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Highlighting Tamer Center for Social Enterprise initiatives, ideas, alumni, and faculty members featured in the news.


May 2015

Columbia Professor shares teachable moments about CSR
PR Week — May 1, 2015
Having written 18 books and over 200 articles on the subject, few individuals understand CSR more thoroughly than Prof. Geoffrey Heal. Prior to a RF|Binder-hosted round-table, he shared his views on topics including CSR reports and the stock market's evolving attitude.

A Crowdfunding Site Lets You Bring Energy Efficiency to Poor Neighborhoods
Fast Company — May 4, 2015
A piece profiling the growth of social venture BlocPower, founded by Donnel Baird '13.

EdFuel's Blueprint for Success Provides National Roadmap for K-12 Leadership Development
PRWeb — May 5, 2015
Laura Clancy '07, Chief of Staff for Achievement First Public Charter Schools, speaks on the impact of EdFuel's Blueprint of Success initiative on her organization's work.



April 2015

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
Columbia Business — April 6, 2015
This article about co-founders who found their business partners within the Columbia Business School community features Noha Waibsnaider '02, founder of Peeled Snacks, and her classmate, Dawn Techow '02.

How Startups are Redesigning Cities
GrantDaily — April 9, 2015
Radiator Labs, founded by Marshall Cox ENG'13, and BlocPower, founded by
Donnel Baird '13
, are both mentioned as startups that will dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of cities.

The Top Investors Every Diverse Founder Should Know
Inc — April 14, 2015
Kesha Cash '10, founder of Impact America Fund, is listed as one of these investors. The article is written by Kathryn Finney, who spoke at the 2014 Social Enterprise Conference.

Damon Phillips to Serve as Co-Director of Tamer Center
Columbia Business School — April 14, 2015
Prof. Damon Phillips will replace Prof. Ray Fisman as co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, beginning July 1, 2015.

HFC Boss Insists BoG Must Reduce Account Opening Age
MG Modern Ghana — April 17, 2015
Rani Deshpande '03, Director of the Youth Save Project of Save the Children, is quoted on the how saving can become a habit — especially for youths — if banks in Ghana follow through on promises to create relationships with them.

40 Under 40
Crain's New York — April 20, 2015
Dr. Amanda Parsons '03, vice president of community and population health of Montefiore Medical Center, and Jon Stein '09, Chief Executive of Betterment, were named to Crain's New York's "40 Under 40."



March 2015

The Prescription for a Healthy Life: A Helpful Neighbor — March 6, 2015
A video featuring City Health Works, a Harlem-based social enterprise that was founded and is managed by Manmeet Kaur '12.

Engineering Smarter Schools
Columbia Business — March 10, 2015
A feature on Samantha Brenner '08, executive director of strategic initiatives and partnerships for the division of instructional and information technology at the New York City Department of Education.

Grading Teachers by the Test
The New York Times — March 24, 2015
Prof. Jonah Rockoff is quoted about the effectiveness of performance metrics helping (or hindering) teacher performance. Research by Prof. Ray Fisman is also mentioned.



February 2015

Donation to Expand Social Enterprise at Columbia
Poets and Quants — February 2, 2015
An article highlighting the expansion and renaming of the Social Enterprise Program to the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, thanks to a generous donation by Sandra and Tony Tamer.

Who will pay America's $1.5 billion recycling bill?
Next City — February 9, 2015
Ron Gonen '04, CEO of the Closed Loop Fund and an adjunct professor, speaks about the necessity of corporations investing in the fund to help test models of various recycling programs.

Yonkers-Based Leake & Watts: A Westchester Turnaround Tale
Westchester Magazine — February 15, 2015
Yonkers firm Leake & Watts is currently undergoing a corporate turnaround. One of the new initiatives includes providing scholarships for workers to participate in the Programs in Social Enterprise.



January 2015

The Benefits and Costs of Socially Responsible Investing
Morning Start — January 7, 2015
Prof. Geoffrey Heal's research on how pharmaceutical company Merck improved its reputation through a corporate social responsibility program is mentioned.

Financial Inclusion Trends and Innovators Already Lighting Up 2015
Next Billion — January 20, 2015
Vikas Raj '10 blogs about the financial inclusion trends in 2015.

Columbia Business School Receives Generous Donation to Establish The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise
PR Newswire — January 28, 2015
The official press release announcing the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise.

Columbia Business School Expands Social Enterprise Resources: MBA News
TopMBA — January 29, 2015
An article about the launch of the new Tamer Center for Social Enterprise.



November 2014

Africa Inspires A Health Care Experiment in New York
WNYC— November 24, 2014
City Health Works, founded by Manmeet Kaur '12, uses a service model similar to "community health coaches" in South Africa, to reach and build more trust between East Harlem residents and their health care providers.

At the Columbia Social Enterprise Conference, Millennials Rising — November 7, 2014
An overview article on the 2014 Social Enterprise Conference, Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

China's Wealthy Look to Make 'Social Impact' on Education
China Daily — November 7, 2014
Prof. Ray Horton is quoted about the upcoming Executive Education program for the Shenzhen Innovation Corporate Social Responsibility Development Center (CSRDC).

