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MAKING GREEN FROM GREEN — Smart Grid: Driven by Sustainability

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Citi, IGC Conference Center, 27th floor, 388 Greenwich Street, New York, NY

Remember the blackout of August 14, 2003, when a single power surge knocked out the electric grid throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Ontario, Canada?

Eight years later the challenges are even greater.  Continued population growth, rising energy prices, an aging infrastructure, accelerating demand, alternative energy sources and the imperative to reduce fossil fuel pollution are pushing our system to the breaking point.

Join us as experts discuss the energy industry’s changing dynamics and explore how the Smart Grid offers new business models redefining the traditional energy industry and utility value chain. We’ll cover:

  • What is the Smart Grid and why is it necessary?
  • How do we get from the current grid to the Smart Grid?
  • Who are the key players?  Are government and industry poised to work together?
  • What is the customer’s role in the Smart Grid’s evolution?
  • How does the US compare with other nations in grid modernization?
  • Will US grid hardware/software manufacturers be able to compete with India and China?

David J. Leeds, Smart Grid Research, Greentech Media Inc.


  • Industry: Paul Maier, VP, Business Development, North America, Siemens
  • Utility: Aseem Kapur, Senior Manager, Smart Grid Implementation, Con Edison
  • Research: Rebecca Wingenroth, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Emerging Technology: Audrey Zibelman, President and CEO, Viridity Energy

Organized by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York Sustainable Business Committee.

Water: Critical Resource or Business Opportunity?

When: Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Citi, New York City

The Sustainable Business Committee of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York invites you to an evening focusing on the business decisions, lending practices, and technological developments affecting water. We anticipate a dynamic audience of business-focused sustainability professionals, green entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors who are passionate about the need to build a better, stronger green economy.

There will be a panel presentation by experts from the consulting, banking, and technology sectors. Individual tables from local businesses and nonprofits will provide additional information about water and sustainability. Plenty of time will be available for networking both before and after the presentation when refreshments and snacks will be served.

Andrew Winston, author of Green Recovery, co-author of Green to Gold


  • Eliza Huger Eubank, Vice President for Environmental and Social Risk Management at Citi
  • John Lanzoni, Director, Global Account Management at Siemens Water Technologies
  • Will Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy at Deloitte Consulting

Organized by the Sustainable Business Committee of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.

Social Enterprise Leadership Forum: The American Healthcare Landscape in 2014

When: Thursday, April 28, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Columbia University Faculty House

With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act last March, the Obama administration introduced a set of reforms that have the potential to dramatically alter healthcare practice in America. However, this law's impact on key stakeholders — from service providers, to insurers, to the legions of currently uninsured — depends critically on how the law's high-level principles are translated into actual healthcare policy and practice. What is the future of Medicare and Medicaid? How will reforms affect the returns of healthcare investors? How will national reforms play out locally — in New York and around the country? Understanding the local implications of healthcare reform here in New York is critical to planning for a future that is already unfolding in markets across the country. The speakers and discussants that we have put together for our Leadership Forum have an insider's perspective on healthcare reform and on the current dynamics of healthcare in New York. They are uniquely positioned to provide insight and foster discussion on what this future may hold. Participants

The audience of about 100 will include: top administrators from area hospitals, service organizations, industry, and government; health care investors — both profit-focused and philanthropic; and entrepreneurs.

Speakers Include:

  • Ray Fisman, Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise; Co-Director, Social Enterprise Program, Columbia Business School
  • Mark McClellan, Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform; Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and the Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, Brookings Institute; Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Tom Scully, General Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe; Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Bob Kocher, Director, McKinsey Center for US Health System Reform; Former Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy
  • Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer, North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Thomas D'Aunno, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program and the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program at Columbia Business School, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the Columbia Alliance for Healthcare Management.

Lunch with Holton Farms Founder and CEO Jurrien Swartz

When: Tuesday, April 26, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 307

Jurrien Swartz is the founder and CEO of Holton Farms, an innovative new company that is changing the way New Yorkers interact with local farmers.

Holton Farms is an eighth generation family farm that uses sustainable and organic farming methods to produce a diverse selection of fresh, healthy foods. Run by cousins Seth Holton and Jurrien Swartz, Holton Farms grows its own produce and raises animals in addition to partnering with other local farmers and artisans who share an appreciation for simple, high-quality, responsibly produced foods.

Aside from the farm operations, Holton Farms operates a unique new CSA-like model that is shifting the way that farmers distribute their products to consumers. Holton Farms CSA Select allows members to have complete freedom and flexibility to order what they want, when they want, and have it delivered directly to a drop location near them. Traditional CSA programs are a great option for those who want to support a local farm and receive fresh produce on a weekly basis throughout the spring, summer, and fall. However, most CSA programs generally offer limited selection, few drop-off or delivery options, and the farmer chooses what they put into each customer's box each week. This often leads to unwanted or unused food going to waste.

Jurrien Swartz will tell the story of Holton Farms, offer some fresh ice cream and maple candy, and discuss how Holton Farms is upending the way New Yorkers are getting their fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy straight from the farm.

Organized the Social Enterprise Club Sustainable Food Peer to Peer Group.

Pangea Projects Photo Contest

When: Tuesday, April 26th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Calder Lounge

Teams that worked on Pangea projects during Summer 2010, Fall 2010, and Spring 2011 to the Pangea Project Photo Contest which will be held during the Pangea Projects Case Competition. The best picture will be announced during the event.

Organized by the Pangea Advisors.

Education Leadership Reception

When: Monday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Lehman Lounge

Please join fellow Columbia Business School education reformers at the closing reception of the Education Leadership Consulting course, taught by Professors Amy Rosen and Laura Smith. This reception is a unique opportunity to reconnect with alumni working in the field, faculty members, and students interested in education reform, as well as to celebrate the work that is being done in all sectors to improve our children's education.

The Education Leadership Consulting class offers students a rare opportunity to be part of the educational reform effort underway in the United States with unique access to initiatives occurring in New York City's public schools. Throughout the semester, this course exposes students to thought leaders and executives of leading reform organizations to help them gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in education today.

This spring, MBA students worked with the NYC Department of Education, Teacher U, School of One, NYC Charter Center, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) on projects relating to teacher effectiveness.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program and the Social Enterprise Club Education Peer to Peer group.

