Events

April '18 | March '18 | February '18 | January '18 | December '17 | November '17 | October '17 | September '17 | July '17

April '18

April 5–6 — 2018 StartupColumbia Festival
Columbia University’s fifth annual StartupColumbia Festival brought together students, faculty, alumni, professionals, and more than 200 Columbia startups for a two-day celebration of Columbia’s culture of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Day one is the culmination of the Columbia Venture Competition where more than 200 Columbia startups will competed for $200,000 in cash awards. On Friday, Professor Bruce Usher kicked off the day by announcing the winner of the competition, followed by provocative discussions on Blockchain, the NewSpace Startups, Data Ethics, and Women Inventors.  Closing with Marco Zappacosta, ’07CC, co-founder and CEO of Thumbtack. Columbia Food Founder’s Fare at the festival featured more than 20 Columbia-founded food startups who served lunch.
Organized by Columbia Entrepreneurship & Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE) club at Columbia University.
April 4 — Pioneering Ethics in Finance: The Future of Impact Investing
The Bernstein Center's Student Leadership and Ethics Board and Columbia Impact Investing Initiative held a discussion on the future of impact investing with a range of practitioners, and explore opportunities for MBA students to engage in building the financial infrastructure to grow the field. Investors ranging from individuals to large funds are looking for opportunities to align their capital in ventures that have a commitment to socially and environmentally sustainable products and strategies. Speakers Included Laura Callanan, founding partner, Upstart Co-Lab; Jamie Martin, executive director, global sustainable finance, Morgan Stanley; Omar Mencin, director of investments and information technology, Ben Franklin Technology Partners; and Fran Seegull, executive director, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance at Ford Foundation; moderated by John Wilson, adjunct assistant professor, finance.
This event was co-sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board and Columbia Impact Investing Initiative invite as part of Leadership and Ethics Week 2018.
April 3 — Data-Driven Decision Making: A Conversation with Matt Robins, '12BUS, of DeansList
More than just curriculum, today's students need to build character, perseverance and leadership to succeed beyond the K-12 classroom. DeansList puts data-driven tools in the hands of school leaders to that they can make informed decisions to impact change. Matt spoke about success DeansList has in leveraging the power of data for education reform.
Organized by the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center.
April 2 — Finance as a Force for Good
This event, hosted by SEC and Microlumbia, will discuss why and how finance can be a force for good. Our speakers will represent different companies and organizations across the impact investing ecosystem from socially responsible investors to social impact funds and philanthropic organizations.
Organized by SEC and SEC’s Microlumbia.

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March '18

March 30–31 — The 36th Annual Columbia Black Business Students Association Conference
The Black Business Students Association brought together students and alumni of Columbia Business School at the two-day conference to hear from black technologists, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, and leaders driving change across media, retail, technology, impact, and finance among other industries. Speakers included Verdun Perry, senior managing director and co-head of strategic partners, Blackstone; Elliott Robinson, '12BUS, partner at Microsoft Ventures; Rebecca Allen, ’12BUS, founder and CEO of Rebecca Allen, Inc.; and Donnel Baird, ’13BUS, founder and CEO of BlocPower.
Organized by the Black Business Student Association (BBSA).
March 28 — The Future of Work with Dean Glenn Hubbard and Professor Ray Horton
The Bernstein Center's Student Leadership and Ethics Board was delighted to host a luncheon discussion with Dean Glenn Hubbard and Professor Ray Horton, Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Ethics and Corporate Governance in Management; Faculty Director of Programs in Social Enterprise Executive Education; and Founder of The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise. The event explored the future of work in our ever-evolving society and was moderated by Na'ama Yehezkel, '19BUS.
Organized by the Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics, and the Student Leadership and Ethics Board (SLEB).
March 27 — Spark Workshop: Open Collaborative Social Innovation: Helping Good People Do More Good for More People
Large corporations are leveraging the best collaborative innovation technologies to generate billions of dollars in new business. By bringing together thousands of minds from around the world to engage on tactical, strategic, and operational problems, they’re able to identify solutions that would otherwise never see the light of day. George Kyriakopoulos, senior innovation consultant at Brightidea, led a discussion on the fundamental benefits to having a single platform for global open collaboration, the willingness of universities and corporations to pay, and the motive individuals or team members have to commit time to global innovation challenges.
Organized by the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.
March 27 — SEC and Education Reform Careers lunch with Professor Tracy Breslin
This interactive lunch discussion addressed questions on current initiatives in U.S education, and career trends and opportunities for first and second year MBA/EMBA students. Professor Tracy Breslin teaches the Education Leadership class at Columbia Business School. She has over seventeen years of experience in education and nonprofit management. Tracy has served as a talent management consultant since 2011, working with a variety of urban school districts and state departments of education on talent management initiatives including strategies to recruit, select, train, evaluate, and retain excellent teachers, school leaders (principals), principal supervisors, and central staff. Previously, Tracy worked in large urban school districts such as the NYC Department of Education and Newark Public Schools and nonprofit organizations such as New Leaders.
Organized by SEC.
March 20 — Making Markets Work for Underserved Communities: Micro and Small Enterprise Development
How can we make markets more accessible and competitive to enable individuals to find their own way out of poverty? How do we effectively promote entrepreneurship through government policy, private sector business practices, and social sector advocacy? What are the risks and challenges for micro and small enterprises in rural settings? The center hosted a film screening of Zaza Rising and a panelists Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza, Permanent Representative to Rwanda's UN Mission; Karen Yelick, CEO of Indego Africa; Leslie Labruto, Global Energy Lead at Acumen; Lora Romano, corporate social responsibility manager at Blue Marble Organic Ice Cream; George Franklin, ’18BUS, founder of Baobab Circle; and Brigit Helms, senior advisor at DAI, discussed making markets work for underserved communities through micro and small enterprise development.
Organized by Columbia School of Social Work and the center.
March 12–16 — London Career Trek
This year's SEC London Impact Investing Trek took place over spring break. The program in London included company visits with a range of firms in the impact space, notably Generation IM, D. Capital, Bridges Fund Management, Acumen and Mustard Seed, as well as a day at the Good Deals & Beyond Good Business conference. The trek concluded with our group joining forces with the London Business School VC trek for a social at the Whistling Shop.
Organized by the SEC, CMC, and center.
March 1 — Social Enterprise Pitch Competition
The Columbia community attended the pitch competition to see innovative social ventures from across Columbia University. The pitch competition was judged by a panel of experienced social entrepreneurs, VCs, and academic experts. Ventures of all stages (concept, pre-launch, post-launch) applied and were represented at the pitch competition. The winner of the competition was Boabab Circle, winning $4,000, and the runner up was CasTac receiving $1,000. 
Organized by The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise.
March 1–3 — DC Career Trek
Club members interested in careers in international development embarked on the annual DC Trek for company visits and networking opportunities in the Washington DC. Companies visited included:  The World Bank, The Open Society Foundation, The Inter-American Development Bank, Palladium Group, and more.
Organized by the SEC, CMC, and center.

