Events

October '17 | September '17 | July '17

October '17

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 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.

September '17

September 27 — Spark Workshop on Firms with Benefits: How Sustainability is Reshaping the Competitive Business Landscape, Facilitated By Aziza Jamgerchinova ’13BUS ’06JRN
Most executives understand the strategic importance of sustainability and how profoundly it will affect the success, and even the survival, of their businesses. However, very few have successfully tackled the challenge of creating a truly sustainable organization.
 
The Firms with Benefits platform aims to help businesses understand how others have benefitted from incorporating sustainability into key areas of their organizations such as leadership, methodology, strategy, management, and reporting. This platform intends to cultivate and enhance both the desire and the ability to use sustainability as a competitive weapon.
 
Areas for discussion
 
  • What is the driving force behind corporate giants adapting and embracing sustainable business practices?
  • What are the current sources of information and resources available to a company seeking to develop or expand its sustainability practices?
  • What are various ways to share and scale knowledge around sustainable business practices and advancements?
  • How should a new sustainable business platform engage with existing groups and incorporate existing resources?
Supported by the center, the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, SEC, and GBC at Columbia Business School; the Social Entrepreneurship Club at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, and SUMASA at the Earth Institute.
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 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 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 Eduation 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).

July '17

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.