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Challenges & Opportunities in Social Entrepreneurship

When: Tuesday May 13, 2008 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Social entrepreneurs are changing philanthropy by applying business principles. But there is significant skepticism and challenges facing them. Learn about five major organizations and how they are changing the world.

As more wealth is created in the worldwide economy, today’s entrepreneurs and business executives have strived more than ever to give back to society. These so called “social entrepreneurs” are changing philanthropy and areas such as microfinance by applying business principles to solve social problems (mainly by emphasizing innovation, addressing the root cause of a problem and scalability). Yet there is significant skepticism and challenges facing these entrepreneurs.

So, what exactly is social entrepreneurship and what do social entrepreneurs do? What does it take to be in this growing and exciting, yet largely undefined, field? What are some of the common issues they face? Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York & Fordham Business School Alumni Club present a thought provoking discussion featuring individuals from five major organizations. Come and learn about these groups and how they are changing the world around us.

Insights and analysis from: Blair Miller, Business Development Manager at Acumen Fund; Theresa Ellis, CEO of Common Impact; Barbara Kazdan, director at Ashoka U.S.A.; and Lara Galinsky Vice President, Strategy at Echoing Green. Moderator: Bhavna Toor, Vice President, Product Specialist, Lazard.

Price: $20 CBSAC/NY members; $35 non-members.

 

Professor Rakesh Khurana on the founding of business schools

When: Thursday April 24, 2008 at 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Where: Uris 332

Professor Rakesh Khurana, author of "From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession" (Princeton University Press, Sept 2007), with Professor Ray Fisman, discusses the principles behind the founding of business schools and the current state of management education.

 

Forth Annual India Business Conference

When: Saturday, April 19, Lerner Hall.

Topics include: emerging market private equity, Microfinance, Real Estate, and Infrastructure Development. In addition, Premal Shah, President and cofounder of Kiva.org, will be one of the panelists on the Entrepreneurship Panel, and Dr. Rajiv Lall, CEO of the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), is a keynote speaker. Register online.

Premal Shah, President of Kiva, leads Kiva's efforts to scale its partnerships and member base. Prior to Kiva, Premal was a Principal Product Manager at PayPal, an eBay company. During his 6 year career at PayPal, Premal drove a number of key initiatives including a year long project defining eBay's role in economically empowering the global working poor. A number of corporate initiatives have come out of this effort, including PayPal's support of Kiva. Prior to PayPal, Premal was a strategy consultant at Mercer Management Consulting in New York. Premal has had a long standing interest in microfinance. In 1997, he was awarded a grant from Stanford University to research microfinance in Gujarat, India. More recently Premal co-founded the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network and spent 2 months in India working to refine and validate Kiva's model. In 2006, Premal was a featured speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative and Global Microcredit Summit. Premal graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.

 

Ethiopis Tafara, Director of the Office of International Affairs, SEC

When: Friday, April 18 at 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Where: Uris 333

Co-sponsored by the African Business Club, in conjunction with SIPA's Institute of African Studies. Ethiopis Tafara, the Director of the Office of International Affairs for the US Securities and Exchange Commission, oversees the Commission's international regulatory policy and enforcement initiatives, working with foreign regulators and international organizations, as well as the SEC's other division and office directors with respect to the international aspects of the Commission's programs.

In the past, Mr. Tafara has served as the Commission's Acting Director of the Office of International Affairs. He has played a vital role in advising the Commission on the international implications of new Commission initiatives on corporate governance, auditor oversight and the creation of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and attorney ethics. Mr. Tafara represents the Commission in the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Council of Securities Regulators of the Americas and has been a key player in the SEC's ongoing regulatory dialogue with the European Commission. He also worked to enhance the SEC's enforcement cooperation with its foreign counterparts through organizations such as the Financial Action Task Force and IOSCO's recent Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consultation and Cooperation and the Exchange of Information.

Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Tafara served in several capacities at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, including Counsel to Chairperson Born and Acting Chief Counsel in the Division of Enforcement. In addition to extensive government service, he was a lecturer at the European Business School in Brussels and a partner at P&T Consultants in Brussels. He began his legal career at the Brussels office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Mr. Tafara received a JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989 and earned an AB from Princeton University in 1985.

 

The Conscious Consumer Awakening

When: Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Uris 142

Co-Sponsored by Marketing Association at Columbia and the Social Enterprise Club.

Over 44 million Americans are raising their hands saying they are increasingly shopping their values in the product categories that matter to them the most. What does this mean for you as you step out in your career and try to apply your own values in the workplace? Join our panelists for a discussion of how brands are responding to the consumer awakening and how you can embrace your values in this new work environment.

Panelists: Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness, Eileen Fisher; Richard Matusow, Director of Sales, Sambazon; Gillian Core, President and Founder, Conscious Impact; Shari Aaron, Director of Strategy, Conscious Impact; Peter Kelley, Chairman, Kelley Communications. Moderated by Professor Gita Johar.

 

International Development Club (IDC)NYC Career Trip

When: Friday, April 11
Where: NYC

  • Visits to the UN, Women's World Bank (WWB) and Acumen Fund;
  • Microfinance panel at the WWB, career panel at the UN; and
  • Happy Hour to network with your fellow IDC members at the Maritime Hotel

Contact Andrea Koch '08 for more information.

 

Foundation Peer-to-Peer Networking Group

When: Friday, April 11 at 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: American Express Offices, 200 Vesey St., NYC

A chat with Timothy J. McClimon, American Express Foundation President and Vice President of Philanthropy. This is an opportunity to learn more about foundation work and the specific work of a corporate foundation. This event has limited spots and will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please RSVP to Joanne Greenstein '09.

 

Nonprofit Board Leadership Program Closing Reception

When: Wednesday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Core Club, 66 East 55th St.

By invitation only for mentors and participating MBA students.

 

Networking for Career Success in the Social Sector

When: Tuesday, April 8 at 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Where: Uris 331

This workshop – led by an executive coach with diverse and extensive business experience – will provide practical advice and insights to help you connect and maintain relationships with the people who you want and need to know. It is intended for all club members, whether you want to find a job or internship, maximize your success on your job, make the most of your internship in a new field, or simply get some tips. Space is limited, please email Sam Brenner '08 to RSVP.

Mike Brenner began specializing in executive coaching of senior executives in 2001. He coaches to support the general development of senior executives, to enhance the performance of highly valued executives below their full potential and to build high performing teams. He has served clients in technology, financial services, media and manufacturing. He is a Certified Master Coach and has worked with hundreds of executives from CEOs to Vice Presidents to Directors. Along with operating his own firm, Mike was appointed Regional Managing Director for executive coaching for the New York area of Korn/Ferry International in 2004 and continues to serve as a Senior Executive Coach for Korn/Ferry clients. Before he began is work as a coach, Mike had extensive career achievements in human resource consulting, academia, and information technology. Active in human resource consulting for over 20 years, he has deep experience in handling senior level executive searches and has participated in engagements in performance evaluation, compensation, and staffing. He also spent three years as Associate Professor of Management at NYU Stern and started his career in information systems at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Mike is also President of the Board of Directors of Fedcap, a not-for-profit organization with an annual budget over $60 million that trains and employs individuals with disabilities. Mike has been an invited speaker at dozens of professional conferences and universities, and formed the New York Executive Coaching Network in 2006.

 

Book Reception with Pamela Hartigan

When: Monday April 7 at 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: PricewaterhouseCoopers, 300 Madison Avenue, 23rd Floor (between 41st and 42nd)

Please join us for a reception with Pamela Hartigan, Founding Partner of Volans Ventures; Founding Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and co-author of The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets that Change the World. Download except (PDF).

Please register online (registration required, and must have ID to present to security the day-of the event).

"Revealing the intriguing mindsets and winning strategies of some of the world's most unconventional entrepreneurs, The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets that Change the World, a new book by Harvard Business Press (February 5, 2008), shows how these pioneers are solving some of the world's most pressing economic, social, and environmental problems -- and in the process are creating fast-growing markets across the globe.