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February '18

February 28 — Tamer Fund for Social Ventures Portfolio Webinar Discussion: How to Structure an Effective Hiring Process
As an entrepreneur, one of the most important ways you can spend your time is ensuring you have the right people in the right seats in your organization. Allison Rogovin, a consultant with over 20 years of experience in recruiting, hiring, and management coaching, talked about how to structure an effective hiring process as an early stage social or environmental venture. Ivy Hatsengate discussed how ventures can take advantage of the SESF Program at the center.
February 27 — SESF MBA Information Session
Students interested in working with an organization over the summer that creates social or environmental value attended the info session to learn how to apply to the SESF. The SESF program supports students engaged in summer internships with nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations (or its equivalent outside the U.S.), NGOs, public sector/government organizations, and for-profit social ventures with a clearly defined social or environmental purpose incorporated into the core reason for operation, which is evident in both mission and practice. Fellows typically work on projects that focus on areas such as strategic planning, business plan development, marketing and product strategies, financial analysis, operational improvements, and performance evaluation; and in fields such as impact investing (including venture philanthropy and social venture capital), microfinance, social entrepreneurship, small and medium enterprise development, health care, education, community development, sustainability and the environment, and more.
February 22 — Social Impact Career Panels: Alumni Panel
First- and second-year students interested in a social impact career attended the alumni panel to hear about panelists career path, experiences in the sector, and insights about pursuing a career in impact investing, education, healthcare, green business, international development, and more. Several panelists discussed summer and full-time opportunities at their organizations. Panelists included: Jennifer Kawar, ’84BUS, vice president, chief investment officer of Nonprofit Finance Fund; Matt Robins, ’12BUS, founder and CEO DeansList; Ted Schenkelberg, COO, Human Vaccines Project; and Izzet Bensusan, ’08BUS, CEO, Karbone.
Organized by the CMC and the center.
February 22 — Lang Innovation Talk with Teresa Law, '81BUS, Mountain Hazelnuts
Teresa Law, ’81BUS, co-founder and CFO of Mountain Hazelnuts (MH), came to campus to share insights on launching a for-profit impact venture in Bhutan. MH is planting 10 million hazelnut trees on degraded mountainsides, significantly increasing the income of many thousands of subsistence farmers. In a unique public-private-community partnership in this Himalayan kingdom, MH is providing a sustainable income for up to 15% of the nation while rehabilitating fragile ecosystems and sequestering CO2. As Bhutan's largest private sector employer with almost half of the employees being women, MH creates wide-ranging developmental impacts in vulnerable communities.
Co-hosted by the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.
February 22 — Brooklyn Bowl LEED Tour + Bowling
This annual GBC social was held at Brooklyn Bowl. Club members had the opportunity to tour Brooklyn Bowl and learn about their LEED certified facility, which is noted for their leadership in energy and environmental design. Following the tour, club members had time to socialize over bowling at the facility.
Organized by GBC.
February 20 — Spark Workshop: The American Bionics Project: Promoting Revolutionary Technology for People with Disabilities
There is a gap between the needs of people with physical disabilities in the United States and the solutions available to meet those needs. What if technologies for people with physical disabilities can be profitable while also helping those in need? What if they can be designed not only to serve people with disabilities, but also to spur innovation for broader consumer markets? In this workshop, participants provided guidance on where The American Bionics Project focus as they build and scale the organization, identified the areas of intersection between the broader commercial market and disabled technology, and uncovered the investment criteria for innovative assistive and adaptive technology. Steven Galeazzi, the founder of the American Bionics Project, moderated this workshop.
Supported by the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.
February 15 — BOOK TALK: The Work is Just a Book Away
James. J Owens, ’94BUS, founder and CEO, The World is Just a Book Away, was the first recipient of the Chazen Institute Scholarship awarded in 1992, and currently is associate professor at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. The World is Just a Book Away (WIJABA) is a nonprofit organization that empowers children to change their own lives and communities through books, libraries, and educational programs. WIJABA is an anthology that captures the stories of how books and reading inspired some of the world's most prominent people. Featuring personal stories from five Nobel Peace Prize laureates, actors, royalty, world leaders, scientists, humanitarians, and many more. This event was moderated by Bruce Usher, The Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.
Organized by Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business.
February 15 — Social Impact Week, Cluster Auction Night
Students gathered within their clusters for a community-building fundraising event where they auctioned off experiences based on their individual talents to their peers.
Organized by the SEC.
February 15 — Telling Your Career Story: Strategies for a Successful Career Transition
In this webinar, Eric Ewart,  career coach and owner of Erin Wart Consulting, Careers for Social Impact, presented strategies for telling their story effectively, including identifying their transferable skills and creating a concise, targeted narrative to use throughout the different aspects of the job search process to successfully market themselves to the organizations they would like to work for.
Organized by the CMC.
February 13 — Social Impact Week, Developing the Next Era of Corporate Social Impact: Inclusive and Market-based Growth
This interactive session highlighted the need for corporations to go beyond stand-along CSR departments to integrate sustainability and social impact into their core business strategy. Christina Shim, ’12BUS, managing regional director, Americas Consulting at Palladium, shared case studies of how the practice being sustainable and profitable has been implemented previously and help develop ideas for the next phase of commercial growth tied to social progress.  Companies aren’t thinking big enough and entire ecosystems need to be re-imagined to achieve real change for the better (“Inclusive Growth: Profitable Strategies for Tackling Poverty and Inequality”).
Organized by the center and SEC.
February 13 — CMC Directors’ Enterprise Series – Careers in Renewable Energy
MBAs interested in a career in renewable energy attended this event series to hear from Professor Bruce Usher about the sector and possible job opportunities for MBA students in this space.
Organized by CMC.
February 13 — Farm to Table at Pisticci Restaurant
Club members from both GBC and Gourmet Club dined with faculty at NYC's first carbon neutral and B-Corp restaurant. Restaurant owners, farmers, and notable staff led a conversation on operations and benefits of having a sustainable mission, including farm to fork and composting, waste management and recycling, renewable energy procurement, and community involvement.
Organized by the GBC and Gourmet Club.
February 12 — Social Impact Week, Ethical, Sustainable Fashion Panel and Pop-Up Shop
Panelists Jane Mosbacher Morris,’12BUS, founder and CEO of To The Market; Alexandra McNair, CR and partnerships executive at Sancroft International; and Paul Barrett, deputy director at NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, have travelled the world to develop a strong point of view on how to tactically approach sustainability in the fashion industry and shared insights on sustainable and ethical fashion with students interested in a career path in sustainable retail.
Organized by SEC and Retail & Luxury Goods Club at Columbia Business School.
February 8 — Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Annual Reception
Students, alumni, faculty, and professionals in the social enterprise sector joined center staff and advisory board members for an evening of networking and socializing. The 2017 Social Enterprise Leadership Award was presented to April Tam Smith, ’10BUS, owner of PS Kitchen.
February 7 — Social Impact Week, SEC Matters + Rugby’s Date Night Fundraising Event
MBA Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship (SESF) program recipients showcased the impact they had on various nonprofit organizations over the summer and details on their fellowship project. This event kicked-off a week dedicated to peer fundraising for the program. Following the SEC Matters event, the school’s rugby team hosted a “Date Night Auction,” with all proceeds going towards SESF. The team hosts this event each year in efforts to help support peers interested in working work with an organization over the summer that creates social or environmental value through the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship (SESF) program. The team raised $3,010.00 for SESF.
Organized by SEC and the MBA Rugby team.
February 2 — ALUMNI BREAKFAST SERIES: Renewable Energy
Nate McMurry, ’10BUS, director of divestiture and portfolio management at EDF Renewable Energy, discussed the renewables sector in the US and potential internship roles at EDF. Nate also shared his career path and general thought on the industry.
Organized by GBC and the center.

