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What could Obama have done differently in the face of a suffering economy?

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 303

How should we evaluate the Obama administration's handling of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s? Noam Scheiber, New Republic senior editor and White House reporter, will discuss his book The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery, which provides an inside look at President Obama's struggle to revive the economy and the key to understanding whether his team will succeed in bringing us back from the brink. Roger Lowenstein, a prolific financial journalist and writer, will moderate discussion.

The Escape Artists features previously undisclosed internal documents and extensive, original reporting from the highest levels of government. Tracking the administration's efforts deep into the fall of 2011, The Escape Artists provides a gripping look inside the meeting rooms, inboxes, and minds of the men who tried to manage the defining crisis of the Obama Presidency: how the very qualities that made these men escape artists in the 1990s ultimately misled them.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program as part of the Research Meets Practice speaker series.

Social Enterprise Program Leadership Retreat

When: Friday, April 20, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Soho House NY

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.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program.

Nonprofit Board Leadership Program Closing Reception

When: Wednesday, April 18, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Off-campus

Join students, mentors and nonprofit leaders who participated in the program this year. We will share highlights of the program and award the "MVP" or Most Valuable Partnership.

Kindly hosted at the residence of Michael Boublik ’90 and Mimi Boublik ’90.

Organized by the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program.

SEC Community Service Day at Rooftop Farms

When: Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Rooftop Farms, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Join other SEC members for a great day at Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint Brooklyn as we help the farm prepare for the summer season. Located on the shoreline of the East River and with a sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline, Rooftop Farms is a 6,000 square foot green roof organic vegetable farm located atop a warehouse rooftop. During New York City's growing season, the farm supplies a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, an onsite farm market, and bicycle fresh produce to area restaurants. For those interested, after volunteering we will head over to Smorgasburg at the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg for a yummy lunch from local food vendors.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

How does the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) operate and how is its approach unique?

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 310

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. Alan Patricof ’57, board member of the MMC and Board of Overseers member at Columbia Business School, will share his insights on topics including:

  • How can foreign aid approaches be held accountable?
  • What has the MCC accomplished to date with its compacts?
  • What are the lessons learned and implications for foreign aid going forward?

Introductory remarks by Professor Bruce Usher, Co-Director of the Social Enterprise Program and Executive in Residence.

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

Faculty Lunch with Professor Ron Gonen

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren 415

Professor Ron Gonen, who teaches Launching Social Ventures and Social Venture Incubator, is the co-founder of RecycleBank and a 2004 EMBA graduate. He spoke with students about social entrepreneurship.
Lunch will be provided.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program.

Dinner with Cicely Wootan, Director of Corporate Development, Guggenheim Museum

When: Monday, April 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Vareli Restaurant

In her role as director of corporate development, Cicely Wootan is in charge of corporate sponsorship, corporate philanthropy, and corporate fundraising for the 75+ year old museum.  As part of the executive team in New York, Wootan implements fundraising strategies and manages Guggenheim's relationship with the private sector through events, membership programs, and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Before the Guggenheim Museum, Cicely was the Director of Corporate Development at the New York Botanical Garden, and Global Program Development Manager at the Avon Foundation (overseeing the international Avon Walk for Breast Cancer).  Cicely has also worked in nonprofit consulting and for Lincoln Center.  In her spare time, Cicely also serves on the board of the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Driving Sustainability through Entrepreneurship

When: Monday, April 9, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Faculty House

Attendees will learn how entrepreneurs turned their passions into businesses including: their individual experiences starting up, their trajectories and what they've learned along the way about sustainability, innovation, social enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Mischa Byruck, Small Business Consultant, NYC Business Solutions


  • Gavin McIntyre, Co-Founder, Ecovative
  • Summer Rayne Oakes, Co-Founder, Source4Style
  • Paul Polizzotto, Founder, Ecomedia

Organized by the Master of Science in Sustainability Program.

Social Enterprise Club Night Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Where: Faculty House

Join us for the inaugural Social Enterprise Club's Happy Hour as a part of the new Columbia Forever Week Clubs Night. This is an opportunity for current student members of the Social Enterprise Club, Green Business Club and International Development Club to meet young alumni in a casual setting, discuss common interests, and learn about the transition to becoming social enterprise alumni.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Kickstarter Office Visit

When: Friday, March 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Kickstarter offices, Lower East Side, Manhattan

Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Kickstarter connects independent entrepreneurs, designers, artists, and events with thousands of "grassroots" investors, who pledge small amounts toward a project they would like to see happen. Kickstarter empowers individuals to create, fund, and support great work. SEC and I+CBS will have a chance to tour Kickstarter's office, learn about their fundraising model, and discuss the future of innovation and social empowerment online.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club and I+CBS.

Conversation with George Bilicic, Global Head of Power, Energy & Infrastructure, Lazard Ltd.

When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 326

George Bilicic, vice chairman of investment banking and global head of power, energy and Infrastructure for Lazard, will speak about the current state of the US Energy market with an emphasis on financing energy transactions.

Organized by the Green Business Club as part of the 2012 Clean Tech Month.