Offering a first-hand look at a new--and increasingly important--breed of entrepreneur, Pamela Hartigan, with co-author John Elkington, reveal how apparently unreasonable innovators have built their enterprises, seemingly against all odds. The authors reveal that successful social entrepreneurs bring a new point of view to the market by focusing on "blended value"--the result of creating value in multiple dimensions--namely economic, social, and environmental. The book reveals how the work of these leaders will help shape market opportunities--and risks--in the coming years, and what tomorrow's leaders can learn from them.

The Power of Unreasonable People illustrates how businesses and non-profits can generate social return on their investments. These entrepreneurial success stories span finance, healthcare, technology, environmental industry, engineering, and education. Citing future opportunities in key markets, Elkington and Hartigan provide the context for the intersection of business, social investing, corporate social responsibility, sustainable practices, and entrepreneurial ventures."

Review
...there is no doubting the validity of the message. --The Financial Times, January 25, 2008

Review
...a fascinating book... --Economist.com, January 22, 2008

Event space kindly provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 

Microlumbia Fund Launch Conference - "Microfinance 101: the new asset class"

When: Friday, April 4 at 10:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 301

Sponsored by Credit Suisse and International Development Club (IDC). Please register online.

Learn about microfinance, the asset class that empowers the global poor through investment in third-world entrepreneurs and earns investors (sometimes outsize) returns. Did you know that:
- Microfinance debt is now securitized and traded?
- Microfinance institutions are now being capitalized by major commercial banks and private equity investors?
- Microfinance transactions present interesting, and lucrative, currency strategy issues for investment banks?

Hear from industry insiders how MBAs and other finance professionals can be involved in this inspirational approach to alleviating poverty throughout the world.

Keynote speaker: Nancy Barry, founder Nancy Barry Associates and former president of Women's World Banking.

Financial Services Panel:
- Arturo Lopez Martin, Vice President of Credit Suisse Financial Institutions Group - led the $466 million IPO of Banco Compartamos, Latin America's largest ever microfinance institution IPO;
- Brad Swanson '88 Partner at Developing World Markets, a microfinance investment bank; and
- Scott Budde, Managing Director of Global Social & Community Investing TIAA-CREF Asset Management.

Endowment Investing And Social Responsibility:
Lisa Sachs,
Columbia Law '08 and author of "Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance Issues Into Institutional Investment - A Handbook for Colleges and Universities".

Microlumbia Fund:
David del Ser '08
, President and Co-Founder of Microlumbia Fund.

 

SEC dinner with Richard Matusow '00 at Sambazon

When: Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Calder Lounge

Sambazon’s founding team’s learned that locals could earn more harvesting Acai than clear-cutting the forest. Sustainable development was happening right before their eyes and knew there was an opportunity for more significant change. Realizing that they could help promote the preservation of the Amazon Forest and contribute to the positive economic chain reaction that benefits the indigenous people, they began by using Acai as a vehicle to promote and further sustainability, and have teamed up with groundbreaking companies and international organizations dedicated to developing cooperation and positive exchange in the Amazon and beyond.Visit www.sambazon.com for more information. RSVP toRiddhi Doshi '08.

Richard Matusow, Director of Sales at Sambazon, received his BA from Dartmouth College 1993, MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and MBA from Columbia University. Prior to bschool worked as High School Spanish Teacher at St. Andrews School (boarding school in Delaware). After MBA, worked at Priceline.com as Director of International Business focusing on launching Priceline in Europe until 9/11 tragedy. Post 9/11 went to Brazil to get away from it all and to conduct a free lance consulting project for Pfizer Pharma. In Brazil Richard got addicted to the beach culture and energetic vibrance of Rio de Janeiro. Became an Acai addict, consuming 2 to 3 bowls a day as fuel for triathlon training and general health. Learned Portuguese and wanted to pursue Business Development opportunities in Brazil. In quest to find Acai in States came across Sambazon and joined Founding Team to build the business. Eating and Drinking Acai everyday was the best refreshment for all the sweat equity. Inspired by the opportunity to help build a business that is more than just the bottom line of an Income Statement. The great taste of Acai makes it such a powerful vehicle for tremendous Environmental and Social impacts and to educate people about the importance of Socially Responsible business practices.

 

Live Case Study with Citizen Schools

When: Tuesday, April 1 at 12:30pm
Where: Warren 207

Interested in CSR, nonprofit management or education? Meet Nitzan Pelman, Executive Director New York, Citizen Schools – a nationally recognized nonprofit that connects professionals with school kids for real-world learning. The leaders of Citizen Schools’ brand-new NYC office lead a case study discussion of their start-up efforts in NYC. This event is essential for anyone interested in learning about how to take successful social ventures to scale. Questions to Sam Brenner '08.

 

Building the Business Case for CSR with Bambi Semroc, Conservation International

When: Saturday, March 29 at 11:40am - 12:25pm
Where: Warren 311

Bambi Semroc is a director with Conservation International in their Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB). She focuses on developing business practice tools designed to assess environmental impacts and strategies for mitigating and offsetting these impacts. In this role she has worked with companies ranging from BP, Chevron and Cargill to develop tools for identifying biodiversity risks associated with operations to working with Forest Trends and the Business & Biodiversity Offsets Program to develop an offset design methodology.

Ms. Semroc will give a brief snapshot of the state of the world's natural resources and how and why Conservation International works with companies in the private sector to build the case for CSR. She will then highlight trends in corporate sustainability and give an overview of several of CI's partners such as Starbucks and Rio Tinto.

 

Supporting Emerging Market Investments through Private Equity & Public Sector Development

When: Thursday, March 27 at 5:45 – 6:45 pm
Where: Uris 329

Featuring Dr. Edilberto Segura, Director & Chief Economist, SigmaBleyzer (PE), and President of the Advisory Board at the Bleyzer Foundation.

Please join the International Development Club and the Club of Emerging Europe for this discussion with Dr. Segura who will discuss the financial market in the Ukraine and the role of SigmaBleyzer and the Bleyzer Foundation in supporting transition economies throughout Eastern Europe.

Dr. Edilberto Segura is the Director & Chief Economist of SigmaBleyzer and President of the Advisory Board of The Bleyzer Foundation. He holds an MA in Economics from Columbia University, an MBA from Stanford Business School, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia Business School. Prior to his work with SigmaBleyzer and the Bleyzer Foundation, Dr. Segura worked with the World Bank in Washington D.C. The Bleyzer Foundation is an international non-governmental organization providing assistance to transition economies in creating sustainable market conditions. SigmaBleyzer is a private equity firm focusing on investments in emerging Europe. This event is open to all members of the Columbia community. Questions to Christopher Miller '08.

 

Discussion with Ellen Hur of The New Teacher Project

When: Thursday, March 20 at12:30 - 2:00 pm
Where: Uris 328

Please join this discussion with Ellen Hur, Director of Marketing & Recruitment for NYC Teaching Fellows, of The New Teacher Project. Since 1997, TNTP has partnered with school districts, state education agencies, colleges and universities, and other educational entities to increase the number of exceptional public schools teachers as well as to create environments for all educators to maximize their impact on student achievement.

The Organization: The New Teacher Project (TNTP) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of outstanding individuals who become public school teachers and to creating environments for all educators that maximize their impact on student achievement. Since 1997, they have partnered with school districts, state education agencies, colleges and universities, and other educational entities to accomplish these goals. To date, they have recruited, prepared or certified approximately 28,000 high-quality teachers, worked with more than 200 school districts and established more than 55 programs or initiatives in 26 states.

The Problem: Every child deserves an excellent education, yet our nation's public school systems are fraught with educational inequities. In particular, schools serving poor and minority students, especially those in urban areas, have long struggled to provide their students with an education equal to that of their counterparts in the suburbs. Armed with the knowledge that such disparities are not irredeemable, they have focused their work on these "high-need" schools and, more specifically, on influencing what research has shown to be the single most important factor in improving student achievement: the quality of the teacher in every classroom.