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January '18

January 31 — Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Info Session at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Students interested in working with an organization over the summer that creates social or environmental value attended the info session to learn how to apply to the SESF. The SESF program supports undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia, Barnard, and Columbia-affiliated institutions engaged in summer internships that create social and environmental value. Fellows will take on full-time internships for social ventures or social entrepreneurship-focused organizations in the US or abroad and work on a six-to-ten week project.
January 30 — Pangea Advisors Project Preview
The Pangea Advisors team provided an overview of the Pangea Advisors program and its spring 2018 projects to interested students.
Organized by Pangea, within SEC.
January 30 — Tamer Fund for Social Ventures Information Session
The center’s Kristen Bailey hosted an info session for students and alumni of Columbia University to learn about the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures, the application process, upcoming deadlines, and qualifications to apply. Portfolio members Rachel Barnard, ’11GSAPP, founder, Young New Yorkers; Linh Le, ’09SEAS, founder, Bonbouton; Matthew Robins,’13BUS, founder, DeansList; Justin Garrett Moore, ’04GSAPP, advisor, Made in Brownsville; and Manal Kahi, ’15SIPA, co-founder, Eat Offbeat, shared their ventures' missions and experiences working with the center. Following the presentations, participants had the unique opportunity to network with fellow students and alumni interested in social ventures across campus.
January 30 — Tamer Center for Social Enterprise J-term Club Kickoff
Students interested in exploring the field of social enterprise during their time at the School had the opportunity to meet students and faculty whose passion for international development, social entrepreneurship, CSR, renewable energy, and nonprofit consulting and nonprofit management has driven Columbia to be one of the top business schools for social enterprise. Students learned about the center as well as the different clubs and opportunities to be involved.
Organized by the GBC, SEC, and center.
January 29–30 — Pangea Advisors Project Presentations
Participants in the Pangea program presented their projects to the peers and the center, sharing best practices, insights learned, and project stories.
Organized by Pangea, within SEC.
January 26 — REAP Immersion Course: Taconic Correctional Facility Volunteer Orientation
MBA students enrolled in the ReEntry Acceleration Program’s REAP Immersion Course travelled to Taconic Correctional Facility to acquaint themselves with the facility, classroom, and procedures for their upcoming class instruction. Lew Goidel, supervisor of Correctional Facility Volunteer Services, greeted participates and gave them a tour of the facility.
January 25 — Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Info Session at the School of Social Work
Students interested in working with an organization over the summer that creates social or environmental value attended the info session to learn how to apply to the SESF. The SESF program supports undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia, Barnard, and Columbia-affiliated institutions engaged in summer internships that create social and environmental value. Fellows will take on full-time internships for social ventures or social entrepreneurship-focused organizations in the US or abroad and work on a six-to-ten week project.
January 23 — BOOK TALK – Engine of Impact: The Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector
We are entering a new era—an era of impact. The largest intergenerational transfer of wealth in history will soon be under way, bringing with it the potential for huge increases in philanthropic funding. Engine of Impact shows how nonprofits can apply the principles of strategic leadership to attract greater financial support and leverage that funding to maximum effect. William F. Meehan III and Kim Starkey Jonker identified seven essential components of strategic leadership that set high-achieving organizations apart from the rest of the nonprofit sector. Together, these components form an “engine of impact”—a system that organizations must build, tune, and fuel if they hope to make a real difference in the world. Professor Georgia Levenson Keohane moderated the panel discussion.
January 11 — REAP Immersion Course: Taconic Correctional Facility Volunteer Orientation
MBA students enrolled in the ReEntry Acceleration Program’s REAP Immersion Course travelled to Taconic Correctional Facility to acquaint themselves with the facility, classroom, and procedures for their upcoming class instruction. Lew Goidel, supervisor of Correctional Facility Volunteer Services, greeted participates and gave them a tour of the facility.
January 3–6 — West Coast Career Trek
Club members interested in careers in sustainability and clean tech embarked on the annual West Coast Trek for company visits and networking opportunities in the Bay Area of California.
Organized by the CMC, GBC, Technology Business Group, Media Management Association, and Venture Capital Club.

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December '17

