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July

Galusha Hill Farm
East Topsham, Vermont

The Penn-Columbia Social Impact House was a week-long intensive boot camp at a 600 acre estate in Vermont where 22 social entrepreneurs gathered to gain the tools and motivation to grow or scale their venture, learned how to measure impact, got coached on where they were "stuck," and gained design thinking tools, and more. All Columbia or Penn students and alumni from any school were welcome to apply. 


Organized by the School of International and Public Affairs

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June

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Bloomberg LP

Alumni and friends of Columbia Business School joined together for a networking breakfast and discussion on new opportunities in impact investing and sustainable finance. See photos from the event here.

Organized by External Relations at Columbia Business School

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Deloitte Services LP

Young alumni convened for an evening around nonprofit board service. Professors Barry Salzberg and Melissa Berman led a discussion on how to effectively serve on a nonprofit board and provided tips on how to select the best board to get involved with. After the conversation on nonprofit board service, alumni had the opportunity to network with 19 nonprofit boards currently looking for board members.

Organized by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.

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May

Uris Hall, Calder Lounge
Columbia University

Unreasonable Lab NYC ran an Investment Preparedness Lab, a 5-day accelerator designed to help social ventures understand the fundraising process and become ready to take on investment.

Supported by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School and the School of International and Public Affairs

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April

Uris West Terrace
Columbia University

SEC and Education Leadership Class lunch with Tracy Breslin. Tracy has over seventeen years of experience in education and nonprofit management. Tracy has served as a talent management consultant since 2011, working with a variety of urban school districts and state departments of education on initiatives including school leadership, principal supervisors, educator evaluations, talent management, and more. She spoke about her experiences in talent management in large urban school districts, such as the NYC Department of Education and Newark Public Schools and nonprofit organizations such as New Leaders.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

Uris Hall, Room 307
Columbia University

The Columbia Social Entrepreneurship Group (CSEG) is an undergraduate student organization that does pro bono management and strategy consulting work for social impact organizations in New York City. This competition had groups of 3 to 4 people forming a case solution around a real strategic problem facing Visit.org, an online marketplace for tours and activities that allow visitors to add immersive local experiences to their existing travel itineraries.

This competition was a great opportunity for students to hone their consulting skills, work as a team, network with students and consulting professionals, and help a fantastic cause. The winners received a cash prize of $300, offers to be consultants for CSEG in the next academic year, as well as opportunities to present their solution to executives at Visit.org.

This event was sponsored by Columbia Business School and the Columbia Economics Society. The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School funded the student competition

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. pm
Faculty House
Columbia University

What can businesses and universities do to promote the successful reentry of people returning home from prisons and jails? There is an increasing awareness that successful reentry improves the social, economic, and moral well-being of our society. Central to this awareness is an acknowledgment that effective education, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities allow formerly incarcerated people both to advance themselves and our nation. However, a focus on the critical roles played by businesses and universities is often absent from discussions about solutions.

This forum — a joint effort by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School and the Columbia University Center for Justice — was an unprecedented undertaking to address these critical issues. Scholars, policy-makers, nonprofits, business leaders and people directly affected by incarceration convened to better understand key ways that businesses and universities can bolster successful reentry.

Co-organized by Columbia University Center for Justice and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Hot Bread Kitchen

Hot Bread Kitchen / La Marqueta, is a social enterprise that increases economic security for foreign-born and low-income women and men by opening access to the specialty food industry through culinary workforce training and business incubation programs. Program managers from Bakers in Training and HBK Incubates gave a tour around the facility, and HBK’s senior director of strategy answered questions. Students also got to taste some of HBK’s bread!

Co-organized by the Social Enterprise Club, Gourmet Club and Student Leadership and Ethics Board at Columbia Business School

2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. pm
Uris Hall, Room 301
Columbia University

The agriculture sector is confronting the challenge of feeding a growing and increasingly affluent population while minimizing environmental, social and climate impacts. Columbia University presented the second forum on sustainable agriculture to profile the challenge and highlight innovative solutions. This event addressed the topic from the perspective of small-scale producers, entrepreneurs and NGOs who work to build regional agricultural economies that are regenerative by design — not only providing wholesome, locally sourced food and other agricultural products, but also strengthening rural communities, creating livelihoods for farmers, workers and other market participants, and restoring the soil, water and atmosphere that sustains all life on earth. Featured speakers included: Kathleen Frith, president and executive director of Glynwood; John Fullerton, founder and president of Capital Institute; Derek Denckla, founder and director of Slow Money NYC. Watch the panels and presentations here.

