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A listing of our recurring event programming and community engagement initiatives can be found here, and recorded events can be found here. Click here to see this year's events.

Brownbag Lunch with Audrey Codera

When: Thursday, April 20th, 2006
Where: Uris 307

Audrey Codera is Executive Director of the Philippine Youth Employment Network (PYEN), a youth-led grassroots nonprofit organization aimed at bringing employment and employability to young people. She will discuss a PYEN's pilot project, the Community-based Youth Entrepreneurship Program (CYEP), which helps less privileged youth become self-sustaining through basic entrepreneurship development courses, microfinance training and business mentorship. Audrey will discuss how the program has engaged youth to help overcome poverty and prejudice by developing their own micro-enterprises, and how this has helped their families and communities. Audrey is currently a visiting scholar with the Center for the Study of Human Rights at SIPA.

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Annual Conference on Investing in India

When: Friday, April 14th, 2006
Where: Uris 301

This annual event on "Investing in India: A 20/20 Perspective", is organized by the South Asian Business Association (SABA) and the India Initiative at SIPA. This year's conference features a panel on "Social Enterprise: Empowering the Disadvantaged". Multiple organizations and individuals are using a variety of innovative approaches that are transforming the socio-economic fabric of India. This panel will seek to explore the social problems that plague India, debate over the current response, areas of success and challenges faced by the non-governmental sector. Speakers will address the possible ways in which individuals and businesses can make a difference, and be effective in driving social change.

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Private Sector Development in Africa & the Middle East

When: Thursday, April 13th, 2006
Where: Uris 140

Charles Krakoff '82, a leading advisor on emerging market investment and trade, will speak about the current challenges and opportunities for private sector development in Africa and the Middle East. Krakoff is founder and Managing Partner of Koios Associates; a firm specialized in direct investment, finance and trade in emerging markets. He is a recognized trade and investment expert with over 20 years of corporate, financial, and consulting experience, and has served as an advisor to cabinet ministers, investment and trade promotion agencies, financial institutions, private investors and senior corporate executives in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.

This is an outstanding opportunity to learn from an active industry practitioner about private equity investing, multilateral donor-funded economic development, and development consulting in emerging markets. RSVP to Brad Fusco at [email protected] by Wednesday, April 12 at 5:00pm.

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Wine And Define

When: Mondal, April 10th, 2006
Where: Hepburn Lounge

Wine And Define: Defining Your Own Way to Give Back. Please join us for an evening of wine and cheese to explore ways you can have an impact after graduation. The informal evening will host representatives from Taproot Foundation, Domini Social Investments, United Way (board linkages), and NY Cares, who will discuss:

  • nonprofit board service
  • pro bono consulting
  • socially responsible investing
  • volunteer service
  • philanthropy

Catch up with friends and find out how you can have an impact. Please RSVP to Neel Gandhi at [email protected] by Friday, April 7. Organized by the Social Enterprise club, MIDI, Covap, Wine Society and Gourmet club

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GSVC Final Event

When: Friday, April 7th, 2006
Where: Low Library

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is a joint venture between the Haas School of Business, Columbia Business School, London Business School and The Goldman Sachs Foundation that supports and promotes the creation and growth of successful social ventures around the world. We strive to elevate the visibility of the field and the quality and quantity of new ventures through our annual business plan competition. Each year GSVC awards more than $100,000 in cash and travel awards and provides invaluable feedback from such companies as Goldman Sachs & Co., the Rockefeller Foundation, and Blumberg Capital to a number of social ventures that are most likely to succeed in accomplishing their financial and social missions.

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When: Thursday, April 6th, 2006
Where: 1:30 PM

John Delfausse, Vice President of Packaging at Aveda, will talk about the company's mission, environmental packaging, the corporate culture and organization and what makes it all work. Come hear about how Aveda has been able to influence its parent company Estee Lauder and the packaging industry at large. Aveda has long been a pioneer in its industry, and in 1989 was the first privately-owned company to endorse the CERES principles, a set of guidelines that advance environmental stewardship on the part of business.

Horst Rechelbacher founded the Aveda Corporation in 1978 with the vision that, in the chemical world of hair salons, someone had to bring products to stylists and their clients that were healthy to apply and consume - delivering the expected beauty result but not at the expense of body balance and well-being. In his view, such products could only come from Mother Nature but should not be manufactured at her expense. If you have questions, please e-mail Laura Haverland at [email protected]. Organized by the Social Enterprise Club and Marketing Association at Columbia.

