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Lindsay Pollak '08 during a study tour to Rwanda.

Many student clubs and leadership groups at the School feature events and activities which explore social and environmental issues. Student clubs work with the Social Enterprise Program to plan events, contact alumni and practitioners, and access resources and other areas of the School and University.

The Social Enterprise Club (SEC) organizes lectures, panel discussions, mentoring activities, networking events, and access to career resources. The club is a chapter of Net Impact, an international network of business leaders committed to using the power of business to create a better world.

Community Profile

Cai Steger

“The Social Enterprise Conference was one of the highlights of my Columbia experience. The thought-provoking panelists and insightful attendees made attending immensely valuable and beneficial.”
— Cai Steger ’08, Corporate Projects Manager, National Resources Defense Council's Center for Market Innovation

The International Development Club (IDC) seeks to explore and create opportunities for development in emerging economies, and to examine the relationship between opportunities in those economies and their underlying development challenges. IDC was formerly known as Managers in International Development Initiative (MIDI).

The Green Business Club (GBC) engages students, the Columbia Business School community, and business leaders across industries on the intersection of business and sustainability. The GBC organizes events and discussion forums on emerging triple-bottom-line business issues; provides connections and career resources related to business; and advocates for sustainable practices in our own community through campus greening projects.

The Small Business Consulting Program (SBCP) engages MBA students in pro bono consulting, from developing business plans to market research, for local startups and nonprofits. Consulting teams receive feedback and guidance from strategy consulting firms. For additional information about the SBCP or to submit an application for your organization, please contact the VP of Client Services.

Students also join many other industry and interest area groups which support events relevant to social enterprise, including: the Africana Association, Black Business Student Association, Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization, Columbia Women in Business, Dual-Degree Student Association, Energy Club, Private Equity and Venture Capital Club, Latin American Business Association, Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board, Community Action Rewards Everyone (CARE), and Columbia Political and World Affairs Club. For a full list, please see the groups and clubs list from the Office of Student Affairs.

Students at the annual Net Impact Conference.


2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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Pangea Advisors

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Watch student videos and learn more about the 30 international pro bono consulting projects organized by Pangea Advisors this year.


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