Stone Barns Center: Farm Tour & Buffet Lunch at Blue Hill Cafe

When: Friday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Stone Barns Center, Pocantico Hills, New York

Get an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of the farm with a one-hour in-depth tour, followed by lunch in the Hay Barn. Learn about the Center's methods of raising livestock and growing vegetables sustainably, walk through the greenhouse and growing fields, and meet the animals raised on the farm. Each guest will also receive a four-pack of Stone Barns Center's farm-fresh eggs.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club and the Gourmet Club.

Columbia Energy Mixer

When: Friday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Where: The Parlour, 250 West 86th Street

This social and networking event is for energy and environmental professionals.

Organized by the Columbia Business School Energy Club, the SIPA Energy Association, Environmental Law Society, IEPA and the SEAS Energy Club.

Wine and Cheese with Melissa Berman, CEO Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

When: April 21, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Vareli Restaurant, New York

Come chat about thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world and career paths in the sector with this Professor Melissa Berman.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors mission is dedicated to helping donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. The organization advises private donors, manages foundations and trusts, structures giving programs and major gifts, offers a charitable giving fund, and coordinates donor collaboratives. In 2006, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors managed or facilitated more than $135 million in giving to 25 countries.

Dr. Melissa Berman has led Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors since January 2001. A frequent speaker, Dr. Berman has been profiled in the New York Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review and Bloomberg Markets. Her ideas and views have also been featured in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Financial Times, Journal of Financial Planning, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Contribute. Dr. Berman is adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and teaches the course Strategic Philanthropy.

Hosted by the Social Enterprise Club Philanthropy Peer to Peer Group.

Research Meets Practice: Solving Global Poverty with Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel

When: Thursday, April 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 303

What to do about global poverty evokes passionate and polarized views. At one extreme: we just need more aid. At the other: we've thrown billions down a sinkhole over the last 50 years and accomplished almost nothing — it's time for the developing world to pull itself up by its own bootstraps.

In More than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty, Yale Professor of Economics Dean Karlan and Columbia University Jacob Appel ’06 CC combine behavioral economics with worldwide field research in a new and ground-breaking approach to economic development — one that is realistic in its claims yet optimistic on what we can accomplish through development assistance.

They take readers with them into villages across Africa, India, South America, and the Philippines, where economic theory meets the real world of abject poverty. They show how small changes in banking, insurance, health care, and other development initiatives that take into account the foibles of human nature can drastically improve the well-being of poor people everywhere.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program and the International Development Club. See video of this event.

Climate Capitalism — A discussion with Hunter Lovins

When: Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 310

Believe in climate change. Or don't. It doesn't matter. But you'd better understand this: the best route to rebuilding our economy, our cities, and our job markets, as well as assuring national security, is doing precisely what you would do if you were scared to death about climate change. Whether you're the head of a household or the CEO of a multinational corporation, embracing efficiency, innovation, renewables, carbon markets, and new technologies is the smartest decision you can make. It's the most profitable, too. And, oh yes, you'll help save the planet

Hunter Lovins, author and promoter of sustainable development for more than 30 years, is founder and president of Natural Capitalism, Inc. and Natural Capitalism Solutions. She was a founding professor at Presidio Graduate School's MBA in Sustainable Management program. She co-founded the Rocky Mountain Institute a leading voice in research and consulting for energy efficiency and a more resilient built environment. In demand as a speaker and consultant, she has addressed the World Economic Forum, the US Congress, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development and has been named millennium "Hero of the Planet" by Time Magazine.

Hosted by the Social Enterprise Club and the Green Business Club in honor of Earth Week 2011.

Rising Tide Capital Talk

When: Tuesday, April 19, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren 310

Founded in 2004 by two Harvard graduates, Alfa Demmellash and Alex Forrester, Rising Tide Capital provides significantly under-resourced entrepreneurs in distressed urban areas with the skills, tools and information they need to start and grow successful businesses. Inspired by the work of Dr. Muhammad Yunus on microfinance, the organization first began with the goal of providing access to capital. However, it soon became clear to the founders that financial capital is only part of the solution. So, Rising Tide Capital widened its definition of "Capital" to include:

  1. Knowledge Capital
  2. Social Capital
  3. Access to Financial Capital

Come hear Alex and Alfa tell their amazing story about how they started Rising Tide Capital and have been transforming the lives of their clients ever since.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Social Enterprise: The Norm of the Future

When: April 16, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 303

Daniel Lubetzky is CEO of KIND Snacks, Inc., the leading maker of healthy fruit and nut snack bars in the US, and chairman of PeaceWorks Inc, pursuing both peace and profit through joint ventures among neighbors striving to coexist in conflict regions (with ventures in the Mideast and South East Asia and a sales network reaching 20,000 customers in the United States). He is also founder of the PeaceWorks Foundation's OneVoice Movement, empowering ordinary Israeli and Palestinian citizens to seize back the agenda for conflict resolution.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Mr. Lubetzky received his BA in Economics and International Relations, magna cum laude, from Trinity University, and his JD from Stanford Law School. Fluent in Spanish, English, Hebrew, and French, Mr. Lubetzky has lectured at several universities, as well as the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, and the United Nations. In 1997 he was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLT). Ten years later, the World Economic Forum again recognized him as a Young Global Leader, an honor bestowed "on the most distinguished 250 young leaders below the age of 41 from around the world." He is recipient of several awards, including the World Association of NGOs Peace Security and Reconciliation Award, the Catholic Theological Union's Peace-Makers Award, and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2009, TIME Magazine named him among 25 "Pioneers" of social innovation and BusinessWeek named him among "America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs."

Organized by the Green Business Club, the Social Enterprise Club, and the Columbia Food and Beverage Professional Group.

Columbia Business School Reunion Weekend: The Returns to Social Enterprise Panel Discussion

When: Saturday, April 16, 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Uris Hall

Ray Fisman, Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise and Co-Director, Social Enterprise Program

Alumni Panelists:

  • Ben Grossman ’06, Director of Green Marketing and Sustainability, Grossman Marketing Group
  • Erica Lock ’10, Senior Associate, Fellow and Alumni Programs, Echoing Green
  • Nina Orville ’96, Senior Consultant, Blue Springs Energy, LLC

Organized by the Columbia Business School Office of Alumni Relations.

Columbia Business School Reunion Weekend: Three Faces of Nonprofit Leadership

When: Saturday, April 16, 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall

Ray Horton, Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Ethics and Corporate Governance

Alumni Panelists

  • Sara Green ’01, Founder and Executive Director, Art for Refugees in Transition
  • William Hinkle ’76, President, William H. Hinkle Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Shaiza Rizavi ’96, Advisory Board Member, Social Enterprise Program, Columbia Business School

Organized by the Columbia Business School Office of Alumni Relations.

