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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.

Education Affinity Network Dinner

When: Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Columbia University Alumni Welcome Center

A dinner at the newly opened Columbia University Alumni Welcome Center to formally kick off the Social Enterprise Program Education Affinity Network, made up of Columbia MBA graduates who are working in the education sector. This dinner gave alumni the chance to connect with each other and discuss topics of interest. Organized by the Social Enterprise Program. Sponsored by Columbia Business School External Relations and Columbia University Alumni Welcome Center.

Solutions for the 21st Century Water Challenge in India

When: Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall

Professor Tobias Siegfried discussed his work on the problems of freshwater depletion and degradation in the context of demographic and economic development. His work is focused on regions where resources such as soil and water are scarce and where the implementation of efficient and sustainable management strategies is difficult due to inadequate economic and political as well as institutional environments.

Feed Your Conscience ’09

When: Thursday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 310

Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's and Julius Walls, Jr., CEO of Greyston Bakery, led an inspiring discussion and provided advice from the trenches on confronting the challenges and seizing the opportunities that social enterprises present. Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, the Social Enterprise Club, the Green Business Club and the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization.

What will it take to succeed in the business of green building?

When: Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Feldberg Space

A panel discussion for those interested in the business side of green building. The panel had professionals ranging from project underwriters to developers, from venture capitalists to the USGBC, focusing on best practices in the business of green building. This was also a networking reception for professionals and students. Sponsored the Green Business Club.

Social Enterprise Club Sustainable Vineyard Bus Trip

When: Saturday, April 18
Where: Long Island, New York

A tour, tasting, and lunch at three vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island, including Shinn Estate Vineyards, Jamesport Vineyards, and Macari Vineyards. Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

Social Enterprise Leadership Retreat

When: Friday, April 17
Where: Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Members of the Social Enterprise Club, International Development Club and Green Business Club gathered with Professor Ray Fisman and SEP staff members at Blue Hill at Stone Barns for the first student leadership retreat. In addition to touring the farm and learning about cutting-edge techniques in sustainable agriculture and how to incorporate them into a successful business, it was a unique opportunity for the clubs and the SEP to discuss how to best work together to serve the interests of social enterprise students. Sponsored by Helaine and Sid Lerner.

IBM World Development Initiative Presentation

When: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 331

A presentation on IBM’s World Development Initiative (WDI), a leadership initiative within IBM that aims to leverage IBM's leadership to develop innovative and commercially viable technology solutions that can improve the lives of the world's poor. Speakers: Steve Kloeblen, Vice President Business Development, New Growth Platforms, Alexander Bloch, Associate Partner, Technology Strategy, and Alberto Jimenez, Global Business Advisor, FSS IBM Global Business Services. Sponsored by the International Development Club.

The Global Economic Crisis and G-20: How to Combine Stimulus, Economic Development and Sustainability to Mitigate the Slowdown

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 301

A conversation with Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia's Earth Institute, special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and author of bestsellers Commonwealth and The End of Poverty.

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs will talk on the ramifications of the global financial crisis on the world's poorest. Three billion people—almost half of the world's population—are suffering destabilizing consequences from the economic slowdown that is beginning to threaten our global security. Professor Sachs will share his thoughts on specific actions and policies needed to help developing countries weather the financial storm and get back on track to long-term growth and sustainable development. Organized bu the International Development Club and the Bernstein Leadership and Ethics Board.

Faculty Lecture Series: Bruce Usher

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 307

Professor Bruce Usher, CEO of EcoSecurities, offers his expertise on Finance and Sustainability.

Jemina Bernard, Teach for America

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 207

The Social Enterprise Club's Education peer-to-peer lunch group discussion with Jemina Bernard '01, Executive Director at Teach for America, New York Region.

Social Enterprise Club NYC Field Trip

When: Friday, April 10, 2009

The first stop will be KIPP at 1:00. KIPP schools are free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools where underserved students develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits needed to succeed in top quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond. We will then take the subway over to The Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Acumen seeks to prove that small amounts of philanthropic capital, combined with large doses of business acumen, can build thriving enterprises that serve vast numbers of the poor. The investments focus on delivering affordable, critical goods and services – like health, water, housing and energy – through innovative, market-oriented approaches. After meeting at Acumen some of the employees there will join us for a happy hour in the area. Acumen is always looking to hire skilled and motivated MBAs so this could be a great networking opportunity.

International Development Club Movie Night – Taking Root: A Story of Inspiration and Leadership

When: Friday, April 10, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 332

A special screening of “Taking Root” with a discussion and reception afterwards. Sponsored by the International Development Club.

Social Enterprise Club Movie Night – The World According to Monsanto

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 332

Monsanto is the world leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history. This century-old empire has created some of the most toxic products ever sold, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the herbicide Agent Orange. Based on a painstaking investigation, The World According to Monsanto puts together the pieces of the company’s history, calling on hitherto unpublished documents and numerous first-hand accounts.

Dinner with Dan Miller, Roda Group

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Calder Lounge

The Green Business Club held a dinner with Dan Miller, Managing Director of Roda Group, where they discussed the implications of climate change on the business world.

Nonprofit Board Leadership Program Closing Reception

When: Monday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Core Club, 66 East 55th Street

Participants, mentors, alumni and faculty and staff members came together to celebrate another successful year. Remarks were made by Professor Ray Fisman, Lise Strickler ’86 (SEP Advisory Board Member and mentor to multiple students), and graduating NBLP participants: Joanne Greenstein ’09, Jasmine Anderson ’09, and Neha Gupta ’09.

United Nations Careers trip

When: Friday, April 3, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: UN headquarters, New York City

A group of Columbia MBA students headed to the United Nations headquarters in New York for careers visits. A panel of officials from different agencies/programs shared their experiences at the UN. Tour and lunch at the Delegates Dining Room. Click here to visit their website.

ABC Home: Store Tour and Discussion of their Sustainability Strategy

When: Friday, April 3, 2009
Where: New York City

ABC Carpet and home is one of New York’s leading home furnishing stores and is widely credited with having originated the eclectic bohemian decorating style that is now widely popular. Over the past five years, ABC Home has been working to convert its product lines with a focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly offerings that still provide cutting-edge design. ABC’s director of sustainability and other staff members discussed their successes and challenges and described a vision for a new, environmentally friendly retail paradigm. The discussion was followed by a sustainability-focused tour of the store. Sponsored by the Green Business Club.

Paul Tierney, Chairman of TechnoServe

When: Thursday, April 2, 2009, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall

Paul Tierney, Chairman of TechnoServe, discussed business solutions to poverty with James Mandiberg, Social Enterprise Professor at Columbia’s School of Social Work. CUPID (Columbia University Partnership for International Development), in conjunction with the International Development Club and SIPA.

Faculty Lecture Series

When: Thursday, April 2, 2009, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Grace Dodge 457

Professor Cathy Clark shares insights from her experience in the Social Entrepreneurship sector. Hosted by the Social Enterprise Club.

