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November

5:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 141

Deloitte hosted the second event in the 2014 Strategy Round Table Series featuring some of national and global strategy thought leaders. The sessions are designed to be interactive, focusing on discussion and questions posed by students. Students will have the opportunity to network with the speakers over light fare after the discussions. This event will feature a discussion on global trends and challenges in the social sector, led by Kurt Dassel, Director in Monitor Deloitte’s Social Impact Service Line. This service line is a winner of Consulting Magazine’s 2014 Excellence in Social & Community Investments Award for their work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is one of the fastest growing pro bono and community engagement consulting groups worldwide. This round table will also center on themes from Solution Revolution, named by Business Digest as “one of the 10 most notable books of 2013”, and written by Deloitte's William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

7:30 p.m.

Escape the confines of the cubicle this summer and hit the open road with three of your classmates on a once-in-a-lifetime journey of impact across the US to work alongside, learn from, and support entrepreneurs who are building businesses that make their communities better.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

7:30-8:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 209

Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing hosted an information session for 1st Year Columbia Business School students on November 17th. This will be a great opportunity to meet members of the Morgan Stanley team and learn more about the Sustainable Investing Fellowship. At Morgan Stanley, solving complex challenges and fueling economic growth across continents is what we do. We offer you a structured path to success, providing you with the training, mobility and responsibility to make a real difference. To find out more about Morgan Stanley, please visit,

Sponsored by the Career Management Center and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

12:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 331

The Microlumbia Impact Fund at Columbia Business School, and the Columbia Impact Investing Initiative (CI3) at the School of International and Public Affairs hosted an afternoon “bootcamp” designed to educate the Columbia community on current trends and best practices in impact investing. Over the course of an afternoon, students will gain exposure to real-world cases, applications and perspectives on impact investing from professionals and professors in this field, as well as from student leaders of CI3 and Microlumbia. Guests include Jody Rasch, Senior Vice President from Moody’s Analytics and Microlumbia distinguished board members.
Sessions include:

Microfinance Social Performance Assessment // Jody Rasch, Senior Vice President, Moody’s Corporation Social Performance Group
Jody Rasch heads the Social Performance Group at Moody’s Corporation working on projects including microfinance and social investing. He serves as Chair of the Moody’s Analytics Social Performance Assessment Committee, and has developed and conducted social performance management trainings in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  He has developed the Moody’s Social Performance Assessment (SPA) which provides a gap analysis of practices for microfinance institutions.  He also serves on various  advisory boards including Women’s World Banking’s Gender Performance Initiative, the SMART Campaign’s Certification Task Force, Grameen Foundation’s Social Performance Advisory Committee and the Global Impact Investing Rating Service (GIIRS). Mr. Rasch has presented on social and financial issues at conferences worldwide, including Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the United States. Prior to this Mr. Rasch worked at Moody’s Risk Management Services as part of the training group heading up product training for derivatives and corporate finance and as project manager for RiskCalc a corporate risk modeling product. Prior to joining Moody’s in 2002 Mr. Rasch owned, for 15 years, a training company that conducted financial training programs for international commercial and investment banks. He also headed the New York derivatives sales desk of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and has worked in the corporate treasury departments of two Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Rasch has a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and holds an MBA in Finance from New York University.

Post Investment Monitoring + The Acumen Fellow Experience - Justus Kilian, Post Investment Manager, Acumen
Justus is the Post Investment Manager at Acumen where his current role is focused on delivering leadership and technical support to Acumen's investees.  He was an Acumen Global Fellow in 2014 where he worked with Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC), a company that provides market access to smallholder farmers in northern Uganda. Justus has helped build and scale businesses in the US, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India and Uganda.  He has worked as a Senior Financial Analyst at Merrill Lynch, and as a Global Securities Technician at the Northern Trust Company. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a CFA Charterholder.   

Impact Investing History and Trends: Where do we go from here? - Prof. Bruce Usher, Faculty Director, Social Enterprise Program, Columbia Business School
Bruce Usher is The Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark T. Gallogly '86 Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School in New York City, where he teaches MBA students on the intersection of finance, social and environmental issues. Professor Usher is a recipient of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. From 2002 to 2009, Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group plc, during which time he built it into the world's largest carbon credit company. Usher led EcoSecurities through an IPO, a secondary public placement and strategic investment, and the sale of the entire company to JP Morgan in December 2009. EcoSecurities developed more than 400 projects in 36 countries, representing approximately 10% of all projects approved by the United Nations under the Kyoto Protocol. Prior to EcoSecurities, Usher was co-founder and CEO of TreasuryConnect LLC, which provided electronic trading solutions to banks and was acquired in 2001. Prior to that, he worked in financial services for twelve years in New York and Tokyo. Usher is an active investor in entrepreneurial ventures, having invested in 21 companies, including seven clean energy businesses. He is on the Board of Community Energy, a US solar project development company, and the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships. He earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.  

Challenges in Impact Investing: Where and what are the investible deals? - Prof. John Walker, Director of Finance & Business Development, A-List Education
John Walker is currently Director of Finance and Business Development at A-List Education, a venture that provides a suite of unique college education products and services. Mr. Walker leads all finance activities and, through his business development expertise, enables the growth of new products that target the nationwide education market.
Mr. Walker was previously Consulting Director of Finance at Echoing Green, where in addition to managing the organization's financial systems he also led all impact investing activities, developing the Recoverable Grant investment concept and leading the structuring of the partnership with The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund, a venture investment fund focused on financing capital for expansion.
Mr. Walker speaks regularly on social enterprise and impact investing at a wide range of industry events, including the annual Social Capital (SOCAP) conference. Mr. Walker lectures on impact investing at Columbia Business School and at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He advises a number of start-up social businesses, focusing on early-stage business and investment strategy.
  Prior to Echoing Green, Mr. Walker was a principal with Chart Venture Partners and Chart Group in New York City actively contributing to venture and LBO deals worth over $200million in aggregate, covering semiconductor, imaging, and materials technologies and the industrial manufacturing sector. As principal, he performed deal sourcing, evaluation and structuring of early-stage equity investments in addition to portfolio company support in financial management. Before moving to New York City from Edinburgh, Scotland, Mr. Walker was Marketing and Technical Director at Pentland Systems, a venture-backed technology enterprise developing signal acquisition systems. Pentland Systems was successfully sold to an industry partner in 2007. He was also a member of the Defense Science Advisory Council at the UK Ministry of Defence; and previously a senior engineer with BAE Systems, where he was a technical and program lead on international partner programs across Europe.  

Investing with a Dual Purpose: Pursuing both market and social returns - Chris Reim, Managing Director, Community Development Venture Capital Alliance
 Chris Reim focuses on job creation, economic opportunity and social impact through his role as Managing Director at the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. As a venture capitalist, he addresses structural issues for the formation of private investment funds that have a mission of directing growth equity into under-served communities. Chris will speak about CDVCA's funds in New York and Puerto Rico, and the challenges of pursuing both market and social returns.  

Case Study: Student-led due diligence and impact investing - Manuel Ferreira Gomes, Vice President of Investing & Fundraising, Microlumbia Impact Fund; MBA ’15, Columbia Business School
 

Manuel worked in management consulting at BCG and later in private equity at ECS Capital in Portugal. Before coming to Columbia Business School, he volunteered for five months at Fundación Mujer, a microfinance institution in Costa Rica. After business school, he plans to continue working in private equity. Manuel joined Microlumbia in 2013 as AVP of Investing, working in close partnership with Envest Microfinance Fund and helped lead Microlumbia’s successful debt investments in Pana Pana of Nicaragua and Humo of Tajikistan, two microfinance institutions. Manuel is from Lisbon, Portugal and received his B.S. in Finance and Business Administration from NOVA University in Lisbon.

Sponsored by the Microlumbia Impact Fund at Columbia Business School and the Columbia Impact Investing Initiative (CI3) at the School of International and Public Affairs.

7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 331

Inspiring Capital is revolutionizing the social sector by creating a movement of business leaders who use their skills to create social change. During their 10 week Fellowship programme, MBAs have one week of orientation, followed by 8 weeks of social enterprise/ nonprofit client work and weekly training days.

Sponsored by the International Development and Social Enterprise Clubs at Columbia Business School.