Co-organized by the Columbia University Earth Institute and the School of International and Public Affairs, and sponsored by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. pm
Uris Hall, Room 333
Columbia University

Sasha Shabaldin ’17 is a LEED accredited professional. He gave an introduction to LEED and answered questions about the certification process and how LEED works around the world. He has managed the design and construction of four LEED buildings in Russia, the United States and France during his career. He was also involved in several LEED projects in different roles in Kazakhstan.

Organized by the Real Estate Association at Columbia Business School

6:00 pm
Tribeca Film Festival

Known for developing smart comedy through her writing and performances in film and television, the former head writer of SNL has also created fan and critic favorite TV shows such as 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. TV writer, Damian Holbook, led a conversation with Tina Fey about her multi-faceted career.

Supported by the Multimedia Management Association and Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

9:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fort Tryon Park

Club members kicked off the week of Earth Day by installing new plants on the Fort Washington Terrace slope.

Organized by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
SoHo Playhouse

Baba Brinkman is a talented artist who breaks down complex topics in catchy raps. His fans include UN climate negotiators, Bill Nye and patrons of the Soho Playhouse. In this one-man show, “peer reviewed rapper” Baba Brinkman broke down the politics, economics, and science of global warming, following its surprising twists from the carbon cycle to the global energy economy. To paraphrase the Notorious BIG: “M’ carbon, mo’ problems.” A searing and heartfelt hip-hop manifesto addressing the world’s hottest topic. Running Time 80 minutes.

Organized by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 305
Columbia University

Erika Karp ’91 shared her insights on the future of impact investing and career opportunities in sustainable finance in an informal setting with a small group of club members.

Organized by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 132
Columbia University

The Columbia Aquanauts and Archimedes Project organized Columbia University's first Ideation Lab. The lab brought together students and young professionals from across disciplines and NYC schools for a weekend to accelerate solutions to Nepal’s sanitation issues due to the April 2015 earthquake. Participants had the chance to use their creativity and knowledge to develop social enterprise solutions, work in interdisciplinary teams and the opportunity to connect with social entrepreneurs around the world. Teams of 5-6 members submitted their ideas in the form of a business plan that was be judged based on practicality, scalability, and financial sustainability. The winning social enterprise idea was vetted in Nepal for implementation in summer 2016 by a fellow of the Archimedes Project!

Co-sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club and Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School and organized by the Columbia Aquanauts Club at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Held at the residence of Shari Levine ’86

At the Closing Reception guests celebrated the 2015-2016 Nonprofit Board Leadership Program with NBLP’s students, mentors and nonprofit leaders participating in the program.

Co-organized by the Social Enterprise Club’s NBLP Leadership Team and Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 209
Columbia University

Killer Snails, LLC is a learning game company that celebrates extraordinary extreme creatures found in nature. Killer Snails (KS) creates intriguing learning games using venomous marine snails as a conduit to explore issues of scientific learning. The exciting venom content encourages players to think analytically about the world around them and the many opportunities and challenges present in scientific exploration to become science changemakers. Participants brainstormed on solutions on how Killer Snails can measure their impact, developing the marketing strategy for parents and educators, and the differentiation factor of the organization with founders Mandë Holford, PhD, Lindsay Portnoy, PhD, and Jessica Ochoa Hendrix '09.

Organized by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Columbia Journalism School
Columbia University

A rift has existed between business and society for two millennia, despite the central role business has played in civilization. As former by BP CEO John Browne, Robin Nuttall and Tommy Stadlen show in their new book CONNECT: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society (PublicAffairs; March 8, 2016), select companies (from Hershey to Heinz) have bridged this divide for mutual benefit while those who failed met with disaster (from the East India Company to Enron). We ignore this history at our peril. Watch the event here.

This event was organized by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 330
Columbia University

IDC leaders brought in trainers to hold the excel modeling workshop for its members looking for job opportunities in IFC and impact investing, as well as members looking to refresh their excel modeling skills.