Talk with John Wood, founder of Room to Read

When: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 301

John Wood, former Microsoft Executive, founder of Room to Read and author of “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children”. At age 35, John Wood did the unthinkable. A well-paid senior executive with Microsoft with his feet planted firmly on the corporate ladder, he suddenly gave it all up to pursue a dream. A dream that included a yak, a pile of children’s books and one man’s determination to make a difference. The dream became a reality in Room to Read, a global non-profit organization that has built upon John’s idea of delivering books to children in a handful of schools in Nepal to provide educational resources for 10 million children in developing countries by 2020. In nine years, Room to Read has already established over 7000 libraries and 765 schools, provided long-term scholarships for over 6800 young girls, and published more than 3 million local language children’s books. In his book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World (HarperCollins, 2006), John Wood shares the story of Room to Read, from its initial concept in the mountains of Nepal, to a well-recognized, award-winning NGO (five-time winner of the Fast Company Magazine and Monitor Group Social Capitalist Award and three-time winner of the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Innovation) that is making a difference in the lives of children throughout the developing world. Hosted by the Social Enterprise Club.

Green Business Club Alumni Panel

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Green Business Club presented an alumni panel to celebrate Alumni Forever Week with: Ronald Mincy ’07, General Electric (renewable energy); Maziar Dalaeli ’03, IPP Solar, LLC; John Fox ’00, Innovation Fuels; and Ron Gonen EMBA ’04, founder of RecycleBank.

CSR Alumni Dinner

When: Monday, March 30, 2009

Jaycee Pribulsky '01 is the VP of Global Citizenship, Corporate Practice at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (WE) is a global, integrated communications agency. For the past 25 years, the independently owned firm has developed strategic communications programs for innovative and world-changing clients, working to influence markets, inspire people and improve lives. In Jaycee’s role, she helps to broaden the corporate responsibility and citizenship function within the Corporate Communications practice. She serves as a strategic counselor to clients with overall responsibility for account planning and supervision of account teams. Ms. Pribulsky also drives new business activities working across the agency's six global practice groups: Consumer Marketing, Corporate Communications, Environment, Healthcare, Public Affairs and Technology. Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Green Alumni Dinner

When: Monday, March 30, 2009

Alumni Dinner with Aynsley Toole ’08 of Equator, LLC, about the generation and management of high-quality carbon credits and environmental assets derived from reforestation, forest conservation and sustainable land management. Organized by the Green Business Club.

The 2nd Annual Microlumbia Conference

When: Friday, March 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 301

The Financial Crisis: How to Deliver Microfinance to the Poor when Nobody is Lending
Speakers included: Sebastian von Stauffenberg, Chief Executive Officer, MicroRate; Ann Miles, Managing Director, BlueOrchard Finance USA; Louise Moretto, Global Social Investment Funds, Deutsche Bank; Mitch Lench, Founder and Managing Partner, Treetops Capital; Damon Krytzer, Senior Vice President, Oppenheimer & Company.

A reception will immediately follow the panel in Lehman Lounge. After that, we’ll all head over to the Village Pourhouse for “Microfest,” a joint event with the CBS Microbrew Society. Organized by Microlumbia, a Columbia MBA student-run microfinance fund.

Faculty Lecture Series

When: Thursday, March 26, 2009, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Professor Melissa Berman shares insights from her class on Strategic Philanthropy. Hosted by the Social Enterprise Club.

Social Sector Consulting

When: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Alumni dinner with Bridgespan. Contact Jacob Goldberg'10 or Sara Neff '10 for more information.

Corporate Social Responsibility Panel Discussion

When: Monday, March 23, 2009 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 142

This panel discussion featured the Head of Sustainability at Bloomberg, a consultant on CSR and foundations, and a member of Citigroup's Environmental Affairs team. Each panel member offered a different perspective on corporate social responsibility (CSR), their role within in the field and the challenges they are currently facing. CSR refers to how companies align their activities with the social, economic and environmental expectations of its "stakeholders." Speakers included: Steven Godeke, Founder, Godeke Consulting; Curtis Ravenel '01, Head of Sustainability, Bloomberg; Valerie Smith, Vice President (Corporate Sustainability), Citigroup; Kate Varjavandi, Senior Vice President (CSR group), Edelman. Hosted by the Social Enterprise Club.

Education peer to peer group meeting with Chancellor Joel Klein of the New York City Department of Education

When: Friday, March 20, 2009 at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Where: 52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

The Education peer-to-peer group met with Chancellor Joel Klein of the New York City Department of Education for a session at the Department of Education headquarters, Tweed. Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

The New Teacher Project Information Session

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 331

The New Teacher Project (TNTP) is a national revenue-generating non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that high-need students get outstanding teachers by partnering with school districts and states to implement scalable responses to their most acute teacher quality challenges. TNTP recruits and trains thousands of exceptional new teachers annually, supports school principals in staffing their classrooms, provides teacher certification in high-need subjects, and documents the policy barriers that keep students from getting the teachers they need. TNTP has established more than 70 programs and initiatives in 28 states (clients including New York, DC, LA, New Orleans) and published three seminal studies on urban teacher hiring and school staffing.

TNTP looks for candidates from diverse backgrounds, and MBA students in particular can make a positive impact through roles in district, state, and national level reforms, and creating strategic solutions to challenges that school districts face across the country. Karolyn Belcher, Vice President of Human Capital, talked about The New Teacher Project’s impact as well as staff opportunities. Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

Spring Break Social Enterprise trip to Argentina

When: Friday, March 8, 2009 - Sunday, March 15, 2009
Where: Field Trip

Tango + Wine + Saving the World = Social Enterprise Spring Break in Argentina! Spend a week in Argentina meeting companies that represent all aspects of social enterprise. Experience Buenos Aires, wine country, and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Cities to be Visited: Buenos Aires, Iguazu, Mendoza. Total estimated costs: $2600 This includes international and domestic airfare, ground transportation, lodging, breakfast, park entrance fees, tango show and cultural dinner, wine tour. Financial aid budget increases may be requested to cover the costs of the trip. Social Enterprise Area Visits: Social Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Alternative Energy, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Wine. Questions? Please contact Sara Neff '10, Social Enterprise Club.

Achieving Sustainability in New York City: Greening the Taxi and Limousine Fleets

When: Monday, March 2, 2009 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge

In April 2007 Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the City’s long-term sustainability plan. One initiative focused on reducing emissions from NYC’s yellow taxis and other cars, regulated by the Taxi and Limousine Commission. This panel focused on addressing the challenges and solutions of implementing this initiative. Introductory remarks were made by Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler. Speakers included: Rohit Aggarwala ’00, Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability; Andrew Salkin, First Deputy Commissioner at NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission; and Emily Gallo, Senior Policy Analyst for Transportation. Hosted by the Social Enterprise Program.

Dinner with In Seon Hwang, Managing Director at Warburg Pincus

When: Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 415

In Seon Hwang, MD of Warburg Pincus’ Energy Practice, joined Warburg Pincus in 2004. He holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He joined Warburg Pincus from GSC Partners. Previously, he had worked at Goldman Sachs and the Boston Consulting Group. Contact Clelia Peters '09 for more information. Organized by the Green Business Club.

Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and Poverty of Nations with Professor Raymond Fisman

When: Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Marriott Hotel East Side (525 Lexington Street, New York, NY 10007)

This was an evening discussion with Professor Ray Fisman on the economics and psychology of why people do bad things, a topic from his new book Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations. In Economic Gangsters, Ray Fisman and Edward Miguel take readers into the secretive, chaotic, and brutal worlds inhabited by these lawless and violent thugs. These two sleuthing economists follow the foreign aid money trail into the grasping hands of corrupt governments and shady underworld characters. Professor Fisman presented his book and spoke about what rainfall has to do with witch killings in Tanzania — and more. A networking reception followed the presentation.