December 19 — Climate Change: A Race Against Time...An Evening with Prof. Bruce Usher
Catastrophic climate change is inevitable at the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, growth in greenhouse gas emissions is likely to slow significantly due to a convergence of cost-competitive renewable energy and advanced electric vehicles. Even in the absence of government policies, the renewable energy and electric vehicle sectors are experiencing dramatic growth resulting from favorable economics. The key issue is whether this will occur quickly enough to avoid the worse effects of climate change. Professor Bruce Usher was the featured speaker.
Organized by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of Boston
December 11 — REAP Immersion Course Reception
The center, Hour Children, and Resilience Education hosted an evening celebration for the REAP program and REAP Immersion Course. The reception brought together MBA/EMBA instructors from Columbia Business School and Darden School of Business, students and alumni, faculty, staff and all friends of this program who have helped develop the teaching of business courses (financial empowerment, getting to yes, and entrepreneurship) to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons this academic year. The event was held at PS Kitchen, as social enterprise restaurant that aligns with the mission of REAP.
Organized by the center, Hour Children, and Resilience Education.
December 8 — New York Social Good Holiday Bash
Over 300+ individuals from all over NYC’s social impact space celebrated, reconnected, and met some of the city’s most inspiring people in the sector.
Organized by Be Social Good and the Center for Social Innovation and promoted by the center.
December 7 — Three Cairns Climate Fellowship Information Session
The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise was pleased to announce the launch of the new Three Cairns Climate Fellowship. This information session discussed upcoming deadlines for the fellowship and Professor Bruce Usher, Kristen Bailey, and Sandra Navalli, ’03BUS, answered questions about the fellowship. The Three Cairns Climate Fellowship at Columbia Business School provides support to MBA and EMBA students who complete semester- or year-long projects at the intersection of climate change and business. Students may apply individually or in teams for projects that work with Columbia research faculty, or any type of organization or business in the U.S. or abroad that is addressing sustainability and climate change issues. Projects should focus on using markets and business knowledge, skills, and tools to identify and implement solutions to mitigate, adapt to, or reverse climate change and its impacts. Three Cairns Climate Fellowships will be awarded to between four to six projects each academic year. The fellowship award provides individual students without a team with up to $3,000, or project teams up to a maximum of $6,000 per team, upon completion of the project.
December 7 — GSAPP Lunch and Learn
The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School, and the Center for Urban Real Estate at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation hosted a dynamic discussion on the intersection between real estate and social impact. Ron Moelis, CEO and founder of L+M Development Partners Inc. and vice chairman of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, shared insights on his career path and journey with L+M Development Partners; deep-diving into sources of capital for social impact real estate businesses, potential tension between doing well and doing good, other players in social impact real estate space, and advice for students seeking social impact real estate careers.
Organized by the center and Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School, and the Center for Urban Real Estate at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.
December 5 — Bridging the American Divide Community Forum: One Year Later: Reflections on Youngstown and What We Learned about the American Divide
Last November, just days before the 2016 presidential election, Dean Glenn Hubbard and Professor Ray Horton hosted a Columbia Community Conversation on the rise of populism that calls into question the mainstream policies business and political elites have pursued in recent decades. It was during this discussion that the idea for the fall 2017 class, Bridging the American Divide, was born. One year to the day after this event, the class traveled to Youngstown, Ohio, and spent four days meeting with local businesses, unions, nonprofits, politicians, and many others across the community. Professors Bruce Usher and Ray Horton moderated the panel discussion with students from the class: Sam Longair, ’18BUS, Maeve McCoy, ’18BUS, and Nicolas Nannetti, ’18BUS, and an introduction by Dean Glenn Hubbard.
Organized by The Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business and Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.
December 4 — ALUMNI BREAKFAST SERIES: EdTech
Jennifer Dyck-Sprout, ’14BUS, vice president – Canada and Northeastern USA at EverFi; and Jenny Tolan, ’14BUS, product M=marketing manager at Google for Education, discussed careers in EdTech, how to source your internship and job in EdTech post-MBA, and the industry as a whole.