Making Green from Green: Cash for Trash

When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: PricewaterhouseCoopers, 300 Madison Avenue, PwC Auditorium

What if "waste" were a thing of the past? Companies are finding clever ways to convert their waste streams into resources, upcycling waste to new products and recycling garbage so it doesn't end up in landfills. Our panel will explore opportunities and challenges of getting cash for trash and tell us how doing good for the environment is also good business. It is a dirty tale, with a clean outcome

Colin Beavan, PhD, Executive Director, No Impact Project; international spokesperson on the environment; and author of book and subject of film titled No Impact Man


  • Albe Zakes, Global VP, Media Relations, TerraCycle, Inc.
  • Ian Yolles, Chief Sustainability Officer, Recyclebank

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

Ci3 Impact Investing Forum: Reshaping Education through Social Enterprise

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 207

What are the opportunities and challenges of impact investing and social entrepreneurship in reshaping education? The panel will cover the status of impact investing and social entrepreneurship in the education sector and its potential to foster socioeconomic and environmental sustainability. The first half will be dedicated to a discussion between the speakers, which will be followed by exchange of views with the audience. The conversation will cover the following topics: introduction to the sector, opportunities and challenges, policy and regulatory issues, investment process, impact measurement, and profitability.

Sara Minard, Associate Lecturer, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University


  • Emary Aronson, Managing Director, Robin Hood
  • Jacob Gray, Co-Founder and Partner, Murex Investments

Organized by the Ci3 Spring Impact Investing Forum and the Social Enterprise Club.

Dinner with Douglas Bauer, Executive Director of the Clark Foundation

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Vareli Restaurant

Meet Professor Douglas Bauer, executive director of the Clark Foundation, who teaches The Nonprofit Sector and the City, for a talk about the latest trends and career paths in the nonprofit sector.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program.

Discussion with Stefan Heck, Director McKinsey & Company

When: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 331

Stefan Heck leads McKinsey's work in clean technology, working across sectors including solar, advanced materials, energy storage and batteries, electric vehicles, utilities, building systems, and energy efficiency. His clients include industrial and energy companies, venture capital and private equity investors, and foundations focused on sustainability and climate change.

Organized by the Green Business Club as port of the 2012 Clean Tech Month.

How Should An Organization Define Impact?

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Calder Lounge, Uris Hall

Experts from Graham, Windham, a leading provider of child welfare services throughout NYC and Westchester, will present its groundbreaking approach to using metrics to evaluate organizational effectiveness. They will share how specific performance matrices inform all of their actions, including organizational decision-making, investments in practice modalities, and staff development and evaluation. Participants will use examples to demonstrate how their approach to performance developed over time. They will also discuss the organization's future plans to use evaluation to make life-changing differences for the children and families with whom they partner.


  • Poul Jensen, CEO
  • Jess Dannhauser, President
  • Bonnie Kornberg, Director of Program Development and Management Initiatives
  • Pam Minetti ’81, Board Member

Organized by the Nonprofit Leadership Board Program.

SEP Summer Fellowship Info Session

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 140

Interested in pursuing an internship with a nonprofit, government agency or for-profit mission driven social venture? Learn how to become a 2012 Summer Fellow and gain valuable insights and tips to find appropriate opportunities as well as hear from 2nd year students that interned this past summer.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program.

Green Real Estate Event

When: Monday, February 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University

If the landlord owns the building but the tenants pay the bills, who should pay for energy efficiency upgrades? Who benefits from them? And how can a "green lease" structure help solve the problem? Join MSRED Green and the Green Business Club for a discussion with industry experts from Negawatt Research, Cushman & Wakefield and Transcend Equity Development Corp. The panel will be followed by drinks and time to network with our speakers and other sustainability-minded Columbia students!

Organized by MSRED and sponsored by the Green Business Club.

Greening Cities and the Built Environment

When: Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 331

An interactive session to explore specific challenges of "greening" cities and the built-up environment featuring Robert Oushoorn, Principal at Booz & Company.

One of the biggest challenges societies currently face is to make living and working in urban environments sustainable. Building a "Green city" from scratch is challenging, yet is happening in several places in the world. But how about existing cities? How can these places where millions of people live close together be made sustainable? How should energy supply and consumption be organized ? What about city planning, transportation and waste streams? And perhaps most importantly, how should our own behavior as city dwellers change?

Robert is a Principal in Booz & Company's energy practice. His main focus of activity is strategy development and strategy-based transformations for his clients along the gas value chain, from upstream players to utilities. Within Booz & Company's worldwide gas team which he co-leads, Robert focuses on clients in Europe, the Middle East and Russia.

Organized by the Green Business Club as port of the 2012 Clean Tech Month.

Faculty Lunch with Professor Amy Houston

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 415

Students will join Professor Amy Houston, managing director at the Robin Hood Foundation, a nonprofit that provides funding to organizations tackling poverty in NYC. Professor Houston teaches High Performing Nonprofits and will discuss her career path, how she uses her MBA in social enterprise, and the tremendous work Robin Hood does every day to improve the lives of New Yorkers.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

SESF Juranimal Concert

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Prohibition, Columbus Ave at 85th Street

Juranimal will perform a concert to support the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Fund.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program.

Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship School-wide Auction

When: February 20 – February 24, 2012
Where: Uris Hall Lobby

Students bid on silent auction items all week to benefit the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program. Prizes included golf with Professor Juran, dinner at Bruce Usher's house, a Daniel Boulud restaurant tour, and more.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program.