Minneapolis, MN

Net Impact hosts the largest MBA-level career expo, provides networking opportunities in over 50 sessions across a wide range of topics, and attracts over 2,800 attendees. This year’s conference, Breaking Boundaries, was held in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more about Net Impact online:

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Solera Restaurant
900 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN

Members of the Social Enterprise, Green Business and International Development Clubs who attend the Net Impact Career Trek met with members of the Minneapolis chapter of the Columbia Business School and Columbia University Alumni Clubs:00 for a networking dinner.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 305

Join the Social Enterprise Club for an informal lunch with Professor Amy Houston, Managing Director of Management Assistance at Robin Hood.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 415

The Social Enterprise Club is excited to bring The Resolution Project to campus so that first and second year students and alumni can learn more about how they tackle their mission of developing and empowering socially responsible young leaders to make a positive impact today! Come find out how they use global partnerships, social venture challenges, and Resolution Fellowships to achieve global impact and what opportunities there may be to work alongside them! Learn more about Resolution Project at

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.

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October

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway (between 45th & 46th street)
New York, NY 10036

This annual conference attracts over 700 professionals, alumni and students, and this year features keynote speakers: Al Gore, Former Vice President, and Alicia Glen, NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development. Interactive sessions and Spark Workshops will cover topics including: ESG and impact investing, sustainability strategies, innovative social venture revenue models, wearable tech, natural resources and energy, sustainable food systems and more. More information online:

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise, Green Business, and International Development Clubs and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 303

At this informal roundtable, students discussed recruiting best practices in the Social Enterprise space with CBS alumni.

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

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Amsterdam Cafe
1207 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027

Professor Breza researches household and SME finance with a focus on developing countries. Some of her field projects include work on microfinance and social networks in India, direct deposits and mobile money in Bangladesh, and credit score rehabilitation among defaulters in Colombia. She is currently helping BRAC Bank launch the first consumer credit product for garment workers in Bangladesh. Professor Breza received a PhD in Economics from MIT and a BA from Yale.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) invited members of the Social Enterprise Club to join them on a site visit of both Etsy and Warby Parker. The event was limited to 25 participants.

Sponsored by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) at Columbia Business School.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Social Enterprise Club is hosting a site visit at Greyston Bakery. A storied social enterprise, Greyston has been baking gourmet brownies, cookies, and good will just north of NYC since 1982. The $10 million for-profit bakery is most famous for its long-standing relationship as Ben & Jerry's brownie supplier and for having an open-hiring policy that provides employment opportunities regardless of work history.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Max Caffe, Amsterdam Ave.

CCS is one of the most comprehensive and widely recommended fundraising consulting and management firms in the world. Established in 1947, we serve as a trusted partner to the world’s leading non-profits. Our projects span the recognized philanthropic sectors and include: campaign planning, management, and direction; feasibility and planning studies; development audits, assessments, and benchmarking; strategic development planning; development management; customized learning programs; board development, orientation, and training; and planned giving. To learn more please visit: for more information about our Associate and Senior Associate roles.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

7:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 329
The Broad Residency is a nationwide leadership development program that places participants into full-time managerial positions in education organizations while providing training, executive coaching and other professional development supports. This session is for students who are wondering how they can use their MBA to make an impact where it truly matters. It will be an opportunity to learn about meaningful management opportunities in the education industry, where one can:

  • receive extensive professional development, mentorship, and MBA-level pay
  • be intellectually challenged and given high levels of responsibility
  • undertake the most personally fulfilling work of your life
  • Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    12:30p.m. – 82:00 p.m.
    Faculty House, Columbia University
    Practice Makes Perfect addresses inequities in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods over the summer. Research has found that two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    7:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    80 Broad St., 30th Floor, New York City

    ideas42 is a unique social enterprise bringing together highly creative practitioners, industry leaders, and policy experts with world-renowned economists and psychologists from top-tier universities. Our mission is to apply our expertise in behavioral economics to invent fresh solutions to the world’s toughest social problems with the goal of improving tens of millions of lives. ideas42 is a rapidly growing organization with a team of 40 people working on more than 30 projects in the U.S. and abroad. We apply our expertise to a range of domains, including consumer finance, poverty alleviation and economic opportunity, health, higher education, and environmental conservation. Our work begins with re-conceptualizing problems, designing new solutions and testing them in the field, then finally scaling them up to reach millions of people. We partner with large companies to create products that will do social good. We collaborate with other cutting-edge non-profits to incubate game-changing ideas. We work with governments to reimagine policy and revamp programs to make them more effective. We also teach practitioners how to use behavioral economics for innovation. Check out for more information about our Associate and Senior Associate roles.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 329
    Wellspring Consulting, a non-profit consulting firm visited campus. Amy Anenberg ’13 is a recent CBS alum and their Social Enterprise lead. Wellspring Consulting works with the leadership of social sector organizations to set strategic direction, build organizational capacity, and address some of society’s most pressing issues. We serve a wide array of clients ranging from the largest national and international nonprofits to cutting-edge social enterprises to community-based organizations. We work across multiple fields, including education, environment, arts and culture, health, human rights and philanthropy. Presenters will discuss the work and culture of Wellspring Consulting, the consultant role, and an example of a client engagement. Wellspring aspires to have each member of our staff grow to become a leader in the pursuit of social change, whether as a Partner at Wellspring, or elsewhere in the social sector. To learn more about Wellspring, go to:

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 415
    SITAWI – Finance for Good is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enable more capital, more types of capital and a better use of capital to transform more lives. They develop and operate innovative financial solutions that create social and environmental impact, including concessional loans and management of philanthropic assets for major donors. They also advise investors on incorporating social and environmental issues into business strategy and investment decision-making.

    Sponsored by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School and SIPA.


    This session gives an overview of the MBA admissions process, as well as information about the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School. It also features a discussion with current Columbia Business School students - Seema Balani '15 and Shelia Zeidman '15 - and recent alum, Matt Robins '13, about what types of career opportunities are available to people interested in the social enterprise space. To watch the session, please visit: here.

    Sponsored by the Admissions Office and Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

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    September

    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

    Held along side the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), this event is an opportunity to learn about JP 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. J.P. Morgan Social Finance was launched in 2007 to serve the growing market for impact investments, meaning those investments intended to generate positive impact alongside financial return. There is growing recognition that innovative business models can complement limited public sector and philanthropic resources by delivering market-based solutions to social and environmental challenges in a sustainable and scalable way. The business is dedicated to serving and growing this nascent market.

    Sponsored by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School and SIPA.

    8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    SEP staff, faculty and first and second year students visited the Catskills home of Professor Ray Horton, founder of the Social Enterprise Program, for a day of eating, drinking and general merriment.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

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    August

    12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    The Great Hill
    Central Park
    New York, NY 10027


    Join members of the Social Enterprise Club for a summer picnic in Central Park. Come learn about what the club does as well as the social enterprise landscape at Columbia Business School.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

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    July

    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Pennsylvania 6
    132 W 31st Street
    (between 6th and 7th Avenue)
    New York, NY 10001
    3022 Broadway New York, NY 10027


    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.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

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    May

    10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Networking lunch to follow.
    Please plan on arriving 10–15 minutes early to grab coffee prior the start.  

    Uris Hall, Room 301
    3022 Broadway New York, NY 10027


    Technology has become a critical part of how today’s school children are educated. From individual classrooms to broader district–wide systems, technology’s integration into established learning systems increasingly raises questions and poses challenges to the status quo. This Spark workshop is dedicated to brainstorming ways that technology can be leveraged to close the achievement/opportunity gap in low–income communities in the US by discussing key problems related to data tracking and reporting, school and school–system operations, classroom learning, and scaling successful solutions.

    Potential topics for discussion:

    • Data: What are the current challenges of tracking and reporting on student–, classroom–, school–, and system–level data?
    • School/system operations: What are ways in which technology can provide solutions to the inefficiencies and pain points in running a school or a school system?
    • Classroom learning: What are the current challenges to classroom learning in low–income communities in the US and how can technology provide solutions? (e. g. Teacher quality, appropriate curriculum, access to resources, etc. ) 
    • Innovation: What are the current challenges of incubating, identifying, funding, and scaling technological solutions that have proven to be effective in a very fragmented national education system? 

