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Thursday, June 6, 2013
6-9 p.m.
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
488 Madison Avenue at 51st Street
$25 for CBSACNY, MCC Members & Students; $40 for non-members; $60 at the door, price includes networking reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Walk-ins and nonmembers welcome.

A trillion dollar energy market driven by fossil fuels and a fast growing renewable energy sector are creating tension between private and public energy investment. Climate change and geopolitical forces are pushing the US forward on renewable energy, but we still have no comprehensive national energy policy. Innovation and business opportunities in renewables are building rapidly in the US, but who will lead investment in renewable energy and who will profit? Can we rely on the private sector to drive growth and resolve critical issues or does government play a necessary role? How can we prevent a deadlocked Congress from slowing down progress? What are the market barriers preventing scalable models for renewable investment? Join us as our panel of experts tackles these issues from the perspectives of financier, clean energy entrepreneur, state government agency and hedge fund analyst.

Moderator: Pimm Fox, Bloomberg TV/Radio Host


  • Kevin Brooks, President and CEO, ThinkGREEN! Global Advisors
  • Charles Feit, Founder and CEO, OnForce Solar
  • Bert Hunter, CIO, Connecticut Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority
  • Gordon Johnson, Managing Director, Senior Equity Research Analyst, Axiom Capital Management

For more information: www.cbsacny.org or [email protected].

This event was organized by Rob Liflander, Maria Fields, Anastasia Lyn, Lewis Blaustein, Tom Mooney and the Sustainable Business Committee of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.

May 10, 2013
Faculty House, Columbia University

To view more information and the Forum's research report, please visit the "Research" section of our website.

May 3, 2013
Faculty House, Columbia University

Keynote address by Michael Schlein, President and CEO, Accion International

Panel Presentations include:
Politics of Microfinance
Technology and Microfinance
The Next Big Thing: Microfinance’s Lessons for Impact Investing

Registration information and costs can be found here.

This event is sponsored by Microlumbia.

Friday, May 3, 2013

About Urban Green Energy:
Founded in 2008, UGE provides comprehensive distributed renewable energy solutions that are versatile, durable and provide energy security to be implemented across the range of harsh environments our enterprise clients face. Solar and wind complement each other and together with storage technologies and remote monitoring systems that address energy cost, security and sustainability.

This event is sponsored by the Green Business Club.

April 27, 2013
9 a.m.- 4p.m.
Low Library, Columbia University

The South Asia Business Association (SABA) at the Columbia Business School is pleased to announce and invite you to its 9th Annual India Business Conference, a premier forum for professionals, businesses, academics, students and thinkers to explore and discuss the key business challenges and opportunities in India with esteemed speakers from the industry, distinguished Columbia University faculty and like-minded professionals. 

Of particular social enerprise interest is the panel session on Education and Empowerment.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

This event is sponsored by the South Asia Business Association.

Lunch with Professor Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of the Non-Profit Finance Fund

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
12:45-2:00 p.m.
This lunch will be hosted by Antony Bugg-Levine, who teaches Business Innovations in International Development, is the CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund,  and is one of the nation’s leading community development financial institutions. Prior to this, he co-led the Rockefeller Foundation’s program work focused on impact investing and before that, he served as the Country Director of TechnoServe in Nairobi, Kenya where he helped to design and implement business solutions to rural poverty. In Kenya and Uganda he also worked with various capital providers to develop profitable mechanisms to extend lending to rural businesses. A native of South Africa, he served in the late 1990s as the communications director at the South African Human Rights Commission and as a speechwriter and media strategist for the ANC’s 1999 national election campaign.

This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

Tuesday April 23, 2013
Join the Social Enterprise Club CSR peer-to-peer group for an informal discussion with Jessica Sobel, Sustainable Living Manager at Unilever. She will discuss the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan growth model and the activities of the Unilever Foundation. Jessica is currently responsible for driving Unilever’s sustainability agenda in North America as the North America Sustainable Living Manager. Prior to joining the sustainable living team, she was a member of the Unilever Finance function. 

This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

Friday, April 19, 2013
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Career Management Library (Uris 1M in Stairway Y)

This Job Search Cafe will feature a discussion on Social Enterprise with time for recruiting activities preparation so you can focus on your career. This week, the Café welcomes alumnus Nick Friend ’11, Associate at Citi Community Capital.

This event is sponsored by the Career Management Center.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
6:00-10 p.m.
Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC), 55 Lexington Ave.

Over 40% of edible food in the US goes unused, lost in production, distribution, and consumption. From farm to fork to landfill, more than food is lost.
We waste 10% of energy, 50% of land use and 80% of freshwater getting food to our tables. (NRDC Stats)  
Panelists will look at local policymaking, grassroots activism, and corporate social responsibility examining ways to reduce waste, make donations, and innovate with new business models to increase efficiency in our food system.  
Join the discussion, as we explore environmental and economic imperatives to reclaim our wasted food. This event is part of the MAKING GREEN FROM GREEN series.

MODERATOR: Ron Gonen '04, Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation; Co-Founder and former CEO, Recyclebank

Marjorie J. Clarke, PhD, Environmental Scientist, Educator, and Waste Management Expert
Janet Kalish, NYC Teacher and Freegan, a group using alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in a profit-driven economy and minimal consumption of resources 
Brandon Tidwell, Manager of Sustainability, Darden Restaurants, the world’s largest full-service restaurant operating group

This event is sponsored by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
6:30 -7:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 209

Spark provides Social Innovators with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their social ventures, by tapping the collective knowledge within Columbia University, and the larger entrepreneurial and social impact community in the New York area and beyond.
This workshop is open to all who are willing to bring their ideas, experience, and connections to help solve social and environmental challenges that these social innovators aim to address.