Renewable Energy Investing

When: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 331

Leaf Clean Energy Company is a renewable energy and sustainable technology investment firm based in Washington, D.C., providing venture and growth capital across the renewable energy industry to support innovative, well-managed, rapidly growing companies.

Peter O'Keefe is a professional in the financial services industry, a direct marketing media services consultant and an investor in and developer of renewable energy projects and technologies. His company is active in biomass, next-generation fuels and is currently developing a 500,000 ton/year wood pellet facility in southeast region of the US. He also serves as an advisor to the private equity firm Paladin Capital Group. Peter previously worked at Carret Asset Management, a privately-owned investment advisory firm.

Organized by the Green Business Club as port of the 2012 Clean Tech Month.

Annual Social Enterprise Reception

When: February 15, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Low Library, Columbia University

This event brings together students, alumni and professionals for an evening of networking and socializing and will feature alumni and Social Enterprise 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.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program.

Taking the Hill and Building Renewable Energy with the Department Of Defense

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 303

Taking the Hill & Building Renewable Energy with the Department of Defense, a combat veteran's perspective as a solar PV developer.

Jon Gensler is a proud native of southern West Virginia and a passionate warrior for the development of a clean energy economy. His career has spanned time as an officer in the United States Army as a tank and infantry mortar platoon leader, managing strategic accounts for Lutron Electronics, and developing commercialization pathways for the Dept of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA-E). He now works as a Project Developer for Borrego Solar Systems, developing large-scale solar energy projects for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

A veteran of the Iraq War, his work on national security and clean energy issues has taken him from Capitol Hill to Copenhagen, where he has represented the hundreds of veterans of Operation Free. He currently leads the Truman National Security Project's national Energy Experts group.

Jon is a graduate of United States Military Academy at West Point, MIT's Sloan School of Management, and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Organized by the Green Business Club as port of the 2012 Clean Tech Month.

Sustainable Real Estate Development

When: Monday, February 13, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 142

Patricia Connolly, Director of Global Sustainability, RREEF Real Estate will discuss initiatives in green building, energy efficiency and sustainable real estate from the perspective of property owner, tenant, and investment manager.

Ms. Connolly earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Ms. Connolly has over 18 years of experience in the real estate asset management, property management and leasing industry. She joined RREEF, a Member of the Deutsche Bank Group, in 2005 in the New York Corporate Office as a Regional Manager. Previously, Ms. Connolly was Senior Vice President with Shorenstein Realty Services East, LLC overseeing East Coast property management for trophy Class A office buildings from Boston, MA to Charlotte, NC. She was previously with Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., culminating a 14-year career as Regional Operations Manager in Manhattan overseeing property teams associated with a portfolio of about 23 million square feet of commercial office buildings and serving a roster of prestigious clients, including Goldman Sachs.

Organized by the Green Business Club as port of the 2012 Clean Tech Month.

Opportunities and Challenges for Developing Sustainable Hydropower

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 331

Gia Schneider will discuss the opportunities and challenges for developing new, sustainable hydropower. Hydropower supplies about 8 percent of the US electricity needs this could be doubled while also enabling greater integration of wind and solar, as hydropower is a uniquely flexible and dispatchable renewable resource.

Gia Schneider is co-founder and CEO of Natel Energy, Inc., which is commercializing a turbine technology that significantly reduces the cost of developing low-head hydro projects. Previously, she worked in the Energy Trading Group at Credit Suisse where she helped start the carbon emissions desk. Prior to Credit Suisse, she worked in the Strategy Group at Constellation and as a consultant with Accenture. Gia received her Bchelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has a long standing interest in climate change, sustainable development and renewable energy; and is passionate about finding and implementing solutions that help meet our needs for abundant energy and clean water in sustainable, cost-effective way.

Organized by the Green Business Club as port of the 2012 Clean Tech Month.

Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtable with Jaycee Pribulsky

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Vareli Restaurant, 2869 Broadway

Join Jaycee Pribulsky ’01, Senior VP at Context America for a special roundtable discussion. Jacyee's 15 years of experience include corporate social responsibility and international community relations roles at Citi, United Technologies Corporation, and Waggener Edstrom. Jaycee began her career in the Clinton administration at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Context is a consulting firm specializing in corporate sustainability strategy and communications whose clients include both leading companies and nonprofit organizations. Read more.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Making Green from Green: Slow Food Meets Big Business

When: Tuesday, February 2, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP, 300 Madison Avenue, PwC Auditorium

In an era of destructive agribusiness, a growing number of committed sustainable food leaders are defying the odds. Join us as our panel explores the challenges and future trends in ecological food production and shares their stories from small beginnings to achieving scale.

Moderator: David Barber, Co-Owner, Blue Hill and Board Member, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture


  • Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, President and CE-Yo, Stonyfield Farm
  • Josh Viertel, President, Slow Food USA
  • Mark Crumpacker, Chief Marketing Officer, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

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

A Discussion of Trends and Challenges for 2012

When: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 326

Clean Tech Month 2012 will kick off with a discussion of clean tech industry trends and challenges. The event will be led by Professor Bruce Usher, co-director of the Social Enterprise Program and Executive in Residence.

