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March 31 — Panel Discussion with UN Women

UN Women HQ
220 E 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017

Attendees joined a panel discussion with UN Women, the United Nations arm dedicated to eliminating discrimination and advancing equality for women and girls worldwide. A leading champion for global gender equality, UN Women works across governments and international organizations to achieve economic, social and political progress for women. Attendees heard from experts working in UN Women’s Youth Initiative, He for She Campaign, Intergovernmental Processes, and the Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.

Prior to the panel, there was an option to attend a tour of the United Nations.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club

March 30 — The ReEntry Acceleration Program (REAP): Elective Info Session

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 307

MBA students learned about REAP and the opportunity they will have in fall 2017 to teach entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and negotiations with an MBA/EMBA team in a medium security women’s prison. Professors Daniel Ames and Damon Phillips will be leading the new elective course: REAP Immersion.

March 28 — Energy Finance Career Panel

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 326

Attendees learned from recent MBA grads on their experiences working in the energy finance industry. They heard about alumni experiences, career choices, and what they see as opportunities in this dynamic, trillion-dollar industry.

Organized by the Green Business Club

March 27 — Columbia Women in Business: Emily Rafferty

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 142

Emily Rafferty was the kick-off keynote speaker at #WeAllRise CWiB Women’s Week. She is the president emerita of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the first woman to serve as president in nearly 100 years. She is also the chair of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Ms. Rafferty is an inspiration and was named by Crain’s New York Business as one of New York City’s 100 most influential women from 2009 through 2013.

Organized by the Columbia Women in Business Club

March 25 — The ReEntry Acceleration Program (REAP): Hour Children Workshop

Working Women’s Program Space
1307 37th Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101

MBA students taught the inaugural workshop as part of REAP’s business curriculum to formerly incarcerated women from Hour Children, an organization that helps incarcerated (and formerly incarcerated) women and their children successfully rejoin the community. Kevin White ’17, Edward Krudy ’17, Natasha Korgaonkar ’18, and Federico Martino ’18 taught a case that covered education options, its costs and payoffs, as well as a role-playing case where students thought critically about consensus buildling and problem-solving. This curriculum will be taught by MBA students in a local prison in fall 2017.

March 23 — The 5th Annual Sustaining Peace Forum

Columbia University
Kellogg Center
School of International and Public Affairs

This forum explored how to build peace within our communities in the U.S. and globally, with the aim of catalyzing policy, education, and practice into action. The forum included distinguished speakers, panel discussions, a research showcase, and multiple networking opportunities.

Session 1: Peace, Mountains, and Borders

  • Judith Matloff, Author & Columbia Journalism Professor
  • Paul Gillingham, Historian of Modern Mexico & Author
  • Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Author & Columbia Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs
  • Aldo Civico, Author, Anthropologist, & Conflict Resolution Lecturer at Columbia (moderator)

Session 2: Nonviolent Resistance in the Current U.S. Political Climate

  • Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution and Research Affiliate of the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Session 3: How to Laugh: The Role of Comedy in Social Justice and Sustainable Peace

  • Mo Amer, Writer & Comedian
  • Jenny Yang, Writer, Comedian & Organizer (via Skype)
  • Dr. Nancy Goldman, Educator, Facilitator & Leadership Consultant
  • Wajahat Ali, Creative Director at Affinis, Writer & Speaker (moderator)

Session 4: Global Implications of the Refugee Crisis

  • Áine Fay, President, Concern Worldwide USA
  • Adrienne L. Fricke, Senior Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Anne-Marie Grey, Executive Director and CEO, USA for UNHCR
  • Lara Setrakian, CEO and Founder, Syria Deeply

Organized with support from the Columbia University Master’s Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the School of Professional Studies, the Morton Deutsch International Center on Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia’s Teachers College, the Center on Global Economic Governance at the School of International and Public Affairs, and the center.

March 23 — EY Infrastructure Advisory presentation

EY Infrastructure Advisory Partner Tom P. Rousakis presented his practice and projects and shared his thoughts on PPP and infrastructure development during the Trump presidency. The practice is actively growing and there is a potential for post-MBA recruitment.