The Approach: The New Teacher Project is playing an important role in increasing teacher quality in high-need schools across the country, by approaching this problem in four ways:
- Creating innovative programs that bring high-quality teachers into hard-to-staff schools;
- Identifying the obstacles that school districts face to hiring the best teachers possible and advocate for necessary reforms;
- Working hand-in-hand with school districts to optimize their teacher hiring and school staffing functions; and
- Developing new and better ways to prepare, develop, and certify teachers for public schools.

 

The ABCs And Controversies Of Microfinance

When: Tuesday March 11 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Davis Polk & Wardwell, 450 Lexington Ave. at 45th Street, Rm. 814, New York
Price: $25 members; $40 nonmembers.

 

The statistics are staggering: Almost 3 billion people live on less than $2 per day, including a billion who live on less than a dollar a day. For them, living in abject poverty is a way of life. Microfinance is the provision of loans - in small amounts such as $25 or $50 - to the world's poor. As microfinance has become more popular and begun receiving mainstream coverage, especially in the wake of Dr. Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank sharing the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, there have been issues with the practice that have arisen.

 

Join the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York as we discuss Microfinance. This panel will address issues such as the impact of the credit crunch, the controversy surrounding the commercialization and scaling up, and the high interest rates prevalent in microfinance. Panelists include:
Shari Berenbach, Executive Director, Calvert Foundation;
Raj Desai, Visiting Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Wolfensohn Center for Development, The Brookings Institution;
Chip Raymond, President, Charles Raymond Consulting;
Ashwini Narayanan, Director of Product Management, Microplace; and
Moderator: Jason Kyrwood, Associate, Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Acknowledgments: CBSACNY wishes to thank Som Chivukula, John Stimpson & Monica Chandiramani for organizing.

 

Conversation with Cory Booker, Mayor of the City of Newark

When: Wednesday February 27, 2008 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Feldberg Lounge, Warren Hall

The Honorable Cory A. Booker took the oath of office as the Mayor of Newark on July 1, 2006. Since then, Mayor Booker has taken on a number of issues facing the city: tackling crime and increasing public safety; decreasing unemployment and creating economic development; promoting families and children; and instituting government reform. Please join us for the evening to hear more from Mayor Booker about lessons learned in his first year as Newark's mayor.

 

Green Business Working Group and Social Enterprise Members

When: Tuesday, February 26 at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren 309

Peer-to-peer networking event: A conversation about carbon markets with CBS students Dave McCormick and Kevin Ho, who will talk about their experiences working with the Chicago Climate Exchange. All who are interested are welcome to bring their own lunch and attend. Please RSVP to Joe Chmielewski '09.

 

IDC Speaker Series Presents: TechnoServe

When: Tuesday, February 26 at12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren 208

In January TechnoServe earned $50 million in combined grants from the Google and Gates Foundations to support their work with entrepreneurs in the developing world. Chairman Paul Tierney Jr. and Vice President David Browning will share insiders' accounts of what it took to win these grants, and explain TechnoServe's model for reducing poverty through entrepreneurial development. TechnoServe.org helps entrepreneurial men and women in poor rural areas of the developing world to build businesses that create income, opportunity and economic growth for their families, their communities and their countries.

In January 2008 both the Google and Gates Foundations announced new grants totaling almost $50 million to support TechnoServe's work with Tanzanian coffee growers. The organization's coffee initiative helps Tanzanian farmers move up the value chain through training and technology inputs that improve quality, as well by providing more direct access to global coffee buyers.In addition to talking about the organization's model for supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in the developing world, Paul and David will share insiders' accounts of the process leading to the huge new grants announced last month.

If you are interested in entrepreneurship, social enterprise, or international development, this event promises to be entertaining and insightful. It's also a great chance to ask about exciting summer internship opportunities in Africa or Latin America.

Speakers:
Paul Tierney, Jr., is an investment professional who has spent his life in various forms of international, entrepreneurial finance. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and graduating as a Baker scholar (MBA) from the Harvard Business School, he helped establish a venture-capital business in New York and later moved to London as a founding principal of a major European merchant bank. Subsequently, he became a partner in the U.S. investment banking firm of White Weld & Co., which was acquired by Merrill Lynch in 1978. At that point, Mr. Tierney co-founded the predecessor of his current equity investment firm, Darwin Capital Partners, managing a spectrum of hedge funds and operating investments in Latin America and the United States. One of these was Coniston Partners, a large strategic block-investment partnership. Mr. Tierney is a director of United Airlines and Liz Claiborne and has previously been the chairman or a director of other public companies as well as a number of educational and philanthropic entities. His primary not-for-profit activity is that of chairman of TechnoServe, an international economic development organization in Africa and Latin America. Areas of interest: economic development in the third world, education, entrepreneurship, and reading and discussing the classics.

David Browning, Vice President, Coffee Initiative, previously served as TechnoServe's Regional Director for Latin America. Prior to joining TechnoServe, he worked for McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. Browning has also held a range of managerial positions in the manufacturing, petroleum and retail industries. He holds an MBA from Yale University, as well as a bachelors degree in marketing and a masters degree in advanced finance from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

 

Nonprofit Finance Fund

When: Tuesday February 26 at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 332

An interactive session on career and internships opportunities, and exciting developments at NFF with Rebecca Thomas '04, Associate Director, Advisory Services.

Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) is seeking outstanding candidates with a wide range of backgrounds to help our nonprofit clients address their most critical finance issues. Please join NFF staff for an interactive session on career and internships opportunities, and exciting developments at NFF. We will also explore why so many nonprofit organizations run into financial difficulties despite their excellent programs and how NFF has helped a wide range of nonprofits and funders across the country look at finances in a fresh and productive way.

Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF)'s mission is to create a strong, well-capitalized and durable nonprofit sector that connects money to mission effectively, supporting the highest aspirations and most generous impulses of people and communities. We provide financial resources, in the form of loans, grants, and asset-building programs, in concert with management advice to our nonprofit clients. We also work directly with funders to strengthen the system by which nonprofits are funded and financed.

NFF is bringing about change by:
- Providing organizations with sustaining loans they might not be able to secure from other sources
- Providing individualized consultations that assist client organizations in assessing their underlying business health and readiness for change or growth
- Sharing our long-term experience on healthy financial planning for nonprofits
- Advocating broadly to funders and their recipient organizations for an innovative approach to nonprofit financing.

Since its founding in 1980, NFF has helped more than 8,000 nonprofits implement sustainable growth and thereby improve their capacity to serve their communities. Headquartered in New York City, NFF has a national staff of more than 60 in offices including Boston, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Detroit and San Francisco.

Rebecca Thomas, Associate Director of Advisory Services joined NFF in 2004 and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of advisory services, including the Nonprofit Business Analysis (NBA) and workshops. Her responsibilities include management and training of new staff, development and delivery of existing and new services, and implementation of NFF fundraising initiatives. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Ms. Thomas worked as Senior Economics Correspondent for Smartmoney.com, a personal finance magazine jointly published by Dow Jones and Hearst. Ms. Thomas has done strategic planning for the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG), serves on the boards of Immaculate Conception School and Thirteenth Night Theatre, and is a member of the Lark Play Development Center's Finance Committee. She received an MBA from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, where she served as President of the Social Enterprise Club. Ms. Thomas graduated from Yale University, with a B.A in French and International Studies.

 

A Conversation with the Founders of GiveWell

When: Thursday, February 21 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 307

Elie Hassenfeld and Holden Karnofsky will share their experience making the transition from hedge-fund analysts to the founders and sole employees of GiveWell, which studies charities in particular fields and ranks them on their effectiveness.

"Their efforts are shaking up the field of philanthropy, generating the kind of buzz more typically devoted to Bill Gates and Warren E. Buffett, as charities ponder what, if anything, their rigorous approach to evaluation means for the future." -- The New York Times.