Organized by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School

Uris Hall, Calder Lounge
Columbia University

Over the course of one weekend, 118 Capital and Beast worked with selected applications to help further conceptualize entrepreneurs’ business idea and social ventures, round out necessary team functions, and fill in the missing pieces to take things to the next level. The schedule included hands-on workshops, open forum discussions, and featured speakers from the NYC and Columbia entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Co-organized by 118 Capital, the Columbia Angel Group & Entrepreneurs, and the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Echoing Green

Echoing Green, an amazing global nonprofit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs with ideas for social change, hosted club members from the Social Enterprise Club for an office visit. Members were a part of an interactive session to learn more about the organization and ways to get involved.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
New York School of Interior Design

The New York School of Interior Design is one of the LEED Platinum buildings in NYC. Certified as LEED Platinum, LEED’s highest achievable level, the site tour showcased what it’s like to build and operate a green building, what the advantages are for users and students and to see how modern spaces for education look.

Organized by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Echoing Green

The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. They collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning. They work on issues related to society’s most important challenges and break cycles of intergenerational poverty. Members of the club enjoyed a presentation on the organization and recruiting practices, along with case experience sharing.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cinema Village

Members viewed the award-winning film Catching the Sun, directed by Shalini Kantayya. This event was coordinated with SIPA Energy Association and SIPA Environmental Coalition, which presents great cross-community networking opportunities. At the conclusion of the film, the director answered questions.

Co-organized by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School, and the SIPA Energy Association and SIPA Environmental Coalition at the School of International and Public Affairs

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March

12:30 p.m.– 1:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 207
Columbia University

Tony Weeresinghe is the founder and CEO of USTOCKTRADE, a fintech company with a two-pronged social mission: providing transparent, free trading to small and nontraditional investors and using profits to fund his philanthropic venture, The Cainan Foundation, which educates underserved children throughout the world. Prior to founding USTOCKTRADE and The Cainan Foundation, Tony was director at The London Stock Exchange, founder and CEO of Millennium IT, country manager at Oracle, etc.

Organized by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization at Columbia Business School

11:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Flywheel and Joanne Trattoria

Erika Karp ’91, founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc., and Bruce Greenwald, Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management and Director of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing, debated both the opportunities and challenges of impact investing. Georgia Levenson Keohane, Columbia Business School adjunct professor and member of the University’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, moderated the debate.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

7:30 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.
Uris Hall, Room 140
Columbia University

Students presented their NBLP projects to fellow classmates to showcase their work with nonprofit boards.

Organized by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

7:45 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.
Uris Hall, Calder Lounge
Columbia University

CWiB and SEC organized an interactive session with Inspiring Capital CEO, Nell Derick Debevoise ’12, who answered questions about her social enterprise work and entrepreneurship. This session provided valuable insights for women entrepreneurs and those interested in starting social businesses.

Co-organized by Columbia Women in Business and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

4:00 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 309
Columbia University

Professor Usher met with interested EMBA students to share information on the Center’s programming, events and its initiatives with social entrepreneurship across the Columbia University community.

Organized by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

7:30 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.
Metropolitan Club

In the first ever Awards Breakfast, the Tamer Center brought together over 250 professionals in the nonprofit and philanthropy communities to honor the Carson Family for their many contributions to Columbia Business School and the New York City nonprofit sector. Thanks to the support of our attendees and donors, and matching funds from the Carson family, the Awards Breakfast raised over $700,000 for programs that will impact nonprofit organizations and social ventures in New York City and beyond! The Awards Breakfast showcased the impact of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, which trains the next generation of leaders to address social and environmental challenges. At the breakfast, we unveiled the Horton Award, named for Professor Ray Horton, who established social enterprise as an interest area at Columbia Business School. The Horton Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a passion for social or environmental causes and have used their management skills to benefit society.

Organized by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
Covanta Energy
Union County, NJ

Covanta Energy is the largest waste-to-energy (WtE) company in U.S., operating 44 incineration facilities in the U.S. and six overseas. Students visited the facility that produces electricity and hot water from municipal solid waste collected in Union County, NJ. The chief engineer of the facility provided a guided tour and explained the process of waste treatment. This event was part of a series of events for the Green Business Week.