Social Enterprise Club Movie Night “The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power”

When: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 7:15 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 332

The film explores topics relevant to corporate social responsibility and the values and foundations of capitalism. Follow up this movie screening with some beers at Havana Central, organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

The CEO Series: How Green Technology Will Resuscitate the American Economy

When: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Rob Watson, CEO of EcoTech International, will discuss the latest trends in the Green Revolution. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Tom Friedman has called Watson “one of the best environmental minds in America.”

For almost three decades, China has been growing at nearly 10 percent annually, a rapid growth that has had a profound effect on the environment. Since 1997, Rob Watson has been working with China’s Ministry of Construction to develop green building standards and energy codes for residential and commercial buildings. In 2005, the MOC honored Watson with one of its first “Green Innovation” awards for his work. Green buildings reduce energy consumption by as much as 50 percent and it’s one of the hottest trends in architecture. Watson has worked with numerous agencies and businesses in India and the United States as well.

Join Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York in the latest installment of our C.E.O. Series as we host Rob Watson, C.E.O., chairman and chief scientist of EcoTech International (www.ecotech-intl.com), to discuss the latest trends in the Green Revolution. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Tom Friedman has called Watson “one of the best environmental minds in America” in his book 'Hot, Flat & Crowded.'

What makes a building green? What are the challenges and opportunities in green buildings and cleantech? And how will the green revolution revitalize the American economy? Find out answers to these and more in this exciting event.


Under Rob Watson's direction as the "Founding Father of LEED" (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and as its national Steering Committee Chairman between 1994 and 2005, LEED became the most widespread and fastest-growing standard by which green buildings are measured worldwide.

A pioneer of the modern green building movement for over twenty years, in 2007, Watson founded ECOTECH International and its subsidiaries, American SINOTECH and American INDOTECH to meet the fast-growing demand for green building technologies and services in China, India and the U.S.

As the Director of International Energy and Green Buildings Programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Watson worked in China on green building programs and market development since 1997. He is a green building adviser to the municipalities of Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai Shenzhen and Shenyang and has assisted the Chinese government to develop energy-saving standards for commercial buildings and residential buildings that reduce energy consumption by 50%. The recipient of several national and international awards for green buildings, in 2005, China's Ministry of Construction (MOC) recognized Watson with one of its first "Green Innovation" awards--the only foreign expert so honored--for his work on green buildings in China.

Watson has an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MS from UC-Berkeley. He also has a degree from Dartmouth College where he was a Senior Fellow. Watson speaks fluent Spanish, and intermediate Russian and French.

Price: $25 members; $40 non-members. Acknowledgments: CBSACNY wishes to thank Som Chivukula & Todd Rubsamen for organizing the event.

The Future of Green Industries Panel Discussion

When: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 333

Leaders in the green space discussed the future of the green industry and the green job market for MBAs. Panelists included: Alain Begun, Associate Publisher, Marketing, The Week and TheWeek.com; Jed Emerson, Managing Director for Integrated Performance, Uhuru Capital Management; Lisa Heyman, Vice President of Integrated Marketing, LeadDog Marketing Group; Phil Sharkey, Director/Portfolio Manager, Wealth Management, Guggenheim Investment Advisors. Moderated by: Nora Simpson, Vice President, RWD Executive Search. Sponsored by the Green Business Club.

Investing for Change with Vinay Nair

When: Tueday, February 24, 2009 at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 208

For many of us, giving significant money away for promoting change is not a practical option. But investing for change--otherwise known as SRI (Socially Responsible Investing)--is something all of us can consider. Still, a number of questions come up when we consider what it means to invest "responsibly," including:

  • Is it possible to "express values" through one's investments?
  • How easy is it to rank companies along standards of social rather than financial value? Wouldn't such standards be subjective?
  • Does "responsible investing" imply taking more financial risks, resulting in poor performance?
  • Does SRI force less virtuous companies to improve their behavior?

In Investing for Change, Augustin Landier and Vinay Nair provide answers to these questions. Categorizing investors in illuminating groups of Yellow, Blue, and Red, and drawing on the latest research and their long experience in asset management, the authors show how responsible investing can truly come into its own. Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program.

Tony Meloto, Social Enterprise and Development in the Philippines, Southeast Asia and Africa

When: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 207

SIPA Net Impact chapter, Columbia Business School's International Development Club (IDC) and the Asia Pacific Affairs Council (APAC) co-sponsored a presentation by Tony Meloto of the Philippines. The efforts of Tony Meloto and his organization, Gawad Kalinga (GK), have lifted more than 200,000 families above the poverty line, have eradicated gangs and petty crime, and have triggered economic growth in over 2000 green communities in the Philippines. Tony Meloto, GK Executive Director Luis Oquinana and Former Philippine Minister of Agriculture Cito Lorenzo discussed GK's holistic and social enterprising approaches to effectively addressing poverty and development in the Philippines and other regions. Potential volunteer / employment opportunities with GK were also explored.

Corporate Responsibilities to Respect Human Rights: What can be expected from 'Big Pharma'?

When: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Low Library, Columbia University, New York

This program is sponsored jointly
Dr. Klaus M. Leisinger, President and CEO of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development in Basel, Switzerland, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Basel. Klaus Leisinger served as ‘Special Advisor on the Global Compact’ to the UN Secretary-General in 2005/06. Organized by the Marketing Association Club and by the Earth Institute.

Questions to Matt Lowenbraun ’09.

Networking Lunch with Michael Conti of New Energy Finance

When: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Hepburn Lounge

Michael Conti from New Energy Finance, the leading publication in renewable energy, along with his colleagues in the finance community, discussed opportunities and trends in the space. Sponsored by the Green Business Club.

Socially Responsible Product Design Presentation with Jump Associates

When: Monday, February 23, 2009 at 5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 330

This presentation featured Jump, a growth strategy firm with a focus on product design and innovation, helping companies develop new products, customers, markets, ventures, directions and capabilities. Jump has long had a commitment to social responsibility, and its CEO, Dev Patnaik, has just published a book on the subject called Wired to Care. Internship opportunities were also discussed. Hosted by the Social Enterprise Club.

CWIB Annual Conference

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2009
Where: Lerner Hall

This year’s Columbia Women in Business (CWIB) conference will look at what it means to build a strong, 360 degree network and explore the personal and professional connections that lie at the heart of successful career progression. Panel topics can be found online including:

“Isn’t Money Green? Women Making a Difference with Their Careers” Women want it all: a successful career and the chance to change the world. Leaders across industries, whose jobs focus on sustainability, will discuss how they have been able to promote environmental and socially focused missions and make an impact in their companies. Women with successful careers focused on sustainability in the private sector will discuss how they’ve done this, why they’ve chosen to work in their industries, and whether the current corporate focus on sustainability is just a trend or here to stay.


  • Amy Brenner: Senior Manager, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, CBS '94
  • Amy Chender: VP Social Responsibility, ABC Home
  • Amy Hall: Director of Social Consciousness, Eileen Fisher, Masters, Teachers College '87
  • Gretchen Hancock: Corporate Environmental Programs Project Manager, General Electric

Moderated by: Brett Friedman, CBS '10, MBA Candidate

NBLP Panel at Admitted Students Open House

When: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Where: Columbia University, New York

The Nonprofit Board Leadership Program (NBLP) presented a panel at the Admitted Students Open House. Now in its third year, the NBLP offers students a glimpse of nonprofits’ work and the challenges of serving in a governance capacity. Approximately 30 students participate in the program each year, and each student is matched with a mentor who serves on the board of a nonprofit organization. The majority of mentors are Columbia Business School alumni, affording students another way to tap into our alumni network. Organized by the Social Enterprise Program and MBA Admissions office.

