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Click here for a listing of our recurring event programming and community engagement initiatives.

Micro Venture Capital - Agora Partnerships

When: Tuesday April 19, at 1:30 p.m.
Where: 307 Uris Hall

Beyond microfinance, micro venture capital is the next frontier for providing consulting and seed capital to emerging market entrepreneurs. Panelists will discuss how Columbia Business School students are helping Nicaraguan entrepreneurs Olga and Melying and their baby food business compete with Gerber. From baby food to fruit-infused ice tea, see how three teams of Columbia MBA students are playing a decisive role helping emerging market entrepreneurs launch, finance and grow their businesses.

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Social Enterprise Club - End of Year Party

When: Monday April 18, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Hepburn Lounge, Uris Hall

End of year party for current students. Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club. Please RSVP to Lindsay Kruse.

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Fighting AIDS in Africa: Lessons from Botswana

When: Wednesday April 13, at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall

An Individual, Business and Society special event: The global AIDS crisis has hit Sub-Saharan Africa harder than any other region of the world, and the magnitude of human suffering it has spawned almost defies our imagination:

  • It is estimated that 29.4 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. That is two-thirds of HIV/AIDS cases reported globally.
  • In Zimbabwe and Botswana, one in four adults carries the virus. A child born in Zambia or Zimbabwe today is more likely than not to die of AIDS.
  • There are 13 million children orphaned by AIDS worldwide, 10 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

How should the global business community respond this AIDS crisis? In 2000, Merck & Co., Inc., and the Gates Foundation established a pathbreaking partnership with the Government of Botswana to explore comprehensive solutions to the AIDS epidemic in that country. Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Vice President of Merck & Co., Inc, will discuss the lessons learned through this and other private/public partnerships Merck has helped create in recent years. Moderated by Professor Lee Branstetter, Director of the International Business Program at Columbia Business School.

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Social Enterprise Trip to New England

When: Thursday April 7 - Saturday April 9, 2005
Where: New England

Organization tours and visits include: Stonyfield Farms, Green Mountain Coffee, Ben & Jerry's and others. Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club. Please contact Ariel Behr for further information.

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CORPS Fellowship Volunteers Happy Hour

When: Wednesday April 6, 2005 at 6.30 p.m.
Where: Radio Perfecto, 1187 Amsterdam Ave., Between 118th and 119th

Social event for volunteers of the annual fundraising campaign. Please RSVP to: Abigail Kahn.

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Social Enterprise Mentoring Lunch

When: Tuesday April 5, 2005
Where: New England

With Anne Hastings, General Director, Fonkoze - a Haitian foundation that supports the organized poor, providing them with essential banking services throughout the country and assisting borrowers with literacy, business training and health education. Fonkoze's mission is to build the economic foundations for democracy in Haiti. This event is sponsored by Columbia Women in Business (CWIB).

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The Challenges of An Executive Director

When: Wednesday March 30, 2005 at 6.00 p.m.
Where: Hepburn Lounge, Uris Hall

A panel discussion on the role of an Executive Director in not-for-profits and the challenges of working with multiple stakeholders. Panelists include: Professor Ed Henry, Moderator; Michael Hirschhorn '89, CORO New York Leadership Center; Digna Sanchez, Learning Leaders; Deb Thompson, Row 10 Advisors; and Edie Behr, Jersey Cares. This event is part of the Social Sector Series organized by the Social Enterprise Club. Please RSVP by Friday, March 25 to Lindsay Kruse.

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CSR: Myth or Reality?

When: Tuesday March 29, 2005 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: 331 Uris Hall

Revisiting The Economist magazine's critique of Corporate Social Responsibility, this panel will discuss CSR — its benefits, drawbacks, and attempts to shape corporate behavior. Panelists include: Alice Tepper Marlin, President, Social Accountability International; Hurst Groves, Director, Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy at SIPA, and former Managing Counsel of Mobil Corporation; and Patrick Doherty, Director of Investment and Responsibility for New York City, NYC Comptroller. This event is co-sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club, Managers for International Development Initiatives, and SIPA's CSR network.

