in industry and academia. The Symposium is jointly organized by the School of International and Public Affairs' Student Energy Association, the Columbia Graduate School of Business' Energy Club, and the Columbia Law School's Environmental Law Society to offer a wide spectrum of perspectives that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the energy industry today. Every year, several hundred participants explore the key drivers impacting the energy business. The event convened thought-leaders and practitioners from the energy sector, representing industry, government, civil society, and the broader Columbia and New York community to explore key challenges and drivers impacting the energy systems. For more information, please click here.

    About the Keynotes

    Anne Hoskins, Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission
    Anne Hoskins serves on Maryland Public Service Commission, where she regulates electric, gas, telecommunications and transportation network services. As a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Anne chairs the International Relations Committee and is a member of the NARUC Board of Directors and NARUC Committee on Gas. Prior to joining the Commission, Anne served as a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University through the Andlinger Center on Energy and the Environment where she conducted policy research on distributed generation. Anne previously worked in the areas of energy, environmental, and telecommunications policy and law through positions at the Public Service Enterprise Group, Verizon Wireless, Bell Atlantic, and the law firm of McCarter and English. Earlier in her career, Anne served as a policy adviser in the New Jersey Governor’s Office and managed economic policy initiatives at a Washington, D.C.-based policy research and advocacy organization.  Anne earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1994, a Master's degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1986 and a B.S. degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 1984. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey. 

    Erika Karp, Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group
    Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc.  The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing investment processes through transparency and collaboration. In offering investment consulting and advising, investment banking, and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with asset owners, corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for companies around the world engaged in sustainable business practices.
      Prior to founding Cornerstone, Karp was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, an advisor to the UN Global Compact's LEAD Board Development Program, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative’s Market-based Approaches track. Karp has been named among the nation’s “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by AdvisorOne, the "GOOD 100” and the “Purpose Economy 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are Transforming Wall Street.”

    John K.S. Wilson, Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement & Research, Cornerstone Capital Group
    John K.S. Wilson is the Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement & Research at Cornerstone Capital Group.  John has over 18 years of experience in socially responsible investing and corporate governance.  He was Director of Corporate Governance for TIAA-CREF, the largest private pension system in the United States with assets under management of over $500 billion.  In this role, he oversaw the voting of proxies at CREF’s 8,000 portfolio companies and engaged in dialogue with corporate boards and management to promote sustainability and good corporate governance. He also writes and presents widely about the relevance of social responsibility to investment performance for academic, corporate and investor audiences.  Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in early 2008, John served as Director of Socially Responsible Investing for Christian Brothers Investment Services, an investment advisor to Catholic institutions.  In that role, he led the company’s shareholder advocacy, social screening, and proxy voting functions as well as participating in the company’s outreach to religious communities around the United States.
      An Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School, John is also a member of the Advisory Council to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.  He is a past Vice-Chair of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and was a founding advisory committee member of the International SRI Working Group, a think tank serving social investing professionals.  John has also served on the Global Reporting Initiative’s Human Rights Working Group and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment Clearinghouse Steering Committee.  He has an MBA and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in English from Georgetown University.

    Jan Stuart, Global Energy Economist, Credit Suisse 
    Jan has been the Global Energy Economist at the Credit Suisse's Equities Research unit over the last four years. Previously, he worked at Macquarie Securities Group, where he was most recently the Co-Head of Global Commodities Research and Global Oil Economist. Prior to that, he was the Global Oil Economist at UBS Securities and has also held research positions with Fimat USA and ABN Amro, Inc. Jan holds an MA in International Relations from Boston University and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University. He received a BA in International Affairs from the American University in Paris, France.

    Co-sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs' Student Energy Association, the Columbia Graduate School of Business' Energy Club, and the Columbia Law School's Environmental Law Society.

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    6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.  

    The Opening Reception in celebration of the 2015-2016 Nonprofit Board Leadership Program brought together students, mentors and nonprofit leaders participating in the program this year. For more information on the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program please click here.

    6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

    Since its inception, the Loan Assistance Program has enabled over 100 Columbia Business School graduates to pursue careers in social enterprise, working in a range of sectors including: education, government, healthcare, nonprofit capacity building, environment, the arts, and international development. Join Professor Bruce Usher, Tamer Center Advisory Board, supporters, graduates and friends of the Program to celebrate the impact these graduates have made in their organizations. 