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Happy Hour

When: Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
Where: Amsterdam Caf³

The Social Enterprise Club, MIDI, and the Social Enterprise Program (SEP) are hosting this event - meet prospective students and share your experience with the Social Enterprise Club and MIDI, as well as business-school life at Columbia. Drink specials will run throughout the night. RSVP by emailing Jeanne at [email protected]

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Film Screening & Discussion: "Infinite Vision"

When: Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
Where: Uris 141

"Infinite Vision" is a documentary film about a legendary eye surgeon from India who makes it his mission to restore sight to the blind and whose work has resulted in one of the world's most extraordinary models of service delivery.

Directed by a first-time filmmaker from India, shot and edited by a communications student from the United States, and supported by several other volunteers from both sides of the world who believed in its subject, this 35-minute film explores the unique perspective and practices of a man who dreamed of combining service to humanity with the best of modern-day management systems and technology, and who then went on to live that dream with unprecedented results. This is a great opportunity to learn about the bottom of the pyramid model, as well as to discuss the film with the director. If you have any questions, please send them to Chetan Reddy at [email protected]. Co-sponsored by MIDI and SEC.

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SEC New England Trip

When: Thursday March 30th - Saturday April 1st, 2006
Where: New England

Take a break from the City this spring with a trip to beautiful Burlington, VT to visit area social enterprises. Businesses to visit include: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream;Seventh Generation (Environmentally friendly consumer products); Main Street Landing (Sustainable real estate development). Space is limited. SEC members will get first priority. $100 per person includes airfare, hotel, and local transportation. Subsidized by SIPP and the Social Enterprise Club.

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"Development 101" Panel Discussion & Networking

When: Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 at 5.00 p.m.
Where: Uris 141

Current MBA students will discuss their professional experiences in international development. This is a great opportunity to learn about the development industry from experienced practitioners, as well as to generate valuable leads and contacts for your summer job search. If you have particular questions that you would like the panelists to address, please send them ahead to Chetan Reddy. Panelists include: Brad Fusco MBA/MIA '07, who has four years of private sector development consulting with Chemonics International in the Middle East; Matt Hochbrueckner '06, who has six years of humanitarian relief with Catholic Relief Services in Africa and Eastern Europe; Jonathan Jacoby MBA/MIA '06, who has three years of fair trade advocacy with Oxfam America in Washington, D.C.; Sachin Kadakia '07 who has a year of microfinance with Tanzania Capital Boosting Association in Africa; and Debra Kurshan '07 who has four years of education, technology, and HIV/AIDS development with Peace Corps in Africa and World Links in Washington, D.C.

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I-Prep Session

When: Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 at 1.15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall

I-Prep is an on-campus community service organization. Through I-Prep, MBAs provide 2 half hour mock interviews to welfare-to-work individuals going through a job readiness program with FEGS Health and Human Services. Last semester, more than 25% of the student body participated in I-Prep at least once. I-Prep sessions are conveniently located in Uris. Sessions take place from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm on Tuesdays; new volunteer training is offered prior to every session, starting at 1:15. If you have any questions about I-Prep please contact Ellen Brown or Sherri Balsam.

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2006 Energy Symposium

When: Friday, March 24th, 2006 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall Room L107

"Meeting Tomorrow's Energy Needs: Opportunities And Challenges In The Renewable Energy Sector." The Energy Club at Columbia Business School is delighted to invite you to this year's Renewable Energy focused Symposium. The keynote speaker will be Brian Ward, Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer, GE Energy Financial Services. Other speakers include:

  • Mark Townsend Cox, The New Energy Fund
  • Robert Foxen, Global Common
  • Peter Fusaro, Global Change Associates
  • Stewart Hancock, Northeast BioFuels
  • Professor Geoffrey Heal, Columbia Business School
  • Chelle Izzi, Consumer Power
  • Arnold Leitner, SkyFuel
  • Walter "Chip" Schroeder, Distributed Energy Systems
  • Joe Van den Berg, Boox Allen Hamilton
  • Gary Davidson, NY State Department of Public Service
  • Shirley Neff, the Center for Energy Marine Transportation and Public Policy School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

The Energy Club is committed to educating Columbia Business School students about the energy industry, increasing awareness regarding career opportunities, and helping members take advantage of those opportunities.