Social Enterprise Program Leadership Retreat

When: Friday, April 15, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Eden Village Camp, Putnam Valley, New York

Members of the Social Enterprise, International Development, and Green Business clubs will gather with Professor Bruce Usher and SEP staff members for the annual student leadership retreat to discuss how to best work together to serve the interests of social enterprise students.

See photos from the event.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program.

Nonprofit Board Leadership Program Closing Reception

When: Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Off-campus

Participants, mentors, alumni, and faculty and staff members come together to celebrate another successful year of the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program. See photos from the event.

Organized by the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program.

Making Green from Green Sustainable Transportation: Innovation Driven Year of Progress Despite Economic Barriers and Regulatory Uncertainty

When: Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Citi, ICG Conference Center , New York

Tesla went public, Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt launched, natural gas vehicles gained momentum in commercial transportation. Cities like New York continue to remake their pedestrian walkways and bike lanes. Join us for an evening of expert discussion on developments in alternative transportation with industry, investment, and government leaders.

  • Who will fund the new infrastructure?
  • Are government and industry poised to work together?
  • Where do hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles fit in the road ahead?
  • Will US manufacturers compete globally with low cost providers in China, India, and elsewhere?

Eric McNulty, Leadership and Sustainability Catalyst, RicherEarth.com


  • Chuck Feinberg, Chairman, New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition; Executive Vice President, Greener by Design
  • Trent Lethco, Associate Principal, Arup's Transportation Planning Group
  • B. Eric Graham, Director, TechBridge, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Brent Dewar, Senior Advisor, GreenOrder

Organized by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York Sustainable Business Committee.

Doing Business Our Way: Voices of Rwandan Female Entrepreneurs

When: Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

In 1994, the Rwandan genocide saw nearly 1 million people killed in 90 days. In the 17 years since that time, Rwanda has launched programs to encourage small business development, tourist investment in Rwanda, and development of a new technology service center. Bpeace, founded in 2002, is a nonprofit network of business professionals who volunteer to share time and skills with entrepreneurs in such conflict-affected countries as Rwanda. Three businesses built with the support of Bpeace will share their stories on this panel.

Moderated by:
Murray Low, Director of the Eugene M. Lang Center of Entrepreneurship

With remarks from:
Toni Maloney, Co-Founder and CEO, Bpeace


  • Languida, Owner, Pompey Funebre Twifatanye (Rwanda's first funeral parlor)
  • Soline, Owner, Saintpaulina Flower Center
  • Symphrose, Owner, Le Petit Prince Hotel
  • Consolata, Manager, Le Petit Prince Hotel

Organized by Columbia Business School's Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business, Eugene M. Lang Center of Entrepreneurship, the Social Enterprise Program, and Columbia University's Institute of African Studies and the Center of International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

NYC Department of Education Visit

When: April 08, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

Join the Education Peer-to-Peer group for a visit to the NYC Department of Education. We will be meeting with directors from Talent, Labor and Innovation as well as Portfolio Planning to learn more about the work they do as well as potential MBA roles.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Education Peer-to-Peer group.

Microlumbia's Fourth Annual Microfinance Conference

When: Friday, April 8, 12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Columbia University Faculty House

During the first decade of the 21st century, the microfinance industry was filled with a mix of success and failure. A Nobel Peace Prize and a series of IPOs paved the way for exponential portfolio growth, but overheating and a global financial crisis have prompted industry players to take a step back. As we look forward to the next decade, we ask ourselves what are the lessons learned so far and what are the challenges that microfinance will face during the next decade.

Speakers Include:

  • Carlos Danel, Founder & Co-CEO of Compartamos (Mexico)
  • Rosario Perez, CEO of ProMujer
  • Robert Annibale, Global Director of Community Development & Microfinance at Citi
  • Gabriel Solorzano, Chairman of Banex (Nicaragua)

Organized by Microlumbia, in collaboration with the International Development Club and the Microfinance Club of New York.

Annual Social Enterprise Admitted Student Happy Hour

When: Thursday, April 7, 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 416

Admitted students will be on campus for Columbia Connect activities and the SEC, IDC, and GBC members will warmly welcome those who are interested in the Social Enterprise Program.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Japan's Energy Crisis: A Discussion with Professor Geoffrey Heal

When: April 6, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 303

Professor Geoffrey Heal, the Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Corporate responsibility and professor of finance and economics, will lead a discussion on the developing nuclear crisis at Fukushima in Japan and its impact on both nuclear markets in the United States as well as internationally. Professor Heal will also speak to the impact that will have on other energy resources.

Organized by the Energy Club.

Columbia University's Sixth Annual Energy Symposium

When: Friday, April 1, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Low Memorial Library, Columbia University

Columbia University's Annual Energy Symposium is a student-run event, established to encourage an exchange of ideas between students and industry leaders with the purpose of enriching the knowledge of all participants. The School of International and Public Affairs Student Energy Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Business Energy Club will host the sixth annual Symposium on April 1 at the iconic Low Memorial Library. The two schools are joined in their dedication to educating those who will develop and execute valuations to today's looming energy challenges.

The 2011 Symposium will examine the challenges and opportunities presented by a dynamic energy industry to the developing worlds in the next twenty years and beyond. Leaders and experts from across the industry will discuss how clean energy, climate change, unconventional fossil fuel resources, and evolving public policy will affect energy supply, security, growth, and development in the future.

Organized by the Energy Club and the SIPA Energy Association.

Third Annual Odyssey 2011: Global Opportunities — How Emerging Markets are Transcending Geographic Boundaries

When: Friday, March 25, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

The first day of the conference features a select group of leading executives who will share their perspective on the challenges and opportunities in doing business in emerging markets. Distinguished speakers include:

  • Peter Stringham, CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands
  • Alonso Martinez, Former Senior Partner, Booz & Company
  • Bruce Greenwald, Academic Director, Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing
  • Phil Schneider, Principal, Global Expansion Optimization and Location Strategy Offering, Deloitte Consulting

The event will bring together current students from Columbia University, alumni, faculty members, and students from business schools around the world who have come to Columbia Business School to learn, network, and compete. Throughout the event, you will have several opportunities to network with preeminent business leaders and other MBA students from global business schools, including INSEAD, University of Cambridge Judge Business School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Yale School of Management, Berkeley Haas School of Business, China Europe International Business School, and Harvard Business School.

For additional information, visit the conference website.