Please contact Lauren Wall '09 for more information.

 

NYC Department of Education

When: Wednesday, February 20 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Uris 329

Want to be a part of one of the most dramatic urban education reform efforts in history? Please join us for this information session and learn howyou can apply your skills to shape the future of public education in New York City.

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest school system in the nation, with nearly 1.1 million students, 135,000 employees (including 80,000 teachers) and an annual budget of $14+ billion. Led by Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, the Department of Education (DOE) is committed to creating a system of 1,400+ great schools. Since its inception in 2003, the Children First Agenda for New York's schools has driven the Department of Education's work in adopting uniform, rigorous curricula for all schools, starting new small schools to increase educational options for students and transforming the structure and culture of the Department of Education to encourage educational excellence and the work necessary to support that goal. Contact Sam Brenner '08 for more information.

 

Hun Joon Park Reception

Tuesday, February 19 in Calder Lounge

Reception with faculty and students in honor of Hun Joon Park, visiting professor to the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

 

IDC Speaker Series Presents: Dalberg

When: Tuesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 140

Discussion on affordable medicines facility for malaria, followed by a recruiting information session.

Dalberg is an international development consultancy whose mission is to provide outstanding advice to clients in the areas of globalization and sustainable international development in order to help them achieve breakthroughs in performance and innovation. For more information, please see their website at www.dalberg.com.

Daniella Ballou-Aares, a partner from the New York office, will be presenting "Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria." This ground breaking initiative aims to improve access to safe, effective and affordable malaria medicines. Malaria is a huge killer, particularly among children in Africa, where 90% of the 1 million deaths occur per year. This program aims at making medicines available through domestic distribution networks at an affordable price thus "rolling back" the killer disease as soon as humanely possible.

 

Following this discussion, Dalberg will talk about their activities and opportunities that exist for students interested in summer positions with the firm. Contact Lindsay Pollack '08 or Andrea Koch '08 for more information.

 

Confronting the Global Health Crisis: Connecting with the Larger Purpose of Our Work

When: Tuesday, February 19, 12:30 pm.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 326

Confronting the Global Health Crisis: Connecting with the Larger Purpose of Our Work with Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President, BD (Becton, Dickinson, and Company).

The Health Care Industry Association and BD invite you to join us for a discussion about confronting the global health crisis and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Sponsored by BD, the company that:
- Developed auto-disposable syringes for developing countries to prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis;
- Partnered with UNICEF and the Gates Foundation by donating medical devices to prevent the measles in Africa; and
- Is working to provide accurate TB testing for HIV patients in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

 

Goldman Sachs on Corporate Social Responsibility: A Discussion with Megan Guy, Sara Link, and Marlo Tablante

When: Tuesday, February 19 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 330

Goldman Sachs will discuss how recent initiatives in corporate citizenship - including the company's conservation efforts in Tierra del Fuego in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and founding support of SeaChange, a nonprofit professional firm committed to applying the tools of the capital markets to better connect philanthropic capital with best-in-class nonprofit organizations, drive value for a variety of stakeholders.

Megan Guy is part of the Environmental Strategy Group at Goldman Sachs, which leads and develops the firm's environmental business initiatives and manages the Goldman Sachs Center for Environmental Markets. Megan joined Goldman Sachs in 2003 as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division - Natural Resources Group in New York, where she worked with a variety of clients in the power, energy and private equity sectors on mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance transactions. In 2005, she transferred to the firm's Sydney, Australia office in the Industrials Group and was promoted to Associate Director. She returned to New York in 2006 to join the Environmental Strategy Group. Megan earned an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard.

Sara Link is an associate at The Goldman Sachs Foundation and is responsible for managing and implementing programs focused on leadership, education and youth development globally. Sara joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 as a part of the firm's Human Capital Management division and held positions in New York and London. Sara graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1998, studied at Tel Aviv University and received a masters in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University in 2003.

Marlo Tablante works as an associate in the Charitable Services Group (CSG) at Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS). CSG is one of the two philanthropic arms at Goldman Sachs. Marlo manages the firm's Board Placement Program, Disaster Relief Initiative, and a good portion of all Charitable Contributions.

For more information contact Lauren Wall '09.

 

Education Pioneers

When: Thursday, February 7 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Cafe (on Amsterdam Avenue. between 119th and 120th streets)

Please join Education Pioneers for cocktails and lively conversation with its alumni network. The Education Pioneers program is a paid fellowship designed to provide graduate students from education, business, policy, and law schools with an exceptional summer experience working in education reform. Come meet alumni from SIPA, the Business School, and Teachers College, to learn about their fellowship projects and partner organizations, and the Education Pioneer professional development and leadership training program. In the past, Fellows have managed marketing, policy research, strategic planning, private-public partnerships, and fundraising projects. Please visit the Education Pioneers website for more information: www.educationpioneers.org.

 

 

Annual Social Enterprise Reception

When: Tuesday February 5, 2008 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Low Library

This event brings together students, alumni and professionals for an evening of networking and socializing. This year's event features a panel discussion on Public-Private Partnerships in Education with Joel I. Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and David Saltzman, Executive Director of Robin Hood. The panel will be moderated by Russell Carson '67, general partner of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.

The Lambert Family Teaching Award will also be presented to this year's recipient: Melissa A. Berman, President & CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.

Please register online.

Please contact Paige Minor at the Social Enterprise Program for more information: pm2157 (at) columbia (DOT) edu.

 

Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) Mentor and Student Judging

We have a few positions to be a Student Judge for the 2008 Global Social Venture Competition. Please see the schedule below and reply to Sakura Takano '09 with your interest by January 28.

Friday, February 1: Mentor Day
12:00-1:15 p.m. - Calder Lounge (lunch to be provided for Student Judges in attendance).
- Remarks by Andrew Sharpless, CEO of Oceana;
- Student Judges are invited to stay and listen to Entrepreneurs pitch to Mentors.

Friday, February 8: Student Judging Day
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Rick Larson, Professor of Financing Social Ventures, will conduct a teach-in (Uris 301)
1:30 p.m. - Judging commences; end time TBD depending on final number of judges* (various rooms in Uris Hall).

Responsibilities include:
- Read 4-6 business plans ahead of Judging Day and be prepared to discuss with break-out teams
- Provide detailed feedback to entrepreneurs.

Andrew Sharpless is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the London School of Economics, Sharpless was one of the founding managers of RealNetworks, the Seattle-based pioneer in the field of online music and video play-back technology. He also worked for five years at McKinsey & Co., serving the needs of a variety of corporate, non-profit and governmental clients. As Vice President of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, he helped transform that unique facility when it opened its new building in 1991. Most recently, Sharpless built Discovery.com -- the online division of Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Health and The Travel Channel -- into an award-winning internet destination.

Based on his years of experience leading some of the nation's most cutting edge businesses, advocacy organizations and non-profits, Sharpless brought a campaign-based management model to Oceana: "The downfall of many environmental organizations is that they spread themselves too thin and do just enough to fail. We set up Oceana as a campaign-focused organization that sets tangible policy goals and directs the attention and resources we need to succeed."

Sharpless has made building a large online constituency of people who believe in sustaining our ocean fisheries an important overall goal for Oceana. "All we can do right now is slow down the pace of destruction of the ocean, but once we build the constituency -- and the Internet gives us a huge opportunity to do this quickly and relatively affordably --- we can win the changes that will keep the ocean and its wildlife alive forever."

Andy Sharpless became chief executive officer of Oceana in September of 2003 (www.oceana.org).

Rick Larson is Director of Sustainable Ventures for The Conservation Fund (TCF), a national nonprofit organization with a unique dual mission of land & water conservation and economic development. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Mr. Larson serves as NC Program Director of Natural Capital Investment Fund, a TCF affiliate that provides subordinated debt and equity to companies that promote and practice the sustainable use of natural resources. He also is assisting TCF with the development of investment vehicles for forestry-based carbon sequestration.