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November '17

November 30 — SEC Careers: Panel Discussion on Career Paths in Education
Students interested in a career post-MBA in education reform attended this panel to meet with employers hiring for summer internships and full-time positions. Natalya Shulga, director at Uncommon Schools; Amanda Kahn, managing director of Center for Public Research Leadership; and Michelle Dervan, ’14BUS, principal of ReThink Education, discussed career paths and opportunities for education operations, policy, and investments.
Organized by SEC.
November 28 — White House Fellowship Discussion with Steve Harty, CBS Executive-in-Residence
Steve Harty, a CBS Executive-in-Residence, served as a fellow from 1983-84 and shared his experience with the program. The White House Fellowship program provides promising young leaders with a rare high level experience in U.S. federal government. Fellows serve a year in the White House or in the offices of Cabinet or agency secretaries. In addition to their paid policy and managerial work, Fellows participate in as many as 100 closed-door roundtable discussions with Members of Congress, Cabinet members, CEOs, diplomats and senior military officials. Highlights of each year are domestic 'policy' trips to U.S. cities and one international trip - all with the goal of better understanding the role of the U.S. government in addressing domestic and international issues.
November 27 — Using Your Leadership Skills for Good: Nonprofit Panel on Leading Through Service
Panelists discussed their challenges and triumphs leading in the nonprofit space. They provided insights and advice on how to get involved in a variety of nonprofit organizations, through both volunteering and board/committee service. Panelists included Pamela Inbasekaran, COO of RELAY; Jess Dannhauser, president and CEO of Graham Windham; Laurie Parise, founder and executive director of Youth Represent; Ken Walker, senior VP – Core Mission Support of Per Scholas; and Katie Leonberger, ’08BUS, president and CEO of Community Research Exchange; and was moderated by Professor Joel Brockner.
November 16 — ALUMNI BREAKFAST SERIES: From Finance to COO to CEO: Career Insights in Ed Reform
Anne Eidelman, ’10BUS, recently became CEO of Blue Engine, a non-profit which partners with schools and uses an innovative teaching model, by training and supporting recent college graduates, to accelerate academic progress. Over the last 7 years, mostly through roles requiring her to turnaround low performing teams, she has learned a lot about organizational life, leadership, and her own management style. Anne was excited to return to Columbia to share lessons learned including mistakes she has made and give advice for MBA students.
November 15 — Eclipse 2017: Solar Power in the Age of Trump
The Trump administration has promised dramatic change in favor of fossil fuels, just as solar energy has become a threat to their dominance in the energy supply. This new direction will challenge the American solar industry to rely less on federal support, as it competes with both traditional energy consumption and the rise of cheaper foreign suppliers. Can solar overtake fossil fuels in both the American energy grid and the American job market? Can it reach these goals without federal dollars? The panel of leaders in the solar industry discussed how these questions affect both private and non-profit enterprises. Panelists included Jessie Mantel, Sunrun's East Coast Markets, Erica Helson, assistant vice president of Smart & Sustainable Cities at the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Noah Ginsburg, director of the Here Comes Solar program at Solar One, and moderator Alexander Kaufman, a climate, environment and business reporter at The Huffington Post.
Organized by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.
November 15 — Spark Workshop: What is the Best Way to Find Non-prescription Remedies for Patients and Caregivers?
CuraHub is a personalized product search website for patients looking for non-prescription remedies, starting with patients suffering from psoriasis. Ashley Lim, ’12CC, founder and CEO of CuraHub, facilitated the workshop to discover consumer segments CaraHub should target, the features that are the most valued by the target customers, and the best ways to reach and engage customers.
Supported by the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, SEC, GBC, and Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School; and the Social Entrepreneurship Club at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.
November 14 — SEC Career Treks Info Session
SEC members met at the info session to learn about the two career treks planned for the spring semester. Students participating in the treks will be traveling to London (March 12-16, 2018) for an Impact Investing focused trek, and Washington DC (March 1-3, 2018) for a trek focused on international development careers.
Organized by SEC.
November 14 — ALUMNI BREAKFAST SERIES: Building Sustainable Leadership Practices in Creative Industries
Zev Greenfield, ’05BUS, discussed his leadership and management practices in the arts and creative industries and the opportunity and career pathways MBA students have to impact the cultural life of cities.
November 8 — Nonprofit Board Leadership Program’s Opening Reception
The Opening Reception served as a successful kickoff for the 2017-18 Nonprofit Board Leadership Program. Bringing together over 70 students, mentors, and nonprofit leaders participating in the program this year, Mimi Boublik, ’80BUS, and Michael Boublik, ’80BUS, had a packed house of nonprofit board leaders and future board members to network and build a community together.
Organized by the center and NBLP leadership team, within SEC.
November 8 — ALUMNI BREAKFAST SERIES: Leveraging Partnerships and Resources to Build Emerging Capital Markets at a Time of Rising Need
Capital markets and market-based solutions are increasingly needed to finance development, even more so given the Sustainable Development Goals. But they are complex and time consuming to build. Alison Harwood, ‘85BUS, discussed why and how emerging market governments, financial institutions, and businesses need to work together for markets to grow and how institutions like the WBG can better leverage their resources to support them in their efforts.
November 7 — Capturing the Consumer's Preference for Sustainability and Sourcing Transparency
Today’s consumer is more focused than ever on how and where the goods they buy are made. Panelists Diane Hatz, founder and executive director of Change Food; Yael Alkalay, founder and CEO of Red Flower; Dan Horan, chairman and CEO of Five Acre Farms; Jamie Lewis, '05BUS, founder of JLEW Bags, Jane Mosbacher Morris, '12BUS, founder and CEO of To The Market; and Sarah Ribner, '16BUS, co-founder of PiperWai shared success stories of their social ventures despite the competitive industries from food to beauty to personal care, fashion, and accessories. The businesses are successfully targeting and meeting the demands of the increasingly informed and engaged consumer looking for social businesses.
Organized by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.
November 2 — Film Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel Screening + Q&A with Al Gore + Conversation with John Kerry
The film, An Inconvenient Sequel, was screened on campus followed by a recorded Q&A with Al Gore and a conversation between Former Secretary of State John Kerry and Al Gore regarding the film and climate change.
Organized by GBC.