Bruce Usher is co-director of the Social Enterprise Program and an executive-in-residence at Columbia Business School, where he has been an adjunct professor in finance since 2002, teaching the Carbon Finance and the Finance & Sustainability courses. The objective of both courses is to utilize financial tools to create sustainable value for society. From 2002 to 2009, Professor Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group plc, 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. Professor Usher led EcoSecurities through an IPO, a secondary public placement and strategic investment, and the sale of the entire company to JP Morgan in December 2009. EcoSecurities developed more than 400 projects in 36 countries, representing approximately 10 percent of all projects approved by the United Nations under the Kyoto Protocol. Prior to EcoSecurities, Usher was co-founder and CEO of TreasuryConnect LLC, which provided electronic trading solutions to banks and was sold to eSpeed Inc in 2001. For the previous six years, he was COO of The Williams Capital Group, a boutique institutional investment bank. Prior to that, he worked in financial services in New York and Tokyo. He is on the boards of E+Co, a nonprofit that finances clean energy entrepreneurs in developing countries, and Community Energy Inc., a renewable energy project development company. He earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Organized by the Green Business Club as part of the 2012 Clean Tech Month.

Making Green from Green: Launching a Green Business

When: Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, 300 Madison Avenue, PwC Auditorium

The Making Green from Green event series goes inside green start-ups for the scoop on how businesses handle challenges from concept to launch. Experienced green entrepreneurs and funders described their journeys, providing key insights into their inspirations, motivations, setbacks, and triumphs.

Moderator: Micah Kotch, Director, NYC ACRE (Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy)


  • Bahar Gidwani, CFA, Cofounder and CEO, CSRHUB, aggregator of corporate social responsibility (CSR) metrics
  • Ron Paliwoda, Founder and President, The Paliwoda Group, a private investment firm in the technology sector
  • Russel Tencer, CEO, Wind Products, Inc., a specialist in wind resource assessment and turbine siting
  • Neil Zeller, Cofounder, Clean Vehicle Solutions, LLC, a leader in alternative vehicle solutions for fleets
  • Josh Parker, COO, VerTerra, Ltd., manufacturer of biodegradable dinnerware from fallen leaves

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

Being a Changemaker in a Changing World: Social Entrepreneurship in Turkey

When: Friday, December 2, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge

Leading social entrepreneurs from Turkey discussed social innovation with perspectives from one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, located in a region that is constantly changing. How can a country like Turkey with a young, highly educated population leverage its growing capacity in the business sector to develop the social entrepreneurship field? What does it take to become a regional platform for social innovation? What is the role of social entrepreneurs in not only addressing particular issues through their ventures but also encouraging others to become engaged citizens and changemakers?

Ashoka Fellows Ibrahim Betil, a former bank CEO and founder of Turkey’s leading youth organization, and Nasuh Mahruki, a mountaineer and founder of Turkey’s pioneering search and rescue organization, shared their experiences as social entrepreneurs and discussed the challenges and opportunities in creating innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to societal problems in Turkey and beyond.

Moderator: Ron Gonen, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Cofounder of RecycleBank

Organized by Ashoka Turkey, The American Turkish Society, Turkish Philanthropy Funds, the Social Enterprise Program, and the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business.

Green Building Tour of Bank of America Headquarters

When: Friday, December 2, 2011 at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: 1 Bryant Park (42nd Street and 6th Avenue)

Students went on a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the greenest skyscrapers in America. Bloomberg.com calls it "the most prominent addition to New York's skyline in a generation, as well as being the most energy-efficient, water-saving, and healthful office tower ever built." The tour was guided by Mark O'Grady, a managing director at Bank of America, and a significant contributor to the design and construction project.

End-of-Semester Pre-Happy Hour

When: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Café, 1207 Amsterdam Avenue

Members of the International Development Club, Green Business Club, and Social Enterprise Club joined for drinks and appetizers to celebrate the end of the semester and the upcoming holidays.

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

A Conversation with Kevin Hagen, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, REI

When: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 331

Kevin Hagen, the director of Corporate Social Responsibility at REI and the mastermind behind many of its green initiatives, spoke about working to "make business part of the solution.”

REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club CSR P2P group.

Strategic Philanthropy Panel on Impact and Effectiveness

When: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 303

Experts discussed the latest methodologies and challenges in assessing impact for philanthropic grants and investments.

Panelists included:

  • Victoria Bjorklund, Partner and Head of Exempt Organizations Group, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Mark Kramer, Founder and Managing Director, FSG Social Impact Advisors
  • Luther Ragin, Jr., CEO, Global Impact Investing Network

Organized by Professor Melissa Berman for the Strategic Philanthropy class.

A Conversation on budgeting tips and the Community Development Credit Union Model

When: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
When: Uris Hall, Room 141

Alana Perrone is a team supervisor at Credit Where Credit Is Due (CWCID). She has been with the organization for more than three years, starting primarily as a financial advisor and providing individualized financial advising through CWCID’s partnership with Single Stop USA in the Bronx, Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Lower East Side. She then led CWCID’s credit union financial education program at Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, which served credit union members and homeowners facing foreclosure. Through one-on-one financial advising and the five-week Getting Ahead workshop series, Alana has helped participants develop a  financial action plan, including a  budget, savings and debt- repayment plans, as well as a free credit report, score, and analysis.  Before joining Credit Where Credit Is Due, Alana served with the United States Peace Corps in El Salvador from 2006 to 2008. She holds a BA in International Relations and Economics from Colgate University and a certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University.