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

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    April

    Monday, April 28, 2014
    6:00 p.m. –8:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 301

    Growing interest in the role of market–based solutions in addressing the problems of poverty has led to the emergence of many new and promising business models. These inclusive businesses can be powerful agents of change whether by bringing safe drinking water to slums, powering remote villages, or connecting farmers to markets. Yet very few of these models have been able to operate at scale. Why?

    This panel of experts will discuss the findings from a new report from Monitor Inclusive Markets, following on from their 2012 report,From Blueprint to Scale.  We’ll explore the barriers faced by inclusive businesses as they take on some of the world’s toughest problems, and how we can work to overcome them to accelerate achieving impact at scale.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Calder Lounge

    Vikram Akula will speak on the rebirth of microfinance in India. He will discuss lessons from his experience with SKS Microfinance as well as current trends in the sector. Bruce Usher, Columbia Business School Professor and the Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark Gallogly '86 Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Program, will provide an introduction while Brad Swanson, Partner at Developing World Markets and Board Member of Microlumbia, moderates.

    The event will be followed by a cocktail reception with light refreshments.

    Please note that the attire for this event is business casual and that cell phones will need to be checked at the coat check in order to allow Mr. Akula to speak freely.

    Sponsored by Microlumbia.


    Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 333

    More than one–third of worldwide energy is consumed in buildings, accounting for more than 15% of global carbon emissions. In large cities, energy used by buildings account for up to 80% percent of carbon emissions. Speakers will discuss what it takes to promote energy efficiency in buildings, from affordable housing to retrofitting the Empire State Building.

    Sponsored by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    12:30 p.m.– 1:00 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 416

    This conversation with the Founder and CEO of NuRu International, Jake Harriman, is about the leadership challenges associated with building a social venture and training impoverished people to become self–sustaining. NuRu focuses on creating local leaders and equipping people with the tools and knowledge necessary to lead their communities out of poverty.  NuRu identifies local income–generating activities to address a community’s hunger, ability to cope with economic shocks, preventable disease and death and lack of quality education for children.  NuRu targets remote rural areas, gives no handouts, and provides sustainable solutions to agriculture, economic development, healthcare and education problems.  Since its launch, NuRu has helped more than 30,000 people climb out of extreme poverty.         

    Jake graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and served seven and a half years in the Marine Corps. From his experiences, Jake came to believe that to eradicate terrorism, disenfranchisement, lack of education, and extreme poverty must also be eradicated. Jake graduated from Stanford GSB in June 2008 and launched Nuru International in Kenya the same year.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club, International Development Club, and LEAD at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.  
    Warren Hall, Room 311(1125 Amsterdam Ave)
    Moderated by Joanne Bauer, Co–director of Columbia Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum and Adjunct Professor at SIPA

    Please join us for a talk with Christine Bader, author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil, and visiting scholar and lecturer at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, where she co–teaches a course on Human Rights and Business. Bader’s book is based on her experience working with BP and then the United Nations Secretary–General’s Special Representative on business and human rights. Using her story as its skeleton, Bader weaves in the stories of other Corporate Idealists working inside some of the world’s biggest and best–known companies. .

    Sponsored by the Government & Business Club and the Bernstein Leadership and Ethics Board at Columbia Business School and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights Education Program at the School of International and Public Affairs.

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    7:45 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 208

    Please join Ms. Christie Vilsack, who oversees all U. S. Government foreign aid for education, for an intimate breakfast to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities in the field. Why do literacy rates in countries such as Pakistan, Mali, and Peru persistently hover around 40%? How has Ethiopia (with the help of U. S. foreign aid) enrolled 95% of its children in elementary school? How does this affect us as future business and non–profit leaders and how can we help to advance the gains that have been made in the last several years? Ms. Vilsack oversees more than $1 billion in U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programming that promotes literacy, workforce development, schooling opportunities for students in crisis settings, and technological innovation in international education.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club and the CBS Democrats at Columbia Business School.

    Friday, April 18, 2014
    1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
    Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
    Altschul Auditorium, Room 417

    Andrew Winston will explore "the mega challenges of climate change, scarcity, and radical transparency that threaten our ability to run an expanding global economy and that are profoundly changing business as usual."  He will provide cause for optimism as he profiles leaders in the business community who are bringing value to society and positioning themselves to capture the unprecedented opportunities that will emerge in responding to these challenges.  These individuals and companies, and others to come, will be "the winners of this new game who will profit mightily." The event will be followed by a book signing by the author. Andrew Winston advises some of the world’s leading companies on how companies can navigate and profit from the world's biggest environmental and social challenges. He is a globally recognized speaker, writer, and adviser on sustainable business. Andrew is also the co–author of the international best–seller Green to Gold (125,000 copies in seven languages).

    Sponsored by the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    The theme for this year’s conference is Inspiring India.   Panels this year will focus on Indian Cuisine: From Chicken Tikka Masala to Michelin Star and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.   The conference is a unique premier India–focused platform in New York City and a powerful forum that inspires thought–leadership and generates discussions around the business, social, political and creative undercurrents that permeate India life.  

    Sponsored by the South Asia Business Association at Columbia Business School.

    Wednesday, April 16th 
    6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 142

    Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are becoming a popular method for delivering infrastructure projects in the US and worldwide. In a PPP, a private entity is granted the right to design, build, maintain and operate a project in return for future revenue. While much of the debate on Public Private Partnerships is focused on funding, a key benefit of PPPs is added efficiency and innovation. Ricardo Sanchez will discuss how Cintra brings efficiencies and innovative ideas to each stage of a project including procurement, design, and implementation.  

    Cintra is a global leader in infrastructure development and is the lead in a number of Public Private Partnerships worldwide. For example, Cintra is bearing the costs and risks of building several managed lane and toll–road projects in North America in return for future toll revenue.    

    Biography
    Ricardo Sanchez holds a M. S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) and MSc Degree in Transportation from Imperial College London. He has over 15 years experience in transportation engineering focused on analyzing traffic and revenue for toll road projects. Since 2002 he has worked with Cintra, the concessions arm of Ferrovial, initially as responsible for managing the preparation of traffic and revenue forecasts for existing and new projects pursued by the company worldwide. His involvement included the Chicago Skyway and Indiana Toll Road transactions in 2004 and 2005 and the NTE and LBJ Managed Lane projects in Texas in 2009 among others. From March 2007 he has been leading Cintra's North American Technical Department. He manages a team of highly qualified professionals preparing feasibility analysis for new toll roads in the US and Canada, and providing support to Cintra Toll road projects in North America on Operations and Maintenance, Design and Construction, Pricing, Traffic and Revenue. He is married with 2 children and resides in Austin, Texas.

    Sponsored by the Center for Pricing and Revenue Management at Columbia Business School.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Brad Swanson, Managing Partner of Private Equity at Developing World Markets, will join IDC and CSIMA for a fireside chat this Wednesday. Developing World Markets is an asset manager and investment bank dedicated to making socially positive investments in order to promote sustainable economic and social development on a global scale.

    Sponsored by the International Development Club and CSIMA at Columbia Business School.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Join SoFi co–founder Dan Macklin to learn about the establishment and growth of this company. Founded in 2011 at Stanford GSB, SoFi refinances student loans by connecting alums investors with alumni borrowers, allowing each borrower to save an average of $9,400. SoFi’s growth has been explosive and the company has funded $450MM in loans to 4,500 borrowers. SoFi just closed an $80MM Series C financing, led by Discovery Capital and joined by Peter Thiel, Wicklow Capital, and our existing investors Baseline, DCM, and RenRen.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Uris Hall, Room 329 Join members of IDC and Acumen for an interactive investment case session. You'll play the role of both entrepreneur and investor in considering how a new venture should be structured in order to achieve scale and attract capital.  Walk through the analysis of a real Acumen portfolio company, and learn how Acumen evaluates investment opportunities.

    Sponsored by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School.

    Thursday, April 10, 2014
    6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 141

    Craig Shapiro, the Founder and CEO of the Collaborative Fund, will be speaking during Ron Gonen’s Launching Social Ventures Incubator class. Prof. Gonen would like to open up the speaker to other students who may be interested.  