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible Investing European Study trip

When: Saturday March 5 - Sunday March 13 2005
Where: Paris and Brussels

Explore Europe while learning about Corporate Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible Investing. Learn about "best practices" and the interplay between business, NGOs and regulators on CSR and SRI issues. Meet world class experts in a growing field with organizations including Eurosif, Vigeo, BNP Paribas, Deminor, Danone, CSR Europe, European Commission, World Wildlife Fund, Transparency International, and EABIS. Enjoy sightseeing and social events in Paris (with alumni) & Brussels (with CSR professionals). Get to know your classmates outside of school and faculty member (Ray Horton).

Sponsored by the Chazen Institute and the Social Enterprise Program. Please contact Ben Mandell for further information.

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After the Tsunami: Relief, Development and the Corporate Challenge for Southern Asia

When: Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: 301 Uris Hall

Panelists include: Robert Turner, United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA); John McArthur, United Nations Millennium Project and the Earth Institute (Columbia University); Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Former Borough President of Manhattan, and moderated by Professor Bruce Usher, Columbia Business School. This event is co-sponsored by Managers for International Development Initiatives, Committee on Volunteering and Philanthropy, Jewish Business Student Association, South Asian Business Association, and the Social Enterprise Club.

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Patrick Tierney - Harcourt Education

When: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: 303 Uris Hall

Patrick Tierney, Global CEO of Harcourt Education, a major division of Reed-Elsevier — a global $8 billion information company and a stalwart in educational publishing — will share his unique perspective on the information revolution and its impact on the education system both in the US and abroad. His vast experience spans many industries, and has provided him the opportunity to both shape and observe the impact that technology has had on the information sector. As a CEO of one of the world’s most recognized franchises in K-12 education, Mr. Tierney has a singular understanding of the needs of the educational system and the dynamic changes occurring within the industry including at-home education, the voucher system, and on-line instruction. His aptitude in mobilizing resources within large organizations to focus on emerging trends in the marketplace and changing customer needs is a study in management excellence. Before heading up Harcourt Education, Mr. Tierney was President and CEO of several of Thomson Corporation’s major divisions including Thomson Financial, Thomson’ Reference, Scientific & Healthcare Group and Thomson Business Information. Prior to joining Thomson, headed Knight-Ridder Inc.’s electronic publishing activities.

This event is organized by the Education Forum at Columbia University, and co-sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club, and Columbia Business School's Political and World Affairs Club.

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Non-Profit Board Governance - The Robin Hood Foundation
What You Need to Know about Serving On Or Working With Non-Profit Boards

When: Monday, February 21, 2005 at 5.00 p.m.
Where: 306 Uris Hall

Nicole Sebastian, Associate Manager for Governance at The Robin Hood Foundation will present this session. This event is part of the Social Sector Series organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

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Acumen Fund: Summer Internship Discussion

When: Thursday, February 3, 2005 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: 140 Uris Hall

Denise Ciesielka, Healthcare Porfolio Manager, Acumen Fund, Inc. and Abby Doft (EMBA) will discuss internships being offered this summer. Acumen Fund is a global non-profit venture fund serving the four billion people living on less than $4 a day. Their aim is to create a blueprint for building financially sustainable and scalable organizations that deliver affordable, critical goods and services that elevate the lives of the poor. Acumen Fund adheres to a disciplined process in selecting and managing our philanthropic investments as well as in measuring the end results. This event is co-sponsored by Healthcare Industry Association, Managers for International Development Initiatives, Private Equity/Venture Capital Club, and the Social Enterprise Club.

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Annual Social Enterprise Cocktail Reception

When: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 6.30 p.m.
Where: The Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York.

This event brings together students, alumni and professionals for an evening of networking and socializing. Hosted by Sheila and Bill Lambert ('72). Please direct any questions or comments about this event to Emily Erstling.