China enters the era of social impact investing
PR Newswire — November 3, 2014
A press release announcing the partnership of the Social Enterprise Program, Social Enterprise Conference and Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise with Shenzhen CSRDC.



October 2014

The Closed Loop Fund Helps Cities Increase Recycling
Triple Pundit — October 30, 2014
The structure of The Closed Loop Fund, led by Adjunct Prof. Ron Gonen '04 is explained.

Dell family foundation invests in Bangalore-based Kinara Capital
Business Standard — October 28, 2014
Kinara Capital, led by Hardika Shah '09, has received an investment from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Obamacare foot soldiers, armed with experience
Politico — October 24, 2014
Ben Thomases '03, the executive vice president of Seedco, is quoted about the roll-out of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Barack Obama nominates Indian-American as Ambassador to Sweden
The Economic Times — October 24, 2014
SEP Advisory Board member Azita Raji '91 has been named a US Ambassador to Sweden.

Net Impact Celebrates Two Decades of Breaking Boundaries to Repair the World
New Global Citizen — October 20, 2014
Liz Maw '01, CEO of Net Impact, blogged about the organization's growth and the topics that would be covered during its 2014 Conference, which was attended by a group of 10 current Social Enterprise Club students.

Columbia Business School Entrepreneurs A to Z
Columbia Business — October 9, 2014
An article spotlighting key Columbia Business School entrepreneurs. Among the alumni mentioned are: Jocelyn Leavitt '07, co-founder of Hopscotch; Ben Powell '05 of Agora Partnerships; Conference governing board member Joan Hornig '83; and Michael Dwork '07 of VerTerra.



September 2014

Real Progress on Emissions Can Lead to a Global Pact
The New York Times — September 29, 2014
SEP Co-director Bruce Usher's op-ed on US policies on climate change.

Don't Waste This Opportunity for Climate Action
The Guardian — September 23, 2014
Adjunct Prof. Ron Gonen '04 writes about the importance of participating in the People's Climate March, his role as the former deputy commissioner for Sanitation, Recycling, and Sustainability, and his new role as a co-founder of The Closed Loop Fund.

Startups for a Better World
Columbia Business — September 19, 2014
An article featuring alumni who are social entrepreneurs, featuring Hardika Shah '09 of Kinara Capital, Shayne McQuade '94 of Voltaic Systems, Doug Krugman '93 and Lynn Zises '96 of WebThriftStore; and Casey Santiago '06 of



August 2014

Uptown Group Makes Healthy Living Easy for East Harlemites, City Seeks to Partner Ups
Daily News — August 27, 2014
An article highlighting the work of City Health Works founder Manmeet Kaur '12.


Postcard from Detroit MBAx: Can Tea Revitalize Motor City
The Guardian — August 26, 2014
A piece by Social Enterprise Summer Fellows Sam Wollner '14 and Annie Koo '14 about their time working with MBAs Across America.

5 Bad Reasons to Make Your Social Enterprise For-Profit … and 3 Good
BRW — August 7, 2014
Frogtek, a venture by David del Ser '08, is cited as a positive example of a for-profit social venture.



July 2014

Students Run Research Project from the Bottoms Up
CBS Minnesota — July 20, 2014
A piece about one of the Columbia Business School MBAs Across America teams working with a small brewery during their time participating in the program. This was one of two Columbia teams funded by the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship program, and was comprised of Elizabeth Pfeiffer '14, Guillaume Calzalaa '14, Jasmine Ainetchian '14 and Atif Qadir '14.

Savvy Risks, Sustainable Rewards
Ideas at Work — July 18, 2014
SEP Co-Director Bruce Usher examines how and why it is necessary to take chances on renewable energy.

5 Lessons on Climate Change Financing — July 11, 2014
Giulia Christianson '11 and Milap Patel highlight five lessons on financing climate change.


April 2014

Peeled Snacks Closes Funding Round led by Avondale Strategic Partners and TFIC
Hispanic — April 30, 2014
Peeled Snacks, led by Noha Waibsnaider '02, successfully completed a round of significant equity financing, partnering with Avondale Strategic Partners and TFIC.

2014 GLG Social Impact Fellows
GLG — April 29, 2014
Manmeet Kaur '12, founder of City Health Works, and Ben Powell '05, founder of Agora Partnerships, have been named to the list of 2014 Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) Social Impact Fellows.

B Corp "Best for the World 2014"
B Corp — April 29, 2014
SLOWCOLOR, founded by Sanjay Rajan EMBA '11, was named to B Corp's list of best B Corps for 2014.

What High Schools Can Do for 'Unprepared' Students
Education Next — April 25, 2014
Leah Hamilton '04, program director at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, penned an article about how high schools can be restructured to provide better learning opportunities for "unprepared" students.

Millennials Will Bring Impact Investing Mainstream
Stanford Social Innovation Review — April 24, 2014
Lindsay Norcott '12 and Jed Emerson writes on how a large number of wealthy millennials will soon be in the position to expand the popularity of impact investing.