    The Collaborative Fund
    An investment fund focused on supporting and investing in the shared future. The fund centers around two macro themes which we believe to be at the core of business innovation in the coming years: the growth of the creative class and the collaborative economy.  

    Biography
    Craig Shapiro is an entrepreneur and investor at Collaborative Fund. He helped pioneer several mobile and interactive television initiatives in the US, including the first multi–carrier live voting in Super Bowl XXXVI. Mr. Shapiro also served on the Board of Directors for the Mobile Marketing Association. Previously, he was President of GOOD Magazine and an angel investor in several new media and technology companies. Craig Shapiro received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and is originally from Chevy Chase Maryland.

    Sponsored by Adjunct Prof. Ron Gonen ’04.

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Calder Lounge

    Interested in clean energy, green business, social enterprise, or energy and environmental communications? Mica Odom ’09, Communications Director, Environmental Defense Fund will lead a sustainability career coaching session sponsored by the Green Business Club.

    Sponsored by the Green Business School at Columbia Business School.

    A lunch conversation with Prof. Doug Bauer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    12:30 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.

    Join Adjunct Prof. Doug Bauer for lunch to discuss the evolution of non–profits as well as how they are evaluated by donors.  Prof. Bauer is Executive Director of the Clark Foundation, a leading non–profit dedicated to helping individuals lead independent and productive lives.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Warren Hall, Room 310
    1125 Amsterdam Avenue (between 115th and 116th Street)

    David del Ser is the Founder and Chairman of Frogtek, a social venture that uses the latest technologies to empower micro–entrepreneurs. in Latin America. He also co–founded Microlumbia while a student at CBS.

    Sponsored by Microlumbia.

    Friday, April 4, 2014
    3:00 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

    Uris Hall, Room 142
    3022 Broadway, New York NY

    The Green Business Club hosted its first summit around the topic of Distruptive Technologies for Transititioning to a Sustianable Economy.

    Keynote Speaker: Donald Sadoway
    The future of disruptive tech: shaping the energy sector's next decade
    Donald Sadoway is a professor at MIT, an inventor and entrepreneur, and was named one of Time Magazine's "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” for his continuing work on improved batteries. He is a leading energy storage and environmental sustainability expert and his company, Liquid Metal Battery Corp, was recently funded by Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures and Total S. A. Watch his 2012 TED talk here.

    Panel Discussions:

    Evolution of 3D Printing
    Moderated by: Jeffrey Lancaster, Emerging Technologies, Columbia University
    Featuring speakers from: Shapeways; Sols; Stratasys/Makerbot and Biomimicry 3. 8

    Financial Innovations in the Solar Market
    Moderated by: Adjunct Professor Travis Bradford, author of Solar Revolution
    Featuring speakers from: Google; Citigroup; Oaktree Capital Management; SunEdison and SolarCit

    Sponsored by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School.

    Friday, April 4, 2014
    10:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m.

    Members of the Social Enterprise Club traveled to Interbrand's headquarters to learn more about the work and clients of one of the world's premier branding firms. In addition to a site tour, there was also a discussion of country's strongest brands in retail, CPG, finance and telecom.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    6:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

    Warren Hall, Room 209
    1125 Amsterdam Avenue (between 115th and 116th Street)

    In New York State, the age of adult criminal responsibility is 16 years old. Each year, thousands of kids leave the criminal justice system with adult felony convictions that are made public to future employers and academic institutions. As a result, opportunity for change is limited and re–offense is common: the recidivism rate for adolescents treated as adults in the criminal justice system is nearly 70%. The adult system has a devastating impact on young people.

    Mission: To build and operate state–of–the–art food trucks to hire, train, and empower formerly incarcerated youth ages 16–25. We generate opportunities for youth coming home from adult jail/prison so that they can live crime–free, bright futures.

    Drive Change is a hybrid for–profit/non–profit organization. All of our food trucks are for profit LLCs that are wholly owned by the non–profit 501c3. That being said, all sales from the trucks recycle back into the organization so we can subsidize the cost of running our Drive Change re–entry program.

    The re–entry program is eight months long and consists of three distinct phases: a 2–month pre–employment training phase, a 4–month employment phase, and a 2–month transition phase. As participants graduate through each phase, they will see an increase in pay scale, from $8/hr up to $12/hr.

    Areas of Discussion

    1. How should we balance our hybrid model (for profit/nonprofit) in our marketing/branding? What audiences should we target, where, and how?
    2. What are potential sources of revenue for the nonprofit arm and for the for–profit arm?What strategy can we use to tap into those sources?

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

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    March

    Monday, March 31, 2014
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Feldberg Lobby, 1st Floor
    To watch the video, please click here.

    Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck putting out fires? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These seemingly unconnected questions are surprisingly joined by a single psychology of scarcity. The research in our book shows how scarcity––of any kind––creates its own mindset. Understanding this mindset helps illuminate behavior in nearly every walk of life.

    Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics at Harvard University:
    Sendhil Mullainathan is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Founder of ideas42, a non–profit organization devoted to taking insights about people from behavioral economics and using it to create novel policies, interventions, and products. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Founding Member of the Poverty Action Lab, and a Board Member of the Bureau of Research in the Economic Analysis of Development. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation 'genius grant. ' He has recently been appointed Assistant Director of Research at the U. S. Treasury’s newly minted Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Professor Mullainathan conducts research on development economics, behavioral economics, and corporate finance. He has published extensively in top economics journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Political Economy. In addition to being a MacArthur Fellow, Mullainathan is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including those from the National Science Foundation, the Olin Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

    Sponsored by the Center for Decision Sciences and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

    March 31, 2014
    6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 140

    Are you curious to know how companies across industries are using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems? Are you interested in learning from MBAs who have been in your shoes and are now heading successful B Corporations? The Social Enterprise Club hosted a panel discussion, which was moderated by CBS Adjunct Professor Ron Gonen, about what it means to be a B Corporation.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    March 28, 2014
    12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 208

    Led by CMC Career Coach Ivy Hatsengate (MBA '01 Kellogg), this workshop is designed to help students clarify personal focus areas within the larger universe of social impact. Starting from a baseline of skill sets and integrating personal strengths and future aspirations, we map a long–term view of one's career trajectory with the goal of optimizing career satisfaction while ensuring employability. Frameworks for evaluation are presented to guide decision–making in the near term (summer internship and full–time roles), as well as for navigating a lifetime of career transitions.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Defining what social impact means to you;
    • Clarifying the relationship between social impact and career satisfaction;
    • Projecting a long–term view with regard to careers with social impact; and
    • Understanding multiple decision–making frameworks and how to make trade–offs in evaluating interest areas and job opportunities.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise and International Development Clubs at Columbia Business School.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Travel somewhere amazing over Spring break? Share your adventure stories this Wednesday– IDC and the Columbia Impact Investing Initiative (Ci3) are hosting a pre–Rugby mixer from 8–10 PM at the Parlour. Meet and mingle with Ci3 members from SIPA, the Law School, and CBS over complimentary drinks and apps.    About Ci3: Columbia Impact Investing Initiative (CI3) is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the emerging field of impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Founded in September 2010, CI3 now has over 200 graduate student members from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia Business School, Columbia Law School, the Earth Institute and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

    Sponsored by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School and Columbia Impact Investing Initiative (CI3) at the School of International and Public Affairs.

    March 25, 2014
    12:30 p. m. – 2:00 p. m.
    Uris Hall, Room 330

    Want to make a difference in someone's life in just 90 minutes?

    I–Prep allows you to make a meaningful impact in a single lunch period by conducting mock interviews and resume reviews with welfare–to–work clients who are about to face a real world interview. Just one interview with a CBS student can make a big difference in a client's job interview preparation and confidence level.

    Sponsored by the Center for Decision Sciences and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

    Thursday, March 6, 2014
    12:30–2:00 p. m.

    This nonprofit organization provides philanthropic advising for donors and forward–looking businesses, and technical assistance and strategic planning to not–for–profits in New York City. Nell Debevoise '12, Founder & CEO, and Yael Silvestein '13, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer, will share their experiences in establishing and running their organization.  