Prior to joining TCF, Mr. Larson was Managing Director for SJF Ventures, LP, a $45 million mission-driven venture capital fund with offices in Durham, NC and New York, NY. A member of the Fund's Investment Committee, he sourced, conducted due diligence on, and structured equity and subordinated debt investments in SJF portfolio companies. He served on the Board of Directors of Ryla Teleservices, Inc. and B.B. Hobbs, Inc. and as liaison to other portfolio companies. His other professional experience includes twelve years as Executive Director of REAL Enterprises, a non-profit social venture that provides entrepreneurship curriculum, training and support to secondary and post-secondary instructors nationwide. He also worked in financial and shop floor supervisory positions in manufacturing for the Cummins Engine Company.

Rick is a director of TransFair USA, the certifier of Fair Trade products in the US. He has served as an evaluator and judge for numerous social venture competitions, including the Yale SOM-Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures and the Duke Fuqua School of Business Start-Up Challenge Social Entrepreneurship Track. He is a graduate of the NASBIC Venture Capital Institute and holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Additional information about the competition can be found at www.gsvc.org. Contact Emi Kubota '08 and Vijay Sankaran '08 for more information.

 

Spreading The Word Of Green Marketing

When: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: JWT Global Headquarters, 466 Lexington Avenue, between 45th and 46th

Learn About the Power of Green Marketing HSBC Bank's Groundbreaking "There's No Small Change" Campaign.

Join representatives from HSBC, JWT, and a renowned green marketing consultant for an exciting evening focused on how turning the threat of climate change into the opportunity of meaningful green marketing. Executives will discuss how corporate commitment to a green initiative can help you attract new customers, enhance your image and differentiate your business.

Speakers include:
Nicole Rousseau, (VP Retail Marketing) HSBC;
Linda Lewi (Chief Integration Officer) JWT;
Jacquelyn Ottman, Industry Pioneer and Author, Green Marketing: Opportunity for Innovation.
Facilitated by: Dr. Joseph Plummer, Adjunct Professor of Columbia Business School and Chief Research Officer of the Advertising Research Foundation.

Cost: CBSAC/NY members $25; $40 for non-members. Includes cocktail reception to precede presentation.

Attendees will each receive an HSBC "Green Living Kit" of eco-friendly goodies such as a Carbonfree(TM) compact fluorescent light bulb, a ChicoBag reusable shopping bag, a subscription to The GreenGuide(TM) from the National Geographic Society, and One TerraPass certificate for 1,000 lbs of carbon offsets. Presented by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club.

 

Networking Breakfast with Yasmina McCarty of Women's World Banking

When: Wednesday December 5, 2007 at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Calder Lounge

Interested in microfinance? Want to learn more about Women's World Banking? Join International Development Club members for a special networking breakfast with Yasmina McCarty (Global EMBA '08), Senior Associate of Strategy and Customer Insight at Women's World Banking, a nonprofit, global network of microfinance organizations.

For the past four years, Yasmina has been helping microfinance institutions around the world understand and respond to their customers' needs. While at Women's World Banking, Yasmina has conducted customer research, developed marketing strategies and improved customer service to reach low income customers in more than 10 countries. By applying traditional marketing practices to the nonprofit sector, Yasmina helps microfinance institutions position themselves in competitive markets, develop strategies to increase the number of customers they serve, and provide excellent customer service to their existing customers. Prior to joining Women's World Banking, she worked with ACCION USA as a Marketing and Outreach Business Development Specialist marketing and delivering financial services to low-income clients. Before entering the field of microfinance, she was an Account Manager at a top advertising agency, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, developing campaigns and corporate brands for clients such as eBay.

 

Conversation with Chris Hunter, GreenOrder

When: Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 142

Chris Hunter EMBA '07 Senior Associate at GreenOrder, will discuss his experiences working on bottom-line oriented sustainability issues within a Fortune 500 company, Johnson and Johnson, and as a consultant with sustainability strategy and marketing firm, GreenOrder. Chris is a recognized expert in energy and climate change with extensive international experience. Prior to joining GreenOrder, he spent 9 years at Johnson & Johnson in the US and Europe. He was most recently responsible for creating, communicating and implementing energy management and carbon reduction strategies worldwide for J&J.

During Chris's tenure at J&J, the company saved more than $30 million annually from energy efficiency projects. Furthermore, carbon dioxide emissions were reduced below 1990 baseline levels even though the corporation grew by more than 350% over the same time period. Chris has also led a number of unique partnerships, including "Generation Lost: Young Financial Analysts and Environmental, Social and Governance Issues", a groundbreaking collaborative project involving the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the UN Environmental Programme - Finance Initiative. Chris holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University and a joint MBA from Columbia and London Business Schools. He was a founding member of the U.S.-based Green Power Market Development Group (GPMDG) in 2000, as well as the GPMDG-Europe in 2005. Chris sits on the Advisory Board of The Climate Group and is a former student member of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Leadership & Ethics Board at Columbia Business School.

Co-sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club's Green Business Working Group and the Politics and Business Club. Please RSVP to Stephanie Nadeau '08.

 

SEC Dinner with Fran Barrett, Community Resource Exchange

When: Monday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Faculty House

Interested in nonprofit consulting or want to know more about community development and nonprofit management?

Fran Barrett, Executive Director, founded Community Resource Exchange (CRE) in 1979, 25 years ago, to help community leaders build sustainable services in the community and position their organizations to affect poverty. CRE is a nonprofit, social change consulting firm whose mission is to give community-based organizations in New York greater access to the technical assistance, training, and support needed to strengthen and maintain their services. CRE works with both emerging organizations and well-established institutions in neighborhoods where resources and opportunities are limited. With CRE's help community leaders develop the tools to improve the neighborhoods in which they live. Under her leadership, CRE has grown to a $4 million operation and over 30 staff.

This promises to be a lively discussions about CRE, nonprofit consulting, social entrepreneurship and community development. This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club. RSVP to Riddhi Doshi '08 is required to attend.

 

IDC Washington D.C. Careers Trip

When: Friday, November 30
Where: Washington D.C.

International Development Club members participate in the 5th annual trip to Washington D.C. to visit organizations and talk to people who are successfully working in international development. An alumni mixer will provide opportunities to mingle with CBS graduates who are pursuing careers in international development.

Panels and Organizations include:
- Private equity panel: International Finance Corporation (IFC), Global Environment Fund, Darby, Opic, Emerging Capital Partner Investments;
- Careers panel: World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Technoserve, Devex, DAI; and
- Social Entrepreneurship panel: with speakers from Agora Partnerships, Good Morning Africa, Ashoka, Technoserve.

Please contact Andrea Koch '08 for more information.

 

SEC-sponsored I-Prep Session

When: Tuesday, November 20 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Warren 311

Volunteer for I-Prep. Don't miss your chance to do good, flex your skills, and make an impact. I-Prep is a community service program wherein CBS students conduct mock interviews and resume reviews for unemployed, socially and economically disadvantaged individuals participating in a welfare-to-work program, and who are proactively working to improve their skills. Sessions are 1.5 hours in duration, on-campus, include pizza lunch, and you can volunteer as infrequently or as frequently as you like. I-Prep provides training for new volunteers at every session. Questions about being involved with I-Prep? Please contact Sam Brenner '08 or Mike Farrell '08.

 

Entrepreneurs Out of Africa: Cura Software Solutions

When: Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Warren 311

Hear from entrepreneurs in Africa who have managed to scale their businesses. Cura Software Solutions is part of Endeavor's programs out of South Africa. This discussion will examine how an African start-up managed to cross the Atlantic and succeed, lessons for entrepreneurs from emerging markets, how to grow a multi-national business, and risks and rewards for an entrepreneur embarking on such a career.