Organized by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

1:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Sesame Workshop Offices

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind the iconic children's education program, Sesame Street, has been in the news recently for their new deal with HBO. Education- and media-focused SEC members had an opportunity to learn about the way the business operates, the outlook for the future, and what roles MBAs play in the organization.

Co-organized by the Media Management Association and Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

12:30 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.

Sanlaap provides food, shelter, medical care and education for 186 girls who were rescued from the Red Light Districts of India, Nepal and Myanmar. In addition to providing basic necessities, the shelter specifically focuses on vocational training and economic rehabilitation. Since inception, they have rescued and sheltered over 300 victims of trafficking. Their education and employment program, Zesa, teaches design and life skills to trafficking survivors and girls in high-risk communities. Graduates are employed by Zesa to handcraft goods for sale and 100% of the profits are used to fund education and shelter expenses, thereby creating a self-sustaining organization. Through Zesa, approximately 1,200 girls were educated and employed.

Sanlaap was working closely with the Indian government on educational programs. The organization has received many awards and was named one of the "Great Nonprofits 2013."

Organized by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School

6:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 141
Columbia University

By the year 2050, close to 80% of the world’s population will live in urban areas and the total population of the world will increase by 3 billion people. How will we meet this growing demand to sustainably feed our planet? Dr. Dickson Despommier, emeritus professor of microbiology and public health at Columbia University, discussed the future of sustainable agriculture: vertical farming. Author of The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century, Dr. Despommier provided his perspective on vertical farming as a solution to repair our ecosystem and the future challenges to solving one of the greatest environmental challenges of our era. This event was part of a series of events for the Green Business Week.

Organized by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

12:30 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 416
Columbia University

Humayun Tai is a senior partner at McKinsey, focused on Global Energy and Materials. He leads the Downstream service line in the firm’s Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice, which covers T&D operations, new grid technologies, distributed generation, energy efficiency, and customer experience. He is also a leader in the Clean Tech service line of our Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice. Humayun shared his perspective on trends in the energy industry, as well as a brief overview of McKinsey’s client service in this space. This event was part of a series of events for the Green Business Week.

Co-organized by the Green Business Club, Energy Club and TBG at Columbia Business School

5:45 p.m.– 8:15 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 209
Columbia University

These panels showcased a variety of roles where students can apply a strategy, management, finance, and operations skillset at a nonprofit or in the public sector. Alumni and professionals shared insights about what they do day-to-day, unique challenges faced by their organizations, as well as recruiting tips and advice to help you best navigate this space.

Co-organized by the Career Management Center and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

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

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February

5:45 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.
NY Green Bank

The NY Green Bank and the NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation offices hosted a panel discussion with CBS alumna and COO of NY Green Bank, Caroline Angoorly, and business development vice president of NYCEEC, Posie Constable. They introduced their respective models of supporting investment into clean energy and energy efficiency, as well as offered their perspective on trends, challenges, and opportunities in public financing for clean energy. This event was part of a series of events for the Green Business Week.

Organized by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

Uris Hall
Columbia University

MBAs showed support for a greener campus by joining the Green Business Club’s Pledge to Reuse campaign. Students pledged to reduce waste on campus by bringing their reusable mug to class. This event was part of a series of events for the Green Business Week.

Organized by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C.

A group of nearly 25 students spent the morning at the World Bank hearing from speakers from development finance institutions including the World Bank, OPIC, IDB, and the IFC’s Young Professionals Program. After lunch at the World Bank’s world-famous cafeteria, the group was hosted by PYXERA Global, the organization that runs the MBAs Without Borders program, for three panels focusing on finance, international development consulting, and public-private partnerships. Speakers from Accion, Calvert Foundation, Grassroots Business Fund, Dalberg, Chemonics, Booz Allen Hamilton, USAID, Devex and PYXERA Global shared: their work experiences, stories about how they transitioned into the development sector, career opportunities, and their perspectives on where their industries are headed. After the close of official programming, CBS alums in DC gathered for a networking happy hour at a pub in the heart of America’s capital.

Organized by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School

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

Global warming represents one of humanity’s greatest challenges. The ways in which we produce and consume energy are the largest contributors to this issue. During this talk, Mr. Keiser discussed the dynamics in the clean energy sector and career options in the rapidly growing field of solar energy. Level Solar is more than a company, it’s a mission. A mission to show the world there is a better way to use energy: powered by the sun, with zero emissions, at lower cost. Level Solar was founded by Richard Keiser (MIT, 1997) and is backed by institutional capital.