Organized by the Real Estate Association and Green Business Club

March 16 — Impact Prisons 2017: The Future of Our Corrections System

SubCulture (45 Bleecker St.)
New York, NY 10012

Have you ever wondered about the balance between crime and punishment or the difference between justice and rehabilitation? Impact Prisons offered a definitive view into how we can best improve and address criminal justice reform. Speakers included: Glenn Martin, President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA; Tommy Safian, Executive Director of Refoundry; David Thorpe, Director of Employment at The Fortune Society; and many more.

Organized by Impact Prisons and the center

March 13–17 — London Trek

London, England

Members of the club traveled to London to learn from and network with leading impact investors. Students visited companies, e.g. Acumen, GIIN, and JPM Social Finance, and hosted an event with the Columbia London Alumni.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club

March 1 — The ReEntry Acceleration Program (REAP): Business Association Breakfast

Columbia University Faculty House
64 Morningside Heights
New York, NY 10027

The center hosted the inaugural breakfast to create a business association dedicated to hiring formerly incarcerated people (FIPs). The association will develop strategies to identify and pre-train candidates to meet the specific needs of member businesses. In addition, it will provide support and resources to member businesses, and share insights on effective practices with a broader range of employers than has traditionally been reached.

March 1 — Social Enterprise Social Dinner

Various NYC restaurants

Club members gathered for a networking dinner at restaurants across NYC.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club

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February 28 — Farm to Fork: Restaurant Sustainability at Pisticci

125 La Salle St.
New York, NY 10027

Club members from both GBC and Gourmet Club dined with CBS Faculty at NYCs 1st carbon neutral restaurant and a B-Corp restaurant. Restaurant owners, farmers and notable staff led a conversation on operations and benefits of having a sustainable mission, including farm to fork and composting, waste management and recycling, renewable energy procurement, and community involvement.

Organized by Microlumbia and the center

February 28 — Career Talk on Impact Investing: How to start and grow your career in impact investing?

Columbia Business School
Uris Hall, Room 330

Students interested in a career in impact investing Join NFF CEO and industry leader Antony Bugg-Levine for an informal discussion about what impact investing is, where it comes from, and where its going, as well as the skills needed to land and succeed in the impact investing job thats right for you.

Organized by Microlumbia and the center

February 23–25 — DC Trek

Washington, D.C.

Members of the club traveled to Washington D.C. to learn from and network with leaders in the international development sector. Students visited companies such as Arabella, Dalberg, The World Bank, USAID, IFC, and more, and hosted an event with the Columbia DC Alumni Event.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club

February 22 — Social Impact Career Panels: Applying Business School Skills in Social Enterprise

Columbia University
Warren Hall, Room 208

Back-to-back panels showcased a variety of roles where students can apply strategy and operations or finance and investing skillsets at a nonprofit, in the public sector, or for a social impact-oriented organization/division. Alumni talked 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. While the panels are educational, time was dedicated to dialogue between the audience and panelists to answer individual questions and networking.

Organized by the Career Management Center and supported by the center

February 21 — SESF MBA Information Session

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 332

Students interested in working work with an organization over the summer that creates social or environmental value attended the info session to learn how to apply to the SESF. The Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program supports students engaged in summer internships with nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations (or its equivalent outside the U.S.), NGOs, public sector/government organizations, and for-profit social ventures with a clearly defined social or environmental purpose incorporated into the core reason for operation, which is evident in both mission and practice. Summer Fellows typically work on projects that focus on areas such as: strategic planning, business plan development, marketing and product strategies, financial analysis, operational improvements, and performance evaluation, in fields such as impact investing (including venture philanthropy and social venture capital), microfinance, social entrepreneurship, small & medium enterprise development, healthcare, education, community development, sustainability and the environment), and more.