Organized by the Financial Education Society and the Office of Financial Aid.

Green Business Career Panel

When: Monday, November 21, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
When: Uris Hall, Room 333

The Green Business Club’s Career Team hosted a panel of second-year MBA students on how they found their internship, what hurdles they faced, which resources they leveraged, what role they had over the summer, and so on.

This panel was moderated by Professor Bruce Usher, co-director of the Social Enterprise Program and executive in residence, and featured an array of industries in the clean tech space.

Organized by the Green Business Club.

Visit to Camp Dresser & McKee

When: Friday, November 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 14 Wall Street, Suite 1702

Camp Dresser & McKee is an award-winning global engineering consulting firm. Come discover how a company creates and entire business model from environmental sustainability.  CDM has a full agenda of executives speaking on topics including Sustainability as a Business Model; Cities of the Future; Alternative Energy and Market Opportunities; Pricing and Arbitrage Opportunities in the Green Energy Market; Environmental Management and CSR; Integrated R&D Planning in Environmental Management.

Organized by the Energy Club.

Charter School Visits: KIPP Star and Harlem Success Academy

When: Friday, November 18, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: KIPP Star and Harlem Success Academy

Join us to check out some of the highest performing charter schools in the country. What are they doing right? How many of their best practices are replicable and/or scalable?

Organized by the Social Enterprise Education P2P.

The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World

When: Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.,
Where: Uris Hall, Room 142

In THE NEXT CONVERGENCE: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World, Michael Spence, succinctly describes how the recent period of growth in developing countries is leading to a convergence with the advanced countries, or developed world. He lays out a framework for how the global economy will develop over the next 50 years, and offers much needed wisdom on how to sustain economic growth in advanced and developing countries.

The book is certain to spark a heated debate over how best to move forward in the post-crisis period and reset the balance between national economic interests, short-term fixes, and long-term sustainability.

Through his writings, Spence explores the following questions:

  • Can we learn over time to manage something as complex as the emerging and evolving global economy, with its rising interdependencies and complexity?
  • What will happen to populations, incomes, natural resources, and the environment?
  • Is it possible for the fourfold increase in the ranks of the relatively wealthy to continue, or is there a massive multidimensional “adding up” problem in which what was possible for a “few” will not be possible for the “many”?
  • Is the management and governance of the global economy that was in place for the last quarter century going to work in the future, or is it going to need fundamental change?

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program and the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business.

Creating Shared Value

When: Thursday, November 17, 5:45 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 309

Laura Herman, Director with FSG Social Impact Consultants, will talk about the Creating Shared Value concept of Michael Porter (co-founder of FSG) and its application in FSG's consulting practice.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Washington D.C. Careers Trek

When: Thursday, November 17 – Friday, November 18, 2011
Where: Washington D.C.

Join us on the 9th Annual trip to Washington D.C. to visit organizations employing MBAs in the various aspects of International Development

Program will include presentations/panels/networking in the areas of:

  • International Development Consulting
  • Multilateral Organizations
  • Microfinance
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Day will end with alumni networking reception/cocktail hour in D.C.

Organized by the International Development Club.

Social Enterprise Career Management Session

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 330

The Social Enterprise Program and Career Management Center are offering a series of workshops throughout the year to provide specific job-search related support and assistance for students with interests in Social Enterprise, Sustainability, Green and Environmental-related Business, CSR, Impact Investing, and other arenas.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program and Career Management Center.

Endeavor — Panel on Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 141

Endeavor is leading the global movement to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world.  Join us for a panel discussion on entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

Moderator: Baily Blair Kempner, Director, Growth & Sustainability Initiatives, Endeavor

  • Joanna Harries, Director, New Country Expansion, Endeavor
  • Rhett Morris, Director, Center for High-Impact Entrepreneurship, Endeavor
  • Sasha Sadrai, Account Manager – Entrepreneur Services, Endeavor

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club and Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization.

Starwood Energy Group Event

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 326

Patrick Verdonck, Associate, Starwood Energy Group, is coming to speak about investing in the US Power industry.  In his current role, he is primarily responsible for making principal investments in the power sector. Mr. Verdonck has more than eight years of power and energy industry experience. Prior to Starwood, Mr. Verdonck was an investment banker in Citigroup’s London-based Energy Power and Chemicals team where he worked on M&A and financing transactions throughout Europe as well as the Middle-East and South Asia.  Starwood Energy Group Global, L.L.C. (“Starwood Energy”), an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group Global, L.L.C. (“Starwood Capital”), is a private equity investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, that specializes in energy infrastructure investments.

Organized by the Energy Club.

Infinite Vision: How Aravind Became the World’s Greatest Business Case for Compassion

When:  Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: International Affairs Building, Room 417

Hear from co-authors Pavithra K Mehta & Suchitra Shenoy as they share the story of their impressive and innovative social enterprise model. Moderated by Murray Low, Director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center.