    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
    Mailman School of Public Health
    Allan Rosenfield Building, Room 532

    The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and the Mailman School for Public Health hosted an informational lunch discussion with three students who spent their summers generating impact working at social ventures, which were supported by the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship program.

    Speakers included:

    • Erin Beck MPH’16 who interned at Senior Planet Exploration Center
    • Juan Figueroa MPH’16 who interned at Healthcare Innovation Technology Lab (HITLAB)
    • Jennifer Meyer MPH’17 who interned at El Arte Sano

    Introduction by Liz Sung, Senior Associate Director, Career Services, Mailman School of Public Health

    Moderated by Ivy Hatsengate, Summer Fellowship Advisor, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School

    Sponsored by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School and the Mailman School for Public Health

    8:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

    The Green Business Club is hosting a hike of Breakneck Ridge and Sugarloaf Mountain trails on Saturday, October 24.The 5.5 mile trail is located in the beautiful East Hudson Highlands. For more information, please click the link here:

    Sponsored by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

    6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Bernheim & Schwartz
    2911 Broadway

    Enjoy the opportunity to network with students interested in green business and energy over drinks and food at this casual networking evening and meet some interesting classmates in the process.

    Co-sponsored by the Green Business Club and the Energy Club at Columbia Business School

    6:00 p.m.
    Il Teatro
    Casa Italiana

    In collaboration with Columbia SIPA's Environmental Coalition (ECO) club, we have arranged a group tour at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday, October 9.

    China's government has made it clear that improving its social safety net is a priority. The aim is not just to reduce inequality and improve well-being but also to expand household consumption and improve social stability. Zhigang Yuan, professor of economics and former dean, Fudan University, School of Economics, a renowned macroeconomist on China, will offer insight on how those programs are designed to meet China’s realities, how they dovetail with other aspects of the next stage of China’s reforms, and what financial and other obstacles must be overcome.

    Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. This lecture will be moderated by Qin Gao, Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Science. Lecture will be in Chinese. Simultaneous translation was provided.

    6:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
    Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant tour
    Greenpoint, Brooklyn

    In collaboration with Columbia SIPA's Environmental Coalition (ECO) club, we have arranged a group tour at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday, October 9.

    At Deloitte, we celebrate individuals who aspire to be extraordinary and surround themselves with the same. Harnessing diversity of thought, experience, and background, Deloitte colleagues make a tangible impact on both the marketplace and society-at-large. From a rich heritage of excellence to modern innovations, Deloitte is unique in the market and in our culture. We've built a powerful platform to support individual influence and legacy – and we're known for the company we keep. The upcoming campus presentation will discuss how recent and tenured Deloitte consultants have accelerated their careers while personally thriving at the center of influence and impact. After the presentation, Rajib Guha BUS’13 will be present to answer questions about the firm's social impact work during the Practice Fair.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School

    10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant tour
    Greenpoint, Brooklyn

    In collaboration with Columbia SIPA's Environmental Coalition (ECO) club, we have arranged a group tour at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday, October 9.


    Located in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint community, Newtown Creek is the largest of New York City’s 14 wastewater treatment plants. Recent plant expansion and redesign have included thoughtful development of the quarter-mile Newtown Creek Waterfront Nature Walk with its unique architectural features, plantings and environmental sculpture, as well as stunning views of New York City and the nearby industrial landscape. The New York City Art Commission has honored Newtown Creek with two Awards for Excellence in Design, citing the project’s sensitivity to the challenge of locating, and in this case expanding, a large-scale industrial project within a residential neighborhood.

    More information can be found here:

    Co-sponsored by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School and ECO at the School of International and Public Affairs

    6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
    Pulitzer Hall
    Columbia Journalism School

    It's no accident that New York City is the media capital of the world; in addition to being home to the headquarters and bureaus of major media organizations, it's also a fantastic place to start a media-related business.

    This is particularly true for Columbia students and alumni, who have exclusive access to a range of funding opportunities and expertise networks to help both start and support their businesses and social ventures.

    On Thursday, October 8th, representatives from the Columbia University's Startup Lab, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Brown Institute for Media Innovation and Tow Center for Digital Journalism as well as Justin Hendrix, Executive Director of New York City Media Lab will share detail the many ways their organizations can help attendees pursue grants and fellowships, as well as funding opportunities to start a successful media business in New York. Two-time media entrepreneur Adda Birnir, Founder and CEO of Skillcrush, will also be on hand to share her best tips, tricks and lessons learned from starting two of her own businesses from scratch.