    Guest Biographies:

    Nell Derick Debevoise is the founder and CEO of Inspiring Capital, which uses all forms of capital – human, social, intellectual, and financial – to help socially minded ventures become self–funding. She is passionate about using insights from businesses and entrepreneurship to make high–potential social ventures sustainable. Nell is an adjunct professor of impact investing at New York University. She is also involved with cutting edge research in the field of entrepreneurship, supporting John Mullins, Associate Professor at London Business School, with his research and writing about customer–funded business models. She is an advisor to Lean Impact and was a founding sponsor of the first Lean for Social Good Summit in New York in 2013. Before establishing Inspiring Capital, Nell was the founding director of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, a nonprofit that has facilitated social and economic development for over 6,000 women and children in the Middle East since 2008. She has studied psychology, education, and entrepreneurship at Harvard, Columbia and London Business Schools, and Cambridge, as well as informal classrooms in 45 countries. Nell speaks English, French, and Italian fluently, as well as some Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese. She has presented at events around the world alongside President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Cherie Blair, Sir Ronald Cohen, and other global thought leaders.

    Yael Silverstein is the Chief Strategy & Operations Officer at Inspiring Capital, and deeply involved in all of the firm’s activity as the second employee.  Yael brings several years of for–profit and non–profit experience to her role, including operations experience at microfinance institutions in India and Israel/Palestine; teaching early childhood education in Israel; corporate philanthropy strategy at the Tory Burch Foundation; and research at a long–short equity hedge fund. Yael earned her M. B. A from Columbia Business School focusing on management, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise.  She holds two B. A. degrees: one from Columbia University where she graduated magna cum laude and earned departmental distinction on her thesis and a second from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America where she graduated magna cum laude, was a List College Fellow, and received the Esther Sommerstein Zweig Educational Award.  She has lived and worked on four continents and has traveled to more than 50 countries, including as a freelance travel blogger. Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

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    February

    Saturday, February 22, 2014
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Led by Career Coach Shannon Houde, who runs a sustainable enterprise–focused talent advisory company, this workshop was designed to help current Columbia MBA/EMBA students and Columbia Business School alumni attendees clarify their career strategy and build confidence in their personal brand to position for roles in the social/sustainability/impact/international development jobs market. Frameworks for mapping your top five values, skills and traits as well as your dream job criteria will help you to "get focused to get results". Shannon also helped to demystify the myths of the current jobs market with real–time trends and perspectives from her partnerships with leading recruitment agencies in the US and UK.
    Topics covered included:

    • Gaining unique tips on focusing your career strategy
    • Building confidence in your personal brand
    • Understanding the current jobs market & view of the hiring manager
    • Tools to map your offer to the market and what you want in return

    About Shannon Houde: 
    Shannon Houde, MBA, is founder of Walk of Life Consulting Limited an international career advisory business focused solely on the sustainability, social impact, international development and Corporate Responsibility (CR) fields. For more than 15 years she has mentored and trained more than 700 professionals and Masters graduates to maximise their personal brands to advance their impact careers. She launched and currently runs the career coaching service for leading sustainability recruitment company, Acre Resources and is partnered with Weinreb Group in the US. Shannon chose sustainability career coaching to combine her diverse experience as a hiring manager, a business coach and a CR consultant for Deloitte, Barclays, Macromedia and WWF, after having started her career 20 years ago in corporate recruiting. Shannon blogs as a sustainability career columnist for Greenbiz, Triple Pundit, 2Degrees Network, and CSRWire and has been quoted in Ethical Corporation, the Independent and The Guardian. She speaks regularly on panels and runs workshops in recruiting, HR, and sustainability including at leading business schools – UC Haas, Cambridge, George Washington, HEC–Paris, LBS and annually at Net Impact Global conference. Previously she spent 10 years managing cross–cultural teams and CR projects in Asia, Europe, North and South America for clients and FTSE 250 companies – Altria, Argos/Homebase, Barclays Global Investors, Cadbury Schweppes, Deloitte, EMI, L’Oreal, Nokia, Reuters, UNICEF, Vodafone Group, WWF, and Yell. Shannon holds an MBA in International Management, with a focus on CR, from Thunderbird in Arizona as well as a BS in Sociology from the University of Colorado. She has served in leadership roles for Net Impact since 2003 and is currently an Advisor to the London Professional chapter. She lives in the Cambridge countryside and is often seen riding her bike on farm roads with her two curious boys.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

    Thursday, February 19, 2014
    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 142

    Alumni advised social enterprise students on career paths, job searching techniques and advice for careers in green energy and sustainability.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 208
    Please join us for the Alumni Nonprofit Board Panel, hosted by the Social Enterprise Program's Nonprofit Board Leadership Program. Recent alumni will share information on nonprofit board service and potential paths to finding nonprofit board opportunities. Alumni will also discuss the unique dynamics of nonprofit boards, and the advantages of being on a board for both personal fulfillment and career opportunities.

    Panelist Bios:
    Karen Adam '06
    Since 2011, Karen has served on the board of the Jericho Project (jerichoproject. org), an organization dedicated to ending homelessness and encouraging self–sufficiency for hundreds of individuals and families each year—for significantly less cost than a NYC shelter or jail.

    Karen began her relationship with Jericho out of college, serving as a benefit committee member for several years before launching and chairing Jericho’s Associate Board. In 2013, she served as a 30th Anniversary Gala Co–Chair, helping to raise nearly a half–million dollars in support of Jericho’s comprehensive services.

    When she is not serving as a board member or mother to 4–month–old Sam, Karen is active in her full–time position as VP, Business Development at brand engagement firm, Sullivan.
    Katie Aldrich '09
    Katie Aldrich is a Director on the Cross Platform Strategy Team at Bloomberg LP, the leader in delivering data and news analytics through innovative technology.   She is responsible for projects across Bloomberg’s analytical and media teams focused on increasing the value of the Bloomberg brand and its businesses. >Prior to joining Bloomberg LP, Ms. Aldrich was an Associate at McKinsey & Company in the media and technology practice.

    Christian Lee ’07
    Christian Lee currently serves as SVP and Head of M&A for Time Warner Cable, where he is responsible for all acquisitions, divestitures, investments, and joint ventures across TWC’s businesses and new business initiatives. During his career he has helped execute numerous transactions including the acquisition of DukeNet, the acquisition of Adelphia and associated system swaps and redemption of Comcast’s interest in TWC, the acquisitions of Insight, New Wave, Navisite, and the spin–off of TWC from Time Warner Inc. He has also led TWC’s efforts in venture investing since the separation from Time Warner.

    Before working at Time Warner Cable he worked as a Director in the Finance & Acquisitions department at Time Warner Inc. and prior to that he worked as an Associate in the Investment Bank at Citigroup. Christian received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Carleton College. He serves on the TWC Pension Investment Committee, the Alumni Board of Carleton College, and the Board of Directors of BronxWorks, a non–profit focused on helping underserved Bronx residents improve their economic and social well–being. He lives with his wife and two children in Manhattan.

    Jeff Turkanis '10
    Jeff Turkanis is an Director at Oxford Properties and is responsible for U. S. commercial real estate investment opportunities. He was introduced to CAW through Columbia Business School’s Nonprofit Board Leadership Program in 2008. He was asked to join the Board of CAW in 2011. Jeff has been actively involved in the nonprofit community and previously served on the Copley Society of Art’s Circle Board of Advisors in Boston. Mr. Turkanis holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program’s Nonprofit Board Leadership Program at Columbia Business School.

    Monday, February 17, 2014
    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 141

    Alumni advised social enterprise students on career paths, job searching techniques and advice for careers in education.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

    Thursday, February 13, 2014
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 303

    Alumni advised social enterprise students on career paths, job searching techniques and advice for careers in international development.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

    Thursday, February 13, 2014
    6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Low Memorial Library

    About Gail McGovern: 
    Gail J. McGovern joined the American Red Cross as president and CEO on April 8, 2008. McGovern has overseen the American Red Cross response to multiple high–profile disasters, including the Haiti earthquake, Japan earthquake and tsunami, the record–breaking tornadoes, floods and wildfires that affected the U. S. in 2011, and Hurricane Sandy.

    Prior to joining the Red Cross, McGovern was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School and served as president of Fidelity Personal Investments. She was also executive vice president for the Consumer Markets Division at AT&T, the $26 billion residential long–distance organization and largest business unit.