February 13 — Social Venture Impact Measurement Discussion with B Lab

Columbia Startup Lab at WeWork Soho West
175 Varick St. (1st Floor)
New York, NY 10014

Social ventures heard from Amanda Kizer and Chris Farrow, both members of B Lab’s GIIRS team, about the mechanics and standards behind adopting an impact measurement framework. They discussed the GIIRS Rating process, and provided details on the ”B Corporation“ and ”Pending B Corporation“ certifications available to social ventures. The event provided ventures with access to impact measurement experts, and the opportunity to share insights and common challenges with other social entrepreneurs. View the deck here.

February 10 — NYC Recycling Facility Tour

State-of-the-Art Material Recovery Facility
472 2nd Ave,
Brooklyn, NY

Students travelled to Sunset Park, Brooklyn to tour the recycling facility and learn about their sustainable building features. The building is made of almost entirely recycled steel, includes a 600 kW photovoltaic installation, and just off the west end of the pier, three reefs were constructed to provide new habitat for marine life.

Organized by the Green Business Club

February 9 — Thematic Impact Investing: Case Studies Through a New Energy Lens

O'Melveny and Myers
7 Times Square
(Broadway bet. 41st and 42nd Sts.)
New York, New York 10036

Why consider an impact investment strategy? Why focus on opportunities in the new eergy sector? Attendees heard from a panel of experts and received greater perspective and granularity on what makes an investment ”sustainable,“ as well as financially attractive and accessible to different types of investors.

Organized the Sustainable Business Committee of Columbia Business School’s Alumni Club of New York.

February 9 — Lunch & Learn with co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow

Columbia University
Warren Hall, Room 207

Andras Forgacs, the co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow, a Brooklyn-based biofabrication company that grows leather from living cells, visited with students to share an overview of the history of Modern Meadow and discussed the outlook for the company. The company makes leather that does not kill animals, is free of blemishes, hair, and fat, and is made with 80% less waste compared to traditional leather. Over the past year, Modern Meadow has raised over $40M to further fuel its growth.

Organized the Green Business Club

February 8 — Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Annual Reception

Columbia University
Low Library

Students, alumni, faculty, and professionals in the social enterprise sector joined center staff and advisory board members for an evening of networking and socializing. The 2017 Social Enterprise Leadership Award was presented to Justine Zinkin ’02BUS, CEO of Neighborhood Trust.

February 7 — Pangea Advisors Project Competition

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Calder Lounge

In fall 2016, 20 teams traveled to 15 countries including Myanmar, India, Colombia, and Tanzania to work with clients across industries on high-impact projects. Five pre-selected project teams showcased their work and competed for first place in front of a panel of CBS alumni from consulting firms.

Organized by the Pangea Advisors, an initiative of the Social Enterprise Club, and the center

February 2 — Tamer Center for Social Enterprise J-term Clubs Kickoff

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 142

Students interested in exploring the field of social enterprise during their time at the 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 center as well as the different clubs and opportunities to be involved.

Organized by the Green Business Club, Social Enterprise Club, and the center

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January 26 — ReEntry Acceleration Program (REAP): Exclusive Film Screening

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 307

Attendees viewed the first in a series of short documentary screenings examining the career paths and hiring of formerly incarcerated persons (FIPs), directed by Jack Dodson, JRN’16. After the screening, we had an open discussion on the role that this type of content could play in the reentry field as well as potential topics for future exploration.

About the Film:
Damon Rodriguez—a construction worker in the Bronx who turned, in his teens, to selling drugs—explores the challenges in navigating his life and returning home after prison. He explains the role played by organizations and mentors that, in addition to his own diligent work ethic, helped him line up consistent work and move to a management position.

About the ReEntry Acceleration Program (REAP):
REAP is a Tamer Center for Social Enterprise program that sends Columbia MBA students to prisons to train incarcerated individuals, and explores employer hiring practices of FIPs.