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MOMA Visit - Finance and the Arts

When: Friday, March 24th, 2006 at 10.00 a.m.
Where: 11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Learn about finance, the arts and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), a world-renowned nonprofit institution. Meet with MOMA’s Director of Finance and Chief Information Technology Officer, a Columbia MBA graduate. We will learn about the operations of a major arts institution and how MBAs can create value in this sector. Free admission is included to the exhibitions on view (Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul; On-Site: New Spanish Architecture; John Szarkowski: Photographs, Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, and Transforming Chronologies). Please RSVP to Grace Wang. Organized by the Social Enterprise Club and the Art Association.

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Mentor Dinner Series with Maurice Coleman

When: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006 at 6.30 p.m.
Where: Faculty House - Dewitt Dining Room

Meet Maurice Coleman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager in Community Development Banking at Bank of America. The SEC Mentor Dinner series is a unique opportunity for a small group of students to meet with top experts from various areas of the social enterprise industry. Maurice Coleman oversees Bank of America's strategic Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activity pertaining to both economic growth and community development in low- to moderate-income communities throughout New York City. In this capacity, he works with a cross-functional market executive team that seeks to maximize the financial options offered to individuals, small businesses, not-for-profits and community based organizations. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Yvonne Lu. Dinners are pay-your-own-way and are estimated to be no more than $25.

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Stone Barns Center Trip

When: Friday, March 17th, 2006 at 1.00 p.m.
Where: Westchester

Trip to Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and a meeting with James Ford, Executive Director. We'll meet at school around 11:45 am and take the Metro North to Tarrytown (30-40 minutes from Harlem-125th Street Station). Lunch is included from Blue Hill Caf³. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a beautiful nonprofit farm, educational center and restaurant in the heart of Westchester County on the former estate of David Rockefeller. Its mission is to demonstrate, teach and promote sustainable, community-based food production. It offers a unique experience: a chance to learn about farming firsthand on a real working farm, the only farm open to the public so close to New York City. Stone Barns Center is also home to renowned chef Dan Barber's Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a restaurant that offers guests a taste of the farm and of the bounty of the Hudson Valley. Space is limited. RSVP by Tuesday, March 14 to Laura Haverland.

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MIDI Spring Mixer

When: Thursday, March 16th, 2006 at 5.00 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Caf³, on Amsterdam Avenue, between 119th and 120th Streets

Before heading to this week's Managers for International Development Initiatives (MIDI) co-sponsored Happy Hour, please join us for our Spring Mixer. This is a great opportunity for MIDI to welcome our new J-Term members, as well as catch up with old friends. It is also the perfect time for J-Termers interested in international development and emerging markets to learn more about MIDI. Appetizers will be served, and your first drink is free! Planning to attend? Please RSVP to Brad Fusco.

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DAI networking session

When: Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: Uris 331

Managers for International Development Initiatives (MIDI) will host a networking lunch and information session for opportunities with DAI. RSVP is required by Feb 20th if you wish to attend. Please RSVP as a MIDI member under BOLD.

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Mentor Dinner Series with Luanne Zurlo

When: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006 at 6.30 p.m.
Where: Faculty House - DeWitt Dining Room

The SEC Mentor Dinner series is a unique opportunity for a small group of students to meet with top experts from various areas of the social enterprise industry. Luanne Zurlo, Executive Director of World Education & Development Fund (WEDF), founded the organization after a nine year career as a securities analyst on Wall Street (Smith Barney, CSFB and Goldman Sachs), during which Luanne was ranked by Institutional Investor as one of the top Latin American telecommunications analysts. Luanne has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia Business School, an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and a BA in History from Dartmouth College. If you are interested, please RSVP on BOLD by Friday, February 10th. A group of eight invitees will be selected at random to attend. You will receive an email confirmation by Monday, February 13th. Dinners are pay-your-own-way and are estimated to be no more than $25. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Yvonne Lu.

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LABA Conference - "Breaking Traditional Structures: Capital Markets and Microfinance in Latin America"

When: Friday, February 17, 2006 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Where: Uris and Low Library

Sponsored by the Latin American Business Association (LABA). Join alumni and current students at the annual LABA conference, featuring:

  • Hernando de Soto, Founder, Institute of Liberty and Democracy (ILD)
  • Jamil Mahuad, Former President of Ecuador
  • Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary General of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations
  • Jonathan Morduch - Professor of New York University and author "The Economics of Microfinance"
  • Donald Terry - Manager of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)
  • Bob Annibale - Global Director of Microfinance, Citigroup
  • Kurt Koenigsfest S. - CEO & General Manager, BancoSol S.A.

To register online, visit the LABA website or for more information, please contact Wilfredo Cabrera.