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October '17

October 31 — Dave’s Killer Bread 2nd Chance Summit
The summit gathered business, nonprofit, and government leaders together and explored opportunities and resources available for employing people with criminal backgrounds. Speakers included Glenn E Martin, JustLeadershipUSA; Greyston Bakery; Drive Change; Hot Chicken Takeover; Dave’s Killer Bread; Pop! Gourmet Foods; John’s Hopkins; Center for Employment Opportunities; Alternative Staffing Alliance; and REDF.
Sponsored by The New School and hosted by the Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation; and promoted by the center.
October 30 — The Future of Protein
This discussion provided an overview of the current problems posed by industrialized animal agriculture and how clean, plant-based meat companies are solving these issues. Aylon Steinhart shared the resources The Global Food Institute has to offer students interested in the space, resources include: industry and investor connections, market research, and professional support such as legal, scientific, marketing, and more.
Organized by GBC.
October 27 — Net Impact Columbia Business School Philadelphia Alumni Dinner
Students and staff from the center gathered with alumni in the Atlanta area for a networking dinner. Current business school students interested in social enterprise were in town for the annual Net Impact Conference.
October 26–28 — Net Impact Career Trek
Students traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in the 2017 Net Impact Conference, “Path to Purpose, Accelerate your impact career.” Keynote speakers included Kevin Cleary, CEO of Clif Bar & Company; Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green; Kathryn Finney, managing director of Digital Undivided; and Paul Hawken, executive director of Project Drawdown.
Organized by the Net Impact Organization and supported by the center.
October 26 — J.P. Morgan Power & Utilities Investment Banking Q&A
GBC members had the opportunity to meet members of JP Morgan’s Power & Utilities investment banking team to learn insights on the industry and internship opportunities for MBAs at the firm.
Organized by GBC.
October 26 — REAP Info Session
The Tamer Center held an info session to discuss the ReEntry Acceleration Program (REAP) and the opportunity students had to register for the REAP Immersion Course during the spring 2018 semester to teach financial literacy and entrepreneurship to participants of the REAP program at Taconic Facility.
October 25 — Social Enterprise Career Workshop: What’s Hot (and NOT) in the Sustainability Jobs Market
This webinar-based workshop was designed to help students clarify their career strategy and build confidence in their personal brand to position themselves for roles in the social / sustainability / impact / international development jobs market. Attendees learned frameworks for mapping their top five values, skills, and traits, as well as identify their dream job criteria. Shannon Houde, Walk of Life Consulting, will 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.
October 18 — Tamer Fund for Social Ventures Portfolio Webinar Discussion: Negotiation Skills for the Entrepreneur
This discussion series aims to provide social entrepreneurs with access to experts and the opportunity to share insights and common challenges with other venture teams.

In this session, Amit Khanna, LAW’07 spoke about negotiating skills for the social entrepreneur. This discussion focused on the foundations of negotiating, specifically tailored for the social enterprise space. He covered styles of negotiation, goal-setting, strategy and planning, and executing successful outcomes. He also went through actual scenarios that early stage entrepreneurs find themselves in- from negotiating outside capital to negotiating with potential employees. The session included exercises to best understand your own style and how it impacts how you negotiate with others. 