The Real Deal with Bankers from J.P. Morgan’s Natural Resources Group

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 140

This event is for first year MBA students interested in how industry trends affect J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking groups and their clients. Join J.P. Morgan’s Natural Resources Group bankers to discuss larger industry trends as well as how these trends shape J.P. Morgan’s group structure and responsibilities. We’ll explain what investment banks do in simple terms, cut through the jargon, and then walk you through the types of roles we offer, and the skills we’re looking for.

Organized by the Energy Club.

New York Presbyterian Hospital Information Session

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Feldburg Space

Please join us for a "Lunch and Learn" event to learn more about trends facing Healthcare Providers and careers in the provider space.  Four MBAs representing a range of divisions in the hospital will give an inside perspective on how the hospital's business strategy is evolving in light of health reform and how MBAs will play a critical in helping hospitals like NYP continue to be major players.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Healthcare P2P group.

Faculty Lunch with Professor Ray Horton

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Restaurant, 1207 Amsterdam Avenue

Join the Social Enterprise Club for our 2nd faculty lunch of the year with CBS legend, Professor Ray Horton, who has been a member of the school's faculty for over 40 years.  Professor Horton founded the Social Enterprise Program, acted as Director until 2009, and currently acts as Faculty Director for the Social Enterprise programs in the school's Executive Education divisions.  Come learn about Professor Horton's work and get the inside scoop on the Social Enterprise Program. Lunch will be served.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Coffee Chat with Laura Clancy, Chief of Staff at Achievement First

When: Friday, November 11, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Whole Foods Café, 97th and Columbus

Laura Clancy ’07 currently serves as chief of staff at Achievement First. This informal coffee chat will be an opportunity to learn more about her role and get her advice on careers in the social sector.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

EDF Climate Corps Presentation

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 305

Sitar Mody, Project Manager, Environmental Defense Fund, will present on EDF’s Climate Corps program. The heart of the program is the EDF Climate Corps fellow. EDF will train fellows and place them in a company, city or university to serve as a champion of energy efficiency for the summer, analyzing energy-saving opportunities and developing customized energy efficiency investment plans.

Organized by the Green Business Club.

A Conversation with Eric Grannis, Executive Director, The Tapestry Project

When:  Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Jerome Greene Hall Annex, Columbia Law School

The Tapestry Project is a nonprofit organization with the mission of incubating charter elementary schools in NYC.

Eric Grannis ‘93 is a graduate of Columbia Law School and former New York City public school teacher. He is a leading expert on charter school law and was a founding board member of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School and the Girls Preparatory Charter schools.

Organized by The Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) at Columbia University in partnership with the Education Law & Policy Society, Columbia Law School, Education Law & Policy Society, New York University School of Law, Policy Student Network, Teachers College, and the Social Enterprise Club, Columbia Business School.

Education Pioneers: 1st-Year Networking Event

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

Are you ready to apply your skills and passion to accelerate excellence in education? Come join Education Pioneers alumni from Columbia Business School, SIPA, and Teachers College to hear about their summer experiences, ask questions, and see how you can have a lasting impact.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Education P2P, SIPA and Teachers College.

Deloitte Consulting Sustainability Round Table featuring Peter Capozucca

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 141

Peter Capozucca is a principal in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations practice and leader of Deloitte’s Sustainability efforts within the Consumer and Industrial Products industry group.

Mr. Capozucca has 15 years of supply chain and operations experience across multiple sectors. His work in Sustainability has included projects in strategy, growth and innovation, and supply chain across clients in industrial products, consumer products, and retail sectors. 

Great Expectations: Dreams of Choice, Sex, and Beauty at the Edge of the Feminist Era

When: Tuesday, November 1, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 142

Join Debora Spar as she discusses choice, sex, and beauty at the edge of the feminist era, and gives us a preview of her new book, Great Expectations.

In her upcoming book, Debora Spar, the President of Barnard College, examines what was supposed to happen to women as a result of the feminist revolution and what has befallen them instead.  Drawing upon an unusual mix of data, theory, popular culture, and personal anecdote, Spar, the author of seven books and a former professor at Harvard Business School, argues that the liberation that generations of women fought for and won has, in many ways, proven as much a burden as a blessing.  For while the feminist and sexual revolutions of the 1960s undeniably created opportunities for women that their grandmothers could not have imagined, they also, ironically, imposed new burdens upon women and girls and new expectations that now co-exist uneasily with the ones that never went away.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program and Barnard College's Athena Center for Leadership Studies.

Faculty Lunch with Professor Ray Fisman

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Calder Lounge

The launch event of the faculty lunch series features Raymond Fisman, co-director of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School. This is a chance to hear about Professor Fisman's background and work and to ask questions in a small group setting. Lunch will be served.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Discussion with Relay Graduate School of Education

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 415

Relay Graduate School of Education will be coming in to discuss the organization as well as full time and internship positions for MBAs.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club Education P2P.

Columbia and NYU Net Impact Happy Hour 

When: Friday, Oct 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Snug, 751 9th Ave.

Come out to a happy hour with other Net Impact chapters in the NYC area including SIPA and NYU Wagner! For those not attending the Net Impact Conference in Portland, here is a chance to spend some time and get to know others interested in improving the world through business.