Networking Lunch with Michael Conti of New Energy Finance

When: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Hepburn Lounge

Michael Conti from New Energy Finance, the leading publication in renewable energy, along with his colleagues in the finance community, discussed opportunities and trends in the space. Sponsored by the Green Business Club.

Social Enterprise Program Annual Reception

When: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Low Library, Columbia University, New York

Members of the Columbia Business School community gathered at the Annual Social Enterprise Reception to honor Professor Ray Horton, founder of the Social Enterprise Program, for his three decades of service to Columbia Business School. This occasion was a special celebration of Professor Ray Horton's final academic year as Director of the Social Enterprise Program. Alumni, friends and supporters established a Social Enterprise Fund in honor of Professor Horton by donating online.

CleanTech Seminar with Jason Arumburu, Ecovolve

When: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, 141

Discussion with Jason Arumburu, founder and Technology Developer at Ecovolve, a waste-to-energy technology company.

Economic Development, Green Jobs and Green Tech: The Role of Federal Policy, Panel Discussion

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Where: Uris Hall

Panel participants included: Adam Freed, Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability; Jamie Stein, Sustainable South Bronx; Bettina Damiani, Good Jobs New York; Mijin Cha, Urban Agenda. Moderated by Stacey Sutton, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning. Sponsored by the Green Business Club.

CleanTech Month: The Landscape of Investing in Clean Tech

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Where: Uris Hall

Seminar with Russell Diamond ’98, Founder and Chief Investment Officer at Solution Capital Partners, a CleanTech-focused Fund of Funds. Sponsored by the Green Business Club.

CleanTech: The Future Under Obama

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 329

Discussion with Michael Levi, the Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. Sponsored by the Green Business Club.

SEC and GBC Dinner at GustOrganics

When: Monday, February 9, 2009 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall

Dinner and discussion with Alberto Gonzalez, founder and CEO of GustOrganics. Supported by the Social Enterprise and Green Business Clubs.

Corporate Foundation Visit

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Credit Suisse Americas Foundation

Join the peer-to-peer Foundations group’s meeting with Jennifer Bornemann, a Vice President of the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation to discuss the Foundation’s work and strategies. Meet on campus at 2:30pm to go downtown. Contact Joanne Greenstein’09 for more information.

Japan’s Solar and Wind Ambitions: How Promising is the U.S. Market?

When: Wednesday, February 5, 2009 at 5:45 - 7:15 p.m. (with a reception to follow)
Where: Uris Hall, Room 142

Center on Japanese Economy and Business and the Mitsui USA Foundation present the Tenth Annual Mitsui USA Symposium.


  • Mark Anderson: CEO, Eurus Energy America Corporation
  • David Kaltsas Executive Vice President, Distributed Power Group, SunWize Technologies, Inc.
  • Gen Hajime Ito President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) New York

Commentated by Geoffrey Heal, Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility, Columbia Business School

Moderated by Hugh Patrick, Director, Center on Japanese Economy and Business; R.D. Calkins Professor of International Business Emeritus, Columbia Business School

Japanese companies are the biggest suppliers of solar cells worldwide and many have invested heavily in the U.S. solar market with the expectation that it is poised for takeoff. Likewise, Japan’s leading wind turbine manufacturers have targeted the U.S. wind market in their increasingly global search for growth. This symposium brings together academic, government, and private sector experts to discuss the global solar and wind strategies of Japanese companies and the policy and economic drivers that will determine the trajectory of the U.S. solar and wind markets.

Cosponsored by Columbia Business School’s Energy Club, Green Business Club, and Japan Business Association

Chrysanthos Miliaras, Director of the Middle East Division of Chemonics

When: Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall

Microlumbia cordially invites you to a Brown Bag Lunch with Chrysanthos Miliaras, who joined Chemonics in 2003 as Chief of Party of the Armenia Microenterprise Development Initiative (MEDI). Since transferring to the head office in 2006, he has supervised various private sector development projects in the company’s Europe and Eurasia and Middle East regions, and is currently director of the Egypt Microenterprise Finance (EMF) Activity. His technical area of focus is building sound and inclusive financial systems that promote economic growth and reduce poverty. Prior to Chemonics, he has held leadership positions in the field and head offices of DAI Europe and ACCION International as well as senior technical consulting roles funded by various donors. He has a bachelors degree in economics from George Washington University and a masters in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Contact Katie Aldrich ’09 for more information.

Uncommon Schools Networking Dinner

When: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 329

Come to a networking dinner led by Director of Operations Samantha Brenner '08, Director of Finance Chakana Fowler '07, and Associate Director of Recruitment Kate Goldenheim to learn more about opportunities for MBAs in the nonprofit sector, the work of Uncommon Schools, and the wide range of positions throughout the organization in such areas as real estate development, marketing, financial management, school operations, and more. Contact Jessica Hendrix ’09 for more information.

PepsiCo Sustainability site visit

When: Friday, January 30, 2009
Where: Purchase NY

PepsiCo has invited us to meet with senior executives at their Global Headquarters in Purchase, NY to discuss PepsiCo’s sustainability initiatives. They are pulling out all the stops for us. Executives from many departments, including PR, Operations, Procurement, Finance and HR will present to us in the PepsiCo Amphitheater and will sit with us in a more intimate setting at the lunch that PepsiCo is providing us after the talk. After lunch we’ll also tour a section of their offices where they are experimenting with a pilot program in sustainable office design.

The plan is for us to catch the 8:56 Metro-North from the Harlem/125th St. Station (125th and Park), arriving in White Plains, where PepsiCo will arrange for transportation to their Westchester Campus. They will transport us back to the train station to catch a train back to NYC around 2:30. Organized by the Green Business Club.

Leslie Barcus, President of the Microfinance Management Institute (MFMI)

When: Thursday, January 29, 2009
Where: Uris Hall, Room 332

Microlumbia cordially invites you to a lunch discussion with Leslie Barcus, the President of the Microfinance Management Institute (MFMI), founded in 2003 by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and the Open Society Institute (OSI). The mission of the MFMI is to advance management capacity in the microfinance sector. Leslie worked for CGAP from May 2001 until November 2003 to provide support to CGAP's capacity-building initiatives. Prior to joining CGAP, Ms. Barcus was the Director of Lending at ACCION New York, an associate microfinance institution of ACCION USA and ACCION International. Leslie speaks fluent French and has worked in training, corporate banking, and economic development consulting. She holds a master's degree in international development from The American University in Washington, D.C.

International Development Club info session and learn about Pangea Advisors

When: Thursday, January 23, 2009 at 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 330

The International Development Club (IDC) is a large, rapidly growing and active organization of students interested in the interplay between business and international development. IDC serves as a forum for students and faculty who recognize the importance of emerging economies and their underlying development challenges, and serves as a catalyst for their investigation. The International Development Club is re-launching IDC Projects as a student-run consulting group: Pangea Advisors. IDC students are passionate about improving lives in developing nations. This commitment drives us to create long-lasting solutions to our client’s most challenging problems.

Each semester the IDC sponsors consulting projects with organizations around the world including: Endeavor, Ashoka and Acumen Fund. Come and learn about this semester’s projects.