Cura Software Solutions is designed to enable businesses around the world to quickly achieve the bottom line benefits of enterprise wide governance and risk & compliance (GRC) management. This is achieved via fast implementation and easier configurability coupled with true enterprise architecture. Cura was founded in South Africa in 2001 and is now used on five continents and 27 countries by enterprises such as BHP Billiton PLC, Old Mutual PLC, Allianz, First National Bank, Standard Bank, De Beers, Metropolitan, Xstrata, Glencore, Dubai Holdings, Virgin Blue Airlines, Westfield, Total, Vodacom, MTN, several government departments and over 200 other entities.

This event is organized by the International Development Club. For more information, contact Ryan Petersen '08.

 

Endeavor Summer Internships

When: Monday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 329

Come learn about Endeavor's international summer internship opportunities within Consulting and Finance, specifically for those interested in fostering entrepreneurship in emerging markets and developing countries. This event is organized by the Career Management Office.

Endeavor internships are eligible for support from the Summer Fellowship Program, administered by the Social Enterprise Program.

 

Victory Schools Information Session

When: Monday, November 12 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Uris 140

Victory Schools is one of the nation's most successful providers of school management and advisory services, supporting schools and school districts in the creation of outstanding public schools. It has achieved a high quality of academic success, and uses a consultative approach to assisting public school districts and schools boards. Victory Schools places a strong emphasis on partnerships with all public education stakeholders. Current operations include 8 charter schools in NY, 7 schools in Philadelphia through a partnership with the school district, 2 schools in Chicago and high school consulting services in NY & Delaware.

Victory is looking to identify highly qualified, passionate and entrepreneurial interns to assist with school start-up, operations and strategic development. Previous intern projects include: school design & proposal submission, school start-up, grant writing, analysis of corporate fee structures, assessment of board satisfaction, and analysis of current & future lines of business.

 

EMBA Lunchtime Speaker: Satyan Mishra of Drishtee

When: Saturday, November 10 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Warren 311

Drishtee is one of the best examples of what Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) approaches and technologies can do for the rural poor. Satyan Mishra is the founder and Managing Director of Drishtee, a social enterprise harnessing the power of ICTs to provide a low cost, efficient, direct delivery network of products and services to rural India. In rural India, villagers live without easy access to trade, government, business and health information. This makes them subject to intermediaries who control the flow of information and supply chain and can extract exorbitant prices for services.

Mr. Mishra, an entrepreneur from an early age, is passionate about India and is committed to empowering the village community for development with the help of internal resources. Drishtee is building service kiosks in countryside villages to bring internet connections and ready, affordable access to information, products and critical community services. With a window to a global communications network, the villagers have the access to effectively sell or buy their art & craft products, agricultural produce, equipment or other durable commodities without the involvement of intermediaries. They can also access computer education, financial credit and health care services through these Drishtee Kiosks. Drishtee has created nearly 2000 kiosks across India with a reach of over 3 million villagers to date. Drishtee has won several accolades including being named "Top 100 companies to watch" by Red Herring in 2006, World Bank's Development Marketplace Award, and Deloitte's 50 Fastest growing high-tech company in India. Mr. Mishra who holds an MBA degree from Delhi University has also been recognized by ZDNet Asia as Asian Technopreneur of the Year 2006, by the Clinton Global Initiative in 2006, and by the World Economic Forum as Technology Pioneer this year.

This event is supported by EMBA Student Affairs.

 

Emerging Markets Panel at the HCIA's 4th Annual Healthcare Conference: "Opportunities and Challenges for Global Healthcare Companies"

When: Friday, November 9 at 2:45 p.m.
Where: Casa Italiana, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue

SEC Co-Sponsored Panel: To what extent do global healthcare companies have a responsibility for addressing global health challenges (AIDS, TB, malaria, etc.)? What are the opportunities & challenges of investing in, and marketing to, China, India and other emerging markets for global healthcare companies? What is the record of success of public-private partnerships in combating disease in developing countries?

Moderator: Amanda Heron Parsons, McKinsey & Company; Robert Armstrong, VP External Research, Eli Lilly; David Epstein '87, President & CEO, Novartis Oncology; Joseph Flicek, Managing Director, Amphion Innovations plc; David Gershon, Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economics and Policy Industry Leader; Joseph Shrawder, General Manager, GE Healthcare.

Organized by the Health Care Industry Association.

 
 

Amy Rosen, New Visions for Public Schools

When: Thursday, November 8 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Uris 333

Interested in Education, Consulting and Leadership? Amy Rosen, Chief Operating Officer, New Visions for Public Schools, will teach the Education Leadership Consulting Lab course at Columbia Business School in Spring 2008. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about her work and her views on how MBAs can make a profound and positive impact on the future of public education in New York City.

Through her leadership positions in the private and public sectors, Ms. Rosen has led many organizations through transformational change. In recent years, she has played an increasingly active role in the field of public education. As the founding partner of Public Private Strategy Group, a management advisory firm, she served as the project manager for the design and launch of the Empowerment Zone Project for the New York City Department of Education. She has also served as a policy advisor for the newly elected mayor of Newark, NJ. She currently serves as the chair of the board of directors for TEAM Academy, a group of highly successful charter school in Newark, and on the board of NJ SEEDS, a statewide nonprofit organization that identifies and provides high-achieving, low-income students with academic enrichment opportunities. Ms. Rosen was a 2004 Fellow at the Broad Urban Superintendents Academy.

Supported by the Social Enterprise Club. For more information, please contact Sam Brenner '08.

 

Acciona Energy: Renewable Energy Developments and MBA Career Opportunities

When: Thursday, November 8 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Uris 332

Interested in wind energy, mini hydro, biomass, solar energy, biofuels, wind turbines, cogeneration, and hydrogen? Join Peter Duprey, CEO of Acciona Energy to discuss recent developments in sustainable energy. The company recently won the Corporate Developer of the Year Award, instituted by the consultancy firm Ernst & Young and the Euromoney financial communication group "for its major contribution to the development of large-scale renewables projects".

Organized by the Energy Club. For more information contact Diego Rausei '08.

 

 

Bridgespan Presentation

When: Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 140

Learn about the Bridgespan's management consulting services for nonprofits, and how to apply for full-time consulting positions starting in the fall of 2008.

Founded in 2000 and incubated at Bain & Company, the Bridgespan Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization bringing leading-edge strategies and tools to the challenges and opportunities facing nonprofit organizations and foundations. At the heart of its mission is the belief that nonprofits are the best hope for addressing many of today's pressing social and environmental problems. A strong and effective nonprofit sector can be a powerful lever for change, as well as a source of human inspiration.

Bridgespan is looking for motivated MBA graduates with strong academic backgrounds, analytic skills, outstanding interpersonal skills, and a commitment to the transformation of nonprofits and the social sector in America.

 

Carbon Credit Capital

When: Wednesday, November 7 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Warren 207

Interested in learning about carbon markets? Mark Chapman, SIPA Alumnus and Director of Project Coordination, and Rena Gelb '05 and Director of Carbon Finance Services at Carbon Credit Capital will discuss the impacts of the carbon markets and regulatory frameworks on social enterprise and development. Learn about the need for emission reductions, greenhouse gas mitigation activities, compliance and voluntary trading frameworks and markets, and an overview of investment risk and risk-hedging in these projects and markets.

Carbon Credit Capital (CCC), LLC generates carbon credits and clean energy by partnering with project developers in emerging economies. CCC offers project finance, risk management and carbon credit generation services to project developers. These services also include a consultative approach for registering projects with their respective compliance or voluntary frameworks and assisting in credit brokerage.

Mr. Chapman is responsible for maintaining an extensive network of project originators, sponsors and financiers and coordinates marketing activities including media development. Previously, Mr. Chapman managed waste disposal and energy research teams and policy implementation with the New York City Council and Natural Resources Defense Council. He instructed public speaking courses at the university level and has work experience in fine art, media and arborism. Mr. Chapman holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut.