Organized by Columbia Business School, SIPA, and NYU Wagner.

Global Social Venture Competition Info Session

When: Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 140

Are you a social entrepreneur? Interested in social sector consulting and/or impact investing? Come learn about Columbia Business School’s role in the Global Social Venture Competition and the ways you can get involved. GSVC’s mission is to catalyze new sustainable ventures that address significant social issues while building awareness of the social entrepreneurship field and educating future leaders.

We are also pleased to have Ron Gonen, the Founder of RecycleBank and Adjunct Professor at CBS, join us for this info session to share his entrepreneurial experiences and personal anecdotes about GSVC.

Questions? Please contact Lauren Strange in the Lang Center .

Introduction to Microfinance: A Speaker Series

When: Wednesday, October 26 – Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where:  International Affairs Building, Room 411

This simulcast class explores why and how microfinance operations have grown to provide financial services to poor and low-income communities on a sustainable basis.  Professor Sean Foote provides an excellent introduction to microfinance as an important development effort in the war against poverty, and brings together advice and best practices from successful practitioners around the world creating a forum to learn about current challenges and debates.

Speakers Include:

  • Premal Shah,  President, KIVA
  • Monica Brand, Director, Frontier Investment Group, ACCION
  • Eric Weaver, CEO and Founder, Opportunity Fund
  • Maya Chorengel , Founder and Managing Director, Elevar
  • Steve Hollingworth, President, Freedom from Hunger, former COO, interim CEO, CARE International
  • Sam Daley-Harris, Director, Microcredit Summit Campaign, Founder, RESULTS

Organized by Columbia Business School’s Microlumbia Fund, SIPA’s Microfinance Working Grou, and the Haas School of Business.

Solar Development in the US

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 333

Join David Munsky ’10, director of business development at Nautilus Solar, to discuss and explore new developments in the solar markets in the United States and career options in the industry.

Organized by the Green Business Club.

How Do We Respond to Rising CO2 Emissions? An Interdisciplinary Discussion on Climate Change Mitigation

When: Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Jerome Green Hall, Room 108.

CO2 emissions are on the rise again. A new study by the European Commission has determined that global emissions increased 5.8% in 2010, which is unprecedented in the last two decades. Please join us for a special event with experts from the scientific, business and legal communities as they share their perspectives for addressing this global challenge.


  • Prof. Peter Kelemen, Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Prof. Bruce Usher, Co-Director of the Social Enterprise Program and Executive-in-Residence at Columbia Business School
  • Prof. Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia School of Law and Director of the Center for Climate Change Law

Organized by students from the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy Class.

Robert Socolow: the Carbon Emissions Stabilization Wedges Reaffirmed

When: Monday, October 17, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 311

In August 2004, Robert Socolow and Steve Pacala at Princeton published a paper in Science about climate change mitigation. Its core messages are as valid today as seven years ago, but they have not led to action. Robert Socolow is coming to discuss how public resistance can be partially explained by shortcomings in the way advocates of forceful action have presented their case. Addressing these shortcomings might put the world back on the potential course identified and will be a significant opportunity for today's students.

Organized by the Green Business Club.

Careers in Sustainability

When: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 327

Join Dan Saccardi from GreenOrder, a sustainability consulting firm, to learn more about the organization, management and sustainability consulting, and general career advice.

Organized by the Green Business Club.

2011 Social Enterprise Conference: Social Innovation in a Networked World

When: Friday, October 7, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

As we move into the second decade of the new millennium, we live in an increasingly networked world powered by technological innovations that are redefining connectedness and transforming business. For social enterprise, these changes have the potential to produce groundbreaking business models, introduce innovative approaches for scaling enterprises, reach new audiences and mobilize additional resources to improve society:

  • How have social enterprises leveraged new channels to improve existing business models and create platforms to better enable, amplify and capture social, economic and environmental value?
  • What emerging technologies and ideas will drive the social enterprises of the future?
  • How can businesses better manage socially relevant issues in a ubiquitously networked world?

By bringing together industry experts, thought leaders and practitioners, the 2011 Social Enterprise Conference will examine how the social enterprise sector has and will continue to explore and capitalize on new avenues of business brought to light by technological innovation.

More information online.

2011 Social Enterprise Pre-Conference Film Screening

When: Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 141

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. Among the women featured is Leymah Gbowee, the leader of the Liberian women's peace movement. Gbowee is based in Accra, Ghana, where she is executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network – Africa. Her book, Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War, with Carol Mithers will be published in September 2011 by Beast Books.

Organized by the 2011 Social Enterprise Conference Committee and the Social Enterprise Program.

Brown Bag Lunch with Professor Bruce Usher

When: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall

Meet and greet with Professor Bruce Usher, Executive in Residence and Co-Director of the Social Enterprise Program.

Organized by the Columbia Business School Executives in Residence Department.

Enel — A Successful Approach to Global Markets

When: Monday, October 3, 2011, 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 310

A conversation with Marco Fossataro, Senior Vice President and CFO, Enel Green Power North America, Inc., a company dedicated to developing and managing energy generation from renewable sources.

Organized by the Young Executives Committee of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Columbia Business School and European Business Society NYU Stern.