    Sponsored by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia Journalism School

    12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 310
    Columbia Business School

    First year business school students had the opportunity to learn the “inside scoop” from second-year students about career paths, lifestyle and more for Social Enterprise. This discussion was moderated by a Career Coach.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center (CMC) and Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

    7:00 p.m.– 11:00 p.m.

    Social Enterprise Club members got to know each other over dinner and drinks while exchanging interests and experiences. Club members were teamed up in smaller groups for dinner at a restaurant. The group then joined a larger group for drinks at a second location until all participants meet at a final location for networking.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

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    6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103
    Columbia Law School

    Bill McKibben (author, activist, and founder) spoke about the divestment movement at Columbia and globally. A Columbia climate expert will also explain the science driving the importance and urgency of climate change. Institutions have pledged to divest over $2.6 trillion in assets from fossil fuel companies – 50x growth in the past year.* What’s motivating this growth? Why are Pres. Bollinger and the Board of Trustees discussing divestment of Columbia’s endowment? This event is targeted at educating grad students on climate change and the divestment movement at Columbia and globally. The Green Business Club believes that MBAs in particular should understand the issue, given the repercussions on asset management and finance.

    Sponsored by Columbia Law School

    5:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 333
    Columbia Business School

    The Green Business Club hosted a panel discussion to learn about second-year students’ career paths for finding sustainably-focused internships at both large companies and small start-ups. Students had interns at Sunpower, Eos Power, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, and Happy Family.

    Sponsored by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

    5:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 207
    Columbia Business School

    At Bain, we help the world’s top leaders solve their toughest challenges. Our work fuels the growth of many industries and positively impacts the lives of multitudes of people around the planet. We select only the most exceptional colleagues, people who want to share in our collective passion to change the world. Vikki Tam, the global head of Bain's social impact efforts, was on campus to share our work in the space. A case example of Bain's work in the sector will also be presented.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center (CMC) at Columbia Business School

    8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    New-York Historical Society
    170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
    New York, NY 10024

    In the centuries since the Industrial Revolution transformed our planet, humankind has been presented with unprecedented challenges and opportunities. It is from this fertile ground for innovation, that the field of social enterprise has emerged – creating activists, business people and organizations using their skills to solve the last century’s most pressing problems.

    Imagine the next 100 years – imagine how we might succeed, where earlier dreamers have failed – in realizing our aspirations of a better world, one without poverty, hunger, gender discrimination, income inequality. Imagine a world that harnesses new technology and new ideas to develop renewable resources, clean water, and sustainable and equitable food systems.

    Join like-minded individuals to inspire the business, social and policy solutions for the world in 2115. Celebrate Columbia Business School’s Centennial with the 2015 Social Enterprise Conference by exploring what the next 100 years of social enterprise will entail.

    Featuring speakers from:

    Yunus Social Business   |   Radiator Labs   |   Zady  |   change:WATER   |    Naja    |    Epibone    |     Greyston Bakery   |   PEG Ghana   |   Women Who Code   |   WHOLE WORLD Water  |

    Sponsored by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Social Enterprise, Green Business and International Development Clubs at Columbia Business School

    Alfred Lerner Hall
    Columbia University

    The aim of the conference is to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions that can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will be agreed upon at the United Nations immediately following the conference. This year's gathering provided a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the United Nations, international agencies, NGOs, and grassroots organizations to share practical solutions as we aim to create more sustainable and inclusive societies.

    Sponsored by the the Earth Institute

    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Seminar Room
    Faculty House

    Attendees joined the Center on Global Energy Policy and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law for a discussion on Meeting China's Climate Goals.

    Sponsored by the SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy

    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Warren 310
    Columbia Business School

    Sarah McCoy BUS’13 currently works for McKinsey Social Initiative (MSI), a nonprofit housed within McKinsey that is aimed at closing the skills gap and improving the employment prospects for the most populous generation in history.  More information here. Learn about the work of Sarah, and other McKinsey consultants who have done public/social sector work as they discuss social impact opportunities at McKinsey.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center (CMC) at Columbia Business School

    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 311
    Columbia Business School

    This was an opportunity to learn about the full spectrum of social enterprise opportunities, resources and perspectives at CBS. Our 2nd year panelists—with backgrounds in nonprofit consulting, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and education among others—spoke about the various ways they’ve leveraged CBS (e.g., internships, club opportunities, etc.).