Ms. Gelb is responsible for building and directing the CER brokerage and finance department. Her finance and education work experience guide Carbon Credit Capital in building a network of buyers for carbon credits and transmitting carbon knowledge to market participants. Ms. Gelb's prior work experience includes three years of teaching in NYC classrooms and a year-long fellowship in community building at Ohio State University. Ms. Gelb holds an MBA from Columbia Business School where she focused on Finance and Economics with an emphasis on derivatives. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College in Psychology and Education.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club, the International Development Club and the Energy Club.

 

MBA Enterprise Corps

When: Wednesday, November 7 at 11:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 215B

Drop-in opportunity for students interested in International Development. Stop by to learn about post-MBA opportunities to work with a private volunteer organization (PVO) assisting companies in Africa (Angola, Ghana Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria and Sudan), South America (Ecuador, Guatemala, and Guyana) and Eurasia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia). C.D. Glin, Director of the MBA Enterprise Corps from Washington, DC Corps headquarters can share information about 2008 opportunities. The Corps offers 3 months of intensive in-country language and cultural training before MBAs begin work with companies. See MBAEC information at www.mbaec.org.

The MBAEC is a PVO founded in 1990 by a consortium of business schools. Columbia was one of the original 16 schools supporting the MBAEC. To date, nearly 800 MBAs (including 24 from Columbia) have assisted over 1500 business enterprises in over 25 countries on 4 continents. 2008 Corps groups start in both July and January. Second year Columbia MBAs can submit applications to the MBAEC through the Career Management Center.

 

Global Social Venture Competition: Information Session for Entrants & Judges

When: Tuesday, November 6 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Warren 207

Guest Speaker: Wanja Michuki '02, 3rd Place Finals Winner of GSVC 2006, Co-founder and Owner of Highland Tea.

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is the largest and oldest student-led business plan competition providing mentoring, exposure, and prizes for social ventures from around the world. The mission of the GSVC is to catalyze the creation of social ventures, educate future leaders and build awareness of social enterprises. Please join Professor Murray Low, Director of the Entrepreneurship Program, and the Competition's student leadership to learn about how to participate and get involved in this year's competition.

This information session will cover what you need to know about:
- Developing a business plan;
- Searching for a team to help grow an existing venture;
- Finding a social venture to join ;
- Becoming a student judge.

Please join us for a lunch of learning, idea sharing and networking. Contacts: Emi Kubota '08 and Vijay Sankaran '08. This event is sponsored by: Columbia Business School's Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise Club, and International Development Club.

 

The Broad Residency

When: Tuesday, November 6 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 330

By the end of this year 1.1 million children will have dropped out of high school. Are you looking for a career that allows your MBA to make an impact? Come learn about opportunities in the education industry.

The Broad Center is Eli Broad's philanthropic organization which operates a program which places MBAs in management careers within school districts and charter management organizations nationwide. The Broad Residency in Urban Education, a nationwide leadership development program, immediately places participants in full-time managerial positions in urban school systems while providing professional development and networking opportunities. Broad Residents are not required to have experience in the education industry and receive starting salaries of $80-$90K.

Melissa Hamann, Broad Resident and Special Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer, Boston Public Schools, and Margaret Angell '06 will discuss this program. Visit www.broadresidency.org for more information.

 

SEC Alumni dinner with Ron Gonen

When: Monday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Columbia campus

Ron Gonen '04, CEO and cofounder of RecycleBank (www.recyclebank.com), will discuss how his organization increases recycling through an incentive-based system. Ron spoke at the Entrepreneur Awards at Columbia Business School last April. Prior to RecycleBank, Ron was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Ron focused on developing CRM and strategic account management programs for clients. His clients have included Bank of America, Bank of Montreal, Bank One, GE, and DIRECTV. Ron was a co-recipient of Deloitte Consulting's National Impact Award in 2002 for his development and management of a consulting unit that provides pro bono consulting services to nonprofit and charitable organizations. In addition, Ron was a founding member of the National Conference for High School Students Against Hunger and Homelessness. Ron received an MBA from Columbia Business School where he was a Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship award winner and received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics from the University of Massachusetts where he graduated cum laude and was awarded Massachusetts Commonwealth Scholar honors.

To RSVP, please contact Joseph Chmielewski '09. Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

 

Career Opportunities in Energy

When: Thursday, November 1 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 331

Second years will discuss their summer internship experiences and answer questions about the job search process. This is a session to learn about the different roles in the Energy industry.

Panelists include: Chris Gazze, Biodiesel investment proposal at PrimaFuel; David McCormick, Carbon market research at Chevron; Will Corbett, Upstream investment in Ukraine at Starr Oil and Gas;Pedro Rachadell, Private Equity (Sustainable Development) at Citigroup; Neil Davids, Investment Banking in Natural Resources Group at JP Morgan.

For more information please contact Stephanie Fielding '09. Organized by the Energy Club.

 

Emerging Energy Strategies in a Carbon Constrained World

When: Monday, October 29 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Uris 141

Discussion with Stephen Crawford, Senior Executive Advisor in the energy, chemicals and utility practice of Booz, Allen and Hamilton. For many companies, meaningful reductions in carbon footprints will require massive redeployment of capital and accelerated retirement of existing assets. He will discuss the use of Booz Allen's game theory capabilities to help energy utilities develop their supply portfolio and renewable energy strategies. Organized by the Management Consulting Association and Energy Club.

 

Annual Social Enterprise Conference

When: Friday, October 26, All Day
Where: Uris Hall

The Annual Social Enterprise Conference, will feature a keynote address by this year's award winner of the Benjamin Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics, Patrick Cescau, CEO of Unilever.

The conference features a diverse group of business leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors who challenge conventional thinking and define success in terms of social and environmental benefits, as well as financial returns. 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. Organized by the Social Enterprise Club, International Development Club and the Social Enterprise Program.

 

Energy Policies in Developing Countries: an International Perspective

When: Thursday, October 25 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Uris 303

Discussion with Jorge Segrelles, General Manager of Fundacion Repsol and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the World Petroleum Congress 2008 (Madrid). He held the post of General Vice-Secretary at Tabacalera, S.A. and was appointed Financial Counselor of the Spanish Embassy to the OECD in Paris. He has been the Director of External and International Relations at the National Hydrocarbon Institute, and occupied the same position at Repsol when Repsol, S.A. was founded. He has been the Chairman of the European Petroleum Industry Association and a member of its board. He was appointed Marketing and Network General Manager at Repsol Comercial de Productos Petroliferos, S.A. He holds a Law degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Master's degree in Law (LLM) from Harvard University. Organized by the International Development Club.

 

Social Enterprise Alumni Career Panel

When: Monday, October 15 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Uris 306

Thinking about a career in social enterprise after graduation or in the near future? Learn first-hand from recent CBS alumni, who will share their experiences and strategies they used to identify opportunities in the social enterprise sector. Sectors represented include: nonprofit management, education, microfinance, consulting, international development and more. Please RSVP to Riddhi Doshi '08.

Alumni Panelists:
Carolyn Hack MBA '05, Director of Finance at Uncommon Schools - Nonprofit Management and Education;
Ariel Behr MBA '05, Community Development Officer at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) - Community Development and Finance;
Tricia Morente MBA '07, Acumen Fund and World Bank - Microfinance and International Development;
Rani Despande MBA '03, Bridgespan and CGAP - Consulting and International Development.

 

Education Pioneers Fellows Program Information Session

When: Thursday, October 11 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 305

Interested in learning how to apply your passion and skills to transform urban public education? Need help navigating your post-graduate school career plans? Education Pioneers Fellows Program is a full-time, ten-week summer program where talented graduate students in business, education, law, policy and other disciplines intern with effective schools, districts and education organizations and train under existing education leaders. Over the course of the summer, Fellows work on challenging projects for Partners to gain practical experience and convene as a cohort for five training sessions, two retreats and regular networking events.

Through the Fellows Program, Education Pioneers provides high-achieving graduate students with a transformational summer experience in education reform that enables them to build a professional network, study key leverage areas in education reform from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and apply their skills to drive systemic change. Education Pioneers currently runs the Fellows program in the Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area and Washington D.C. More info about Education Pioneers can be found online.