This event was organized by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge
Columbia University

Juranimal held an open mic and talent show event benefiting the SESF program. Faculty and students gathered and performed for each other. All proceeds from this event were donated to the SESF fund. This event was part of the SESF Fundraising week, which builds awareness for the fellowship program offered to MBA students.

This event was organized by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 142
Columbia University

The Social Enterprise Club hosted the business school students, faculty and staff for a CBS Matters on the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship (SESF) program. Presentations were given by Francesca Tarant ’16 and Lindsay Delevingne ’16 about their summer internships at social enterprises through the Tamer Center SESF program. This event was part of the SESF Fundraising week, which builds awareness for the fellowship program offered to MBA students.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
TKP New York Conference Center

I+CBS held its fifth annual NYC Innovation Summit entitled, Gamechanger. Top MBA and design students from Columbia Business School, The Wharton School, and Yale School of Management, and creative professionals across a range of sectors were brought together to shine light on groundbreaking innovations that are being launched in unexpected places. The event featured a keynote by Rent the Runway's co-founder Jenny Fleiss and other amazing speakers and workshops from Google.org, IDEO, Capital One Labs, Acumen Fund, Thomson Reuters, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Co-Collective, Frog Design, Smart Design, Innosight, Fahrenheit 212, and more.

Organized by I+CBS, Columbia Business School, The Wharton School, and Yale School of Management

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.– 8:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Calder Lounge
Columbia University

Pangea invited the business school community to the annual Fall Pangea Project Competition. This event served as a chance for the community to see some of the high-impact projects the teams worked on during the past semester and competed for first place in front of a panel of consultants from top tier consulting firms.

This event was organized by Pangea Advisors, an initiative of the International Development Club at Columbia Business School

12:30 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 141
Columbia University

The Tamer Center and Professional Clubs provided information on the social enterprise community at 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.

Co-organized by the Green Business Club, International Development Club, Social Enterprise Club, and Tamer Center for Social Enterprise 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 3 — Barnard
February 5 — Earth Institute
February 10 — Engineering
February 11 — Teacher’s College
February 24 — School of International and Public Affairs
April 19 — Columbia College

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 tamersesf@gmail.com.

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January

Warren Hall, Room 416
Columbia University

Starting off with a Columbia alumni reception with PE/VC, tech and healthcare alumni, the west coast trek visited exciting companies within the realm of sustainability, ranging from clean tech to food to sustainable products. Companies included: Tesla, Google, Solazyme, Sunpower, Solar City, Sun Edison, Hampton Creek, Method Products, and Harmless Harvest.

Organized by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

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December

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

Trunk show featuring Sseko Designs (http://ssekodesigns.com/). 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

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

GIIN hosted MBA students interested in working at their organization for an information session.

Organized by the International Development 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.), Advertising.com (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: http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/socialenterprise/careers/mssif.

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 ’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

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November

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

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

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. - 8:30 p.m.
Chadbourne and Parke LLP

Alumni joined panelists for a discussion on the current economic turmoil that is creating uncertainty around the world, especially within emerging markets. The conversation explored the opportunities and challenges of investing in emerging markets in this new volatile landscape. Furthermore, the panel specifically discussed 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.

Organized by Columbia Business School’s Alumni Club of New York

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, BUS’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

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 141
Columbia University

Gro Intelligence builds data analytics products that change the way the world understands agriculture. Their products enable users to discover the world of agriculture as they never have before. Attendees learned of the software products offered by the company, highlighting their flagship product, Clews, which brings together billions of data points, and includes pure statistics as well as geospatial information. The data points enable investors to confidently quantify and analyze agricultural opportunities (and risks) with greater ease and accuracy and make it possible for investors to make smarter, faster decisions.

This event was organized by the African Business Club at Columbia Business School

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

Lerner Hall
Columbia University

Preeti Bhattacharji ’14 and Jessica Hammerman ’14 discussed recruiting strategies, networking tips, industry resources, interview preparation, and much more for the social enterprise industry.

Organized by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School

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October

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.