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January-term Career Panel

When: Thursday, February 16th, 2006 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall Room 142

Career Services and the Social Enterprise Club invite you to the Career Discussion Series on the Social Enterprise, Operations/General Management, Health Care, Marketing, and Technology areas. Hear from a panel of second-year students, including Alice Easter, who targeted the industries above in their job searches. This is mainly for the new J-Term class, but any MBA student may attend.

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Barbara Fiorito - Multisector Careers

When: Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 at 1.30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall Room 142

A life and career devoted to change on a global scale: during her career, Barbara Fiorito has been a director of the Fairtrade Labelling Organization, Chair of Oxfam America, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Uniworld Business Publications, Director at Chemical Bank, Pioneer in Not-for-profit and urban banking, a Peace Corps Member, and first woman MBA in Chemical's Executive Training Program. Ms. Fiorito will discuss the tradeoffs of a career spent in both the for- and non-profit worlds, and answer questions about her international development work, her finance career, and the challenges facing both fields in coming years. Please RSVP to Neel Gandhi.

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Social Enterprise Club & SIPA Happy Hour

When: Monday, February 13th, 2006 at 8 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Caf³ at Amsterdam Ave between 119th & 120th Streets

Join Social Enterprise Club Members and students from SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs) for cocktails, conversation and food. Expand your network and get to know like-minded people. All SEC members are invited to come meet SIPA students interested in social enterprise.

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Annual Social Enterprise Cocktail Reception

When: Monday, February 6, 2006 at 6.30 p.m.
Where: Christie's, 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 contact Reid Ching for more information.

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Social Enterprise Career SuperCharger Event

When: Friday, February 3, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall


  • Industry Trends and Social Enterprise 101 Training
  • Panels on Functional Career Paths (i.e. Finance, Marketing)
  • Networking Lunch with Peers and Alumni in the Sector

This event will be beneficial to those who plan to enter the Sector immediately and those who anticipate an industry switch later in their careers. Please contact Sara Batterton at [email protected] if you have any questions.


9:30am - 10am: Registration

10am - 11:30am: Trends and Social Enterprise 101 Training

11:45am - 12:45pm: Peer Networking Lunch

1:00pm - 2:30pm:

Panel I: Finance in Social Enterprise

Panel II: Consulting in Social Enterprise

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Greyston Bakery Field Trip

When: Friday, January 27, 1 - 3pm
Where: Yonkers, New York

Join us for a private tour and Q&A session with President and CEO, Julius Walls, Jr. Discover how a for-profit social enterprise and not-for-profit foundation work in tandem to achieve success. Through its mission of helping disadvantaged people, the Greyston Bakery has created a successful, profitable business to fuel its not-for-profit efforts through the Greyston Foundation. It is the sole supplier of brownie and blondie bits for Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

We will meet under the clocks in Uris at 11:45am to head to the train station and Yonkers together. The trip will likely take all afternoon due to travel time. This event will be limited to 15 members. Since we only have a few spots remaining, we will hold a lottery for these places. Please RSVP to Jeanne at [email protected] by January 15th to be considered for the lottery.

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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line

When: Thursday January 5 at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Uris 310

New students Individual, Business and Society (IBS) orientation session introduced by Paul Glasserman, Senior Vice Dean of Columbia Business School and Jack R. Anderson Professor of Business, and Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics. Speakers: Ingrid Dyott of Neuberger Berman; David Schilling of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility; and Kevin Thurm of Citigroup. Moderated by Ray Horton, Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Ethics and Corporate Governance and Director of the Social Enterprise Program.

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Ecotourism Study Tour to Ecuador

When: January 2-12, 2006
Where: Ecuador

Explore Ecuador's rivers, jungles, and volcanic regions during winter break. The trip will focus on the country's eco-tourism industry and conservation efforts. The planned itinerary includes:

  • 3 nights at the Yachana Lodge, a river lodge on the Rio Napo in the Amazon region and winner of the 2004 Conde Nast Ecotourism Award. At Yachana, we will meet with officials from Fundesin, a foundation run by Yachana owners that has helped found a community health clinic and micro-enterprises like Yachana Gourmet.
  • 3 nights at the Black Sheep Inn, an ecologically friendly hotel high in the Andes Mountains which was named one of the "Top 10 Ecolodges in the World" by Outside Magazine. At the Black Sheep, we'll learn about the owners' practice of permaculture and about the surrounding diverse eco-systems. We'll also have time for adventures like horseback riding and hikes to the nearby volcano crater.
  • Meetings in Quito with officials from Conservation International and the founder of the Ecuadorian Ecotourism Association.
  • Free day in Quito for exploring the wonderful city and its culture.