About the Speaker:
Amit is the General Counsel of Knotel. Prior to Knotel, Amit was the inaugural Mission Investing fellow for The Schmidt Family Foundation where he made debt, equity, and project-finance investments in enterprises that addressed social, economic, and environmental problems around the world. Before that, he represented technology and life sciences companies and investors at the law firms of Fenwick & West and Paul Weiss. Amit received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.A. from NYU, and remains active in the social enterprise and impact investment spaces.
October 13 — NBLP Orientation
Student mentees participating in NBLP gathered at orientation day to learn of their nonprofit board project for the academic year. At the event, attendees discussed initiatives and best practices.
Organized by the center and NBLP leadership team, within SEC.
October 12 — SEC Internship Search Practices and Advice from Second-Years
First-year students attended a panel discussion with second-year students, which covered how to find internship opportunities within the “third sector” of social enterprise. SEC second-year students shared insights and provided advice on how to make this search easier for current first-year students looking to work in social enterprise, nonprofit, social innovation, and CSR over the summer.
Organized by SEC.
October 12 — SESF Presentation Lunch
Students interested in a summer of impact joined Ivy Hatsengate from the Tamer Center for a casual round-robin discussion about the program. Attendees interested in the fellowship had the opportunity to meet with fellows from various schools across campus to hear first-hand about their social impact internship experiences at organizations across the US and abroad; and get tips on how to source organizations and maximize a summer fellowship experience.
October 11 — Marshall Pre-Release Screening

The creators of the new film Marshall  signed off on a pre-release screening of the film for Columbia students. The film recounts Thurgood Marshall's time as Chief Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). Specifically, it follows Marshall's handling of Connecticut v. Spell, a criminal case against Joseph Spell. Spell was a black chauffeur for a wealthy, white socialite from Connecticut—named Eleanor Strubing. Spell was accused of and arrested for the rape and attempted murder of Strubing. The NAACP picked up the case and represented Spell in what turned out to be a career-altering case for Marshall. The event was followed by a panel discussion with Law School professor Daniel Richman, Attorney David Atkins, and Business School professor Stephen Zeldes.
Organized by Columbia Law School.
October 11 — Freedom From Cancer Startup Challenge Information and Networking Session
Want to join a bold initiative to launch 100 startups focused on improving the lives of millions of cancer patients? The Center for Advancing Innovation has launched the Freedom from Cancer Startup Challenge (FCSC) in partnership with MedImmune/AstraZeneca with an audacious goal to launch, create and mentor 100 cancer-focused startups. Come to this information session to network with other like-minded individuals and learn more about the challenge. You can review the center's slide deck here and the Center for Advancing Innovation's slide deck here.
 
FCSC is currently open for entry and is seeking teams and individuals to participate from Columbia. Participate as a team member or create your own team to start a new career in entrepreneurship and learn from our accelerator program. 
Organized by the Center for Advancing Innovation.
October 6 — 2017 Social Enterprise Conference, Leaders Taking a Stand: Social Impact in Turbulent Times
The current political climate creates an uneasy world stage for companies to navigate. Who are the business leaders who are stepping up to the challenge and leading by example? In turbulent times whom do we look to for leadership? Attendees explored how to enact social impact across disciplines: philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, social ventures, and traditional business. In this year’s conference, attendees met business and organizational leaders who actively use their platform to drive change in education reform, the refugee crisis, job creation for the formerly incarcerated, and climate change.
 
As Shaiza Rizavi, ’96BUS, emphasized in her remarks at the 2017 Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Awards Breakfast, we each have a role to play for this is our future to form. What could we accomplish together if we each collaborated with one or two people in the same room? We have a choice to call upon each other and motivate ourselves and others into action. Attendees took a stand towards driving innovation and impact around social challenges and participated in our day-long hackathon led by TYTHEdesign. During the hackathon, participants used the insights and best practices from conference speakers to create strategies and solutions for impact with cross-disciplinary thinkers, innovators, and changemakers.
Organized by the center, the SEC, and the GBC.
October 4 — Social Enterprise Conference Facilitator’s Training
Student volunteers for the 2017 Social Enterprise Conference had the opportunity to be trained by THYTHEdesign in design thinking principles.

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September '17

September 29 — Pangea Project Kick-Off
Pangea Advisors for the fall 2017 semester gathered together to kick-off the program, meet fellow advisors, and discuss resource and project assignments.
Organized by Pangea, within SEC.
September 27 — Spark Workshop on Firms with Benefits: How Sustainability is Reshaping the Competitive Business Landscape, Facilitated By Aziza Jamgerchinova, ’13BUS, ’06JRN
Attendees joined Azuza Jamgerchinova, ’13BUS, ’06JRN from Firms with Benefits to brainstorm ideas and solutions around establishing the driving force behind corporate giants adapting and embracing sustainable business practices.
September 26 — ReEntry Acceleration Program (REAP): Business Association Breakfast
Businesses have often seen hiring formerly incarcerated people as high risk and bad for their image. Yet companies large and small have begun to see not just social benefits, but the business value of hiring the nearly 1 in 3 American adults who have some type of police record. How have these businesses benefited from engaging this talent pool, preserved the trust of their clients and customers, and improved their bottom line?
 
At this special business breakfast, Damon Phillips, Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise, moderated a panel featuring Vice Media, Uber, and Buddha Booth, to discuss what motivates businesses to engage formerly incarcerated people, the potential resistance they face, and how to make the business case to boards, employees and customers.
 