 

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Interested students at Mailman attended an informational lunch discussion to hear how their peers spent their summers generating impact working at social ventures that were supported by the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship program. Speakers included: Erin Beck, MPH’16, interned at Senior Planet Exploration Center; Juan Figueroa MPH’16 interned at Healthcare Innovation Technology Lab (HITLAB); and Jennifer Meyer MPH’17 interned at El Arte Sano.

Organized by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

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:http://www.nycdayhiking.com/hikes/breaksugar.htm

 

Sponsored by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

5:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 209

Rajib Guha ’13 and Katie Webster ’13 of Deloitte were invited back to campus for a candid discussion on how they navigated their career options during and after business school, and the opportunities and challenges facing students interested in pursuing social impact within the management consulting field. Rajib and Katie also touched on the recent launch of Deloitte’s groundbreaking Social Impact practice.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club and the International Development 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.-8:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

Pangea’s Fall 2015 advisor teams and first-year IDC members attended a consultant training event which was held by associates from Bain & Company.

Organized by the International Development Club's Pangea Leadership Team at Columbia Business School

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 ’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: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/environmental_education/newtown_wwtp.shtml.

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

Situated in the media capital of the world, New York City serves as the headquarters for the industry and bureaus of major media organizations. Capitalizing on the location, New York is a fantastic place to start a media-related business.

Representatives from the Columbia University's Startup Lab, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Brown Institute for Media Innovation and Tow Center for Digital Journalism joined Justin Hendrix, executive director of New York City Media Lab, on a panel that discussed the opportunities for students looking to embark on a path to create a new media business and how their organizations can help attendees pursue grants and fellowships along their path. Two-time media entrepreneur Adda Birnir, founder and CEO of Skillcrush, was also 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, and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business 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

8:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 331

Edwin Powers ’13 shared information about his recent social enterprise project completed in Bogota, Colombia.

Organized by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School

8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.
Uris Hall, Room 142

Interested students attended this breakfast to learn about J.P. Morgan's investing capital in impact investment funds with the dual objective of achieving both positive impact and financial return and building a dataset for the impact investment market and publishing analytical research for investors.

Co-organized by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School and Ci3 at the School of International and Public Affairs

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September

5:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Columbia Law School’s Greene Hall

Bill McKibben, author, activist, and founder of www.350.org, talked about the divestment movement at Columbia and globally. A Columbia climate expert also explained the science driving the importance and urgency of climate change.

Co-organized by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School, School of International and Public Affairs' Environmental Coalition in partnership with Columbia Divest for Climate. Justice.

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  |  Etsy.org

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

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

Sarah McCoy ’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

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Deloitte

Club members attended an informal gathering at Deloitte to enable full-time CBS students who are interested in the management consulting field to meet Deloitte practitioners from across the firm’s consulting practice and learn about life as a Deloitte consultant.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club 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

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 329
Columbia Business School

Students assembled at the NBLP Info Session to learn more about what it means to serve on a nonprofit board, how to use their skills to benefit a board and how to apply for the program.

Co-organized by the Social Enterprise Club, NBLP Leadership Team and Tamer Center for Social Enterprise 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

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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August

July

5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Projective Space

118 Capital, Goldman Sachs and Projective Space organized a workshop focused on NYC tech start-ups using their businesses for social good. The audience was a mix of entrepreneurs, early-stage investors and impact professionals who gathered to talk about how to achieve great things with a social mission.

Organized by 118 Capital

9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Dalberg's Office

Since 2001, Dalberg has grown to occupy 14 offices and completed more than 1,000 projects for over 400 clients. Dalberg claims as a mission to mobilize effective responses to the world's most pressing issues and successfully implements it by hiring the best people from all over the world. Columbia Business School students had an unique chance to meet with current employees at Dalberg to hear about their current initiatives and network.

Organized by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School

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.

12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 140
Columbia Business School

Elya Tagar, senior director at Clinton Health Access Initiative, shared insights on his own career journey with students as well as the current work of the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

Organized by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School

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

Current Summer Fellows, Fellows’ employers, alumni, and the social enterprise staff gathered together in celebration of the Social Enterprise Summer Fellows at Pennsylvania 6. They enjoyed networking and sharing current project experiences.

Organized by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School

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