    Ms. McGovern earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Columbia University.

    Sponsored by the David and Lyn Silfen Leadership Speaker Series at Columbia Business School.

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014
    6:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 311


    Alumni advised social enterprise students on career paths, job searching techniques and advice for careers in social entrepreneurship.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Metropolitan Pavilion

    This event brought together students, alumni and professionals for an evening of networking and socializing as well as highlighted the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship current students and alumni.

    Please consider giving to the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, which supports students engaged in summer internships that create social and environmental value. Summer fellows have interned with local and international nonprofits, NGOs and social ventures, including the Robin Hood Foundation, the NY Department of Education, Enterprise Solutions to Poverty and Endeavor.  Please give online.

    These fellowships not only provide organizations with much–needed MBA talent, but they allow students to apply their MBA skills to practical issues faced by these organizations.  Read more about the summer fellows’ internship experiences.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

    Monday, February 10, 2014
    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 141

    Alumni advised social enterprise students on career paths, job searching techniques and advice for careers in impact investing.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

    Thursday, February 6
    12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 332

    Interested in social enterprise? Prospective club members joined the Social Enterprise Program, Clubs, faculty, and staff to learn the various programs, events, and career recourses in social enterprise offered at Columbia Business School.  

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center, and the Social Enterprise Program, the Green Business Club, the International Development Club, and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 209

    Health For All, representing Columbia University for the 2014 Hult Prize, was formed by five Columbia students who came across these astonishing statistics from India’s Bharat Health Organization: "More than 61 Indians go below the poverty–line every MINUTE due to spending on treatment for diseases already occurred. ” At the same time, WHO indicates that at least 80% of premature deaths in India are from cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes. [1] Recognizing the potential to improve the lives of generations to come in slum communities across India and the world, Health For All brings communities together to enjoy the health benefits of dance while learning strategies for healthy living and tracking their impact. The goal is to reach 25 million slum dwellers by 2019. Building on the popularity of television dance competition shows like Dancing with the Stars, Health for All aims to use dance competitions to promote health, scholarship and work opportunities to those living in slums.

    This break–out discussion workshop focused on Health For All’s value proposition, growth strategy and funding model, as well as impact measurement.
    Areas of discussion:

    • What unique value proposition of Health For All will appeal to potential funders and target customers?
    • What five–year growth strategy will enable Health For All to reach its goal of impacting 25 million slum dwellers by 2019?
    • Will the funding model be donation–based, revenue–generating, or a blend?
    • How will Health For All measure its impact?

    For more information about the Health For All Team, please visit the Spark Workshop event page.


    [1] http://www. bhorg. com/preventive–health–care

    Supported by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

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    December

    Friday, December 6, 2013
    11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    The Green Business Club members visited Boswyck Farms to meet, tour, and learn about the Boswyck’s hydroponic research, development, and urban farming techniques.

    About Boswyck Farms
    BOSWYCK FARMS is a hydroponic farm in Bushwick Brooklyn. It was founded in 2008 by Lee Mandell. Boswyck Farms was started with the idea of growing fresh food for the surrounding community. Located in Lee’s 1,000 square foot loft, it has grown into a research and development space where we build and test hydroponic systems. We are dedicated to bringing sustainable methods of growing into the hands of people.

    We use these systems in our botany programs for NYC schools as well as after–school and summer programs. We also run hydroponic workshops for adults and offer consulting and installation services for private residences, community organizations and businesses. Hydroponics has a very long history, dating back to the Hanging Gardens of ancient Babylon. We choose hydroponics because this method of growing plants is sustainable, economical and practical. Small and compact, our systems are the perfect choice for people living in urban areas where space is at a premium. Our hydroponic and aeroponic systems are designed to be space–efficient, easy to assemble and a breeze to maintain. They use a minimal amount of room while producing a sizable amount of food. Fruits and vegetables can be grown year–round indoors and in greenhouses. Our hydroponic systems can be used for seasonal growing on rooftops or other outdoor spaces. As sustainability is Boswyck Farms’ motto, we build our systems using as many recycled and repurposed materials as possible.

    Sponsored by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School.

    Friday, December 6–8, 2013

    IDC’s club members traveled to Washington DC for a two–day trip where they met with leading multilateral, nonprofit and for–profit employers in international development. Attendees networked with and learned from industry leaders in diverse fields.  Organizations included the World Bank, IFC, IADB, Ashoka, and Dalberg. The trip concluded with an Alumni Brunch for current students and alumni in the Washington DC area.  

    Sponsored by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013 
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 208

    “To be or not to be… a 501c3?”  This workshop will focus on finding solutions to whether Inspiring Capital should be structured as a nonprofit or a for–profit venture.   Nell and Yael will outline the Inspiring Capital business model, explain the goals for Inspiring Capital’s future, and discuss their thought process as it relates to picking a business structure for the firm. Each participant will be prepped on the different business structures (i. e. 501c3, LLC, L3C, B Corp, etc. ) prior to the workshop as background information for brainstorming.

    Breakout topic areas for discussion:
    Attendees will breakout into groups based on different business structures (i. e. 501c3, corporation, LLC, L3C, benefit corporation, B Corp, etc. ) to help Inspiring Capital (IC) determine which business structure will be most beneficial to them in terms of taxation, client relations, funding opportunities, etc.
    Given the background and goals of IC, what are the pros/cons of each of the different business structures as they relate to IC? Topics to consider for each breakout business structure:

    About Inspiring Capital:
    Inspiring Capital is a network of entrepreneurs and investors who use their financial, intellectual, human, and social capital to change the world. Having earned income rather than relying on donations and grants allows high–potential not–for–profits to improve and grow their work efficiently. Eventually, many not–for–profits may be able to develop a business model that generates all the revenue they need to support their operations and grow. This creates an optimal social enterprise business model that is inextricably linked to its social mission.

    Nell Derick Debevoise EMBA’12
    Nell Derick Debevoise is the founder and CEO of Inspiring Capital, which uses all forms of capital – human, social, intellectual, and financial – to help socially minded ventures become self–funding. She is passionate about using insights from business and entrepreneurship to make high–potential social ventures sustainable. Before establishing Inspiring Capital, Nell was the founding director of Tomorrow's Youth Organization, a nonprofit that supports children’s and women’s development in the Middle East. She has studied psychology, education, and entrepreneurship at Harvard, Columbia and London Business Schools, and Cambridge, as well as informal classrooms in 44 countries. Nell talks a lot in many languages, and has spoken alongside President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Cherie Blair, and Sir Ronald Cohen.

    Yael Silverstein ’13
    Yael Silverstein is the Director of Products and Marketing at Inspiring Capital, and deeply involved in all of the firm’s activity as the second employee. Yael brings several years of for–profit and non–profit experience to her role, including operations experience at microfinance institutions in India and Israel/Palestine; teaching early childhood education in Israel; corporate philanthropy strategy at the Tory Burch Foundation; and research at a long–short equity hedge fund.
    Yael earned her M. B. A from Columbia Business School focusing on management, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise. She holds two B. A. degrees: one from Columbia University where she graduated magna cum laude and earned departmental distinction on her thesis and a second from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America where she graduated magna cum laude, was a List College Fellow, and received the Esther Sommerstein Zweig Educational Award. She has lived and worked on four continents and has traveled to more than 50 countries.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School, and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Law School.

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013
    6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    It has been a year since Super Storm Sandy devastated the New York area with $65 billion  in damages. Meanwhile, CO2 levels continue to increase globally, causing polar ice sheets to melt and sea levels to rise, along with the frequency of “100 Year Storms. ” The scientific community once again affirmed, in its strongest language yet, the near certainty that global warming is caused by human activity.   What should individuals, business– es and governments do to address the challenges climate change presents to our communities?
     
    Join us as our expert panel examines the impact of climate change, its diverse effects and possible solutions to how we manage our infrastructure, our economy, our health and the way we live. This event is part of the MAKING GREEN FROM GREEN series.
     
    Sponsored by the Sustainable Business Committee of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.

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    November

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    6:45 p. m. – 8:00 p. m.  