The trip is currently limited to second year MBA students only. Please e-mail Laura Haverland with any questions.

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SEC Mentor Dinner Series - Suzi Chun

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Faculty House - DeWitt Dining Room

The SEC Mentor Dinner series is a unique opportunity for a small group of students to meet with top experts from various areas of the social enterprise industry. Meet with Suzi Chun '02, who has spent her career at the intersection of private and public sectors. She is the head of the Charitable Giving program at Next Jump, where she develops marketing products that will facilitate charitable giving and support their business model. Prior to Next Jump, she spent a year at the United Nations in their Management Consulting Section serving departments within the Secretariat, and as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. serving clients in Seoul, Hong Kong, and in the States. Prior to business school, Suzi was a Farber Fellow at The Roberts Enterprise development Fund (REDF), where she helped develop the Social Return on Investment (SROI) framework to evaluate the impact of social enterprises. Prior to REDF, she was an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan's Public Finance group. To keep the setting small and intimate, a group of eight invitees will be selected at random to attend. You will receive an email confirmation by Saturday, December 3rd. Please RSVP on BOLD by Friday, December 2nd, 11:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Yvonne Lu. Dinners are pay-your-own-way and are estimated to be no more than $25.

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StartingBloc Mentors

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2005 from 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 140

  • Interested in applying your MBA knowledge to real corporate social change issues?
  • Want to engage with and learn from top executives in corporations focusing on CSR issues?
  • Seeking to mentor the next generation of social enterprise leaders?

Meet Martin Smith, founder of StartingBloc, to discuss the mentoring initiative which will match MBAs to StartingBloc participants. StartingBloc is a nonprofit organization focused on identifying and training young leaders (18-25 year olds) in principles of sustainability, social enterprise, and corporate social responsibility. StartingBloc fellows, staff and mentors will have the opportunity to engage with top executives in CSR from corporations such as Starbuck's and GE in the Social Innovation Competition. StartingBloc is seeking 15-20 MBAs to guide the StartingBloc teams. Share your MBA knowledge and work experience with StartingBloc Fellows as they tackle their cases for the Social Innovation Competition. This is a unique opportunity to apply your MBA knowledge and to interact with corporate executives and strategy consultants in the area of CSR.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Lu: [email protected]

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Community Development Panel

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Warren 208

Interested in real estate and how it affects the community? Come hear recent alums talk about how they combined interests in real estate and the urban environment for a rewarding career path.

Jointly supported by the Real Estate Association and the Social Enterprise Club.


  • Meegan Massagli - Director, Hamilton, Rabinovitz, & Alschuler
  • Ben Kornfeind - Dunn Development Corp.
  • Andrea Wenner - Founder, Out2Play
  • Chris Tharp Flynn - Housing Finance Agency

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GSVC Mentor Day

When: Saturday, December 3, 2005
Where: Uris 142

Do you have a new business idea that has both financial and social goals?
Do you want a mentor to assist you with your business plan?
Do you want the opportunity to get feedback and funding for this new venture?

Then participate in the 2006 Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC), hosted by Columbia Business School.

Key Dates:

November 16, 2005: EXECUTIVE SUMMARIES DUE (optional, but HIGHLY recommended---Please note: If you would like to receive a mentor to assist you with your business plan, you must submit an executive summary by Nov. 16th.)

November 30, 2005 6-8 pm: Workshop (optional) - How to Create a Business Plan with "Centsability"; RSVP by Sunday, Nov. 27th to Sandy Eapen.

January 25, 2006: BUSINESS PLANS DUE (Please note: You may submit a business plan without having submitted an executive summary)

Note: Your business plan must include at least 1 primary team member who is currently enrolled anywhere in the world at an accredited business school at the graduate level (Master's, PhD, etc.) or who has graduated from such a program no more than 2 years prior to date of submission.

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When: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 326

Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development will present its MBA Internship Program. Interns will be engaged in work on Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, which promises to transform a swath of central Brooklyn around a new arena for the New Jersey Nets basketball team. A key step in the project's progress: community development groups have signed a "benefits agreement" with the developer to ensure that business opportunities created by the project flow to the local community. Sharai Erima of BUILD will talk about reaching the community benefits agreement and MBA internship opportunities for the summer and next fall. Interns will advise businesses trying to get work at or around the project site, or will potentially work with BUILD in its community development efforts - a great opportunity for those interested in community development or real estate project development.

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Business and the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic

When: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 141

Organized by the Africana Association, SIPA Pan-African Network and MIDI.


