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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.
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.
Social Enterprise Summer Fellows
“My experience working with communities in India and Africa, as well as on developing public-private partnerships with government and non-profit agencies, convinced me of the need for innovative approaches to international development”
“I see entrepreneurs as the key leverage point in development, so interning at Ashoka made perfect sense.”
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy
“This internship matched my interest in harnessing the power and resources in the for profit sector to effect social change.”