    Parivaar is an Indian nonprofit that shelters, educates and supports some of the poorest, most at–risk youth in India. They currently educate over 900 children and have ambitious plans for growth, aiming to be the largest residential facility of their kind in India by 2020.

    Vinayak Lohan Founded Parivaar after graduating from the prestigious IIT and IIM. Lohan will discuss his motivation for starting Parivaar, rather than pursue a corporate career, after years spent training for a technical degree and an MBA. He will also share his view on how skills from his MBA prepared him for founding a successful nonprofit, and how the MBA community can have a positive impact on the broader world.

    Sponsored by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School.

    Winner of Social Venture Pitch Competition at Columbia Social Enterprise Conference

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 208

    This workshop will focus on finding solutions to the challenge of financing and customer growth. Areas of discussion:
    1. Financing to support growth and scale: angel investors, impact investors, foundations, and business development
    2. Customer growth: driving footfall and conversion
    About Kangu
    Leveraging the power of technology, Kangu is a crowdfunding start–up that aims to reduce the 250,000 women that die each year from pregnancy and childbirth globally. Nearly all of these deaths are preventable when women have access to basic healthcare services. At our website, www. kangu. org, anyone with $10 to give can connect with a specific high–risk pregnant woman in South Asia and sub–Saharan Africa and sponsor her access to care. Kangu is making the world a smaller, healthier, safer place for women and their babies.   In less than 3 months, Kangu brought together 1000 people who funded healthcare services for over 150 women.  

    About Casey Santiago
    In 2012, after becoming a mother, Casey Santiago founded Kangu to leverage crowdfunding technology to reduce preventable maternal and neonatal deaths and disability. Before founding Kangu, Ms. Santiago worked for fifteen years in global health, innovative finance and technology. As an early staff member at Kiva. org, Ms. Santiago managed a multi–million dollar investment portfolio in West Africa, and led engineers to develop software for 100+ local institutions. She has advised for–profit, nonprofit and social enterprises on strategic planning, new product development and financial sustainability, including Doctors without Borders, Institute for OneWorld Health, Bristol Myers–Squibb, GAVI and USAID, both independently and as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. She also blogs for Forbes. com, Women 2. 0, and the Huffington Post and was recently selected by 85 Broads as a “CEO to watch. ” She has worked in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia. Ms. Santiago holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University.

    About Anu Khosla
    Anu Khosla graduated Stanford University in 2012 with a BA in Human Biology. She has interned with International Medical Corps, a global health and humanitarian organization. She is keenly interested in leveraging technology for social change and has worked with Donors Choose and with Kiva. She is currently the Marketing and Community Director at Kangu. org, an innovative financing website that raises funds to reduce maternal mortality, initially in India, Uganda and Nepal.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  
    Warren Hall, Room 416

    R4D’s Market Dynamics Practice harnesses the power of the private sector to broaden access to vital goods that positively impact the lives of hundreds of millions globally. R4D has developed strategies to achieve over a billion dollars in efficiency savings and ensure sustainable availability of high–quality products for nutrition, AIDS, malaria, and neglected diseases treatment and prevention. Today as much as $1 out of every $2 health dollars is spent on products such as HIV/AIDS drugs and bed nets, highlighting the vital importance of access to these goods. R4D’s Market Dynamics practice has developed strategies to achieve over a billion dollars in savings and sustainable availability of high–quality products for a broad range of health and nutritional products. R4D’s team achieves this by leading high–impact engagements with all levels of the marketplace – manufacturers, major donors, and buyers – to harness commercial interests effectively in service of the poor. Initiatives, for example, may include developing new in–country private sector delivery models to drive uptake of nutritional products for children; or creating strategies and policies which support countries and donors in purchasing the most cost–effective bed nets for malaria prevention. R4D’s Market Dynamics team is comprised of business and development experts with experience from leading organizations and academic institutions such as McKinsey, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Bechtel Enterprises, and Stanford and Harvard Business Schools. We combine these skills with R4D’s outstanding networks to achieve transformational impact.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Friday, November 8, 2013
    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
    Center for Social Innovation

    The SEC visited to the Center for Social Innovation, an incubator for social entrepreneurs in New York City. CSI provides its members with the spaces, relationships and knowledge they need to translate ideas to impact. The site visit includeed a tour, as well as an opportunity to brainstorm with some of CSI’s social entrepreneurs.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

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    October

    with Jeff Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Director at the SIB Lab

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

    Each year, governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars aimed at addressing social problems.
    In most cases, we have no idea how effective these dollars have been in achieving their goals: perform
    ance is rarely assessed, and measurement tends to focus on tracking the number of people served or the quantity of services provided rather than the outcomes that are achieved.

    Social impact bonds are a promising new approach to financing government social programs.   By combining performance–based payments and market discipline, pay–for–success contracts using social impact bonds have the potential to improve results, overcome barriers to social innovation, and encourage investments in cost–saving preventive services.

    Attendees joined us for a discussion with Jeffrey Liebman on how social impact bonds and other new strategies are helping governments and the private sector work together to bring about social change.

    Jeffrey Liebman:
    Jeffrey Liebman is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches courses in social policy, public sector economics, and American economic policy. In his research, he studies tax and budget policy, social insurance, poverty, and income inequality. During the first two years of the Obama Administration, Liebman served at OMB, first as Executive Associate Director and Chief Economist and then as Acting Deputy Director. From 1998 to 1999, Liebman served as Special Assistant to the President for economic policy and coordinated the Clinton Administration’s Social Security reform technical working group. For the past two years, he has been providing pro bono assistance to state and local governments interested in implementing pay for success contracts using social impact bonds.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

    In Turnaround, economist Peter Blair Henry argues that the secret to emerging countries' success (and ours) is discipline–sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy. With the global economy teetering on the brink, the stakes are higher than ever. And because stakes are so high for all nations, we need less polarization and more focus on facts to answer the fundamental question: which policy reforms, implemented under what circumstances, actually increase economic efficiency?

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

    Friday, October 4, 2013
    7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Lerner Hall, Columbia University

    The 2013 Social Enterprise Conference: Engaging Customers and Clients in Social Change, highlighted leading ideas and brought together professionals interested in or working in the field of social enterprise, with deeper dive discussions and cross cutting themes.

    Keynote Speakers included:
    Charles Best of DonorsChoose.org
    Deborah Dugan of (RED)
    Jeremy Heimans of Purpose
    Dr. Naif Al–Mutawa ’03 of Teshkeel Media Group
    Issac Solotaroff of WHAM! BAM! ISLAM!

    To view the program, please visit our website at http://www. columbiasocialenterprise. org/conference2013/

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Green Business Club, the International Development Club, and  the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Inside Scoop Series: Social Enterprise

    Monday, September 30, 2013
    5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 311

    Attendees joined the inside scoop panelists to learn from second–years about career paths, job functions, lifestyle and more. The panel was followed by a networking reception among the four areas of Social Enterprise.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

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    September

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013
     
    Tom shared his entrepreneurial journey towards creating a crowd–funding mechanism with real social impact.  You can learn more about rally.org here.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Metropolitan Pavilion

    In recent years there has been much noise about the emerging fields of social finance and innovation, impact investing and new ways that private capital is being harnessed to address social and environmental problems. Please join us to hear from three of the field’s leading pioneers and practitioners who will explain what they mean by social impact capitalism – what works, what does not, and what we can expect to see in the years ahead at the intersection of profits and purpose.

    About the Speakers:
    Sir Ronald Cohen, widely considered to be a founding father of both modern venture capital and the impact investing field, is the former Chair of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP. He launched and chairs the U. K. ’s Social Investment Taskforce in 2000, The Portland Trust, Bridges Ventures, Social Finance U. K. , and Britain’s Big Society Capital bank, all dedicated to advancing social impact finance. As one of the architects of the world’s first social impact bond, Sir Ronald Cohen has become the leading champion of investment that considers the “invisible heart” as well as the “invisible hand. ” 

    Tracy Palandjian is the CEO and Co–founder of Social Finance U. S. , the sister organization of Social Finance UK and Social Finance Israel, and one of the country’s leading nonprofits dedicated to mobilizing investment capital to drive social progress.  The Social Impact Bond, which is core to Social Finance's current work, has been recognized for its potential in providing innovative financing solutions to some of the most persistent societal problems in the U. S. and abroad. Previously she was a managing director at The Parthenon Group, worked at Wellington Management Co. and McKinsey & Co.