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Ashoka: Business Social Ventures in the Developing World

When: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: 326 Uris Hall

Susan Davis, Academy Director of Ashoka, and Chair of the Grameen Foundation USA, will speak about Ashoka's commitment to developing social entrepreneurship around the world. She will also discuss the consulting project "Business Social Ventures in the Developing World" which is being organized through the Managers in International Development Initiative (MIDI). This event is co-sponsored by MIDI, Global Social Venture Competition and the Social Enterprise Club.

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Social Enterprise Career Day

When: Friday, January 28, 2005 at 11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Where: Columbia Business School, Uris Hall.

This day is organized by the Social Enterprise Club (SEC), Managers in International Development Initiative (MIDI), and Social Enterprise Program. Events will include:

  • State of the Social Enterprise Program by Professor Ray Horton;
  • Tips on Finding a Job/Internship in Social Enterprise by Bruce Lloyd, MBA Career Services;
  • Intensive Career Workshop by Josh Klenoff; and
  • Panels featuring young alumni and professionals in areas including Nonprofit Management, Energy, Social Entrepreneurship, International Development and Consulting. Panelists include:

    Chelle Izzi, Director, Energy Services, ConsumerPowerline;
    Randall Quan, Managing Director, Community Resource Exchange;
    Tania Shinkawa, NYC Department of Education;
    Rebecca Thomas, Senior Associate in Program and Product Development, Nonprofit Finance Fund;
    Keith Timko, Acting President and COO, Leader to Leader Institute;
    Noha Waibsnaider, Founder and CEO of Peeled Snacks;
    Marc Jacquand, Program Manager, United Nations Capital Development Fund;
    Becky Rottenberg, Director of Programs, Endeavor Global;
    Sonila Jacob, Engagement Manager, Dalberg;
    Jennifer Lewin, Director of Development, Social Accountability International.

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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line

When: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 9 a.m.
Where: 301 Uris Hall

January-term new students orientation panel featuring Chris Beale, Managing Director, Citigroup Global Markets Inc; Scott MacLeod, Managing Director, Global Environment Fund; and moderated by Geoffrey Heal, Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility, Columbia Business School.

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Switching sectors
Managing career changes between public, private, and non-profit sectors

When: Thursday, December 9, 2004 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: Columbia Business School, 141 Uris Hall.

Featuring John Read, President of Outward Bound USA, who earned an MBA and has worked in all three sectors through his career. This event is organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

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Green Building

When: Tuesday, December 7 at 1:30pm ¿ 3:00pm
Where: 209 Warren Hall

Peter Davoren, President & CEO of Turner Construction Company and President & COO of The Turner Corporation, will discuss the construction of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. This event is organized by the Real Estate Association.

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Starting a Not-For-Profit Organization

When: Monday, December 6 at 5:00pm ¿ 6:30pm
Where: 140 Uris Hall

Randy Goodman, a Partner and Lawyer at Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering, Hale, and Dorr LLC, specializes in non-profit law, advising leading universities, foundations, businesses, and other major institutions throughout the country in matters concerning non-profit organizations, such as: retirement and health law, taxation, fiduciary responsibilities, business transactions, and executive compensation. Randy is also an Adjunct Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University where he teaches a course on "Law for Non-Profit Managers" at the School of International and Public Affairs. With his expertise in legal matters for non-profit organizations, Randy played an important role in helping the Alliance for Community Enhancement create its founding legal documents. This event is part of the Social Sector Series organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

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Annual MIDI DC Trip

When: Friday, December 3
Where: Washington D.C.

This annual trip to visit senior executives and alumni from international organizations is organized by the Managers in International Development (MIDI).

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Venture Philanthropy and other trends in philanthropic giving

When: Thursday, November 30
Where: 326 Uris Hall at 1:30 p.m.

Richard Marker, Senior Fellow at NYU Center for Philanthropy, over the last 36 years, has been a university Chaplain, a professor, a strategy and corporate culture consultant in the private sector, international VP of an international non-profit, and the CEO of a philanthropic foundation. He has lectured throughout the USA and in 23 other countries.

Currently, he is principal of a firm which provides philanthropic advisory services to foundations, families and individual philanthropists, and heads the program in Grantsmanship at NYU’s Center for Philanthropy. He also speaks to and advises a number of asset management groups, trust and estate attorneys, and non profit organizations.