If you are unable to attend the above events but would like more information on Spark, please register for our mailing list.

This event is co-sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 311

Join the Social Enterprise Club, the Columbia Finance Organization, and the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization for a special event. SoFi (https://www.sofi.com/) is a San Francsico-based start-up launched by Stanford GSB alums addressing the broken $1 trillion US student loan market by offering an innovative approach using the power of social communities to transform the industry. Through SoFi's model, alumni investors earn a compelling double bottom line return, students receive a lower loan rate than their private or federal options, and both sides benefit from the connections formed. Co-Founder and CEO, Mike Cagney, will join us to discuss starting the for-profit social venture, and Director of Marketing Isabella Fung will be there to talk about the summer internship and full-time position open at the company.
This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club, Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization, and the Columbia Finance Organization.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
Uris Hall, Room 142

The 14th Annual Mitsui USA Symposium titled, "Shale Gas Revolution and Energy Security," featuring:

Nobuo Tanaka, Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency; Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

  • Geoffrey M. Heal, Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School
  • Travis Bradford, President, Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development; Associate Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Paul J. Scalise, JSPS Research Fellow, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

Moderator: Hugh Patrick, Director, Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School

Mr. Tanaka will attempt to analyze, from a long-term perspective, Asian and global energy supply and demand by examining the following: 1) The "Shale Gas Revolution," geopolitical upheaval in the Middle East, and other changes in the global energy environment, 2) Trends in the global economy, in particular the growth of developing countries, especially in Asia, and 3) Trends in energy and global warming policies. The use of low-carbon emission alternative technologies that increase energy efficiency and decrease reliance on carbon fuels is expected to continue increasing because they are expected to slow global warming and to help stabilize energy supply. However, policy changes influenced by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster are expected to cause delays and decrease further development of nuclear energy worldwide. With these factors in mind, this symposium aims to present a picture of long-term global energy supply and demand, as well as the energy policies that Japan should adopt. Following Mr. Tanaka’s remarks, three discussants will respond and share their views on this topic.

This event is co-sponsored by The Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB) and the Mitsuj USA Foundation.

Tuesday, April 16
6 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 305

The Social Enterprise Club Education P2P is hosting a screening of the documentary “The Cartel,” a documentary covering the education crisis and reform efforts in New Jersey.

This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 416
Come have lunch with Terri Ludwig, President & CEO of Enterprise Community Partners, as part of our CWIB mentoring lunch series!

Terri Ludwig is president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national nonprofit provider of development capital and expertise to create affordable homes and rebuild communities. Enterprise has pioneered neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships and invested more than $11 billion to create nearly 300,000 affordable homes. Ms. Ludwig has 23 years of experience in investment banking and nonprofit leadership. She was formerly president of the Merrill Lynch Community Development Company and president and CEO of ACCION New York, a leading nonprofit micro-lender.
This event is sponsored by the Columbia Women in Business (CWIB).

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
12:30-2 p.m.

Josh Wolfe will share his thoughts on the evolving energy venture capital space. Josh and the Lux team have invested in new twists on old energy technologies, such as Kurion for nuclear waste remediation and Transphorm for more efficient energy conversion. See his bio here.

This event is sponsored by the Energy Club.

Sunday, April 14th, 2013
11am – 1:30pm
44 Eagle Street, Brooklyn, NY
Join the Social Enterprise Club for our 2nd annual Community Service Day at Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint, Brooklyn!

Located on the shoreline of the East River in Brooklyn, with a sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline, Rooftop Farms is a magnificent 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 farmers' market, and fresh produce to area restaurants.  
We will help the farm prepare the planting beds for the spring planting season.  The farm is very excited to have our help.  This event will be a great way to spend time with fellow CBSers outside, experience the city in a new way, and volunteer for a great NYC organization.  
This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
1:15– 2:15 p.m.

Come learn more about CommonBond, a financial services start-up that provides more affordable student loans by connecting student borrowers with alumni investors. One of the company’s co-founders will provide more information about CommonBond, its Social Promise, as well as internship opportunities at the company this summer.

This event is co-sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club and Columbia Finance Organization

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
6-9 p.m.
Moderated by Professor Ilyana Kuziemko

Ballplayer: Pelotero is a gritty and rare look inside the recruitment of the top talent baseball players from the Dominican Republic.  Miguel Angel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista are among 100,000 teenagers vying for a handful of coveted contracts with Major League baseball teams.  As they turn 16 years old and become eligible to sign, each must navigate the fiercely competitive and frequently corrupt system if they are to lift their families out of crushing poverty and achieve their dream of playing in the Big Leagues.  This film takes us inside this never before seen world for an up close and personal look at the human cost of profiting from America's national pastime.

 "A Hoop Dreams for baseball"
- The Washington Post

"Gripping…fascinating…a vibrant tale."
-  The New York Times

"An extraordinary work of investigative journalism."
-   Wall Street Journal          

Isaac Solotaroff (Producer) is a twice Emmy-nominated documentary director, producer and editor. He has directed four PBS documentaries since 2000 (Visioning Tibet, Los Romeros, and Belief Amended, Faith Revealed) and his most recent film Wham! Bam! Islam! debuted on Independent Lens in October, 2011.