  • Samir Khalil, Executive Director of HIV Policy & External Affairs, Europe Middle East & Africa, Merck & Co.
  • Trevor Neilson, Executive Director, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS
  • Anil Soni, Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative
  • Kim Nichols, Executive Director, African Services Committee
  • MODERATOR: Lee Branstetter, Daniel W. Stanton Associate Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Co-Sponsors: Institute of African Studies * Global Justice * Health Care Industry Association * Student Leadership & Ethics Board * GBA/COVAP * Greater China Society * South Asian Business Association * Latin American Business Association

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GSVC Business Plan Workshop

When: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 307

Presented by John Moore, Co-Founder and acting Executive Director of Cents Ability, Inc.

Cents Ability, Inc. (www.cents-ability.org) is a New York City based nonprofit that teaches financial literacy to underserved high school students.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, Nov 29th to [email protected]


  • Writing a business plan
  • What it takes to get an organization up and running
  • Measuring Social Return
  • Brief overview of Social Return on Investment Techniques
  • Q&A

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Development and Trade of Carbon Credits

When: Monday, November 21, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 142

Marc Stuart is the co-founder of Ecosecurities, the leading consulting firm for the development and trading of carbon credits in the emissions reduction market.

The Kyoto Protocol set emission limits in most industrial countries on six major Greenhouse Gases. The Protocol established a series of "Flexibility Mechanisms" to allow industries (and countries) to have lower-cost options for reducing emissions, while also promoting sustainable development in both developing and industrial countries.

Ecosecurites focuses its efforts on providing carbon finance solutions to projects reducing greenhouse gas emissions, especially to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Through its early history, EcoSecurities played a groundbreaking role in the development of the emission reduction market infrastructure, assisting governments and international agencies in market design and helping global corporations prepare for a carbon constrained world.

"Energy efficiency is a policy with double or even triple dividends. While reducing carbon dioxide emissions, it improves energy security of supply and, when available at zero or negative costs, it contributes to economic growth." - Financial Times

"For a market that is less than a year old and still feeling its way, European trading in carbon dioxide emissions has grown in liquidity and complexity well beyond the expectations of most of those involved." - The International Herald Tribune

"The pioneering days are over. In the first three quarters of 2005 alone, estimated trading volumes reached 177 million tonnes, or eleven times global volumes in all of 2004." - Reuters

"The European market for carbon emissions can reach 90 million tonnes a year in the period 2008-21012. It assigns a value of 45 billion euros to this volume." - Business Insight

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club, the Energy Club and MIDI.

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GSVC Judging Breakfast

When: Friday, November 18, 2005 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Uris 140

Do you want to learn how to judge a business plan? Are you interested in Private Equity or Venture Capital? Have you ever wondered how to determine an enterprise's social return?

If your answer was yes to any of the above, become a student judge in this year's business plan competition to be held at Columbia!

Judges will learn more about determining the viability of business plans and will be taught the basic methodology in determining an enterprise's social return, a skill-set useful to anyone interested in evaluating business models or starting an enterprise.

The student judge's responsibilities will be:

  • To screen a select number of initial executive summaries from potential entrants in mid-November
  • Be the first round judges for the actual competition that begins in January. Those plans selected by student judges will move on to the final competition to be held in April, at which time the entrepreneurs will present their plans in detail to actual VCs and entrepreneurs, and have the opportunity to receive actual funding for launching their business or expanding their operations.

Come join us on Friday, November 18th for breakfast! We will explain in detail what you get to do once you become a student judge and will start judging the executive summaries submitted by the participants of the business plan competition.

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is a joint venture between the Haas School of Business, Columbia Business School, London Business School and The Goldman Sachs Foundation that supports and promotes the creation and growth of successful social ventures around the world. We strive to elevate the visibility of the field and the quality and quantity of new ventures through our annual business plan competition. Each year our competition awards more than $100,000 in cash and travel awards with invaluable feedback from such companies as Goldman Sachs & Co., the Rockefeller Foundation, and Blumberg Capital to a number of social ventures that are most likely to succeed in accomplishing their financial and social missions.

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WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price

When: Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 141

WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price is a feature length documentary that uncovers a retail giant's assault on families and American values. The film dives into the deeply personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to fight a goliath. WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price takes you behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and their families, business owners and their communities, in an extraordinary journey that will challenge the way you think, feel...and shop.

Supported by The Social Enterprise Club and Why to Buy, a new non-profit organization, founded by a School of Social Work graduate whose mission is to educate about socially and environmentally responsible consumerism. The organization evolved from Giving Gifts, a GSVC semi-finalist in 2003.