January 19 — In Tribute To: Pamela Hartigan, A pioneer in the global social entrepreneur movement

Columbia University
Maison Francaise

Former students, social entrepreneurs, friends, and colleagues gathered together to share remarks, memories, and stories on how Dr. Pamela Hartigan impacted their lives and careers. Professor Ray Horton shared remarks on her impact at Columbia Business School.

Organized by Pamela Hartigan’s colleagues and peers, and sponsored by the center

January 3–6 — West Coast Trek

San Francisco Bay Area

Club members interested in careers in sustainability and clean tech embarked on the annual West Coast Trek for company visits and networking opportunities in the Bay Area of California.

Organized by the Career Management Center, Green Business Club, Technology Business Group, Media Management Association, and Venture Capital Club

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December 9 — Agora Partnerships: Lunch and Learn

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 307

Agora Partnerships strives to accelerate the shift to a more sustainable, equitable, and abundant world that supports entrepreneurs intentionally working to create social impact. Founder Ben Powell ’05 discussed ways to engage in the new initiative Columbians for Agora.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club

December 7 — Morgan Stanley: 2017 Sustainable Investing Fellowship Presentation

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 331

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? First- and second-year students heard how to put talent and ambition to work to be part of a team that creates positive change. Read more about the fellowship and 2016 fellows here.

Organized by the Career Management Center and Morgan Stanley

December 6 — New York Social Good Holiday Bash

Wix Lounge
235 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011

NY Social Good Holiday Bash brought together over 300+ individuals from all over NYC’s social impact space to celebrate, reconnect, and meet some of the city’s most inspiring people in the sector.

Organized by Be Social Good and the Center for Social Innovation and sponsored by the center

December 6 — Breakfast with Acumen: Focus on Due Diligence & Post-Investment Measurement

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 140

Acumen raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty. Sean Moore, Portfolio Associate Director, and Justus Kilian, Post-Investment Manager, discussed best practices in due diligence and spoke about post-investment management and support from Acumen. Students interested in impact investing attended this event to better understand how to evaluate an investment opportunity in the U.S. and emerging markets.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club

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November 29–December 1 — 2016 HITLAB Innovators Summit

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 and supported by the center

November 29 — Combining Career Pursuits and Purpose: Social Enterprise Recruitment Strategies (a lunch with second-years)

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 331

Second-year students who secured social impact internships in impact investing, nonprofit management, education, and social enterprise shared their strategies for finding opportunities and best practices in their career search with their fellow SEC club members over lunch.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club

November 18–20 — Visit to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Golden, CO

Students traveled to Golden, CO to take a private visit and tour of the NREL. The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) is central to the future of NREL and the nation. It will resolve issues associated with transforming the electrical grid and adding new renewable energy generation systems, reducing the risks of new technology adoption.

Organized by the Green Business Club

November 17 — Impact Investing 101

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

November 17 — Info Session with Inspiring Capital

Columbia University
Warren Hall, Room 415

Now in its 4th year, Inspiring Capital’s Fellowship Program is a highly selective, 10-week internship that gives participants meaningful, hands-on consulting experience with social impact organizations. Students attended the info session to learn more about summer internship opportunities with Inspiring Capital. The organization also presented the National Parks Business Plan Internship, which provides hands-on experience in finance, operations, and strategy to the U.S. National Parks and presents strategic recommendations to park leadership at the end of the internship.

Organized by the Career Management Center and Social Enterprise Club

November 15 — Spark Workshop: Disrupting Distrust, How Can Entrepreneurs Help Ease the Tensions between Urban Communities and the Law

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 329

In response to chronic outbreaks of law-enforcement related violence in the U.S., Brooklyn-based pro-social startup Rise facilitated a community-wide workshop—inviting the students of Columbia and the entrepreneurial community in NYC at large—to brainstorm on ways in which everyday people can be empowered through creativity, technology, and partnerships to address longstanding issues that have risen to the forefront of our national consciousness in recent months, in line with the overall mission of the Rise platform.