We also considered how to recruit this employment pool, how language in the workplace can help facilitate their successful integration and acceptance into the workforce, and how the business community can take a leadership role in reducing recidivism while increasing economic development.
September 26 — Social Entrepreneurship: Cheryl L. Dorsey, President of Echoing Green
Professor Melanie Edwards opened up 20 seats for SEC members to join her social entrepreneurship course featuring guest speaker Cheryl L. Dorsey. Cheryl is a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement, and the President of Echoing Green, a global organization seeding and unleashing next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Echoing Green invests in early-stage social entrepreneurs.  By using a venture capital investment model, it has invested in more than 700 social entrepreneurs working in more than 75 countries, providing over $42 million in seed-stage funding and support systems that accelerate their impact.
September 25 — A Summer in Impact Investing
Students learned about careers in impact investing from peer CBS students who interned at Acumen, Accion Venture Lab, City Light Capital, and more! Panelists included: Katie Ritter, ‘18BUS, summer associate, Acumen; Nick Drayson, ’18BUS, summer associate, Accion Venture Lab; Sarah Shenker, ’18BUS, MBA Intern, City Light Capital; and Thomas Frischknecht,’18BUS, summer associate, Thirdway Africa.
September 25 — Film Screening of Prosperity
Attendees enjoyed a special film screening of the documentary Prosperity, followed by a special Q&A discussion with Pedram Shojai, producer, founder and CEO of Well.Org, and NYT best selling author.
September 23 — Farm to Fork: Student Welcome Retreat
First- and second-year students, alumni, and staff at the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise joined together to start the academic year with the Annual Pig Roast—a day filled with BBQ, snacks, drinks, games, and general merriment. This year’s student retreat was held at Hilltop Hanover Farm, which is dedicated to the development and advancement of sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, community education, and accessible food systems for all. Upon arrival, attendees received a brief history of the farm and their farming practices. Daytime breakout activities included: participating in a class on Herbs for Health; a guided tour with one of Hilltop’s farmers showcasing their sustainable farming practices; and a yoga class!
September 19 — Nonprofit Board Leadership Program (NBLP) Info Session
Students interested in taking on an independent consulting project for a nonprofit attended the info session to learn more about the NBLP program, application process, and nonprofit board service.
September 18 — Managing Your Nonprofit's Mission

Listeners heard from Professor Ray Horton, professor of ethics and corporate governance and faculty director of the programs in social enterprise at Columbia Business School, on the following topics: key challenges nonprofit leaders face today, best practices for conceptualizing your nonprofit leadership, the balancing act of managing scarce resources, and inherent tradeoffs in decision making as a nonprofit manager.
Organized by the Executive Education Program at Columbia Business School.
September 18 — A Discussion on Climate Change: Where Next on Climate? The Future of Climate Finance & Role of the Green Climate Fund
The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) hosted a presentation by Howard Bamsey, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). ED Bamsey discussed climate finance and the role of GCF. After his keynote remarks, panelists joined CGEP Inaugural Fellow, David Sandalow for an actively moderated discussion focused broadly on climate finance and next steps following President Trump's announcement to pull out of the Paris Agreement and end U.S. contributions to the GCF. Panelists included Mike Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at Citigroup; Melanie Nakagawa, Non-Resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, and Head of Climate Initiative with Princeville Global; and Bruce Usher, Co-Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director, and Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School.
Organized by the center and the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP).
September 15 — Bridgespan: 2nd Year Presentation
First- and second-year students met with representatives at Bridgespace for an info session on the organization and job opportunities.
Organized by SEC.
September 15 — Dinner with Marc Koska, Safepoint
Students in the Social Entrepreneurship: Global Perspective (MBA) course had the opportunity to network with Marc Koska, founder of Safepoint Trust.
September 14 — Tamer Center Clubs Kickoff
With a packed room, the center and professional clubs provided information on the social enterprise community at the School. Students interested in exploring the field of social enterprise during their time at the School had the opportunity to meet students and faculty whose passion for international development, social entrepreneurship, CSR, renewable energy, and nonprofit consulting and nonprofit management has elevated the School to be one of the top business schools for social enterprise. Students learned about the different clubs’ initiatives on campus and opportunities to be involved in the social enterprise community.
Organized by the Green Business Club (GBC), Social Enterprise Club (SEC), and the center.
September 14 — Club Welcome Mixer
First-year students met with the current professional club members on an informal basis at Uris Hall’s West Terrace to learn more about the social enterprise community at the School.
Organized by the GBC and SEC.
September 14 — Pangea Project Competition
Pangea, the international development consulting arm of the Social Enterprise Club, hosted a competition for the top student project teams from spring 2017.
Organized by Pangea, within SEC.

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July '17

July 27 — REAP Immersion Course: Taconic Correctional Facility Volunteer Orientation
MBA students enrolled in the ReEntry Acceleration Program’s REAP Immersion Course travelled to Taconic Correctional Facility to acquaint themselves with the facility, classroom, and procedures for their upcoming class instruction. Lew Goidel, supervisor of Correctional Facility Volunteer Services, greeted participates and gave them a tour of the facility.
July 19 — 2017 Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Summer Social
The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, current and former Social Enterprise Summer Fellows, and alumni working in and interested in social enterprise celebrated the 2017 Social Enterprise Summer Fellows at the summer social.
 
This year’s summer fellows interned across social enterprise sectors including education, healthcare, arts, conservation, impact investing, SME development, community development, architecture, engineering, and beyond. The types of organizations that the 2017 summer fellows worked at vary and include: Education Pioneers, One Acre Fund, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Ashoka, Girls Who Code, BlocPower, Accion East, IFC, The Adventure Project, KivaMicrofunds, and more.
 
July 13 — REAP Immersion Course: Taconic Correctional Facility Volunteer Orientation
MBA students enrolled in the ReEntry Acceleration Program’s (REAP) REAP Immersion Course travelled to Taconic Correctional Facility to acquaint themselves with the facility, classroom, and procedures for their upcoming class instruction. Lew Goidel, supervisor of Correctional Facility Volunteer Services, greeted participates and gave them a tour of the facility.

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