A Conversation with Dr. John King, New York State Education Commissioner

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 326

The New York State Education Department is part of the University of the State of New York (USNY), one of the most complete, interconnected systems of educational services in the United States. Catalyzed by last year's award of nearly $700 million in federal Race to the Top (RTTT) funds, Dr. John King, the country's youngest education commissioner, is leading an ambitious reform agenda to transform K–12 education for New York's 3.1 million school students.

Dr. John King will discuss the tremendous opportunities and challenges in reforming New York's public education system and the need for dynamic professionals committed to education innovation and reform to join his leadership team. He will discuss the state's reform strategy and also specific career opportunities currently available for students and alumni of Columbia's business school, public policy, education, and law school programs. These extraordinary opportunities are designed for individuals who care deeply about improving public education, thrive in an entrepreneurial environment, have a record of remarkable professional achievement, and want to create a national model for statewide education reform.

About Dr. John King
Recognized across the State and the nation for providing results-driven educational leadership, Dr. King previously co-founded and co-directed Roxbury Preparatory Charter School in Boston where he developed an instructional program and school culture that provided not only the academic skills but also the self-discipline and character essential for success in high school and college. Under his leadership, Roxbury Prep's students attained the highest state exam scores of any urban middle school in Massachusetts, closed the racial achievement gap, and outperformed students from not only the Boston district schools but the city's affluent suburbs. One hundred percent of the school's students are Black or Latino, more than 70 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced price lunch, and all of its graduates matriculate to college preparatory high schools; 80 percent of the school's graduates who are now college-age are persisting in college.

Later, as managing director with Uncommon Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization that operates schools in New York and New Jersey, Dr. King has continued to improve educational outcomes for low-income students in urban settings. In 2009, 98 percent of grade 3–8 students in the New York State Uncommon Schools network scored at Level 3 or 4 on the State math assessments, compared with 86 percent of all New York students and 82 percent of New York City students. In addition, 89 percent of the New York State Uncommon Schools grade 3–8 students scored at Level 3 or 4 on the State's English Language Arts assessments, compared with 77 percent at the State level and 69 percent in New York City.

A former high school history teacher from a family of New York City public school educators, John King is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College. Additionally, he holds a JD from Yale Law School and both an MA in the Teaching of Social Studies and an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has served on the board of New Leaders for New Schools, the nationally recognized principal training program, and is an Aspen Institute-NewSchools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School and the Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia University.

Guayakí Yerba Mate: A Conversation with Founder David Karr

When: Tuesday, September 20, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Warren Hall, Room 415

Join the co-founder of Guayakí David Karr, who will introduce us to the business model for Market Driven Restoration. Guayakí works with farmers in South America to promote sustainable growing practices, to preserve and reforest the land, and to create a renewable income stream — effectively bettering the lives of the local communities.  So our consumers have the power to choose products that have a positive impact. For example, for every bottle you drink, you protect two trees and 50 square feet of rainforest.

Co-hosted by the Social Enterprise Club and the Green Business Club.

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Room 301

Why would a man in Morocco who doesn’t have enough to eat buy a television? Why is it so hard for children in poor areas to learn even when they attend school? Why do the poorest people in the Indian state of Maharashtra spend 7 percent of their food budget on sugar? Does having lots of children actually make you poorer?

For more than 15 years Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo have worked with the poor in dozens of countries spanning five continents, trying to understand the specific problems that come with poverty and to find proven solutions. Their book is radical in its rethinking of the economics of poverty, but also entirely practical in the suggestions it offers. Through a careful analysis of a very rich body of evidence, including the hundreds of randomized control trials that Banerjee and Duflo’s lab has pioneered, they show why the poor, despite having the same desires and abilities as anyone else, end up with entirely different lives. Moderated by Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.

Organized by The Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School & The Program for Economic Research at Columbia University.

Meaning is the New Luxury: An Intimate Conversation with Entrepreneur Magatte Wade

When: Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uris Hall, Calder Lounge

Where is the intersection between social enterprise and luxury?  Is there a social role for luxury goods to play in the 21st century?  Can a luxury brand be a Conscious Capitalist company

Magatte Wade, a serial entrepreneur raised in Senegal, educated in France, and who spent her professional life in the United States, will explain the way that she has combined social enterprise and high-end branding and marketing in her two companies, Adina for Life and The Tiossano Tribe.  Magatte's first company, Adina, was born after she returned to Senegal and discovered that Bissap, her culture's traditional hibiscus based beverage of hospitality, was being replaced by Coke and Fanta. She realized that the Senegalese would come to respect their own culture again if she could prove that Bissap could be popular in the West. She returned to the U.S. and created Adina to do just this. Today, Adina, arguably the most successful U.S. consumer brand created by an African entrepreneur, has raised more than $30 million in capital, is carried at Whole Foods, and Wegmans and is in the Pepsi distribution system.

Magatte will be introduced by her husband Michael Strong, the Chief Visionary Officer of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.  Conscious Capitalism is a coalition of some of the leading companies committed to using the powers of capitalism in a conscious manner to make the world a better place, including leadership from Whole Foods Market, The Container Store, Life is Good, Trader Joe's, etc

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club, the Retail & Luxury Goods Cluband the Graduate Business Association.