Supported by the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise Club, and Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School; the Social Entrepreneurship Club at SIPA; the Social Enterprise Administration Caucus at Columbia School of Social Work; and the Center for Justice at Columbia University

November 12 — Columbia Impact Hackathon

Columbia University
Schapiro CEPSR, 4th Floor, Davis Auditorium

Columbia Impact brought together students from across different schools, both undergraduate and graduate, including business, engineering, policy, medical, and public health to collaborate with the local NYC tech community to address local issues that we face in healthcare, transportation, tech, and the environment. Columbia Impact allowed students to work with tools on the cutting edge of technology to address problems presented by local companies, government departments, hospitals, and their own interests and passions.

Organized by Columbia Impact, with the Social Enterprise Club as a partner

November 11 — Site Visit to Urban Future Lab

Urban Future Lab
15 MetroTech Ctr, 19th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Students traveled to Brooklyn’s Urban Future Lab (UFL), which is New York City’s hub for smart cities, smart grid, and clean energy. Their space hosts several programs focused on educational, policy, and market solutions to the issues of sustainability. This includes ACRE (a business incubation program), PowerBridgeNY (a proof-of-concept center), and Clean Start (an educational program). Students spent the day learning about the programs of the UFL and how members can get involved in internships and entrepreneurial support.

Organized by the School's Green Business Club and NYU’s Stern Graduate School of Business

November 10 — Environmental Networking Mixer

Amity Hall
982 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027

Students interested in environmental issues had the chance to network and build connections with like-minded students from Columbia Business School (CBS), Columbia Law School (CLS), and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Attendees also shared information on new programs offered at each school, information on cross-registering for courses covering environmental topics, and cross-club event programing opportunities.

Organized by the Green Business Club at CBS, Environmental Law Society at CLS, and Environmental Coalition at SIPA

November 10 — McKinsey Social Impact Event

Columbia University
Warren Hall, Room 310

The McKinsey Social Impact speaker event featured mini presentations on the MSI Fellowship and Energy by Sarah McCoy ’13, Manager of Global Programs, and Humayun Tai respectively, as well as a Q&A session with the audience. This was a great opportunity for students to see a different side of McKinsey and learn about the opportunities available for those with a passion for social and environmental impact.

Organized by the Management Consulting Association and Social Enterprise Club

November 10 — ALUMNI BREAKFAST SERIES: Nonprofit Finance and Consulting

Columbia University
Uris Hall

What does a sustainable nonprofit enterprise look like? How do business choices and practices drive overall health? Rebecca Thomas ’04, Managing Director of Rebecca Thomas & Associates LLC, will discuss what it means to bring a financial lens to nonprofit advisory work and share stories about guiding organizations to stability and resiliency. She will share why she embarked on a career in nonprofit consulting and what she has learned from working in both institutional and entrepreneurial settings.

November 4 — Net Impact Columbia Business School Philadelphia Alumni Dinner

1521 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Students and staff from the center gathered with alumni in the Philadelphia area for a networking dinner. Current business school students interested in social enterprise were in town for the annual Net Impact Conference.

November 3–5 — Net Impact Career Trek

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Students traveled to Philadelphia, PA to participate in the 2016 Net Impact Conference, Shape Your Future and the World. Keynote speakers included: Alicia Garza of #BackLivesMatter, Doug McMillon of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Kiah Williams of SIRUM, and other social innovators. Antony Bugg-Levine, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, spoke on a panel, and Manal Kahi SIPA’15, Co-founder & CEO of Eatoffbeat—a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures recipient—won the 2016 Net Impact Pitch Competition.

Organized by the Net Impact Organization, and the trek was supported by the center.

November 3 — Debate: Dean Hubbard & Professor Horton

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. Watch the debate here, or read about it here.