    Audrey Choi is Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley Global Sustainable Finance. The Global Sustainable Finance group harnesses the power and discipline of the capital markets to advance impact investing, expand economic opportunity, promote community development, and enhance environmental sustainability. Previously, she served in the Clinton–Gore Administration in senior policy positions at the White House, in the Commerce Department and at the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to this, Ms. Choi was a bureau chief and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.   Ms. Choi was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the U. S. Community Development Advisory Board.    

    Alicia Glen is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and is the Head of the Urban Investment Group (UIG), the firm’s business platform focused on providing capital to under–served domestic urban markets and coordinating CRA investing and lending activity. In addition to serving on the UIG Investment Committee, she is a member of the GSBank Management Committee, and Co–Heads the 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. Under her leadership, UIG has become the industry leader in structuring complex public–private partnerships, catalyzing more than $6 billion of development across dozens of residential, mixed–use and commercial projects, as well as financing job creation and neighborhood revitalization strategies like the $40mm New York Healthy Food and Healthy Communities Fund.  Most recently, UIG structured, and was the sole investor in the first domestic Social Impact Bond, a $10mm initiative with the City of New York to reduce recidivism among young male adults in the Rikers jail. Alicia is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School.

    Moderator adjunct professor Georgia Levenson Keohane at Columbia Business School, is also a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she works on a range of issues in economic policy including poverty and inequality, employment and job growth, and social entrepreneurship and the role of firms in society.   A former McKinsey consultant and foundation executive, Keohane advises a number of organizations including philanthropies, educational entities, community development agencies, and think tanks. Keohane is the author of Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century: Innovation Across the Nonprofit, Private and Public Sectors (McGraw Hill 2013).

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

    Sunday, September 22, 2013

    10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 301

    This interactive workshop, led by Dr. Mrim Boutla of More Than Money Careers (MTM Careers), provided a framework to help MBA students identify social impact career paths that best align with their unique values, skills and life priorities. Attendees left with a customized plan for effectively using your skill set and time at Columbia Business School to advance their ideal career path.

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 331

    Curious about career opportunities in international development? Panelists currently working in international development finance, consulting, entrepreneurship, and corporate operations shared advice and information on  how they have built successful careers in international development.

    Sponsored by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013
    Amsterdam Restaurant and Tapas 

    The Social Enterprise Club invited club members out for a night of networking between 1st and 2nd year students interested in social enterprise.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013
    12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Uris Hall, Room 142

    Interested in social enterprise? Prospective club members joined the Social Enterprise Program, Clubs, faculty, and staff to learn the various programs, events, and career recourses in social enterprise offered at Columbia Business School.  

    Sponsored by the Career Management Center, and the Social Enterprise Program, the Green Business Club, the International Development Club, and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 416

    Information Session for student participants interested in participating in the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program. For more information on the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program please click here.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program’s Nonprofit Board Leadership Program at Columbia Business School.

    Saturday, September 7, 2013
    8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    SEP staff, faculty and first and second year students visited the Catskills home of Professor Ray Horton, founder of the Social Enterprise Program, for a day of eating, drinking and general merriment.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

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    August

    Tuesday, August 9
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 208

    The Ed Tech workshop discussed the various issues that affect six key stakeholder groups in the education–technology space: education policy makers, education entrepreneurs, students, parents, business partners, and educators. Each stakeholder group discussed the barriers that they encounter from their perspective and brainstormed about how to overcome these hurdles to effectively integrate technology into the classroom.

    Each group shared the internal and external factors that impact their sector’s success, and many commonalities were discovered, including bureaucratic challenges, lack of familiarity with technology and its benefits, concern about costs—both financial and time resources—for implementation, a generational gap between the technologies that students are comfortable with using for learning and what the teachers are comfortable with using for teaching, and a need for open discussion among all types of decision makers. Ultimately the group concluded that there is a great need for ongoing conversation that includes all stakeholders, but especially policy makers, school officials, teachers and students, in order to reach an agreement about the best ways to better the integration of technology into the classroom environment. To continue the discussion with “Spark–leaders” on education technology please join Rethink Learning NYC for their first Meetup on August 28!

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

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    July

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 208

    “What would it be like if you were known for the worst thing you’ve ever done?” asked Defy Ventures founder Catherine Hoke as she started the workshop. In this session, Catherine explained how Defy Ventures provides carefully selected, ambitious men and women who have criminal histories with life–changing entrepreneurship, leadership, and career opportunities. Its mission is to transform the lives of business leaders and people with criminal histories through their collaboration along the entrepreneurial journey. Attendees were asked to explore questions around scaling nationally by examining models currently used by other organizations and adapting them for Defy. The group felt that Catherine’s involvement in Defy was crucial and needed to remain a priority. It was also suggested that Defy Ventures create local “chapters” in expansion cities with headquarters in New York. Certain attendees thought that a franchise model may not be suitable for Defy, given the strong ties needed for the mission and the difficulty of standardizing processes and activities. One breakout group tackled the issue of whether they should create a for–profit/hybrid structure to improve their current business model. Ideas varied from partnering with Macy’s to create fashion lines with graffiti lining for a percentage of proceeds, to ideas around creating a structure that drew from organizations such as Accion, Endeavor and Acumen. Attendees also suggested developing an online course for prisons as an opportunity to increase revenues as well as help identify key individuals for the full–scale program. For information on how to get involved, please click here to see the upcoming events and to sign up for: Taste of Defy, Mocktail Day, and Sales Expo events.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 208

    After attending the Spark Workshop on Building the Ecosystem for Social Ventures; Selen Ucak proposed a workshop focused on International Social Entrepreneurship. This workshop also served as a place for international social entrepreneurs to meet peers within the network and build relationships that will hopefully help advance their venture. This community shares some challenges with social entrepreneurs in the US; however, international social entrepreneurs face additional challenges including cultural differences when scaling, differing government regulations and compliance restrictions, marketing and branding challenges given cultural differences, among others factors. Attendees broke out into groups to generate solutions to these challenges and identify the types of platforms needed to help implement these solutions. Among the many suggestions were the strengthening of existing mentorship programs, online platforms for questions to help entrepreneurs, best practices for tapping into diaspora funding, developing benchmark metrics, and more. Facilitator Nell Derick Debevoise mentioned the importance of pitching a social venture to investors and emphasized the aspects that investors will be looking for. To read more details about Nell’s suggestion, please click here.

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

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    June

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013  
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 208

    Patronicity is a localized crowdfunding platform that enables anybody to make a difference in their community by supporting local businesses, organizations and events while simultaneously offering incentives to do so. They accomplish this by helping these local entities—for example a small business—raise small amounts of capital through online donations for specific growth–related projects. In return for their support, the business offers value–adding rewards to the donors. Workshop attendees discussed the potential to scale Patronicity in major cities or whether geographic focus was the best strategy, as well a s how to best develop a brand identity that differentiates them from competitors. Attendees focused on creating a strong marketing and social media campaign which in turn could bring brand awareness to the communities Patronicity has projects in. Suggestions were provided on how to use news articles, blogs and media mentions of successful Patronicity projects to create a demand for their more projects, as the organization continues to expand.   

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Warren Hall, Room 208

    Social Sushi was founded as a social event to bring together professionals who enjoy sushi, want to meet other professionals in Detroit, and have a common interest in local community projects. It soon became clear that Social Sushi founder Jay’s special sushi sauce was a crowd pleaser at each networking event. During his workshop, Jay worked with attendees to determine what his next step should be, and how to scale the organization. The workshop determined that Jay’s key assets are his connections and the ability to bring together large networks of Detroit citizens interested in working on social change. Attendees proposed that Social Sushi become more like an event planning company, with a social mission dedicated to connecting those interested in change in Detroit. As his network increases, he can also start selling the addicting Social Sushi Sauce for additional revenue, brand recognition and additional donations back into the local community. “If it weren’t for the excellent feedback that I got from my Detroit Nation session with Columbia Business School, it may have took me a long time to drill down on my focus and see clearly how we could be effective in a way that benefits everyone,” said Jay Rayford in an article on Detroit Nation.  

    Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

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