Organized by the International Development Club, the General Management Association, and The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Social Enterprise Club & International Development Club Happy Hour

When:Thursday, March 3, 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 333

This event allows for SEC and IDC members to socialize. We'll do a speed "meeting" game so you can meet new members and enjoy food and drink.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club and the International Development Club.

Energy Workshop Series: Private Equity in Power and Renewable Energy

When: Wednesday, March 2, 6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 332

AJ Goulding, President of London Economics International LLC and Ampersand Energy Partners LLC, will join us for discussion about electric power markets, asset valuation, and private equity investing in the renewable energy sector.

Organized by the Energy Club.

Discussion with Stonyfield Farm CE-Yo

When: Wednesday, March 2, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 142

Gary Hirshberg, the CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm and author of Stirring It Up will discuss his experience building a company that has enjoyed a CAGR of 24 percent for more than 18 years by consistently producing great tasting products and using innovative marketing techniques that blend the company's social, environmental, and financial missions. Book signing to follow.

Organized by the Green Business Club and the Energy Club as part of Clean Tech Month 2011.

Clean Tech Networking Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Havana Central, 2911 Broadway, New York, NY

Join us for a networking opportunity and to culminate the end of Clean Tech Month.

Organized by the Green Business Club and the Energy Club as part of Clean Tech Month 2011.

Consulting with Purpose P2P: Videochat with FSG Social Impact

When: Thursday, February 24, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 332

Join us for a chat with recent alum, Ruchi Warrier, about FSG Social Impact and consulting in the foundation/nonprofit space.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Corporate Social Responsibility P2P: Business Models Related to Sustainability

When: Tues, February 22, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 142

John Reid, vice president of corporate social responsibility for the Coca-Cola Company, will discuss corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Columbia MBA/MPH Happy Hour

When: Thursday, Feb 17, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Havana Central

This networking mixer is with the Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia Business School.

Transacting in the Alternative Energy Space

When: Thursday, February 17, 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 207

George Bilicic heads the Lizard’s global efforts in power, energy and infrastructure and also works with companies in other industries. Most recently, Mr. Bilicic has advised on the following matters: proposed sale of RBS/Sempra Trading Business (RBS and Sempra), proposed exchange offer by Exelon for NRG (Exelon), leveraged buy-out of TXU led by KKR and TPG (TXU), Duke Energy spin-off transaction (Duke), National Grid acquisition of KeySpan (KeySpan), PlaNYC (City of New York), Duke Energy merger with Cinergy (Duke), and various alternative energy financings.

Organized by the Green Business Club and the Energy Club as part of Clean Tech Month 2011.

Clean-Tech and Sustainability Career Discussion with Professor Bruce Usher

When: Thursday, February 17, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 207

Come hear about opportunities in the clean-tech/sustainable fields and learn about your classmate's experiences.

Bruce Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group from 2002 to 2009, during which time he built it into the world's largest public carbon credit company. EcoSecurities structures and guides greenhouse gas emission reduction projects through the Kyoto Protocol, acting as principal intermediary between the projects and the buyers of carbon credits. Usher took EcoSecurities through its only private funding round, followed by an IPO, a secondary public placement and strategic investment, and the sale of the entire company to JP Morgan in December 2009. In addition to being an Executive in Residence, Professor Usher teaches the Finance & Sustainability and Carbon Finance courses at Columbia Business School.

Organized by the Green Business Club and the Energy Club as part of Clean Tech Month 2011.

Social Enterprise Executive Recruiter Panel

When: Wednesday, February 16, 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 332

Looking for an internship or a full-time position? Learn what social enterprise industry recruiters have to say about recent searches, their general industry expertise, and their perspectives on:

  • The types of organizations that are hiring in this space;
  • What they are looking for; and
  • What, as a candidate, you must do to get noticed (prior to an interview and during an interview).


  • Patricia Hovey, president, North Fork Renewables Group
  • Michelle Kedem, partner, On-Ramps
  • Ira Madin, Executive vice president, Professionals for NonProfits
  • Kathryn Warren, director of global recruiting services, Devex
  • Adam Rudich, program manager, Social Enterprise Program (Moderator)

Investing in Clean Teach Panel

When: Tuesday, February 15, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 207

Join Professor Bruce Usher, former CEO of EcoSecurities, and three distinguished members of the investment community in a conversation surrounding current trends in Clean Tech Investing.


  • Bruce Kahn, Deutsche Bank
  • Geoff Broglio, Hudson Clean Energy Partners
  • David Wells, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Organized by the Green Business Club and the Energy Club as part of Clean Tech Month 2011.

Making Green from Green: Sustainable Business Workshop Night

When: Tuesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Citi, ICG Conference Center, 388 Greenwich Street

Participants chose two out of four key topics for expert, in-depth, and interactive, discussion on:

Carbon Trading Markets/Recs

Divya Mankikar, general manager of carbon offsets at Patagonia Sur, a for-profit venture merging conservation and capitalism investing in scenic, ecologically valuable properties in Chile.  As a financial analyst, Divya provided detailed research on Voluntary Carbon Markets for the Inter-American Development Bank.
Izzet Bensusan, Founder and Executive Director, Karbone, a rapidly growing environmental credit brokerage, project finance, renewable energy project development, and carbon advisory services company.  Izzet has brought technology and carbon finance together to provide unique solutions for its clients.

Creating Your Own Green Business

Patricia Boswell, Creator, Safonique, an award-winning, all-natural, hypoallergenic laundry detergent.  Patricia serves on Wal-Mart’s Sustainable Value Network Team for packaging and began her career as a nurse before earning her MBA and embarking on a business career.

Green Marketing

Jacquie Ottman, founder and principal of J. Ottman Consulting, with 20 plus years’ as a green marketing expert adviser to Fortune 500 companies and the US Government. The author of four books, Jacquie will sign copies of her “hot-off-the-press” latest book, The New Rules of Green Marketing, at the event.

Sustainability Measurement

Curtis Ravenel, Global Head Sustainability Group, Bloomberg L.P.  Curtis runs a Chairman’s Office program aggressively integrating sustainability considerations into all firm operations, as well as risks and opportunities for its 300,000 customers.
Susan Arnot Heaney, director of corporate responsibility for Avon Products. Susan launched the Avon Hello Green Tomorrow program in more than 65 countries last year and helped Avon earn a listing in “Top 100 Corporate Citizens”, green rating by Climate Counts, and #25 ranking (#1 in personal care) in Newsweek's "Greenest Big Companies in America."

Organized by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York Sustainable Business Committee.