Organized by Columbia Business School's Student Government

November 1 — Nonprofit Board Leadership Program’s Opening Reception

The Opening Reception served as a successful kick-off for the 2016–17 Nonprofit Board Leadership Program. Bringing together over 70 students, mentors, and nonprofit leaders participating in the program this year, Mimi ’80 and Michael ’80 Boublik had a packed house of Nonprofit Board leaders and future board members to network and build a community together.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club’s NBLP Leadership Team and the center

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October 28 — Innovative Solutions for the Refugee Crisis

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 332

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

October 28 — Summer Fellows’ Fall Presentations

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 331

Recipients of the Tamer Center’s Summer Fellowship Program gathered together to share their experience working in the social enterprise sector, their summer project work, and stories about the people they met on their journey. This lunch served as an opportunity to build a network of SESF Fellows across campus.

October 28 — Green Careers Panel

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 331

Interested in green business but confused about where to start recruiting? GBC’s panel discussion brought together second-years who shared their recruiting and internship experiences in the green and sustainable space. First-years had the opportunity to learn from fellow club members’ paths for getting sustainably-focused internships at big companies and small startups,such as Citi, Off-the-grid GS, Happy Family and more! Panelists included: Christian Lopez ’17, Citi; Jamie Hutson ’17, GE Energy Financial Services; Ronald Bucca ’17 Off Grid Electric; Will Campbell ’17, Los Alamos Laboratories; Andrew Soare ’17, Citi; Liz Russell ’17, Happy Family Brands; Edie Constable ’17, Ulupono Initiative; and Dev Banerjee ’15, EDF.

Organized by the Green Business Club

October 25 — Sustainable Investment Conference: Nature's Risks and Returns, A Practitioners' Exchange on Investing in Natural Capital

250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007

Investors, risk assessment professionals, and executives were brought together to examine the risks and opportunities that come with investing in natural capital in a shifting regulatory, social, and environmental context.

Organized by the Energy and Environment Department at SIPA, the Global Association of Risk Professionals, and Chain Reaction Research Sustainability risk analysis, and sponsored by the center.

October 25 — Lunch & Learn with Advantage Capital

With offices and investments across the United States, Advantage Capital uses a range of innovative structures—including debt, equity, government-guaranteed lending, agribusiness partners and tax credits—to help businesses overlooked by traditional investment or financing options. Josh Rogers, Associate at Advantage Capital’s New York Office, provided an overview of Advantage’s approach to impact investing, including a couple of tangible case studies.

Organized by the Venture Capital Club and Social Enterprise Club

October 17 — Book Talk: Capital & the Common Good

Columbia University
Uris Hall

Attendees listened to Adjunct Professor Georgia Levenson Keohane’s insights on how market failure in one context can be solved with market solutions from another: an expert in securitization bundles future development aid into bonds to pay for vaccines today; an entrepreneur turns a mobile phone into an array of financial services for the unbanked; and policy makers adapt pay-for-success models from the world of infrastructure to human services like early childhood education, maternal health, and job training. Revisiting the successes and missteps of these efforts, Georgia Levenson Keohane argues that innovative finance is as much about incentives and sound decision-making as it is about money. When it works, innovative finance gives us the tools, motivation, and security to invest in our shared future.

October 13 — ALUMNI BREAKFAST SERIES: Strengthening Leadership

Columbia University
Uris Hall

Keith Timko ’02, Executive Director of The Support Center at Partnership in Philanthropy, discussed the key trends impacting the work of social enterprises and how CBS students and others who bring business skills to solving social problems can be a part of the next wave of solutions that we need to make our communities healthier, stronger and more inclusive. Some of these key trends include the need for increased impact investment dollars as well as greater skilled volunteers to help social enterprises do more.

October 13 — Reentry Acceleration Program (REAP) Student and Alumni Mixer

Columbia University Faculty House
64 Morningside Heights
New York, NY 10027

Professor Damon Phillips, Greg Fairchild, and Tierney Temple Fairchild held an info session on for alumni of Resilience Education, faculty, and Columbia MBA and EMBA students interested in helping to alleviate the reentry crisis. Attendees came because they are interested in helping to shape REAP and develop a new program which will provide practical tools for both businesses and formerly incarcerated persons (FIPs).

About the ReEntry Acceleration Program (REAP):
REAP is a Tamer Center for Social Enterprise program that sends Columbia MBA students to prisons to train incarcerated individuals, and explores employer hiring practices of FIPs.