International Development info session on Microlumbia

When: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

Microlumbia is a student-run nonprofit organization at that invests in and consults for growing microfinance institutions around the world. The consulting team at Microlumbia provides strategic and technical advice to MFIs on a wide spectrum of issues. The investment team makes financial investments in selected microfinance organizations. Come and learn about Microlumbia projects and how to become a member of the team.

Mobile Banking

When: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Arts and Business Council, 1 E53rd Street

Expanding Access to Financial Services to the Underserved. Learn more about the impact of this emerging technology on the world's financial institutions. Mobile banking is emerging as a key platform for expanding access to financial services to the underserved around the world. By the end of 2008, the UN says there will be 4 billion mobile phone connections globally. This development has already impacted microfinance institutions in countries such as Kenya, South Africa, Pakistan, and the Phillipines. In the US, commercial banks, payments processors like Western Union, and entrepreneurs are developing businesses using mobile technology for money transfer. This panel will explore mobile banking for microfinance institutions (CGAP), new venture-funded mobile platforms for the underbanked (Sosa), and developed bank mobile platforms for remittances (BNY). Join finance professionals, microfinance practitioners, and technology entrepreneurs to listen, network, and exchange ideas.


  • Roy Sosa: Chairman of the Board of Austin, Texas based MPOWER Mobile, an international mobile payments company dedicated to empowering underserved consumers. MPOWER Mobile is a portfolio company of MPOWER Ventures, a $100 million venture fund founded by Sosa. He will speak about the latest technologies for enabling mobile payments, including examples from existing programs in market.
  • Wendy Miller: Global Product Manager at The Bank of New York Mellon‘s Treasury Services division will speak about BNY’s overall strategy and business model for mobile remittances in the US and globally, and the challenges and opportunities of mobile banking. The Bank of New York Mellon is a unique provider in this space. As a wholesale banking institution, the Bank allows financial institutions to offer a low-cost method for sending remittance payments for underserved retail customers.

Cost: $25 Members; $40 Non-members. We are grateful to Marjorie Churgin of the CBSAC/NY Finance Committee for coordinating this event. This event is co-sponsored by the Financial Women's Association.

CBS NYC Alumni Club Event: Squeeze Play - Philanthropy in A Recession

When: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Williams Club, 24 E39th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues, New York City

Learn how executives from philanthropic organizations are addressing the recession and meeting their budgets. As the economy plunges into recession, it causes many problems for philanthropic organizations. In good times, philanthropic issues are on the top of everyone's minds - Americans are known to be some of the most giving people in the world. Whether it is a multi billion dollar corporation looking to increase its CSR programs or the individual businessperson that wants to make a difference in the world, philanthropic initiatives have increased by leaps and bounds over the last few decades. But as the economy slows, what are the ramifications for these organizations and how do they cope? Speakers will discuss giving models, international aid, raising awareness of issues, CSR and more.

Panelists include:
- Jim Whaley, President of Siemens Foundation and Senior Director of Corporate Affairs for Siemens Corporation
- Curt Welling, CEO of AmeriCares
- Sonya Lockett, Vice President Public Affairs at BET
- Daniel J. Osheyack, Vice President Philanthropic Initiatives at Time Warner
- Professor Ray Fisman, Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.
Moderator: Mike Spector, Wall Street Journal reporter.

Price: $25 members; $40 nonmembers. Acknowledgments: CBSACNY wishes to thank Som Chivukula, Todd Rubsamen & the Philanthropy Committee for organizing this event.

Alumni Career Event: The Inside Scoop

When: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue at 49th street, 2nd floor; 2EAT Restaurant

Hear from internal and executive recruiting professionals from a variety of industries:
- Mazher Ahmad, Chief People Officer at KIPP Foundation, will discuss career opportunities in the nonprofit sector as well as the internal recruiting process in these organizations.
- Ben Sanders, Senior Associate at Korn/Ferry, Private Equity practice, will address the role of executive search, his firm's perspective on hiring activity across industries, and how candidates can work effectively with an external recruiter.
- Amy Patterson Slade, Recruiter at Google, will describe talent acquisition from the viewpoint of an internal recruiter and will discuss recruiting strategies in technology-driven organizations.
- Sarah Stamboulie '93, Executive Career Coach at Stamboulie Career Consulting, Co-Chair of Leadership & Professional Development Committee for the CBS Alumni Club of NYC and organizer of this event, will moderate the panel.

CBSAC/NY Members $25; CBSAC/NY Non-Members $35. Pre-registration necessary. No payment at the door.

Social Venture Capital Faculty Discussion

When: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall

Professor Rick Larson, who teaches Financing Social Ventures at Columbia Business School, will discuss socially responsible finance options. Join the Social VC/SRI Peer-to-Peer (P2P) group to map out the financing spectrum together with Professor Larson’s guidance. Professor 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, he 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. Prior to joining TCF, he was Managing Director for SJF Ventures, LP, a $45 million mission-driven venture capital fund. Rick Larson is also a director of TransFair USA, the certifier of Fair Trade products in the US. 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. Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

CSR in Light of the Financial Crisis

When: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: SIPA Room 1512

This event, co-sponsored by SIPA and the Social Enterprise Club, features Professor Geoffrey Heal at Columbia Business School, Kara Kartnett, Managing Director of BSR, Amy Brenner, FAS Manager at Deloitte, Aaron Hurst, President of Taproot Foundation, and Professor Jenik Radon at SIPA. This event will be taped for a Slate Magazine podcast.

Fourth Annual Marketing Conference

When: Friday, November 21, 2008 with
Recruiting Brunch: 10:30 am - 11:30 am;
Conference: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm; and
Green Fair & Networking Reception: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Where: Lerner Hall

The Marketing Association of Columbia Business School invites you to cross over to "The Greener Side" to discuss: Building a bridge between successful and sustainable marketing; Inspiring green corporate practices from within an organization; Shaping customer preferences with green leadership; and The future evolution of green initiatives.

Opening Remarks by John Grant, Author of the "Green Marketing Manifesto"; Keynote speakers: Andrew Winston '99, Winston Eco-Strategies, LLC; and Harry Verhaar, Senior Director of Energy & Climate Change and Green Switch Champion at Philips Lighting.

Panelists include: Noha Waibsnaider '02, founder of Peeled Snacks; David Widger '99, RecycleBank; Eve Smith, Brand Strategist, BBMG; Kelly Barry, Technologies, Global Product Manager at GE Healthcare; Freya Williams, Senior Partner, Planning Director, Ogilvy and Mather; and Mateo Bueno, Director of Marketing & Strategy, GreenYour.com.

Washington D.C. Careers Trip

When: Friday, November 2

The International Development Club's 6th annual trip to Washington D.C. will include company visits to: World Bank; International Finance Corporation of the World Bank (IFC); Millennium Challenge Corporation; Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). Panels include:
- Private equity panel: speakers from Emerging Capital Markets, Global Environment Fund, IFC, and OPIC;
- Development Consulting Panel: speakers from the IADB, Technoserve, Devex, and DAI;
- Social Enterprise: speakers from Agora Partnership, Good Morning Africa, and Ashoka.

Alumni mixer will be held with CBS alumni who have made a career in international development. Contact Rashi Agrawal '10 for more information.