In his presentation, which will draw on his extensive experience on all sides of the not for profit world, he will discuss some of the major changes impacting the philanthropic sector today. Utilizing actual cases, he will illustrate the relationship of how the source of money impacts the attitude toward giving, the significance of generational changes in American society on giving strategies, how the compact between donors and grantees is in the midst of sea change, and other insights from his experience with clients and foundations around the country. This event is organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

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Financial Engineering in Microfinance in India

When: Tuesday, November 23
Where: 303 Uris Hall at 1:45 p.m.

Dr. Nachiket Mor, executive director in corporate banking & treasury at ICICI, a premier bank in India, has been instrumental in creating derivative products that have helped various microfinance and social initiatives in India. ICICI has extended funds to Ashoka, for an initiative to build and brand social entrepreneurs through a fellowship programme. Some of the products he will discuss are monsoon derivatives and flood insurance. This event is organized by the South Asian Business Association.

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Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics

When: Friday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: 142 Uris Hall

Lord Browne will receive the School's prestigious Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics.

The Botwinick Prize recognizes outstanding leaders who exhibit the highest standards of ethical business conduct. This year the School will present the award to Lord John Browne of Madingley, CEO of British Petroleum, who will address the audience and answer questions.

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Panel Discussion on Microfinance

When: Tuesday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Faculty House, Harrison Room

With the Launch of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit 2005, the panel will discuss "Why are so many bankable people un-banked?" Panelists include:

    Christina Barrineau, Chief Technical Advisor at the United Nations Capital Development Fund
    Kathryn Imboden, Senior Policy Advisor at the United Nations Capital Development Fund
    Tom Easton: New York Bureau Chief, The Economist (Panel moderator)
    Robert Annibale: Global Director of Microfinance, Citigroup
    Geoff Davis: President and CEO, Unitus
    Janet Thompson: Board Member, Grameen Foundation USA
Organized by the Microfinance Working Group at the School of International and Public Affairs in conjunction with Managers in International Development (MIDI).

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Introduction to the Bridgespan Group

When: Tuesday, November 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: 329 Uris Hall

Learn from recent alumni of the Bridgespan Group (Bain & Company's nonprofit consulting affiliate).

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Annual Net Impact Conference

When: Thursday, November 11-14, 2004
Where: Columbia University, Lerner Hall.

Columbia Business School, via the Social Enterprise Club (a chapter of Net Impact), will welcome more than 1,000 MBA students and professionals from around the world for three days of learning, networking and social events.

Featured keynotes include Orin Smith, CEO of Starbucks, Gary Erikson, CEO of Clif Bar, Jeffrey Hollender, CEO of Seventh Generation, and Tom Chappell, CEO of Tom's of Maine.

Panels and workshops will cover issues like Corporate Social Responsibility, Globalization and Emerging Markets, Sustainable Solutions and Alternative Energy, Social Entrepreneurship, Community Development and Nonprofit Management, and Social Funding and Financing. For more details, please see the conference website.

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Jonathan Grayer, Chairman and CEO of Kaplan

When: Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: Columbia Business School, Uris Hall, Room 142.

Jonathan Grayer, Chairman and CEO of Kaplan (a division of The Washington Post Company) discusses how an $80 million test preparation company grew into a $1 billion educational services corporation that is leading the explosive growth of for profit education. This event is sponsored by the Media Management Association, Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization, and Social Enterprise Club.

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Pro Bono Consulting: Professor Scott Gallin

When: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: Columbia Business School, Uris Hall, Room 330.

Professor Scott Gallin discusses using MBA consulting skills to benefit the nonprofit sector. In addition to his career as a private equity investor, Scott Gallin is a pro bono consultant for the Children’s Aid Society and for Helen Keller International’s Child Sight Program, has lecturered at Peter F. Drucker’s Foundation for Non-Profit Management’s Annual Leadership confernece, is an advisory board member of the Adolescent Health Center (an affiliate of Mt. Sinai Hospital), and is an informal advisor to the Acumen Fund. This event is sponsored by the Small Business Consulting Program, Social Enterprise Club (SEC) and Managers in International Development Initiative (MIDI).