October 13 — Symposium for Strengthening Refugee Access, Equity and Inclusion: Developing a New Framework

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

October 11 — Institutional Investors, Business and the Public Good: From Transactions to Relationships

Columbia University
Warren Hall, Room 417

Drawing from his decades long experience in stewardship and sustainable investment, Colin Melvin explored questions such as: Who actually controls public companies and in whose interest are they run? What emerging obligations and opportunities exist for pension plans, endowments and other institutional investors to shift in focus from short term transactions to longer term relationships? Why should investors engage with multinational corporations to promote international standards on human rights, environmental management and other issues? Can the interests of the corporation and its shareholders and other stakeholders converge, and what practical measures exist for promoting such convergence?

Organized by Columbia Law School, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the center

October 7 — Nonprofit Board Leadership Program Project Orientation Day

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 307

NBLP participating students gathered together during the orientation day to learn of their nonprofit board project for the academic year. Students are paired with an alum currently serving on a nonprofit board who will mentor them during their student project for the board. Participants of NBLP have the opportunity to attend a board meeting during the course of their project. At the event, attendees discussed initiatives.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club’s NBLP Leadership Team and the center

October 7 — What Would it Take to Reduce US Greenhouse Gas Emissions 80% by 2050?

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 303

Professor Geoffrey Heal discussed his recent working paper, What Would it Take to Reduce US Greenhouse Gas Emissions 80% by 2050?, sharing insights on his research methods, findings, and impact related to how we can reduce US GHG levels by 2050. During the fireside chat, Heal also touched on the cost of reducing US GHG levels and how realistic it would be to reduce the US GHG emissions over the next 35 years to match the goal the Obama administration submitted to the UN.

Organized by the Green Business Club

October 5 — Book Talk on Peace Through Entrepreneurship: Investing in a Startup Culture for Security and Development, By Steven R. Koltai; with Matthew Muspratt

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.

October 5 — Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Kickoff Session

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 303

Social Enterprise is all about the community—there is a wealth of knowledge, skills, and experiences in every dimension of social impact within the student body. Club members learned about the Peer-to-Peer Group Initiative of the SEC, how to sign up for their P2P, the interest area groups that currently exist, and ways to get involved, or start a new, P2P group.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club

October 4 — Bain Capital Social Impact Event

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 303

Bain & Company came to campus to discuss their post-Bain entrepreneurial pursuits on a panel. The info session also covered the Summer Associate opportunities for MBA students interested in working at Bain.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club

October 4 — EDF Climate Corps Info Session

Columbia University
International Affairs Building, Room 1512

EDF Climate Corps is the premier graduate fellowship program to jump-start your career in energy management or sustainability. They match leading organizations with talented graduate students to advance the way that organizations manage energy. Fellows engage in a broad array of projects, such as equipment upgrades and building retrofits, clean energy generation and procurement, energy data analysis, and sustainability strategy.

Organized by the School of International and Public Affairs and Social Enterprise Club.

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September 30 — 2016 Social Enterprise Conference, Cities Transformed: Empowering Individuals, Businesses, and Communities

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 Center, Social Enterprise Club, and Green Business Club

September 30 — Deloitte Consulting Welcome Reception & Info Session

Ascent Lounge
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

As part of the Columbia Business School Diversity Recruiting initiative, Deloitte organized an informal gathering to enable first-year, full-time MBA 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 Deloitte and supported by the Career Management Center and the Social Enterprise Club

September 28 — Social Enterprise Supper Club

Club members were paired by interest areas to better network with and meet their peers while attending dinners hosted at the homes of members living near campus.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club

September 27 — Columbia Powerhouse Chiller Plant Tour

119th and Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Students were given a tour of Columbia University’s ultra efficient powerhouse chiller plant. In order to meet growing cooling demands, the University has committed to undertake a major expansion of its original powerhouse—the central cooling plant on the Morningside Heights campus.