Yasmina McCarty, Co-Founder of Green Mango

When: Thursday, November 20 at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 331

Yasmina McCarty EMBA '08 is the co-founder of GreenMango, a marketing platform located in Hyderabad, India, that helps small entrepreneurs in developing countries grow their businesses and improve their income. GreenMango puts shoppers and businesses together, creating a level playing field for small business owners, particularly low-income entrepreneurs, to compete with larger businesses in marketing their business and acquiring new customers. Before creating and launching GreenMango, Yasmina was a Senior Associate at Women’s World Banking where she designed and led the company’s program to apply traditional marketing practices to the nonprofit sector. She conducted customer research, developed marketing strategies and improved customer service with microfinance organizations around the world, including India, Pakistan, Kenya, Colombia, Brazil, Jordan, Mexico and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her first foray in microfinance was with ACCION USA, where she served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA). Before entering the field of microfinance, Yasmina was an account manager at a top advertising agency, developing campaigns and corporate brands for clients such as eBay.

NY Women Social Entrepreneurs Incubator Program Information Session

When: Wednesday, November 19 at 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 303

New York Women Social Entrepreneurs (NYWSE) announces its Incubator Program for women social entrepreneurs to begin in January 2009. The purpose of the incubator is to enable budding women social entrepreneurs to bring to life their social enterprise concepts, by providing mentoring from leading experts in the social entrepreneurship field, a peer network, and team support. This program is open for Columbia Business School students to participate, as an apprentice or entrepreneur. The apprentice/junior partner’s role will involve:
 - Providing hands-on assistance in realizing entrepreneur’s goal/plan;
  - 8-10 hours per week commitment, including bi-weekly in-person contact with entrepreneur; and
  - Attendance at the Saturday training sessions/workshops.

Through their participation in the incubator program, apprentices will gain knowledge, experience in the launch of a social enterprise, and a recommendation for their work. No financial compensation or course credit can be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you plan to attend this information session.

Education Consulting Alumni Dinner

When: Tuesday, November 18

The Education Peer to Peer group will be hosting an education consulting alumni dinner. Raji Kalra '04 and Nita Baum will talk about their experiences in education consulting and the path that led them to their current careers. Organized by Jessica Hendrix '09 of the Social Enterprise Club.

Containing Climate Change: The Role of the United States and Implications for Business

When: Wednesday, November 12 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Warren 209

Carter Bales, Director Emeritus of The Wicks Group and McKinsey & Co. will lead this discussion. After a long career with achievements that include co-founding The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C. (a private equity firm that makes control investments in the communications, information and media industries) and serving as a director of McKinsey & Company, Inc., Carter has turned his full energy to educating business leaders, policy makers and others about the need for US action to contain climate change. Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear him present the steps the US can take to mitigate climate change impacts and speak candidly about his experiences leading work in this area at McKinsey with US business leaders. Read his recent article on this topic for Foreign Affairs. Organized by the Green Business Club.

Future of Energy: How Geopolitical, Environmental, Supply Risks shape the Energy Industry

When: Tuesday, November 11 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Warren 208

Hugues Lavandier '05, Engagement Manager at McKinsey's New Jersey office, will discuss how geopolitical, environmental and supply risks are shaping the energy industry. Organized by the Green Business Club.

International Organizations Day

When: Friday, November 7
Where: Lerner Hall

Columbia University’s Center for Career Education (CCE) is launching a new career event this fall designed to take advantage of Columbia's institutional strengths and New York City location by bringing multilateral development and governance institutions to campus. The following organizations are registered to make presentations at the International Organizations Day Conference: WTO, UNESCO, UNDP, ILO, OECD, IMF, IFC, UNICEF, EPSO (EC, EU, etc.), FAO, Inter-American Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank and the World Bank. Over the course of the day each organization will make a presentation followed by Q&A addressing their talent needs and career paths in their organization. There will also be a keynote presentation by a senior HR representative from the United Nations Secretariat and in addition, for those organizations who elect to participate, a traditional career fair table will be staffed as well.

Toyota's Green Strategy: Why Prius? What's next?

When: Thursday, November 6 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 303

Steven Sturm, group vice president of Americas Strategic Research and Planning of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. will discuss Toyota's Green Strategy. Organized with the Green Business Club, with the Center on Japanese Economy and Business.

The Promise of the Private Sector for Development in Africa

When: Thursday, November 6 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

The fourth annual Jerome A. Chazen Lecture will feature: Obiageli Ezekwesili, Vice President, World Bank Africa Region. Obiageli brings to the World Bank a rich background with experience and accomplishments in the private sector, civil society and public sector. Her diverse professional experience offers unique insight into the role of the private sector in furthering development objectives in Africa. Reflecting on examples from her career, she will speak on the opportunities of an emergent Africa and the importance of the private sector as a driver of economic growth and policy. Obiageli, a Nigerian national, joined the World Bank from her most recent position as Minister of Education within the government of Nigeria. She holds a masters in international law & diplomacy from University of Lagos, along with a masters of public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also a chartered accountant.

Management and Sustainable Development: Jeffrey Sachs, Earth Institute

When: Thursday, November 6 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 301

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, will deliver the first in a series of lectures at Columbia University, at venues including SIPA, GSAPP and Columbia Law School. Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease and hunger by the year 2015. Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty. Organized by the Dean’s Office and Office of Student Affairs at Columbia Business School.

BCG Discussion Series on Social Impact: Helping the UN Deliver

When: Thursday, November 6 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 140

Alan Iny '03, a Principal in Boston Consulting Group’s NYC office, leader of BCG’s Social Impact Team and the office’s Green Team, who will be presenting his work with the UN. Alan will deliver a presentation on one of BCG's many Social Impact projects. The session will conclude with networking and Q&A for students. Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Doing the Right Thing Willingly: Using Insights of Behavioral Decision Research for Better Environmental Decisions

When: Thursday, October 30 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Schapiro CEPSR Building, Davis Auditorium

CSSR Fall Seminar Series: Seminar led by Professor Elke Weber, the Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business; Professor of Management and Psychology, Columbia University; Co-Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) and Center for Decision Sciences (CDS).

Private Equity and India's Supply Chain Opportunities

When: Wednesday, October 29 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Warren 207

Bindu Ananth is the President of IFMR Trust and member of its Governing Council. She will discuss unlocking value for India's rural households and the commercial investor. Bindu worked with ICICI Bank in their microfinance practice between 2001 and 2005 and was head of the new product development group within the bank's rural finance business in 2007. She is also the founder of the Centre for Micro Finance at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR). Bindu has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Madras University and Masters degrees from the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) and Harvard University's Kennedy School. She has published in the Small Enterprise Development Journal, the Economic and Political Weekly, the OECD working paper series and the IFMR working paper series. Organized by the International Development Club.

Carbon Trading and Energy: Dinner with Jurgen Weiss

When: Tuesday, October 28 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 328

Dinner discussion on carbon trading and electricity markets with Jurgen Weiss ’93, cofounder of Watermark Economics and Managing Director of Point Carbon. Organized by the Green Business Club.

Bridgespan Group Information Session

When: Tuesday, October 28 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 326

Join Columbia Business School alumni working at Bridgespan to learn about MBA consulting opportunities and deadlines. For more information please see their website.

Aaron Hurst, President and Founder of Taproot

When: Tuesday, October 28 from 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 307

Aaron Hurst is widely recognized as a leading social entrepreneur and has received awards from Ashoka and Fast Company. He founded Taproot Foundation in 2001, 40 years after his grandfather, Joseph E. Slater, wrote the original blueprint for the Peace Corps. Taproot Foundation has become the national leader in probono service, serving over 20 million Americans in need. Since 2001, Taproot Foundation has become the national leader in probono work, serving over 300 nonprofits each year, and reaching over 20 million Americans in need. The Social Enterprise Club invites you to meet Aaron Hurst and see why Fast Company dubbed him a “Rising Star” in 2006 and how he has since proven them right. Organized by the Social Enterprise Club and sponsored by Deloitte.