Mobile Services That Will Change the World — A Conversation with Gautam Ivatury

When: Tuesday, February 15, 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 303

Fewer than 400 million people used cell phones in 2000, while 5 billion have access today. The next decade will see even more dramatic changes. Hundreds of millions of people in emerging economies will enjoy quality healthcare, affordable financial services, and reliable energy for the first time. Business will drive this change, under enabling regulation. Innovative companies will offer simple affordable services and consumers, many of them poor, will buy them. What will it take to become one of these successes?

Gautam Ivatury is a founder and managing director of Signal Point Partners, which conceives, starts up, and operates companies that use mobile phones to deliver basic services in emerging markets. Signal Point's operating companies are in Kenya and India.

Organized by the International Development Club.

Annual Social Enterprise Reception

When: Wednesday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Low Memorial Library

This annual event brings together students, alumni, faculty members, and professionals in the field for an evening of networking and socializing. The event will feature the Social Enterprise Program's alumni and Summer Fellows.

Although this event is free of charge, please consider giving to the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, which supports students engaged in summer internships that create social and environmental value. Summer fellows have interned with local and international nonprofits, NGOs and social ventures, including the Robin Hood Foundation, the NY Department of Education, Women's World Banking, and Endeavor. Please give online.

These fellowships not only provide organizations with much-needed MBA talent, but they allow students to apply their MBA skills to practical issues faced by these organizations. Read more about the summer fellows' internship experiences.

The Blue Sweater Book Discussion with the Acumen Fund

When: Thursday, February 3, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 141

Jacqueline Novogratz left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it. From her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of the trailblazing organization she runs today, Novogratz tells gripping stories with unforgettable characters. She shows, in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking, how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called “patient capital” can help make people self-sufficient and can change millions of lives. More than just an autobiography or a how-to guide addressing poverty, The Blue Sweater is a call to action that challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world.

John McKinley, innovation manager at Acumen Fund, will help facilitate the discussion.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Clean-Tech 101 with Professor Geoffrey Heal

When: Wednesday, February 2, 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 332

Join Geoffrey Heal, the Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility at Columbia Business School, for an overview of the major clean technologies and the economics of each.

Organized by the Green Business Club and the Energy Club as part of Clean Tech Month 2011.

J-Term Club Kick-Off & Information Session

When: Tuesday, February 1, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 311

Meet students and faculty members whose passion for international development, social entrepreneurship, CSR, renewable energy, and nonprofit consulting has driven Columbia Business School to be one of the top business schools for social enterprise.

Global Social Venture Competition Prep Workshop

When: Friday, January 28, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 301

GSVC is a student-lead business plan competition for social ventures. Entrants can pitch their concept and get feedback from our panel of experts. Students looking to get involved can listen to the pitches and network with the entrants as well.

The Roadmap to a Formal Economy in Central America — A talk with Michel Andrade and Otto Navarro

When: Thursday, January 27, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Community Food & Juice, 2893 Broadway

Did you know that in Central America, on average, 50 percent of the labor force works in the informal economy? Throughout Latin America informality has created an alternative economy, which employs the majority of the economically active population. To address the challenge of integrating informal entrepreneurs into competitive regional and global markets, the Global Fairness Initiative has worked in Guatemala and Nicaragua on a multi-stakeholder engagement that built consensus among private and public entities, together moving forward a strategy for formalization. The "Roadmap to Formalization" provides feasible policy recommendations to improve government's tax base, extend social security to vulnerable populations, and promote meaningful economic growth. 

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club, International Development Club, and the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

All Social Enterprise Clubs Happy Hour

When : Tuesday, December 7, 6 :00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where : Amsterdam Cafe Lounge

This informal get-together is a great opportunity to socialize with other socially minded classmates. With special guests from SIPA and The Earth Institute.

Organized by the International Development Club, the Social Enterprise Club, and the Green Business Club.

Using Sustainability to Beat the Market: ESG and Hedge Funds

When: Tuesday, December 7, 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 207

As environmental and social factors have a more pronounced impact on risk and return they have attracted a more diverse cross-section of investors. In this panel we will hear from some of the pioneering hedge funds that are using ESG analysis to capitalize on mispriced investment opportunities.


  • Gregory Larkin, Head of Business Development Americas for MSCI ESG Research, vice-chair of NYSSA Sustainable Investment Committee


  • Dan Elsberry, managing director, K2 Advisors
  • Anton Honikman, managing director, Ada Investment Management
  • Bill Mills, principal, Highland Associates

Organized by the New York Society of Securities Analysts and Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Club.

Think Impact Info Session

When: Monday, December 6, 2011, 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 307

Chris Murphy is the director of business development at ThinkImpact, a DC-based nonprofit that works to create economies at the base of the pyramid. He will be speaking about the history and direction of ThinkImpact, as well as opportunities for entrepreneurial American students to build social businesses in rural South Africa and Kenya this coming summer.

ThinkImpact's 10-week Innovation Institute provides American graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to gain on-the-ground development experience and leadership training while developing sustainable business models in rural villages. They introduce students to communities through a process called asset-based community assessments. Scholars subsequently complete three weeks of intensive monitoring and evaluation of past projects and businesses in the area, before partnering with local leaders to incubate new community business ideas. The ThinkImpact Fellowship is a fully funded opportunity for program alumni to have their business ideas incubated for eight months, and then return to these communities to grow the businesses with local leaders. 

Organized by the International Development Club.

Global Social Venture Competition Match Day

When: Friday, December 3, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 306

Meet interested entrepreneurs and team members to create a team for the competition.

Green Schools Site Visit

When: Friday, December 3, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 55 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004

Visit PS/IS 276, a green New York City public school that is among the first NYC schools to be built under the City's green development initiative. Through a guided tour by one of the lead architects who designed the facility, we will explore the school’s design features that use recycled materials, conserve power, reduce water usage, and keep construction waste low — and learn about the City's efforts to make new public buildings greener.

Organized by the Green Business Club.

Consulting P2P: Dalberg Alumni Brown Bag Lunch

When: Friday, December 3, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall

Join the P2P group for a small group discussion with alumni working at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a strategy consulting firm specializing in international development and globalization.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Dinner with Michael Ellis, GreenOrder

When: November 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge

Michael Ellis is the Associate Principal at GreenOrder. GreenOrder is a leading strategy and management consulting firm specializing in sustainability, based out of NYC. His experience includes engagement management at the consulting firm Katzenbach Partners, where he led client projects in new initiative development, culture change, process improvement, and cost-cutting. He also created the firm's renewable energy practice area and led firm marketing efforts. While at Harvard Business School, Michael consulted to cleantech startups on matters including greenhouse gas monitoring and reduction, biofuels market evolution, developments in public policy, and public-private collaboration. As President of the HBS Business and Environment Club, he developed numerous programs to increase appreciation for the importance of corporate environmental sustainability. Michael graduated from Yale College summa cum laude with a BA in Cognitive Science and from Harvard Business School with an MBA, where he was a Baker Scholar.