This event was co-sponsored by Social Enterprise Program and the International Development Club. 

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Warren, Room 103

Interested in the intersection of law, the environment, and social entrepreneurship? Then Environmental Law Society and Law Students for Social Enterprise have the panel for you! Come hear panelists with a variety of backgrounds discuss how the paths they have taken combine these interests!

Panelists include:

  • Bruce Usher, Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark T. Gallogly '86 Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, where he teaches MBA students on the intersection of finance, social and environmental issues. 
  • LLM Student Robert Currie Rios, Founder of a Chilean chapter of the Riverkeeper Alliance: Futalefu Riverkeeper, Patagonia's first waterkeeper.
  • Sean Dixon, Esq., Co-founder of Village Fishmonger NYC, a local, responsibly harvested seafood sourcing group that has a fast-growing community-supported fishery (CSF) here in NY.

This event is sponsored by the Environmental Law Society and Law Students for Social Enterprise at the Columbia Law School.

Tuesday, April 2 , 2013
6:30 - 7:30pm
Warren Hall, Room 209

Area: Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development

The Innovation: BlocPower markets and finances solar and energy efficiency retrofits to churches, schools, nonprofits and small businesses in America's underserved communities--and hires local low income people to do it. BlocPower's online platform connects philanthropic investors to project microfinance opportunities.

Session Questions: During this workshop I would like attendees to provide feedback and withering criticism on the theory of BlocPower's online crowdsourced investment platform as well as BlocPower's microfinance risk model. Does that make sense? We want to learn how to do for energy efficiency what DonorsChoose.org and Kiva have done for public education and microfinance respectively. I would also like help around thinking about subprime energy efficiency lending.

Spark provides Social Innovators with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their social ventures, by tapping the collective knowledge within Columbia University, and the larger entrepreneurial and social impact community in the New York area and beyond.

This workshop is open to all who are willing to bring their ideas, experience, and connections to help solve social and environmental challenges that these social innovators aim to address.

This event is co-sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Wednesday, April 2nd
6 - 8 p.m.  
Uris Hall, Room 303

This event will feature a unique debate format with industry practitioners and faculty arguing several critical issues impacting the future payment and delivery of healthcare services in the U.S. This will be a highly interactive session and students in the audience will have ample opportunity to share their perspectives and ask questions.

Confirmed panelist members include:

  • Aran Ron MD ’89 - President, Health Strategies Consultants, and Operating Partner, Bessemer Venture Partner
  • Eric Wallace - Vice President, Aetna Consulting
  • Jon Gordon ’06 - Director, Strategy, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Propositions to be debated likely will include:
Most of the Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), spurred by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will fail in their ability to improve the quality and access to affordable patient care!

The current trend of physicians being employed by hospitals will end badly as it did in the ‘90s – over the long term many of these relationships will not work due to conflicting objectives, lower productivity of such employed physicians, and physicians’ need for independence to provide high quality patient care!

This event is sponsored by the Healthcare Industry Association.

Friday, March 29th
2- 3 p.m.
KIND offices, Midtown West

KIND is a brand of all natural whole nut and fruit bars made from ingredients you can see and pronounce and it's also a movement that gives new purpose to snacking.  KIND was founded on the principle of holistic kindness, and the company prides itself on creating new paths that avoid false compromises.  We will be meeting with KIND's Chief Marketing Officer, Marc de Grandpre, who will speak with us about the company's marketing strategies and campaigns.  

This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club and the Marketing Association (MAC).

Thursday, March 28
7:10-8:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 141


  • Kevin Parker, who served as global head of Deutsche Asset Management and on the Group's Executive Committee, identified climate change as a global investment mega-trend in 2005 and oversaw the launch of the first USCC mutual fund and and originated the idea of the real-time carbon counter.
  • Manuel Pinho, former Minister of Economy and Innovation of the Portuguese Government and author of the background paper Europe's New Energy Era, on which the European Strategic Plan for Energy is inspired.
  • Travis Bradford, professor of professional development at SIPA and president and founder of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food, and recycling. Through the Institute, he helped found Greentech Media and the Carbon War Room. 

This is a unique opportunity to engage with these world-renowned experts and leaders in their field on a topic that is overwhelmingly pertinent to a low carbon future.

Topics of discussion will include:
• Given the political inertia, is there any serious movement in the private sector/financial markets that envision a movement away from a fossil fuel economy?
• What are the hurdles facing renewable technologies right now? Will the natural gas revolution slow their adaptation into the energy system? Are we still waiting for a better solution?
• Looking internationally, are there lessons to be learned from Europe and its cap and trade system? Is China taking the lead on low carbon solutions right now? 

This event is co-sponsored by the Green Business Club and is part of the Climate & Society Lecture Series at the Columbia Earth Institute.

Tuesday, March 25th
Warren Hall, Room 416

Join us for lunch with Melissa Berman, President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, an innovative nonprofit philanthropy service that manages approximately $200 million in giving annually. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. Ms. Berman teaches the course Strategic Philanthropy at CBS and serves on the Advisory Board for the Social Enterprise Program.

This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
12:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 208

The Bizcorps is an exciting and innovative program that connects MBA graduates with high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets. In Colombia, BizCorp  is working with Endeavor and several of its high-impact entrepreneurs and in Kenya, they have signed an MOU to work with Equity Bank, whose CEO was the Ernst and Young CEO of the Year in 2012. Robert Mosbacher Jr., Founder of Bizcorps, and Former CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation 2005-2009 will be coming to speak about the program. 