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Uris 142
    Columbia Business School

    Every year, Acumen trains and sends 10 Global Fellows to work with Acumen social enterprises for 10 months across energy, healthcare, agriculture, water and education. This panel discussion featured Acumen Fellows reflecting on their experiences and insights on what it takes to solve problems of poverty and what it takes to build viable social businesses serving the poor.


    Acumen’s Global Fellow Panelists:

    • Saad Latif at Husk Power Systems   in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania— Husk Power Systems provides rural electrification through bioenergy in Bihar, India.
    • Joanne Schneider at Esoko in Nairobi, Kenya —Esoko is a mobile platform linking small-holder farmers to markets across Africa.
    • Steph Speirs at d.light in Gurgaon, India —d.light Design provides high-quality solar lighting solutions for the bottom of the pyramid.
    • Yuliya Tarasava at Juhudi Kilimo in Nairobi, Kenya —Juhudi Kilimo provides agricultural loans for smallholder farmers in Kenya.

    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Social Enterprise Program founder, Professor Ray Horton’s home in the Catskills
    Columbia Business School

    Alumni, first and second year students, faculty and staff visited the Catskills home of Professor Ray Horton, founder of the Social Enterprise Program (now known as the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise), for a day of eating, drinking and general merriment.

    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Uris 142
    Columbia Business School

    Students interested in exploring the field of social enterprise during their time at Columbia Business School had the opportunity to meet students and faculty whose passion for international development, social entrepreneurship, CSR, renewable energy, and nonprofit consulting and nonprofit management has driven Columbia to be one of the top business schools for social enterprise. Students learned about the Tamer Center as well as the different clubs and opportunities to be involved.

    Sponsored by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, the Social Enterprise, Green Business and International Development Clubs at Columbia Business School

    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Uris 142
    Columbia Business School

    Students interested in exploring the field of social enterprise during their time at Columbia Business School had the opportunity to meet students and faculty whose passion for international development, social entrepreneurship, CSR, renewable energy, and nonprofit consulting and nonprofit management has driven Columbia to be one of the top business schools for social enterprise. Students learned about the Tamer Center as well as the different clubs and opportunities to be involved.

    Sponsored by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, the Social Enterprise, Green Business and International Development Clubs at Columbia Business School

    7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Durango 359
    Mexico City, DF, Mexico

    At the 2015 Worldwide Alumni Club Event (WACE) , the School kicked off the Centennial celebration. Alumni clubs from around the world will host WACE events in September to celebrate our diverse and dynamic community. Columbia Business School alumni from the region joined Rodrigo Villar, New Ventures Founder and Partner, who spoke to CBS Alumni Club of Mexico City about his experience, challenges and vision ahead for impact investing. Impact Investing practice defies the notion that wealth creation cannot create intentional social and/or environmental impact. New Ventures has been pioneering this concept for over 10 years in Mexico, catalyzing social and environmental impact companies through acceleration, financing and promotion.

    Sponsored by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of Mexico City

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    6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
    Columbia Club
    15 West 43s Street, New York, NY

    This was a chance for Columbia Business School alumni to book some face time with former classmates, meet fellow young alumni, and get acquainted with the incoming class of 2017 at the Columbia Community Connections cocktail reception.

    Sponsored by Alumni Relations at Columbia Business School

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    6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
    Pennsylvania 6
    132 W. 31 Street
    New York, NY

    The Social Enterprise Program would like to cordially invite you to celebrate the 2014 Social Enterprise Summer Fellows Happy Hour. If you are interning in New York this summer, please join SEP along with past social enterprise summer fellows and alumni working in and interested in Social Enterprise. Please feel free to invite your current employer to attend with you as an opportunity for meeting your peers and learning more about the program.
    This year’s Summer Fellows are interning within education, healthcare, arts, conservation, impact investing, SME development, and minority-owned ventures. The types of organizations that the students are working at varies and includes: Education Pioneers, Ashoka, the Robin Hood Foundation, DC-Cam, Enterprise Solutions to Poverty, the Natural Resources Defense Council, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Endeavor Global, SalaUno and more.
    Please visit our Summer Fellows website to read about past summer experiences.

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