Organized by the Green Business Club.

I-Prep Info Session

When: Friday, November 19, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 329

I-Prep offers Columbia MBAs one of the easiest ways to volunteer and make a difference. I-Prep is a student-run volunteer program that happens every Tuesday and Friday during lunch in either Uris or Warren. Business school students are teamed up with job-seeking individuals from Back To Work programs in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Each student conducts two mock-interviews, which takes less than 90 minutes.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

IDC-Odyssey Manhattan Cup: Internal Competition

When: November 19, 2010

Show off your business case skills in front of an impressive jury of international development, social enterprise and VC practitioners, consultants, and academics! Six teams from CBS and NYU students will strive for the first Manhattan cup during an one day program. The teams will present their findings on a business case, show their answer to a new issue in the case, and present an innovative business idea for the country the business case is dealing with.

The best aggregate school wins the Manhattan Cup and prize money of $500 in total, whereas the best team of each school wins the opportunity to represent the business school at the Global MBA Olympics in February, 2011. The second place team will win $250 in total prize money.

Organized by the International Development Club and Odyssey.

Vertical Farm to Urban Table: New York's Sustainable Food Journey

When: Thursday, November 18, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Citi, ICG Conference Center, 388 Greenwich Street

Learn about the unique direction sustainable agriculture is taking in NYC and around the world. Hear stories from government and industry representatives who are changing the landscape.

Anjali Oberoi, Director, Investment Banking & Advisory at NewSeed Advisors


  • David Barber, President and Co-Owner, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
  • Dickson Despommier, Founder, Vertical Farm Project & Columbia University Professor
  • Shira Gans, Policy Analyst, Office of Manhattan Borough President, Scott M. Stringer

Organized by the Sustainable Business Committee of Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.

The Libertarian Welfare State — Conversation with Professor Robert Frank

When: Thursday, November 18, 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 301

Robert Frank is an internationally renowned behavioral economist, New York Times columnist, and distinguished professor at Cornell University’s Business School. He is an expert on the causes and consequences of social inequality, and the ways that public policy can enhance market efficiency and improve the well-being of middle-income families. At Columbia, he will present his provocative new proposal for a Libertarian Welfare State.


Organized by the Social Enterprise Program and Center for Decision Sciences. For more information contact Sahiba Anand at: sa2861 (AT) columbia (DOT) edu.

Making Green in Green: Career Panel

When: Tuesday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 333

Moderated by Professor Bruce Usher. Featuring student panelists with backgrounds in:

  • Asset Management
  • Private Equity
  • Green Architecture / Design
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Development

Please RSVP online.
Organized by the Green Business Club.

The Convergence of Law & Business in Social Enterprise: A Conversation with Indego Africa

When: Tuesday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Where: NYU Law School, Vanderbilt Hall 210, 40 Washington Square South

Join the executives of Indego Africa in a discussion about their career paths; the intersection of law, business, and social enterprise; Indego Africa’s attempts to disrupt the conversation about nonprofits, fair trade, and development; and much more.

Columbia Organizers: Law Students for Social Enterprise (LSSE), Green Business Club, Social Enterprise Club.

IDC Careers Trek to Washington D.C.

When: Friday, November 12
Where: Washington D.C.

The 8th annual trip to Washington D.C. to visit organizations employing MBAs in various aspects of international development. Company visits include World Bank, Chemonics, Dalberg, Technoserve, Agora, and Ashoka.

Organized by the International Development Club.

The Millennium Development Goals: A Conversation with Dr. John W. McArthur

When: Thursday, November 11, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 328

Join the International Development Club in a conversation with John W. McArthur about poverty alleviation and the Millennium Development Goals. Dr. McArthur is the CEO of Millennium Promise, the leading international nonprofit organization solely committed to supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals to halve extreme poverty by 2015.

Questions? Contact Sarah Kafka ’12. Organized by the International Development Club.

Faculty Lunch Series - Professor Anthony Bugg-Levine

When: Wednesday, November 10, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 328

Discussion with adjunct Professor Antony Bugg-Levine about his role as managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation and his current involvement with the Social Enterprise Program.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Charter School Visit

When: Friday, November 5, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: KIPP Infinity (133rd and Broadway)

Site visit to two charter schools — KIPP and Uncommon Schools — for an overview of their organizations, classroom visits, and Q&A sessions. Networking event with Uncommon School staff and alumni to follow. 

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Silicon Valley Trek Info Session

When: Thursday, November 4, 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 141

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Trek, which includes company visits, alumni and peer networking in the SF Bay Area.

Organized by the Technology Business Group, Green Business Club and Private Equity & Venture Capital Club.

BCG Discussion Series: Business & Society featuring Martin Reeves

When: Thursday, November 4, 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 326

This event will cover The Boston Consulting Groups work on social impact.

Organized by the Management Consulting Association.

The Perils and Rewards of Emerging Markets — A conversation with Bill Browder and Bruce Greenwald

When: Tuesday, November 2, 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 301

In November, 2005, Russia investor Bill Browder was denied an entry visa into Moscow, where he managed his billion-dollar Hermitage Fund. Last year, Hermitage was back in the headlines when one of its lawyers, Sergei Magnitsky, died in a Russian pre-trial detention center after his arrest on accusations of involvement in the largest tax fraud in Russian history. The story of how Browder — well-known for investor activism and pushing for governance reforms in Russia — came to clash with Russia’s business elite, is a fascinating study in the challenges of operating in the post-Soviet economy, and holds many lessons for those interested in exploiting the opportunities of emerging markets.

Join Mr. Browder in conversation with Professor Bruce Greenwald on what he learned from his Russia experiences and what he sees as the future of emerging market economies more broadly.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program, International Development Club, Columbia Investment Management Association, and the Club of Emerging Europe at Columbia Business School.

P2P Consulting: Endeavor Presentation

When: Thursday, October 28, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 329

Of interest to students who want to pursue consulting, this event will cover the organization’s work with entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Reception

When: Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge

Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s summer fellows. This is a great opportunity to meet the current class of summer fellows and for first-year MBA students contemplating a social enterprise summer experience to learn more about organizations in this space.