Recap — E+Co Case Study with Bruce Usher
Inspiring Capital Blog — April 14, 2014
SEP Co-director Bruce Usher led a case-study workshop at the Impact Investing NYC Meet-up Group.

The sun is shining on and at the White House: Honoring Solar #WHChamps
Get Energy Smart! Now! — April 11, 2014
Donnel Baird '13 was named a "Champion for Change" by the White House for his work on solar energy with his social venture, BlocPower.

MBAs will turn brownfields into green — if investors help them out
Quartz — April 11, 2014
Adjunct Prof. Georgia Levenson Keohane writes about the growing popularity of sustainable investing competitions among MBA students.

New York City Expands Pilot Program for Organic Waste Collection
CBS New York — April 10, 2014
Adjunct Prof. Ron Gonen EMBA '04 is quoted on the expansion of NYC's organic waste collection program.

Chiefs at Big Firms Are Often Last to Get Bad News
Wall Street Journal — April 3, 2014
As the latest congressional hearings involving the General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra continues, Prof. Ray Fisman is quoted on the feasibility of CEOs being unaware of issues happening at their organization. (Subscription required).


March 2014

Three Ingredients to Mainstream Social Enterprise
The Huffington Post — March 26, 2014
Nell Derick Debevoise EMBA '12 writes about the "ingredients" necessary for social enterprise success, and mentions SEP Co-director Bruce Usher.

Taking Museums and Cultural Institutions Mobile
Lang Center Entrepreneurship News — March 22, 2014
An interview with Samantha Diamond '11 about her venture CultureConnect, a technology service that allows cultural institutions and museums to create a more engaging experience for visitors.

Social Savers
Ideas at Work — March 21, 2014
Recent research by Prof. Emily Breza shows how having a community peer monitor an individual's rate of saving can help the poorest of the poor increase their wealth.

The Connectors: How Nell Derick Debevoise and Her Team Make Grants Happen
Inside Philanthropy — March 21, 2014
A feature on the work done by Inspiring Capital, founded by Nell Derick Debevoise EMBA '12, an organization that helps small nonprofits become self-funded while assisting donors to create more impact.

IIM-A's venture investment arm Infuse backs four more cleantech startups — March 19, 2014
REConnect Energy, founded by Vibhav Nuwal '08, is one of the cleantech companies to receive funding from Infuse Ventures, a new cleantech fund from IIM Ahmedabad's tech incubator.

The Long View
Columbia Business — March 18, 2014
As part of the new "At the Center" question and answer series, Social Enterprise Summer Fellow Uzayr Jeenah ’14 chats with Mary Jane McQuillen EMBA ’07 of ClearBridge Investments about the real returns of investing in a sustainable future.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
Newsfiber — March 13, 2014
SEP Advisory Board Member Ronnie Planalp '86 was appointed as a member to the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by President Obama.

Researchers find new way of valuing the welfare of future generations in climate policy
Environmental Research Web — March 5, 2014
Prof. Geoffrey Heal outlines how to consider future generations when assessing the costs and benefits of policies limiting the risk of climate change.


February 2014

Banking in 'transition' as role models emerge
The Financial Times — February 26, 2014
Avid Modjtabai's '88 rise to a senior leadership position at Wells Fargo has made her a "woman to watch" as the financial industry undergoes cultural changes.

Does organizational bureaucracy kill individual creativity?
MK MBA — February 21, 2014
A feature article of Prof. Ray Fisman's research on organizational economics, discussed in his book The Org.   (Article in Korean) See the English translation here.

Taking Sustainable Investing to the Next Level
LinkedIn — February 19, 2014
Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, James Gorman '87, writes about the expanding role of sustainable investing. The article also mentions the Sustainable Investing Fellowship, a joint initiative between Columbia Business School and Morgan Stanley.

Preparing for Disaster by Betting Against It
The New York Times — February 12, 2014
Adjunct Prof. Georgia Levenson Keohane examines the financial gains and risks of public-private partnerships in the form of a "catastrophe bond."

The Wages of Health
Columbia Magazine — Winter 2014
2014 Alumni Innovator Award winner Manmeet Kaur '12 and her social venture, City Health Works, are the focus of this article in the Columbia alumni magazine.


January 2014

Development Standards Changing, Sustainability Executive Says — January 23, 2014
Sara Neff '10 explains how the standards for LEED certification and sustainable building have changed over the years.

Straining Emergency Rooms by Expanding Health Insurance
Science — January 17, 2014
Prof. Ray Fisman opines on the myth that the availability of universal healthcare will decrease the American healthcare system’s reliance on emergency room care.

Bangalore: VCs look for new areas to invest — January 9, 2014
Vikas Raj '10 speaks about the opportunities in mobile banking in India.

Here's An Unexpected Way Climate Change Could Affect Productivity
Business Insider — January 1, 2014
Research by Prof. Geoffrey Heal on the impact that extreme temperatures have on productivity is mentioned.