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Columbia University
Lerner Hall

The 2016 HITLAB Innovators Summit: New York is a powerful platform designed to transform global healthcare by diffusing digital health solutions. Decision makers in health and tech—determined to improve healthcare access, delivery, and outcomes—gathered for carefully curated talks, collaboration opportunities, and the HITLAB World Cup, accelerating the spread of transformational technologies.

Organized by HITLAB

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Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 331

This event featured an overview of the impact investing sector by Professor Bruce Usher, as well as a panel of second-year students who have successfully pursued various impact investing internships. The evening was particularly informative for first-year students considering impact investing as a career path.

Sponsored by the Career Management Center and the Social Enterprise Club

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 301

Dean Glenn Hubbard and Professor Ray Horton discussed the topic of populism and its impact on the US political and economic landscape in a community conversation moderated by George A. Wiegers Fellow Kim Gittleson ’17.

Organized by Columbia Business School's Student Government

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Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 141

This was a panel discussion about the multiple ways social entrepreneurship and impact investing can contribute to solving the crisis. The discussion included Professor Bruce Usher, Co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director, Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School; Dr. Teresa Chahine, Social Entrepreneurship Program Leader at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; and Manal Kahi SIPA’15 Co-founder & CEO of Eat Offbeat, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures recipient.

Organized by the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Club, in collaboration with the Social Enterprise Club and Students Organize for Syria

Columbia University
Lecture Hall, 3rd floor - Pulitzer Hall
Columbia Journalism School

This symposium brought together Columbia faculty engaged in refugee issues, practitioners from the Middle East / North Africa region, and other scholars, to address gaps in the linkages between humanitarian response and development in light of a rapidly changing global context, as well as the need for new paradigms of refugee assistance and inclusion. Professor Bruce Usher's independent study students working on the Refugee Initiative were featured on the agenda.

Organized by Columbia Global Centers

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 301

The combined weight of American diplomacy and military power cannot end unrest and extremism in the Middle East and other troubled regions of the world, Steven Koltai argues. Could an alternative approach work? Koltai says yes: by investing in entrepreneurship, and reaping the benefits of the jobs created through entrepreneurial startups.

From 9/11 and the Arab Spring to the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate, instability and terror breed where young men cannot find jobs. Koltai marshals evidence to show that joblessness — not religious or cultural conflict — is the root cause of the unrest that vexes American foreign policy and threatens international security.

Drawing on Koltai’s stint as Senior Adviser for Entrepreneurship in Secretary Hillary Clinton’s State Department, and his thirty–year career as a successful entrepreneur and business executive, World Peace through Entrepreneurship argues for the significant elevation of entrepreneurship in the service of foreign policy. This entrepreneurship is not rural microfinance or mercantile trading. It is the scalable stuff of Silicon Valley and Sam Walton, generating the vast majority of new jobs in economies large and small.

Peace through Entrepreneurship offers a nonmilitary, long-term solution at a time of disillusionment with Washington’s ”big development“ approach to unstable and underdeveloped parts of the world — and when the new normal is fear of terrorist attacks against Western targets, beheadings in Syria, and jihad. Extremism will not be resolved by a war on terror. The answer, Koltai shows, is stimulating economic opportunities for the virtually limitless supply of desperate, unemployed young men and women leading lives of endless economic frustration. Those opportunities will come through entrepreneurship.

Steven R. Koltai is a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and managing director of the entrepreneurship consultancy Koltai and Co. LLC. He is a successful entrepreneur in the telecommunications and event management industries, and from 2009–11 served as Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Columbia University
Alfred Lerner Hall

Urbanization is shaping the human experience in powerful ways. More than 3.5 billion people — half the world's population — now live in rapidly-growing cities, including 80% of United States residents. Will urban change expand opportunity and equity, or will it entrench inequalities? How can social innovations transform cities in ways that fully empower individuals, businesses, and communities?

This year’s conference featured keynote speakers: John Paul Farmer ’04BUS, Director of Technology & Civic Innovation at Microsoft; Anthony Foxx, United States Secretary of Transportation; and Andrew Salkin, Senior Vice President, City Solutions at 100 Resilient Cities — pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.

This conference also featured speakers from organizations such as: Drive Change, America Needs You, Propel, American Prison Data Systems, IBM, Techstars, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

Sponsored by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Social Enterprise Club, and Green Business Club

Le Parker Meridien
119 West 56th Street
New York, NY

Attendees enjoyed a discussion on The Intersection of Philanthropy and Impact Investing moderated by Bruce Usher, co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director, Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Business School.

This session explored such questions as: What is impact investing? How is it similar to, and different from, philanthropy? And, how can we use our entire portfolios to make a positive impact in the world? The following panel of investors and philanthropists also shared their perspectives on how to fund social and environmental innovations, including new approaches to for–profit institutions’ solicitation and use of grants, mission and program–related investments, and high–growth, high–impact angel investments:

The Worldwide Alumni Club Event (WACE) is a celebration of the diverse and dynamic worldwide Columbia Business School alumni community.

Organized by the Office of External Relations and Development, in collaboration with the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, and the Investors’ Circle of New York

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center
1271 Hanover Street
Yorktown Heights, NY

First– and second–year students, faculty, alumni, and staff at the Tamer Center joined together to start the academic year with this annual event — a day filled with BBQ, snacks, drinks, games, and general merriment. This year we visited Hilltop Hanover Farm, which is dedicated to the development and advancement of sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, community education, and accessible food systems for all. Upon arrival, attendees received a brief history of the farm and their farming practices. Daytime breakout activities included: participating in a class on Herbs for Health; a guided tour with one of Hilltop’s farmers showcasing their sustainable farming practices; and a yoga class!

Riverside Church, South Hall
490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY

The Career Management Center, distinguished faculty, programs and centers, and School administrators joined together for the inaugural Industry Forum and networking reception, providing the opportunity to meet the members of the class of 2018 and reconnect with alumni.

As Columbia Business School students express interest in pursuing increasingly diverse career paths–including tech, media, healthcare, retail, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, and more, we aim to provide them with an opportunity to learn about the industries and gain valuable advice on how to best position themselves to achieve their goals.

Organized by the Career Management Center

Columbia University
International Affairs Building 1501

The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a panel discussion on the future of climate finance both domestically and internationally. Following remarks from our expert panelists, CGEP Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow moderated the discussion.

Distinguished speakers included:

  • Billy Pizer, Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and faculty fellow in the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and former deputy assistant secretary for environment and energy in the U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Michael Gerrard, Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School
  • Bruce Usher, Co–Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director; Professor of Professional Practice.

A podcast of this event is available here.

Organized by the School of International and Public Affairs

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