  • Adam Rudich, Program Manager, Social Enterprise Program
  • Suzi Epstein, Managing Director, Jobs & Economic Security at Robin Hood Foundation
  • Mike Brown’11, Summer Internship with Community Water Solutions in Ghana

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program.

Making Green from Green Kick-off Event - Get the Green Job You Want Now

When: Monday, October 25, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Citi, ICG Conference Center, 388 Greenwich Street

Hear case studies of executives who successfully transitioned into green jobs; Network with like-minded professionals; Come early and meet green recruiters before (and after) the panel.


  • Jacquie Ottman, Consultant and Author, The New Rules of Green Marketing


  • Scott Fuller, SVP Business Development, Terracycle. Fomerly VP Marketing, Cablevision; VP Brand Management, The Disney Company
  • CJ Kettler, Founder, Ben Franklin’s Wheels electric bike company. Formerly Founder and CEO, Lime Media; President, Sales & Marketing, Oxygen Media
  • David Wigder ’99, VP Business Development, RecycleBank. Formerly SVP, Digitas

Green Recruiters:

  • Leonard Adler, Founder, Green Jobs Network
  • Stephen Bishop, Vice President, Hobbs & Towne, Inc.
  • Patricia Hovey, President and CEO, North Fork Renewables Group
  • Bradford Rand, Founder and CEO, Go Green Expo
  • Dan Smolen, Founder and Managing Partner, The Green Suits, LLC
  • Sarah Stamboulie, Founder, Stamboulie Career Consulting

Organized by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.

Education P2P: Alumni Coffee Chat

When: Fri, October 29, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Takahachi Bakery, 25 Murray St (between Broadway & Church St)

For those interested in speaking with recent alumni about job opportunities in education and their thoughts on recruiting, please join our coffee chat with a few recent alumni from the NYC Department of Education, KIPP, and Uncommon. 

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Career Springboard: Energy

When: Friday, October 15, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall

A discussion with Sartaz Ahmed, Principal at Booz & Company, about opportunities consulting to the energy industry — with a focus on cleantech.

Questions? Contact Suzana Zayed ’11. Organized by The Energy Club.

Consulting Skills Workshop

When: Thursday, October 14, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 142

Annual consulting skills workshop, led by Professor Hitendra Wadwha, for students participating in the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program and Pangea Advisors.

Global Social Venture Competition Information Session

When: Tuesday, October 12, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 142

Have an idea for a social venture? Interested in learning more about successful social ventures? Looking to meet local entrepreneurs? Want to gain skills in social impact assessment? Learn about the different ways to get involved with GSVC, including participating as a competitor, joining an existing team, becoming a student judge, and more.

Questions? Please contact Lauren Strange in the Lang Center or the GSVC Student Leaders — Daniel Gennaoui ’11 and Sekhar Suryanarayanan ’11.

Bridgespan Group Presentation

When: Monday, October 11, 6:10 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, Room 405

This event will cover opportunities to work in nonprofit consulting with Bridgespan.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club and the School of International and Public Affairs.

Annual Social Enterprise Conference — Redefining Return: Financing and Scaling Social Innovation

When: Friday, October 8, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lerner Hall

Where will the next phase of social innovation come from? How will social impact investors uncover new opportunities? And what new financing models will help to get new ventures off the ground, particularly given tough economic times? The 2010 Social Enterprise Conference will bring together thought leaders and industry leaders in the field who are focused on finding and financing the next wave of social and environmental innovation.

Session topics include: private equity in frontier markets, energy storage and battery technology, ROI in education, social impact measurement, innovative mobile phone strategies and applications in the developing world, civic-minded media, and pitching social impact.

Featured speakers include: Peter Blom, CEO of Triodos Bank, and recipient of the 2010 Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics (sponsored by the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics); Robert Annibale, global director of microfinance and community development for Citigroup; Raj Shah, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and many more.

See videos of the event. More information online.

Building your Startup: Marketing a Social Message

When: Tuesday, October 5, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren 311

Lauren Bush, CEO and co-founder of Feed Projects, discusses the challenges of marketing a social message. FEED Projects goal is to reach hungry children through the sales of FEED bags, available in such stores as Whole Foods and Bergdoff Goodman. To date, FEED Projects has sold over 500,000 bags that has resulted in more than 50 million meals sold. FEED bags raise much-needed funds for WFP school-feeding operations and awareness of the problem of child hunger.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club and the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization

Consulting P2P: Deloitte Strategy Consulting in Sustainable Consumption

When: Monday, October 4, 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Where: Uris 333 and 332

Join Deloitte Consulting for a round table discussion featuring global strategy thought leaders in consulting in the nonprofit arena.

The Human Basis for Sustainable Development — The case of a Mexican nonprofit organization

When: Monday, September 27, 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Lehman Lounge

Susan Pick, the founder and president of IMIFAP and the writer of ‘Breaking the Poverty Cycle’ will be sharing her sustainable development experiences in Mexico.

Organized by the International Development Club.

Dinner with Kate Grossman ’09, Green Business Club Founder, and COO of Greenwich Energy Solutions

When: Monday, September 27, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Calder Lounge

Kate Grossman ’09 brings business development and project management experience to her role with GES. After managing and rebranding a Texas recreational business, Kate moved into the real estate development business, where she managed dozens of projects and navigated Austin’s strict development and environmental regulations. Kate has woven sustainability into all of her professional and academic experiences and brings this knowledge to her retro-greening work at GES. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Kate is an avid traveler and has recently completed her quest to visit all six main continents.

Greenwich Energy Solutions, through its related companies, Greenwich Power and Greenwich Energy, has more than 15 years of experience in the energy business. From its roots in energy trading and alternative energy investments, GES has moved into energy efficiency and retro-greening commercial buildings. GES’ staff brings together decades of experience in entrepreneurial venturing, the energy industry, green building and LEED certification, real estate finance, and construction management.

Organized by the Green Business Club and the Social Entrepreneurship P2P.

The Economy after Graduation: What Risks Lie Ahead from the Federal Budget Deficit?