This event is sponsored by the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
6:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 207

Want to know more about B Corps and B Lab?
Interested in learning what it takes to manage the triple bottom line?
Are you wondering about the future of the “benefit corporation”

The panel will explore how an organization becomes a B-Corporation, what it means to serve so many different stakeholders, and what B Lab, the organization responsible for certifying B Corps, sees in its future.

Professor Georgia Levenson Keohane will moderate.

Panelists include:

Sophie Faris, Community Manager, B Lab
Lily Scott, Senior Research Analyst, Veris Wealth Partners
Jesse Schultz, Social Innovation Coordinator, Warby Parker
Matt Stinchcomb, Vice President of Values and Impact, Etsy

Panelists bios:

Sophie Faris runs east coast community development for B Lab, the nonprofit behind B Corporation Certification, Benefit Corporation Legislation, and the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS). In this role, Sophie is building a community of values-driven businesses and working to benchmark their great work. Sophie joined B Lab after five years at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), where she led its Commitments Department. In that capacity, she brokered partnerships to: mobilize emergency food rations for children in the DRC, fund water-related projects in Haiti, and build the first cancer diagnostic and treatment center in East Africa. 

Jesse Schultz manages social innovation at Warby Parker, a transformative fashion brand offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. In addition to managing the company's Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, Jesse has helped forge collaborations with a variety of non-profits, as well as overseeing Warby Parker's B Corporation re-certification and developing a Speaker Series. She spearheads employee engagement opportunities with the company's local New York City community, including events and projects with Free Arts NYC, Brooklyn Youth Sports Club, and many others. 

Lily Scott is a Senior Research Analyst  at Veris Wealth Partners. Lily joined Veris in 2008 and is a Senior Research Analyst in the New York City office. Lily conducts research and due diligence across all asset classes and is the Chair of the Investment Working Group. She also assists the CIO in development and review of the Veris investment philosophy and capital market assumptions. Prior to joining Veris, Lily worked as a Consulting Associate in the Boston office of Cambridge Associates, a global institutional investment consulting firm. 

Matt Stinchcomb has been with Etsy since the very beginning, when his roommate Rob Kalin, launched the site and Matt joined as its first employee. Throughout the start-up days, Matt wore many hats, but today he focuses on the stewardship of the company's mission vision, and values and related social impact programs as Etsy's VP, Values & Impact. 

This event is sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board and the Social Enterprise Club.

Monday, March 4
Fred’s, 476 Amsterdam Ave @ 83rd St.

Thank our wonderful SESF Week volunteers.
Reconnect with your SEC classmates and colleagues.
Try to beat the board in trivia.

This event was sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

Friday, March 1, 2013
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Lerner Hall, Columbia University

The eight Ivy League schools are teaming up once more to host the tenth anniversary of the All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair!

Representatives from organizations in the private, nonprofit and public sectors across a multitude of industries will have the opportunity to connect with top graduate and undergraduate students. Recruiters from EnerNOC, Karbone, New York Power Authority, Recyclebank, TerraCycle, Tetra Tech, and many more.
Find out more information here: http://allivyfair.ei.columbia.edu/

This event was sponsored by the Columbia University Earth Institute.

Friday, March 1st, 2013
10:00 a.m.

Named a "revolutionary charity" by Oprah Winfrey, DonorsChoose is the first charity to be named to Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on the website, and individuals can give any amount to the project that most inspires them.

We will be meeting with Founder and CEO, Charles Best, to discuss the early days and the growth of the organization.

This event was sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

February 21, 2013
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 307

This lunch will be hosted by Professor Doug Bauer, who is teaching The Nonprofit Sector in the City this spring. Prof. Bauer is Executive Director of the Clark Foundation, an organization that focuses on helping individuals lead independent and productive lives and supports nonprofits and programs in New York. 

This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

February 20, 2013
6:00 p.m. 

Jailan Adly, CDC Development Solutions, Director, MBAs Without Borders
Larry Brooks ’05, Endeavor, VP Finance
Laura Goldman ’12, Dalberg, Project Manager
Jonathan Jacoby ’06, Oxfam, Policy & Campaigns Manager, Private Sector Dept.

This event is sponsored by the Career Management Center.

Saturday, February 16, 2013
1-5 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 141

To celebrate as well as ring in a new year of healthy living, we will be streaming live the TEDxManhattan broadcast. The talks can all be waited online.
Speakers with various backgrounds in food and farming share their insights and expertise.  A highlight of the event is the ample time given for attendees to meet each other and look for new synergies and new ideas to help bolster the sustainable food movement. For more information about individual speakers, please visit: http://tedxmanhattan.org/event

This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

February 15, 2013
1:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 207

Lindsay Kruse ‘06, Education Consultant
Lisa King Nouri ’09, KIPP Foundation
Tania Shinkawa ’04, NYC Dept. of Education

This event is sponsored by the Career Management Center.

February 14, 2013
1:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 330


Mike L. Brown '11, Co-Founder, Urbavour
Nell Derick Debevoise EMBA '12, Founder of Inspiring Capital LLC
Sara M. Green '01, Founder, Executive Director, Art for Refugees in Transition, A.R.T.
Manmeet Kaur '12, Founder and Executive Director of City Health Works!

This event is sponsored by the Career Management Center.