Organized by the Green Business Club and Real Estate Association

September 26 — Perspectives on Peace: Education & Empowerment in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Columbia University
Teacher's College
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

After a short documentary screening of Another Kind of Girl, Professor Bruce Usher moderated a discussion on the communities impacted by the current refugee crisis and the creative responses being done to deliver the right to education to refugees.

Organized by Columbia University’s AC4, Peace Education Network, the School of Professional Studies, NECR, SDA, MD-ICCCR, and the center.

September 21 — Fireside Chat with Bain Capital

Students joined Chris Cozzone, Vice President of Bain Capital’s Double Impact investing team, who shared insights and an introduction to double impact investing as well as his group’s strategic focus in the market.

Organized by the Private Equity Club and Social Enterprise Club

September 21 — 10th Annual Worldwide Alumni Club Event

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

September 20 — ALUMNI BREAKFAST SERIES: Social Impact Consulting

Columbia University
Uris Hall

Katie Leonberger ’08, President and CEO at Community Resource Exchange, discussed cross sector transitions and the value of tri-sector leaders, managing for social impact and financial sustainability, risk management for nonprofit organizations, board governance, and what is needed for successful teams in the social sector.

September 20 — Nonprofit Board Leadership Program Information Session

Columbia University
Uris Hall, Room 329

Students gathered 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.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club’s NBLP Leadership Team and the center

September 19–25 — NYC Climate Week 2016

With the landmark Paris Agreement signed, the world is at a critical turning point in its journey to address climate change. The extent to which we embrace the immense opportunities of a net zero emissions future will depend greatly on the actions of the United States in the coming five to ten years. Its capacity for innovation in technology, finance and business is unrivaled. It has shaped every industrial revolution of the last 100 years, and can do so again as we enter the next.

The choices the next Administration make on climate and energy are vital. They will help decide our collective future, determining whether the world can achieve net zero emissions by or shortly after 2050. The new President and Congress have the opportunity to create a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous America. And much is at stake for leading businesses, states, and regions that have already taken action to realize this future.

Columbia University hosted the Ensuring Urban Resilience, Come Hell or High Water and the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Development events.

September 17 — Farm to Fork: Student Welcome Retreat

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

First– and second–year students, faculty, alumni, and staff of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise 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!

September 15 — Reentry Acceleration Program (REAP) Faculty Lunch Discussion

Columbia University
Ivy Lounge, Faculty House

Columbia faculty members working with prison facilities in the New York area, as well as faculty working on post-incarceration reentry programs, shared their experiences and insights in this field over lunch.

About the ReEntry Acceleration Program (REAP):
REAP is a Tamer Center for Social Enterprise program that sends Columbia MBA students to prisons to train incarcerated individuals, and explores employer hiring practices of FIPs.

September 15 — ALUMNI BREAKFAST SERIES: Financial Inclusion: Opportunities & Challenges for International Investors

Columbia University
Uris Hall

Camilla Nestor BUS’02/SIPA’96, Chief Business Development Officer of Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, discussed how digital solutions are transforming access to finance for customers in developing markets, the remaining barriers and challenges and the opportunities for investment. She also covered the latest trends and innovations such as big data for small credit, and how these are transforming the experience for the end user as well as the investment landscape.

September 13 — Columbia Business School Industry Forum: A Student and Alumni Networking Exchange

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

September 13 — Tamer Center Clubs Kickoff

Columbia University
Uris Hall

With a packed room, the center and Professional Clubs provided information on the social enterprise community at the School. Students interested in exploring the field of social enterprise during their time at the 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 different clubs’ initiatives on campus and opportunities to be involved in the social enterprise community.

Organized by the Green Business Club, Social Enterprise Club, and the center

September 13 — Club Welcome Mixer

Bernheim & Schwartz
2911 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

First-year students met with the current professional club members on an informal basis to learn more about the social enterprise community at the School.

Organized by the Green Business Club and Social Enterprise Club

September 7 — Climate Finance Panel Discussion

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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