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SEC Mentor Dinner - Todd Stern

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Faculty House - DeWitt Dining Room

The SEC Mentor Dinner series is a unique opportunity for a small group of students to meet with top experts from various areas of the social enterprise industry.

Invitees to the November 16 event will meet with Todd Stern, Vice President at Goldman Sachs, is dedicated to the Urban Investment Group's real estate practice. Mr. Stern first joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 in the Municipal Finance Department, where he was involved in underwriting over $500 million in tax-exempt bonds for public and nonprofit debt issuers. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Stern served for two years as a legislative aide on the staff of Congressman Charles Rangel. Mr. Stern graduated from Cornell University in 1992, and received his MBA from Stanford Business School in 2000.

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Volunteer for I-Prep

When: Friday, November 4, 2005 at 12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 330

Help welfare-to-work individuals prepare for job interviews. I-Prep is a no-commitment, on-campus community service organization. Through I-Prep, MBAs provide two half hour mock interviews to welfare-to-work individuals going through a job readiness program with FEGS Health and Human Services. No interviewing experience is required. Last semester, more than 25% of the student body participated in I-Prep at least once.

I-Prep sessions are conveniently located in Uris 330. Sessions take place from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Fridays; new volunteer training is offered prior to every session, starting at 11:45.

Please RSVP on the site by 5 pm on Wednesday, November 2. If you have any questions about I-Prep, please contact Ellen Brown at [email protected] or Sherri Balsam at [email protected]. Co-sponsored by I-Prep and the Social Enterprise Club.

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Renewable Energy Startup: SkyFuel LLC

When: Thursday, November 3, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 332

Presentation by CEO and Founder, Arnold Leitner '06. SkyFuel plans to deploy a new low-cost solar technology in the United States, Mexico, and the Americas. The presentation will begin with an introduction to the domestic energy challenge and will continue to explain why SkyFuel's technology has the potential to meet a large portion of future electric energy supply. The speaker is a former consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") and author of the DOE study "Fuel from the Sky: Solar Power's Potential for Western Energy Supply."

Organized by the Energy Club.

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Broad Foundation

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 305

The Broad Foundation's mission is to dramatically improve K-12 urban public education through better governance, management, labor relations and competition. Representatives from the Foundation will discuss summer and full-time opportunities in education. Hear about the experiences of your fellow classmates who interned as Broad Summer Residents and ask any questions you might have. Please RSVP to [email protected]

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Michael Graglia - IFC

When: Monday, October 24, 2005 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 140

Michael Graglia, Projects Officer at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), is also part of the Global Business School Network, covering East Africa and South Asia. Michael joined the World Bank Group in 2003, after earning degrees from Johns Hopkins SAIS and Columbia Business School. He has served in the Peace Corps, and worked as a consultant. Michael also serves on the advisory board of Deep Roots, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity he founded for girls' education in Africa and Central America.

Sponsored by the Africana Association and MIDI.

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Double-Bottom Line Venture Capital

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Midtown Location

Over the past few decades, social investing has branched into a variety of facets; yet it remains rooted in its double-bottom line platform. From equity investments in entrepreneurial companies that address environmental concerns to lending to micro enterprises, social investing has a distinct appeal because of its strong potential impact on society. With an ever-increasing number of innovations in business models and tools, portfolio companies operate with dual focus, pursuing profit alongside socially responsible goals.

Join us for a panel discussion of Double-Bottom Line Venture Capital with Kerwin Tesdell, Executive Director of The Community development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA). With more than 100 members, this national trade association promotes the use of tools such as `near-equity' investing to create jobs, and entrepreneurial capacity and wealth to advance the livelihoods of low-income people and the economies of distressed communities. The Sustainable Jobs Fund (SJF), co-founded by Richard Defieux '84, will be represented by its other cofounder, David Kirkpatrick, who will discuss the fund's successes in investing in 'green tech' companies. Smith Barney's Bruce Kahn, a National Science Foundation Fellow who's done work in Ecological Economics, will discuss Smith Barney's approach to socially responsible investing. Along with other invited panelists, the speakers will provide information about the most recent developments and share both the upside and the pitfalls of this important sector of venture investing.

Organized by the Entrepreneurial Ventures Committee of the Columbia Alumni Club of New York

RSVP: Pre-registration necessary at www.cbsacny.org photo id required for entrance.