February 13, 2013
6:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 141


Brinda Ganguly '02, Rockefeller Foundation
Joseph Silver '11, Imprint Capital, Associate
Jason Spindler, I-Dev international, MD and Founding Partner
William Yates '02, Citi Community Capital, Director

This event is sponsored by the Career Management Center.

Friday, February 8th, 2013
Cristo Rey School

Brought to you by the Education P2P group, the Cristo Rey School is a unique affordable college-preparatory model. Please follow the following link learn more about the school and their mission: http://www.cristoreyny.org/

This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

The Green Business Club and Energy Club are pleased to announce that February is the 5th Annual CLEAN TECH MONTH at Columbia Business School! We've assembled a diverse and exciting slate of events to run throughout the month of February. Clean Tech Month is an annual opportunity to engage leaders in energy, green business and finance related to the clean tech industry.

Clean Tech Month Kick-off Happy Hour Mixer
Monday, February 4, 2013, 6:30- 8:00 p.m., Amsterdam Cafe
Come join the GBC and other Clean Tech-interested people at Amsterdam.  Please contact our co-presidents, Rebby Bliss and Danny Mintzer, if you have any questions.

Clean Tech in New York City and State
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Warren 208
Come listen to Davetta Thatcher, of the New York Energy Research & Development Authority.

A Talk with NRG Energy’s President and CEO, David Crane.
Thursday, February 7, 2013, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Uris 326

Investing in Clean Tech Solutions for Today’s Sustainability Challenges
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Warren 208
Come listen to a panel discussion on financing clean tech featuring investment professionals from New World Capital, Earthrise Capital, and Karbone.

The Future of Green Buildings
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Uris 326
Join this discussion on market trends for energy efficiency and green buildings.

Green Energy and Sustainability Career Panel
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Uris 142
Please sign up in “Workshops” in Coin.

A Talk with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Amy Grace – Lead Analyst, North American Wind.
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Uris 141

A Talk with Deloitte Consulting, Andrew Clinton – Energy Management specialist.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Uris 140

A Talk with Global Change Associates, Peter Fusaro.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 6:00–7:30 p.m., Uris 329

All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair.
Friday, March 1, 201310:00–3:00 p.m., Lerner Hall

This series is sponsored by the Green Business Club and the Energy Club.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Rotunda, Low Memorial Library, Columbia University

Please join us for this annual event, which brings together alumni, faculty members, professionals, and students for an evening of networking and socializing, and help us to honor Professor Ron Gonen '04 as the recipient of the 2013 Social Enterprise Program Teaching Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who has excelled at educating future business leaders in addressing social and environmental challenges. It also acknowledges the development of an innovative curriculum as well as teaching excellence in the classroom. It has been made possible by the Lambert Family Fund.

This event was sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program.

Friday, February 1, 2013
3 p.m.
Etsy Headquarters
Etsy, the go-to e-commerce site for handmade and vintage items, has created an online market place where individual artists can reach millions of people. The company recently became a B-Corporation, declaring its commitment to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. We will tour the Etsy offices and meet with the company's VP of Brand and Social Responsibility, who was one of the first Etsy employees.

This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Please join Relay GSE to discover a variety of innovative and rewarding opportunities available for MBA graduates in the education reform space. The day will begin with school tours at a variety of high-performing public schools located in Brooklyn (Uncommon, KIPP, Achievement First) and will end with a networking session at the Relay GSE Offices in Chelsea. Our networking event will allow you to discover firsthand how you can apply your MBA degree to make a meaningful impact in the education reform movement. We will end with observations of a graduate class so you can learn more about the Relay GSE program. Meet with a number of MBA graduates who are now putting their skills to good use in a variety of capacities at Relay GSE and several other organizations.

Thursday, January 17, 2012
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Chadbourne and Parke LLP, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 23rd Floor

It’s no secret that mainstream fashion has a bad eco-reputation, but there’s a new movement in vogue. Our illustrative panel of eco-fashion innovators will discuss fashion’s negative environmental impact and new sustainable approaches to design, materials, production, recycling and toxic waste. 

Gain insight into the challenges of designing eco fashion and promoting it to mainstream fashionistas. How do you convince designers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers that eco-friendly fashion can also be chic and trendy?

Hosted by The Sustainable Business and Fashion, Style & Retail Committees of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York. 

Christa Dowling, Global Cultural Advisor and Journalist, Author, Former Editor-in-Chief, Conde Nast/Vogue, Germany

Yael Aflalo, Founder and CEO, Reformation (designs from repurposed fabrics) http://www.thereformation.com 
Sass Brown, Acting Assistant Dean School of Art and Design, FIT; Author http://www.ecofashiontalk.com 
Raz Godelnik, Adjunct Professor at CUNY, The New School, and University of Delaware; Founder, Hemper Jeans, an eco-fashion jeans company using hemp http://www.hemperjeans.com; Writer, Triple Pundit
Gretchen Jones, Eco-Fashion Designer; Project Runway Season 8 Winner http://www.gretchenjonesnyc.com 
Catherine Tyc, Filmmaker (working on sustainable fashion documentary) http://www.swapthemovie.wordpress.com 

•Fashion Alley: an exciting showcase of up and coming sustainable brands
For more information: http://www.cbsacny.org or [email protected]. Follow us and the MAKING GREEN FROM GREEN series on Twitter athttp://www.twitter.com/CBSACNY_SBC, #MGFG and the Club on Facebook.

Organized by The Sustainable Business and Fashion, Style & Retail Committees of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.