Education Pioneers Fellowship Information Session

When: Tuesday, October 28 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 329

Broad Center for the Management of School Systems presents: Broad Resident Lindsay Kruse ’06, and Director of Leadership Development at Uncommon Schools. Laura Donald, Associate Director, Education Pioneers (New York City) will discuss their program, a ten-week summer fellowship where talented graduate students intern with effective schools, districts, and education organizations and train under existing education leaders. These internships are also supported by the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program. For more information please see their website.

2008 Annual Social Enterprise Conference

When: Friday October 24, 2008
Where: Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue between 120th and 122nd Streets

The 2008 Annual Social Enterprise Conference brings industry leaders, students, academics and practitioners together to refine the role of social enterprise in an ever-changing, global market. Diverse panel discussions examine the ways in which for profits and nonprofits have engaged in crossing traditional barriers to enable the proliferation of market innovations in social enterprise - how social enterprise principals and practices are being put into action NOW.

Joining keynote speaker Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, are speakers from: McKinsey & Company, National Resource Defense Council, Patagonia, PepsiCo, SkyFuel, Inc., Uncommon Schools & Zephyr Capital.

Conference Sponsors include: American Express, Boston Consulting Group, Eileen Fisher, and the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Online registration will be open on a first come, first serve basis and will close when capacity is reached. Tickets include - breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception. Please register quickly, as we expect this conference to sell out early.

Please visit the conference website.

Endeavor Internship Information Session

When: Wednesday, October 22 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris 332

Each year, MBA students have the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs in developing countries. These internships are supported by the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program. For more information please see their website.

CUPID Interdisciplinary Community Forum: Perspectives on International Development

When: Tuesday, October 21 from 8:10 - 9:10 p.m.
Where: Columbia Law School

Columbia University’s Partnership for International Development (CUPID), is a student-led effort across Columbia University to facilitate multidisciplinary dialog, awareness and action on international development.

Columbia University School of Social Work presents: Power, Participation, and Sustainability – The Role of Social Work in International Development. Spotlight on: the International Development Club, Columbia Business School with Andy Umans ’09. This event will feature representatives and liaisons from student organizations, caucuses, and programs from graduate and undergraduate programs of Columbia University. Hear about organizations devoted to international development throughout the Columbia University community. Gain a more complex, interdisciplinary understanding of development work.

Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations with Ray Fisman

When: Wednesday October 15 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Merrill Lynch, 125 High Street, Boston, Massachusetts

This interactive event will include a presentation by Professor Ray Fisman, research director of the Social Enterprise Program, a Q&A session and a book signing. Sponsored by Columbia Business School Alumni Club of Boston. For more information, please contact Evan Jacobs ’07.

Professor Ray Fisman will also speak about his book on Wednesday, November 5 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Council, 170 East 64th Street, NYC.

Alumni Dinner on Management Consulting, Nonprofits and the Social Sector

When: Monday October 13 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Calder Lounge

Alan Iny '03, a principal in The Boston Consulting Group New York office, will discuss his role leading BCG's Social Impact/Nonprofit practice. Alan received his MBA from Columbia Business School. He earned his BS in Mathematics and Management at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Prior to business school, Alan worked at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival as General Manager. At BCG, Alan has worked in the consumer, financial service and healthcare practices, as well as helping lead the New York office's Social Impact and probono efforts. Alan has performed in choral performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the American National Jewish Chorale. Organized by Beverly Chung '09, of the Social Enterprise Club.

Deloitte Case Studies on Sustainability

When: Wednesday October 8 from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris 332

Peter Capozucca, Principal, and Mike Daher, Senior Manager at Deloitte will present key sustainability-related strategic analyses and representative client case studies.

Reception with Michelle Rhee, Washington D.C. Chancellor of Schools

When: Wednesday October 8 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

When schools fail, change the system. By firing bad teachers and paying the good ones a six-figure salary, Michelle Rhee just might save D.C.’s schools. Recently appointed D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee has already made controversial and sweeping organizational changes to improve the education of the 50,000 students in the district. The Social Enterprise Club, with Professor Amy Rosen, is proud to offer students and alumni this unique opportunity to meet and talk with Chancellor Rhee about her transformational work and find out why she is making so many headlines (Example: Newsweek).

Alumni Dinner on Cleantech Industry

When: Tuesday October 7 from 8:30 - 10:00 p.m.

The Green Business Club hosts a discussion with Michael Ciolli '06 of Natural Systems Utilities, about the Cleantech industry and Michael’s experiences in biodiesel, clean water and the startup environment.

Careers with International Finance Corporation

When: Tuesday October 7 from 8:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Uris 307

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) welcomes 1st and 2nd year MBA students to their presentation. IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, offers permanent and summer internship opportunities, primarily in international locations (emerging markets). The session will focus on careers for finance/investment professionals, but will also give guidance to students with other backgrounds who have a passion for pursuing innovative approaches to private sector development. IFC sponsors candidates for work authorization and encourages international students to attend.

Usha Rao-Monari, Senior Manager, Infrastructure;
Adrian Bastien, Investment Officer, Telecommunications and Media;
Juan Andres Mosquera, Finance Analyst, Controllers and Budgeting;
Kristen Fenster, Program Manager, Human Resources .

Global Social Venture Competition Information Session

When: Thursday, October 2, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Where: Warren 207

Have an idea for a social venture? Looking to learn more about successful social ventures? Want to get involved, but don’t have a business idea?

The Global Social Venture Competition 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. The competition supports the creation of real businesses that bring about positive social change in a sustainable manner.

Since its inception in 1999, the GSVC has awarded more than a quarter of a million dollars to emerging social ventures and has introduced early-stage social venture entrepreneurs to the investment community. Nearly 25% of past GSVC entrants are now operating companies. Each year, entrant teams from around the world compete for over $45,000 in cash and travel prizes, while gaining valuable professional feedback on their ventures. Visit www.gsvc.org or contact Abbey Barrett at the number below for more information today! Executive summary submissions will be due January 21, 2009. Contact Abigail Barrett at the Entrepreneurship Program for more information.

Green Jobs: A UN Report on The Emerging Green Economy

When: Wednesday, September 24, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Where: Uris 301, Reception to follow in Lehman Lounge

The Green Business Club and International Labour Organization present a panel of International Experts will present the findings of the first comprehensive report on the emergence of a “green economy” and its impact on the world of work.

Panelists include:
Peter Poschen, International Labour Organization (ILO)
Hilary French, UN Environmental Programme (UNEP)
Michael Renner, Worldwatch Institute
Norine Kennedy, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
Moderated by Professor Geoffrey Heal, Columbia Business School

Inside Scoop on Careers – Social Enterprise

When: Tuesday September 23, 5:45 - 7:15 pm

Learn from 2nd year students about career paths, job functions, lifestyle and more. For more information please contact Career Management Center.

Field Trip to the New York Sun Works Science Barge

When: Friday September 19, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Where: Pier I, Riverside Park South (near W 70th Street)

The Science Barge is a prototype, sustainable urban farm and environmental education center. It is the only fully functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York City. The Science Barge grows tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero chemical pesticides, and zero runoff. We went last year, and it was awesome. We’ll leave from Uris at 3:30pm. Trip limited to the first 25 Social Enterprise Club members that sign up.