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New Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty

When: Tuesday, October 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Midtown location

Theory, practice and some personal reflections for new and emerging nonprofit leaders.

With Grant Ackerman, Associate Dean, Executive Education, Columbia Graduate School of Business RSVP to the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management (INM)at Columbia Business School.

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Careers at Population Services International

When: Tuesday, October 18th from 1:30 to 3:00p.m.
Where: Uris 140

Population Services International (PSI) is a nonprofit social marketing organization, which uses proven business marketing strategies to promote health issues in developing countries.

PSI's health programs include safe water/oral rehydration, malaria, nutrition/micronutrients, family planning, and HIV/AIDS.

CBS alumna Staci Leushner '01, currently working in Rwanda, will speak about:

  • PSI's work
  • Social marketing
  • Career opportunities: positions include Marketing Manager, Program Manager, Associate Program Manager, and Field Representative

For more information please email Alice Easter or Matt Hochbrueckner

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CRC Tour on Researching Social Enterprise Fields

When: Friday, October 14th from 1:45 to 2:45
Where: Uris CRC, between the 1st and 2nd floors (stairwell Y)

Alysa Turkowitz, Assistant Director of the Careers Resource Center (CRC), will familiarize students with the center's resources. Following the presentation, a 2nd year student experienced in the SE job hunt will field resources and recruiting-related questions.

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Steve Lydenberg - Socially Responsible Investing

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 140

Learn about the field of Socially Responsible Investing and hear from Steve Lydenberg, Chief Investment Officer of Domini Social Investments, the first and largest socially and environmentally screened index fund in the world. Domini manages more than $1.8 billion in assets for individual and institutional investors who wish to integrate social and environmental criteria into their investment decisions. The Domini Social Bond Fund and the Domini Money Market Account are two other investment vehicles that invest in community economic development.

Jointly supported by the Social Enterprise Club and the Investment Banking Club. RSVP by Sunday, October 9 to Neel Gandhi.

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Annual Social Enterprise Conference

When: Friday, October 7th, 2005
Where: Uris

The Annual Social Enterprise Conference, “Business and Society: Building A Sustainable Future,” will feature a keynote address by this year's award winner of the Benjamin Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics, Joan Bavaria, Founding President and CEO of Trillium Asset Management.

The conference will highlight initiatives within the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors to generate financial, social and environmental wealth through innovative and sustainable business practices and partnerships. This annual event brings together industry leaders, professionals, faculty, alumni and students to share best practices and to engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of mission and business. The day will close with a networking cocktail reception. For more details, please see the conference website.

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Pro Bon Consulting - Agora Partnerships

When: Thursday, September 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 326

Your business skills can change a life and launch a business. Be a volunteer consultant this semester with Agora Partnerships, a micro venture capital fund launched at Columbia Business School whose mission is to unleash the talent of Nicaraguan entrepreneurs.

Agora Partnerships offers you the opportunity to engage in direct consulting with an Agora Entrepreneur as they prepare their business for possible investment. The consulting engagement also offers you the opportunity to visit Nicaragua over winter break to and meet the entrepreneurs and the country's business leaders.

Fall 2005 Agora Entrepreneurs include:

  • Owner of a plastics products company who is expanding into the recycling business
  • An English professor turned cardamom farmer who has organized an 82 person collective to export cardamom
  • An HR director for a financial services company starting her own temp agency and managerial services company
  • A manager for the Nicaraguan Export Promotion Commission with plans to start a new dried fruit export business
  • A potato farmer with experience working for development organizations who is starting a frozen potato business to supply the growing Nicaraguan commercial food industry

Agora Partnerships is a social venture that was founded last year by a group of Columbia Business School students. For more information contact Sue Igoe. Read more about Agora in the Ashoka "Changemakers Innovation Award Competition": http://www.changemakers.com/

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Social Enterprise Career Discussion Series

When: Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 331

Come hear second year students—Grace Wang, Laura Haverland, Lindsay Kruse, Jonathan Jacoby, and Tricia Morente—discuss their experiences in education, community development venture capital, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit consulting, marketing, microfinance, and international development. Organized by the Business School's Office of MBA Career Services.

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Annual Social Enterprise Retreat

When: Saturday, September 17, 2005 - 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: Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 11 a.m.
Where: Lerner Hall

New students orientation panel featuring James McDonald, President and CEO of Rockefeller & Co., Inc.; Alan Hassenfeld, Chairman of Hasbro; Lord Ronald Oxburgh, Chairman of Shell Transport and Trading Company; 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: Thursday, July 28, 2005 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 Í07).

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