Sunday, January 6 - Thursday, January 10

Join GBC for the Career Trek to Silicon Valley to meet representatives from organizations such as: SunPower, BrightSource Energy, Bloom Energy, Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market, Tesla Motors, KPCB, Firelake Capital, Google, NEA, Clean Power Finance, SilverSpring Networks

Organized by Green Business Club and the Center for Career Management.

December 6, 2012
12:30-2 p.m.
Uris Hall, 8th Floor Conference Room

We invite you to a unique learning experience in a small-group setting over lunch with Dr. Jack Rowe.

Dr. John Rowe is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. From 2000 until late 2006, Dr. Rowe served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc, one of the nation's leading health care and related benefits organizations. Before his tenure at Aetna, from 1998 to 2000, Dr. Rowe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NYU Health, one of the nation's largest academic health care organizations.

Before joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Rowe was a Professor of Medicine and the founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School, as well as Chief of Gerontology at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. Dr. Rowe has received many honors and awards for his research and health policy efforts regarding care of the elderly. He was Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and currently leads the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on An Aging Society. Dr. Rowe was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and Lincoln Center Theater. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Connecticut and serves as Chairman of the Board at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

This event was sponsored by the Healthcare Industry Association.

November 29- November 30

Join IDC for the 10th Annual Career Trek to Washington D.C.!

Meet with representatives from firms including Dalberg, Ashoka, IFC, Chemonics and more who are employing MBAs in the International Development sector.

Organized by the International Development Club.

Friday, November 30, 2012
Alfred Lerner Hall

The 8th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium: NEW ENERGY MARKET DYNAMICS

The event brings together professionals, students and faculty from across the Columbia University community in a stimulating and constructive dialogue about the energy landscape of today and tomorrow.

Featuring Keynote Addresses by:
Jason Bordoff, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, Energy and Climate Change, National Security Council
Robert Catell, Executive Director and Deputy Chairman, National Grid
Ed Morse, Global Head of Commodities Research, Citigroup, Inc.

The four panels this year will cover:

· How is Natural Gas Shifting Energy Policy?
· Financing Energy in a Changing Regulatory Environment
· Innovation in Energy: Planning for Tomorrow, Acting Today
· How is China’s Emergence Impacting Global Energy Resources?

Please go to our website http://www.cuenergysymposium.com/ to register for the event and for more information.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 207

Please join us for a discussion with Richard Sandor on Tuesday November 27th, 2012. Dr. Sandor will give a first-hand account of his experiences as an inventor of new markets - in interest rates, air and water. Dr. Sandor's latest book Good Derivatives: A Story of Financial and Environmental Innovation tells the story of the creation of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) and the evolution of related exchanges such as the European Climate Exchange.

Monday, November 19, 2012
7:30 p.m.

A number of alumni who have pursued careers in consulting and/or social enterprise will be in attendance. They will discuss the decisions they made and why, along with any recommendations for current students who are trying to figure out which of these two paths makes the most sense for them to pursue.

Organized by the Social Enteprise Club.

Thursday, November 15, 2012
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
SIPA Room 1501

EDF Climate Corps (www.edfclimatecorps.org) places top tier graduate-level students in companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency. During the course of a 10-12 week summer engagement, EDF Climate Corps fellows analyze energy-saving opportunities and develop custom energy management plans that cut costs and carbon emissions. Since 2008, EDF Climate Corps fellows have identified over $1.1 billion in net operational cost savings and cut 1.7 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, equivalent to the annual energy use of 150,000 homes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Mel’s Burger Bar (Broadway b/w 110th and 111th)

Come mingle and connect with your fellow SEC’ers and members of the Green Business and International Development Clubs for a fall mixer / study break.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise, Green Business and International Development Clubs.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 329

Education Pioneers and The Broad Residency will be hosting an on-campus information session about their fellowship opportunities for graduate students.

The Graduate School Fellowship Program is a full-time, paid, ten-week summer program during which talented graduate students (“Fellows”) work with schools, districts, nonprofits, and other education-focused organizations (“Partners”). Fellows leverage their skills and knowledge to complete a mission-critical consulting project. In addition to their full-time consulting work, Fellows convene in regional cohorts for signature program events including: five full-day workshops on key education reform topics, an end of summer retrospective event, and professional networking opportunities designed to expand Fellows’ knowledge and professional networks.

The Broad Residency places talented professionals into management roles in carefully selected education organizations. Concurrently, through a rigorous professional development program, Broad Residents come to understand the context of urban education and the best organizational practices from the private and public sectors. Broad Residents are professionals with leadership and management experience who have significant accomplishments and are now engaged in work that truly matters. Working from within the public education system, they are well positioned to identify, catalyze and lead the transformation required to ensure that every American child receives a world-class education.

November 13, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Warren Hall 207

Financial services are unlike physical products because of their potential to be customizable. This feature of financial services is what makes them so important for enabling low incomes customers to access existing financial systems. Topics will include:

How should financial service providers tailor their products for individuals in emerging markets?

What trends are taking place with intermediate providers who work between individuals and large “product manufacturers”?

How can providers use expertise in financial advice or wealth management to develop integrated financial models suitable for their clients?