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Wind Energy Project Financing Workshop

When: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: Columbia Business School, Uris Hall, Room 303.

Chris McCall '98 and Jim Trousdale '98 draw on their experience at Fortis Bank, the world's leading arranger for wind farm project finance for this workshop. They will give an overview of wind energy and then discuss a specific case of wind energy project finance. This event is organized by the Energy Club. RSVP to myl2101@columbia.edu.

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Social Enterprise Club Film Series

When: Thursday, October 26, 2004 at 6.30 p.m.
Where: Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center.

A special New York screening of "Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America", a film about David Brower, the late visionary and activist who is considered the Grandfather of the modern environmental movement. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Kelly Duane and then a reception in the adjoining Furman Gallery.

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David Kyle, Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund

When: Monday, October 18, 2004 at 6.00 p.m.
Where: Columbia Business School, 140 Uris Hall.

David Kyle, CIO of Acumen Fund discusses how the venture capital model is applied to sustainable development enterprises around the world, and his transition from corporate banking to nonprofit investing. This event is co-sponsored by the Managers in International Development Initiative (MIDI), Social Enterprise Club (SEC) and Private Equity Club.

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I-Prep Session

When: Friday, October 15, 2004 at 12.00 p.m.
Where: Columbia Business School, Uris Hall.

A volunteer event with I-Prep (Interview Practice and Review for Emerging Professionals) where Columbia MBAs mentor unemployed, socially and economically disadvantaged individuals with one-on-one mock interviews to help clients gain confidence and sharpen their interviewing skills to improve their chances of employment. This session is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club (SEC).

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The International Development Job Search

When: Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: Columbia Business School, 330 Uris Hall.

Career tips and advice from Tom Monaco, MBA Career Services, and MBA students who have worked at: Acumen Fund, Deloitte Emerging Markets, Oxfam International, and the World Bank Group. This event is organized by the Managers in International Development Initiative (MIDI).

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Nonprofit Board Training
Presented by: David La Greca, Volunteer Consulting Group / BoardnetUSA

When: Monday, October 4, 2004 at 5 p.m.
Where: Columbia Business School, 141 Uris Hall

The Volunteer Consulting Group and BoardnetUSA are dedicated to strengthening nonprofit boards of directors, with a special focus on helping boards and potential board members find each other. David La Greca '89, of Volunteer Consulting Group / BoardNetUSA, will give a presentation about the role of boards in non-profits, the role of a board member, and how to join a non-profit board. This session will be introduced by Professor Ed Henry, who teaches a course on "Strategic Management in the Social Sector".

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Career Discussion Series

When: Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: Columbia Business School, Uris Hall

Come hear about careers in social enterprise. Second year students will share their experiences prior to business school and in their summer internships. Will include a variety of SE careers.

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Social Enterprise Club Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 7 p.m.
Where: Off campus

A strictly social event, for getting to know other Social Enterprise Club members, Net Impact members at NYU and Fordham. Further details will be sent to the Social Enterprise Listserv

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Annual Social Enterprise Retreat

When: Saturday, September 11, 2004 - All Day.
Where: Catskill, NY at the Horton-Dinan weekend retreat.

This annual upstate social gathering gives new students a chance to meet second year students, SEP staff, faculty and other friends of the Program.

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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line

When: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 9 a.m.
Where: Miller Theater

New students orientation panel featuring Dr Roy Vagelos, Retired Chairman of the Board and CEO Merck & Co., Inc; Michael J. Balduino, President, Shorewood Packaging; and moderated by Geoffrey Heal, Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility, Columbia Business School.

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Social Enterprise Club Summer Social

When: Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at 7 p.m.
Where: Serena Bar, 222 West 23rd Street, Bottom of Chelsea Hotel.

Summer Social evening for current Social Enterprise Club students at Columbia Business School, alumni and the new MBA students (Class of '06).

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