The Future of Business is Green: Conversations with Leaders

When: Tuesday September 16, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Where: Uris 301, reception to follow at 7:30pm in Lehman Lounge

A discussion with senior executives from Clinton Climate Initiative, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, & NRDC. Opportunity to think, learn, and eat GREEN. Join the future. Organized by the Green Business Club and presented in collaboration with IBC, MCA, REA, GMA, Sales & Trading, and Energy Club.

Dalberg Global Development Advisors

When: Tuesday September 9, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Where: Calder Lounge

Recruiting presentation on consulting for second year MBA students only. Organized by the Career Management Center.

Annual Social Enterprise Program Catskills Retreat

When: Saturday September 13, 2008, 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.

Alumni Education Initiative: Strategic Philanthropy and Nonprofit Board Governance

When: Tuesday September 16 & Wednesday September 17 at 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: The Rockefeller Foundation, New York

This Columbia Business School alumni program will be led by Ray Fisman, Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise and Research Director of the Social Enterprise Program; and Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
Program registration fee: $350.

Billions of Entrepreneurs: China, India, and the Future of Global Business

When: Thursday September 11 at 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Where: Warren Room 207

Until 25 years ago, both China and India were shackled by decades of five- and ten-year central plans and Marxist rule. But with each country liberalizing in its own way, the entrepreneurial energies of 2 billion people have now been unleashed. Will China or India (or neither, or both) come to dominate global commerce in the years ahead? What can we learn about the nature of business and economic development from the two countries’ experiences? Harvard Business School Professor Tarun Khanna will discuss these questions based on his research on the two countries, and described in his recent book, “Billions of Entrepreneurs.”

Alumni event: When Principles Pay with Professor Geoffrey Heal

When: Tuesday September 9, 2008 at 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Stories of predatory lending practices and the reckless destruction of the environment by greedy corporations dominate the news, suggesting that, in business, ethics and profit are incompatible pursuits. When Principles Pay jumps headfirst into this engaging and vital issue, asking whether profit maximization and the generation of value for shareholders is compatible with policies that support social and environmental concerns. Professor Geoffrey Heal, Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility and Bernstein Faculty Leader, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, will present a comprehensive examination of how social and environmental performance affects a corporation’s profitability and how the stock market reacts to a firm’s social and environmental behavior.

NYC Alumni Club event: Hedge Funds and Philanthropy

When: Thursday June 5, 2008 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM

The Philanthropy Committee invites you to the first in a series of panel discussions on modern-day philanthropy. Are hedge funds the most philanthropic industry on the planet? Numerous studies would suggest that this is very likely the case; the top 50 US foundations have roughly $195 billion in assets of which almost $18 billion is in hedge funds according to Absolute Return (May, 2008).

Distinguished panelists will explore some of the key questions of the day and explain the methodologies underlying the selection of charities and the management of donations.

Melissa Berman is President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an innovative nonprofit enterprise founded by the Rockefeller family. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. The organization manages foundations and trusts; structures giving programs and major gifts; offers a charitable giving fund; and coordinates donor collaboratives. In 2007, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors managed or facilitated more than $170 million in giving to over 30 countries. It has offices in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. A frequent speaker, Ms. Berman has been profiled in the New York Times and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her ideas and views have been quoted in the New York Times, Economist, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Financial Times, USA Today, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy and on the Today Show, NPR, CNBC-TV, and Bloomberg TV/radio. Ms Berman is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Business School, where she teaches philanthropy. She has a BA from Harvard University and a PhD from Stanford University.

Rob Davis, Founder and Chairman of Hedge Funds Care, is also a Partner at Merlin Securities, a broker dealer that offers prime brokerage services to the hedge fund community. He began his prime brokerage career as part of the senior management team that built the highly successful prime brokerage business at Montgomery Securities, which through acquisition became Banc of America Prime Brokerage Services. Between BofA and Merlin, Rob was the Chief Operating Officer of the hedge fund company, SDS Capital Group. It was while at Montgomery in 1998 that Rob conceived of and founded Hedge Funds Care (HFC), the industry charity dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. HFC has become a global movement with a 50 person Global Board and sponsor of numerous international charity events attended by more than 7,000 hedge fund industry people last year. HFC now serves as a way to bring together philanthropy and business in a wonderful symphony of harmony that has saved many children and families.

Alexandra Poe, Board Member of Highwater Women, is also a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, in the investment management practice in New York, where she counsels clients regarding fund formation, governance, registration offering exemptions, trading, and regulatory compliance matters. She joined the firm in 2005 and has over 20 years' experience in investment management practice counseling hedge funds, mutual funds, investment advisers and broker-dealer managed accounts programs. Ms. Poe spent five years as General Counsel at Schroder Capital Management, where she counseled the launch of the first Schroders hedge funds, and was President of the Schroders family of mutual funds. She also served as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Managed Accounts and Alternative Investment Strategies at Prudential Financial and as Vice President and the first in-house investment company counsel for Citibank Global Asset Management. She received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and her B.S. from Cornell University. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of High Water Women Foundation since its inception. Previously, Ms. Poe was a director and executive director of Artists to end Hunger, Inc.

Kristin M. Fox, Board Member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, is also responsible for all aspects of the daily news and any publications and other information products affiliated with HedgeWorld. Prior to joining HedgeWorld, Ms. Fox was an editor for Crain's Pensions & Investments, where her duties included editing and producing P&I Daily. Before her tenure at Crain's, Ms. Fox was President of Hedge Fund Research, Inc., Chicago, Ill.Ms. Fox has been a journalist for nearly 20 years, and for several of those, she was an economics columnist for Associated Press. She has also written for Tax Avoidance Digest, the Financial Times, Architecture Magazine and several other publications. Affiliations include the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She is also a board member and head of the Chicago Chapter of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Ms. Fox holds a B.A. from North Park College in English Literature and Philosophy.

Ashley Hufft (Moderator), Board Member of Project People Foundation, is also a partner in the Financial Services & Products practice group at Alston & Bird LLP in New York. She is focusing her legal practice on representing funds and companies that invest in Africa and capital-raising for African-based companies. During the last quarter of 2006 and throughout 2007, Ashley took a sabbatical from Alston & Bird to volunteer her services in Africa. She spent 3 months in South Africa, where she worked at an HIV/AIDs orphanage, and in 2007 served as Project Manager for the Millennium Cities Initiative in Kisumu, Kenya, an initiative of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, under the leadership of Professor Jeffrey Sachs. As Project Manager, Ashley worked with all levels of the Kenyan government and other stakeholders, such as the private sector, on various facets of investment promotion in Kisumu and its surrounding region. While in Kenya, she prepared and published Invest Kenya: Focus Kisumu - the first comprehensive investment guide for an African city - and established a Kisumu investment promotion office, in a joint venture with the Kenya Investment Authority. Ashley serves on the board of directors of Project People Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on women and youth empowerment in the townships of South Africa, and Fight for the Children, a nonprofit organization that provides medical services and care to children in East Africa.

$25 members; $35 non-members. Acknowledgments: CBSACNY wishes to thank Brian Dawson, Joseph Godfrey and Howard Tom for organizing this event and Lynn Raynault for generously enabling the Balvenie Single Malt Tasting.