Thursday, November 1, 2012
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 140

Join us to learn about the REDF Farber Summer Internship Program. REDF (also known as The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) is a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy organization that creates jobs and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work. The ten-week Farber Internship offers MBAs the opportunity to apply their business skills to strategic projects in an entrepreneurial nonprofit context. This information session will focus mostly on the summer internship opportunities. 2nd years are welcome to join to learn more about the organization as a whole.Urs

To learn more about REDF, check out their website: http://www.redf.org

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
5:45-7:15 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 141

About Patrick Verdonck, Vice President, Starwood Energy Group
Mr. Verdonck is a Vice President of Starwood Energy and is responsible for making principal investments in the power sector. He has an observer role on the board of Nautilus Solar Energy and was actively involved in the acquisition of Berlin Station, a 75 MW wood-fired power plant, as well as several transmission development projects. Mr. Verdonck has over 9 years of power and energy industry experience. Prior to joining 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. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Verdonck was a corporate strategy analyst in the Bangkok office of Tractebel EGI (now GDF Suez), one of the largest utilities in the world. Mr. Verdonck started his career as an oil & gas lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. Mr. Verdonck holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Law degree from the Catholic University of Leuven.

About Starwood
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. Founded in 2005, Starwood Energy is an active investor in power generation, renewable energy and high-voltage power transmission projects in North America. Starwood Energy has built and acquired a portfolio of natural gas fired power generation, a portfolio of high-voltage power transmission projects in various phases of development and operations, and a growing portfolio of renewable energy power generation projects. More information can be found at www.starwoodenergygroup.com.

Organized by the Energy and Green Business Clubs

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
12:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 415

This lunch will be hosted by Alicia Glen, who is teaching Social Impact Real Estate Investing and Development this fall. Prof. Glen is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and is the Head of the Urban Investment Group (UIG), the firm's business platform focused on providing capital to under-served domestic urban markets.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
12:30 -2:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 310

Established in 1997, Endeavor's mission is to lead the global movement to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best High-Impact Entrepreneurs around the world. Endeavor helps entrepreneurs overcome barriers to growth by providing the key ingredients to success: mentorship; networks; strategic advice; talent; skills; access to smart capital; and inspiration. Guided by Endeavor, these entrepreneurs generate sustainable economic growth and jobs, become self-made role models, and help nurture a culture of entrepreneurship which spurs investment and encourages people to think big.

Among the opportunities available for MBAs at Endeavor are its well-known “eMBA” program, which recruits students from leading business schools to spend 10 weeks during the summer working with Endeavor entrepreneurs on-site on strategy, operations, and financing.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Tuesday October 23, 2012
12:30 -1:30 p.m.
Lehman Lounge

Are you a social entrepreneur? Do you have an idea that could change the world? Do you want to be part of a team that is trying to just that? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Global Social Venture Competition is for you! Attend this information session to learn more about the competition.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Warren 208, Columbia University

Interested in a career in philanthropy or have a personal interest in strategic giving? Join the P2P Philanthropy group for a lunchtime conversation with Cecily Carson to learn more about philanthropy and strategic giving. Ms. Carson is highly involved in philanthropy as a trustee of the Carson Family Charitable Trust and The Museum of Arts and Design, a director of The Doe Fund, and a member of the Robin Hood Foundation's Leadership Council

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Friday, October 5, 2012
8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Lerner Hall

Ranging from startups to programs embedded in multinational organizations, social enterprise continues to thrive despite complex political and economic environments. Companies and organizations increasingly need to develop strategies internally and across their sectors to mobilize action and tackle major social and environmental issues. While traditional corporate strategy focuses on long-term profit maximization, more forward-thinking organizations are incorporating a broader spectrum of social gains into their organizational strategies. Leadership teams must consider the following questions to build successful strategies:

What are best practices for developing an internal and external strategy that aligns your vision, mission, operations, and results while also engaging stakeholders and minimizing risk?

What opportunities exist to build an ecosystem strategy across multiple organizations and sectors?

What are the opportunities and limitations of pursuing strategies to scale organizations and initiatives to achieve sustained impact?

By uniting industry experts, thought leaders and practitioners, the 2012 Social Enterprise Conference will delve deeper into the ways leaders and managers can use strategy as a tool to maximize social change. We will share success stories and challenges across a wide range of sectors and causes. For more information, please look online.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program, the Conference Governing Board, the Social Enteprrise, Green Business, and International Development Clubs.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
6:00-7:00 p.m.

There will be a presentation by Sara Thomas, NOEW IDEAcorps Coordinator. NOEW brings together elite MBAs, high-power startups, consulting and tech executives, and thought leaders to strengthen the entrepreneurial ventures that are at the heart of New Orleans' recovery. Each spring, teams from the nation's top MBA programs descend on New Orleans to help innovative local startups work through critical strategic business challenges. NOEW offers students the opportunity to consult to exciting new ventures, expand their personal and professional networks, have an absolute blast, and most importantly, rebuild one of the most intoxicating city in the country.

Thursday, September 27, 2012
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 142

Please join the Social Enterprise Club for lunch with a very special guest: Paul Binder '65, founder of the Big Apple Circus. Learn about Mr. Binder's adventures in creative business and social entrepreneurship, and how he started one of the world's most successful circuses.