 

Visiting Nurse Service of NY Session

When: Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Warren 415

Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) of New York is a $1 billion nonprofit health care organization with 11,000 employees. VNS will be conducting a campus presentation on their full-time Internal Management Consulting opportunity for Class of 2008 MBA students. See their website (www.vnsny.org) for more information on their mission and broad scope of work.

 

Helping the UN Deliver as One in Developing Countries with BCG

When: Tuesday, October 9 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Warren 311

The Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) will host their second discussion series session. Please join Alan Iny '03, Principal at BCG's New York office, who will explore this important social impact topic.

 

Michael Rebell and Wendy Kopp

When: Monday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 301

Participate In The Movement To End Educational Inequality. In America today, 9-year-olds growing up in low-income communities are already three grade levels behind their peers in higher-income communities. By the time they reach high school, only 50% of children in low-income communities will graduate. Those children that graduate will do so at an eighth grade level. Educational inequity is our nation's greatest injustice -- and you have the power to change this. Come talk about educational inequity with two of the country's greatest advocates for educational reform. Copies of Ms. Kopp's book One Day All Children will be distributed to the first 50 attendees.

Michael Rebell is an education law professor at Teacher's College and was the co-counsel for plaintiffs in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. ("CFE") v. State of New York, 1995 and CFE v. State of New York, (2003). CFE filed a constitutional challenge to the state school funding system and claimed that the system under-funded New York City public schools and denied its students their constitutional right to the opportunity to a sound basic education. In these cases, the Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court, has declared that all children are entitled to the "opportunity for a sound basic education and ordered the redistribution of more than $5 billion to New York City schools.

Wendy Kopp is the CEO and Founder of Teach For America. In 1989, Wendy Kopp proposed in her undergraduate senior thesis the creation of a new national corps called Teach For America that would enlist her generation's most promising future leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Teach For America would inspire outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors and career interests to commit two years to teach in the nation's neediest urban and rural public schools and to become lifelong leaders for expanding educational opportunity. Kopp made her plan a reality. Today, Teach For America fields 5,000 members in 28 communities across the country and involves more than 12,000 alumni who exert continuing leadership in educational and social reform.

 

 

IDC Projects Training and Team Kick-off Session

When: Friday, October 5 at 1:15 p.m.
Where: Warren 310

This project team training session will be led by the Boston Consulting Group and International Development Club officers. Topics to be covered include: Case preparation and the hypothesis driven approach; Statement of work (including developing a detailed scope and project timeline); future team training session; travel logistics; and ethics and the School's Honor Code. Organized by the International Development Club and supported by the Social Enterprise Program.

 

Acumen Fund Recruiting Session

When: Tuesday, October 2 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Uris 141

Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty, will conduct a recruiting presentation for Columbia Business School students. Acumen Fund is interested in meeting Columbia Business School MBAs with an interest in a career in social ventures, and will be recruiting second year MBAs for their Fellows Program for next fall and first year MBAs for their summer internship program. Supported by the International Development Club.

 

Simon Harford of Actis

When: Monday, October 1 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Uris 140

Africa's economy has been growing at close to 7% for the last five years, and inflation is down into single digits in nearly every major market on the continent. Business opportunities across the African continent have never looked so attractive. Learn about private equity and entrepreneurship in Africa, with Simon Harford, CEO of Actis (www.act.is), one of the early pioneers in African private equity. He will discuss his experience of doing business in Africa and opportunities currently unfolding on the continent. Supported by the International Development Club, Africana Association, Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization and the Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

 

Science Barge Field Visit

When: Friday, September 28 at 3:15 p.m.
Where: West 44th Street & 12th Avenue

Interested in visiting a floating urban farm and learning about sustainable agriculture? Join the Social Enterprise Club on this field trip to the NY SunWorks' Science Barge, which is entirely powered by solar, wind, biofuels and irrigated by rainwater and purified river water. The Science Barge is a sustainable urban farm designed by New York Sun Works, an environmental nonprofit organization. The Science Barge tours New York City's public waterfront parks, offering sustainability education programs to wide audiences. It grows food in the city with no carbon emissions, no net water consumption and no waste stream. The vegetables grown on the Science Barge require seven times less land and four times less water than field crops. This visit includes a 40 minute tour, 30 minutes of Q&A, and some time to meet other CBS MBAs interested in sustainable farming.

 

Nonprofit Board Leadership Program Kick off Session

When: Friday, September 28 at 10 a.m.
Where: Uris 140

The NBLP annual kick-off session for selected students draws on industry leading experts to discuss current trends and issues at the forefront of nonprofit governance. Professor Ray Horton, director of the Social Enterprise Program, will introduce the session and provide a brief overview.

 

Annual Social Enterprise Retreat

When: Saturday, September 15, 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.

 

Pamela Hartigan with Professor Bruce Kogut

When: Thursday, September 13 at 12:45 p.m.
Where: Warren 208

Dr. Pamela Hartigan, Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation, discusses her organization's focus on social entrepreneurship as a key element in advancing societies and addressing social problems globally. She will be teaching a social entrepreneurship elective course at Columbia Business School in Spring 2008.

Learn about some of the many international social entrepreneurs and ideas the Schwab Foundation has supported, helping to implement and scale ideas to drive transformational change. The Schwab Foundation does not give grants or invest financially in the organizations of its selected social entrepreneurs. Rather, it uses its resources to create unprecedented opportunities where social entrepreneurs who have successfully implemented and scaled their transformational idea, can further the legitimacy of their work, have access to usually inaccessible networks, and thus mobilize financial and in-kind resources that enable them to continue to strengthen and expand.

Dr. Hartigan joined the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as its first Managing Director in October 2000. Of Ecuadorian origin, she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and the Institut d'Etudes Europeenes in Brussels. She also has a Masters degree in Education and a PhD in Human Developmental Psychology from American University and Catholic University, respectively.

Supported by the Social Enterprise Club, the International Development Club and the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

 

Social Enterprise Club and International Development Club's Kickoff

When: Tuesday, September 11 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 303

Interested in social enterprise and international development? Come meet students and faculty whose passion for international development, social entrepreneurship, CSR, renewable energy, and nonprofit consulting has driven CBS to be one of the top business schools for social enterprise. Join us at the Social Enterprise Club and International Development Club's Kickoff and information session, featuring Phil LaRocco, founder of E+Co. Since 1998, E+Co has invested in more than one hundred and fifty enterprises and mobilized more than $157 million of capital. These enterprises provide modern energy to 3.6 million people.

 

Antony Bugg-Levine: Rockefeller Foundation

When: Thursday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Warren 209

Antony Bugg-Levine is an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, and will lead an interactive discussion about the dynamic "social investing" field and the potential it unlocks for promoting economic development through innovative finance. During his talk, Antony will speak about the gaps in risk-taking capital for social enterprises, and will discuss the recent Initial Public Offering of Compartamos, a Mexican microfinance bank. Come hear the story of how a donor-funded institution became a commercial bank, providing financial returns to managers and private investors along the way. Organized by the International Development Club.

 

Robert Mosbacher, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

When: Tuesday, June 26 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Warren 208

Hear Robert Mosbacher, President & CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), discuss how the organization provides financing and technical support to business enterprises in developing and emerging markets. Many of these enterprises lack strong business strategies and plans. OPIC is now considering developing a program through which recent MBA graduates work with OPIC and these organisations, to develop these business plans in teams. OPIC helps U.S. businesses invest overseas, fosters economic development in new and emerging markets, complements the private sector in managing risks associated with foreign direct investment, and supports U.S. foreign policy. Organized by the International Development Club.

 

Social Enterprise Club & International Development Club Summer Social

When: Wednesday, July 25 at 6 p.m.
Where: Havana Central

Always wanted to know if IDC members really end up working in Africa? Curious to hear about the newest Columbia Business School graduate social entrepreneurs? Can't wait to meet the class of '09? Join us for this summer social evening with IDC and SEC club members, alumni & prospective students.