When: Friday, September 24, 11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 301

Join us for a forum discussing the federal budget deficit and its impact on the US economy and the future of the financial services sector. The luncheon will highlight two economic experts, CED's Senior Vice President and Director of Research Joseph Minarik, and keynote speaker W. Bowman Cutter, Senior Fellow and Director, Economic Policy Initiative, Roosevelt Institute, Managing Partner, Cedars Capital Partners, and former Managing Director of Warburg Pincus, who will provide insight into the current state of the U.S. economy as well as its potential implications for the future of the financial services sector.  The event will include a complimentary lunch, and a question and answer period that will allow students an opportunity to engage with the visiting speakers. It is a part of CED's ongoing effort to involve emerging business leaders around the country in an effort to improve the nation’s fiscal health, and is made possible by the generous support of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Organized by Columbia's Executive MBA program (EMBA), the Committee for Economic Development (CED), Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Club, and the Columbia Politics and Business Club.

Inside Scoop: Social Enterprise Panel

When: Tuesday, September 21, 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall

Learn from second-year MBA students about their summer internships, career paths, job functions, lifestyles, and more.
Organized by the Career Management Center with support from the Social Enterprise Program.

Microlumbia Kick-Off Information Session

When: Tuesday, September 21, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Lehman Lounge

Hear from Microlumbia heads of Investing, Consulting, Marketing/Fundraising, Education, and Research about ways you can be involved. This semester's projects include Tonga, Cambodia, Colombia, and Samoa.

Organized by the Microlumbia and the International Development Club

Education Peer to Peer Kick-Off Information Session

When: Monday, September 20, 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 329

Does it confound you that US schools spend the most money per student but are internationally ranked #25 (based on the program for international student assessment)? What is the difference between a public school, private school, and charter school? Which is better?

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Nonprofit Board Leadership Program Kick-Off Information Session

When: Monday, September 20, 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 140

First-year students can learn more about the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program and how to connect with alumni and senior staff members of nonprofit organizations in NYC while learning about nonprofit board service.

Questions? Contact Emma Giamartino ’11 or Katherine Szostak ’11.

Social Enterprise Club Kick-Off Information Session

When: Tuesday, September 14, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 301, 332, 333

This information session provides an opportunity for students to learn about the Social Enterprise Program and the clubs and initiatives under its umbrella, including:

  • Social Enterprise Club
  • International Development Club
  • Green Business Club
  • Columbia Pangea Advisors
  • Microlumbia Fund
  • Global Social Venture Competition
  • Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program
  • Nonprofit Board Leadership Program
  • Social Enterprise Conference

Annual Catskills Retreat

When: Saturday, September 11, 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Professor Ray Horton's Home, Catskills

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

Building Consensus on Green Initiatives between the United States and Canada

When: Friday, September 10, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall 142

In October 2009, Gary Doer assumed his responsibilities as Canada's 23rd representative to the United States of America. Prior to taking up his current position in Washington, Ambassador Doer served as Premier of Manitoba for 10 years. During that time, he worked extensively with US governors to enhance Canada-United States cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change, and renewable energy. Ambassador Doer won three consecutive elections as Premier of Manitoba with successive increased majorities. In 2005, he was named by Business Week magazine as one of the top 20 international leaders on climate change. His government introduced balanced budgets during each of his 10 years in office while reducing many taxes, including a plan to eliminate small business tax. As Premier, he led strategic investments in health care, education, and training and infrastructure. Ambassador Doer hails from Winnipeg.

Organized by the Green Business Club and The Canadian Club.

ESG Investing Trends, Opportunities and Risks

When: Friday, August 6, 11:40 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall

Mario Lopez-Alcala at MSCI, a leading provider of investment decision support tools, discussed trends, opportunities, and risks for investors and companies in responding to sustainability issues. Mario is a senior analyst at MSCI and is a member of the Product Development team in the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) analytics unit. He has worked at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, at the Energy and Environment Division of the United Nations Development Programme and is a member of the Social Investment Forum.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club for EMBA students.

Pangea Advisors Photo Presentation

When: Tuesday, July 26, 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 303

Moran and Jop present a series of photos from their Zambia pro bono consulting project, and discuss their project and Pangea travel experiences. Organized by the International Development Club.

Pangea Advisors J-term Discussion

When: Monday, July 26, 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 303

Pangea consultants Erin Halfnight ’11, Brandon Sears '11, Mario Estima ’11, Xander Kaplan ’11, Aniket Shah ’11, and Nii Koney ’11 discuss their experiences on international development pro bono consulting projects. Organized by the International Development Club.

IBM Smarter Planet Strategy Discussion

When: Thursday, July 15, 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 207

The world and many of the things in it are becoming more instrumented, more interconnected, and more intelligent. The intelligence generated can help people, machines, systems, even buildings and appliances make smarter decisions. These new Smarter Planet Solutions can help reduce energy use by up to 70 percent, reducing cost and emissions.

Florence Hudson, Energy & Environment Executive and Cloud Computing Strategist at IBM, will discuss IBM's Smarter Planet solutions, innovation, and diversity, and share her personal career path and experiences which has brought her from Aerospace Engineer, to Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, to Energy & Environment Executive.

Florence Hudson is the IBM Energy & Environment Executive and a Cloud Computing Strategist in IBM Corporate Strategy, responsible for strategies and execution plans for “green” solutions to benefit clients in their goals to improve their impact on energy & the environment worldwide. These “green” solutions include smarter buildings, green datacenters, cloud computing, water management, intelligent transportation, smart grids, cap and trade systems, and alternative energy research.

Ms. Hudson has held a variety of leadership positions in IBM, including Vice President of Marketing & Strategy for IBM System z mainframes globally. She was also an executive-on-loan and IBM Vice President of Strategic Planning to the Society of Women Engineers, where she developed and executed new programs to inspire more girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics worldwide.

Ms. Hudson has served as Vice President of Strategy and Marketing and acting Chief Technology Officer for the IBM Global Industrial Sector, responsible for strategic business growth and increased value for IBM’s clients in aerospace, defense, automotive, chemicals, petroleum, electronics, and industrial products businesses globally. She was also IBM Vice President of Corporate Strategy responsible for Strategic Growth for IBM. Prior to IBM, Ms. Hudson worked for Hewlett-Packard. She also worked as an Aerospace Engineer at Grumman Corporation and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on projects such as solar power satellites, the space shuttle, and future missions around Jupiter.

Ms. Hudson graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and has attended and presented at executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University. She has lectured widely on Energy & Environment initiatives, and leveraging innovation and diversity. She is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) having served as the first Special Director of the SWE Board of Directors, and elected to the SWE Board of Trustees in 2010. She was honored with the 2008 SWE Upward Mobility Award for her exemplary business and technical leadership, and for serving as an outstanding mentor and role model for women worldwide. She is an active proponent for IBM’s Women in Technology Initiative, encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Organized by the General Management Association.