Mr. Binder plans to share his story as well as stimulate our natural creative tendencies and encourage us to tolerate uncertainty and be excited about the possibilities in front of us. See Mr. Binder's full bio here: http://www.paulbindercircus.com/about.html.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

Monday, September 24, 2012
10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

Dr. James Mwangi, Managing Director & CEO, Equity Bank Limited will be speaking. Equity Bank was founded as Equity Building Society (EBS) in October 1984 and was originally a provider of mortgage financing for the majority of customers who fell into the low income population. The society’s logo, a modest house with a brown roof, resonates with its target market and their determination to make small but steady gains toward a better life, seeking security and advancement of their dreams. The vast majority of Africans have historically been excluded from access to financial resources. Having been declared technically insolvent in 1993, Equity’s transformation into a rapidly growing microfinance and then a commercial bank is widely considered to be an inspirational success story. By 2012, Equity Bank had more than 8 million customers making it the largest bank in terms of customer base in Africa and having nearly half of bank accounts in Kenya. The company’s vision is “to be the champion of the socio-economic prosperity of the people of Africa."

Equity Bank retains a passionate commitment to empowering its clients to transform their lives and livelihoods. Through a business model that is anchored on access, convenience and flexibility, the Bank has evolved to become an all-inclusive financial services provider with a growing pan African footprint. Equity Bank’s business model and its visionary leadership has continued to earn local, regional and global accolades and recognitions. The model is also studied in some of the leading business schools in the world, as other developing countries in Africa and Asia seek to learn from Equity’s low margin, high-volume model.

Organized by the International Development Club.

Saturday, September 22, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Please join SEP Staff, Faculty and first and second year students at the Catskills home of Professor Ray Horton, Founder of the Social Enterprise Program, for a day of eating, drinking and general merriment. Last year over 100 people attended.

This event is sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

If you want to learn more about the Social Enterprise Program and the clubs/initiatives under its umbrella, please join us for the Kick-off where the clubs/initiatives listed below will be highlighted. After an initial presentation, we will break out into separate groups for an informal discussion with club members and officers to answer your questions and talk about how you can get involved.

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

Organized by the Social Enterprise Program.

Friday, September 14, 2012
Columbia University Alumni Center

Come and speak with Jing Chu and William Jaffray, two energy engineers from Associated Renewable, and learn about a company that provides strategic sustainability consulting to public and private organizations. Associated Renewal focuses on guiding organizations in being energy efficient, utilizing sustainable energy sources, and lowering their carbon footprint.

This event was sponsored by the Columbia Earth Institute

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
5:45-6:45 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 303 

Come hear the inside scoop from a panel of second-years about career paths, job functions, lifestyle and more. Stay for breakout networking among the four areas of Green Business.

The panelists include:

  • Internal Strategy, Alternative Energy - Danny Mintzer ’13 (Interned at NRG; Co-President GBC)
  • Banking - Diana Yen ’13 (Interned at Wells Fargo; Co-President Energy Club)
  • Finance - Jason Levy ’13 (Interned at GE Energy-Private Equity)
  • Leadership Programs - Rafael Albornoz ’13 (Interned at Hess)
  • Renewables - Rebby Bliss ’13 (Interned at Karbone, CCI; Co-President GBC)

This event was sponsored by the Career Management Center.

September 10, 2012
Warren Hall, Room 208

Come hear the inside scoop from a panel of second-years about career paths, job functions, lifestyle and more. Stay for breakout networking among the four areas of Social Enterprise.

  • The panelists include:
  • Non-Profit & Public Mgmt - Beth Mitchell ’13 (Interned at Blue Ridge Foundation, Co-President SEC)
  • CSR/ Sustainability - Purvi Patel ’13 (Interned at AT&T)
  • Int'l Development & Emerging Markets - Mark Santangelo ’13 (Interned at I-Dev)
  • Social Entrepreneurship - Sara Levin ’13 (Interned at SalaUno)

This event was sponsored by the Career Management Center.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Faculty House

Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2012 Summer Fellows. These 46 students spent the summer working with various public and nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and social ventures. Read more about the 2012 Summer Fellows. This event is being held in conjunction with the Fall 2012 Columbia Career Network Kick-Off Cocktail Reception, an industry-based student/alumni networking event to welcome the incoming class of 2014 Columbia Business School students.

This event is co-sponsored by the Career Management Center and the Social Enterprise Program.

Thursday August 2,2012
5:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Calder Lounge, Uris Hall

The movie, Zara, comes to us from the third largest movie industry in the world, fondly known as Nollywood. It is a light-hearted fun movie that provides a sense of some aspects of living and working in modern day Nigeria. We will follow with an informal discussion afterwards on thoughts and perceptions about doing business in Africa.

Organized by the International Development Club.

Sunday, July 1, 2012
Sheep Meadow, Central Park

This event is an opportunity for recent grads (‘12), current students (‘13), and entering students (‘14) to mix, mingle, and reconnect.

Although we will provide some snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, please bring blankets, partners, friends, and supplementary food and drinks.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club.

June 5th, 2012
6-8 p.m.
The Rockefeller Foundation
420 Fifth Ave, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 

Join Antony Bugg-Levine, author of Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference, as he leads a discussion on developing and training the next generation to take on leadership and professional roles in the field of impact investing. This discussion aims to address current industry trends and career transition strategies to enable professionals interested in this field to develop experience and skills to build careers in this emerging field. Topics include:

  • What are the latest developments in the field of Impact Investing?
  • What strategies do successful fund managers use to achieve positive social, environmental, and financial returns?
  • What backgrounds, education, and experiences have enabled professionals to break into the field of impact investing?  

Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund & Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School


  • Bruce Usher, Co-director of the Social Enterprise Program and an Executive-in-Residence at Columbia Business School
  • Margot Brandenburg, Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation
  • John Walker '08, Finance Director at Echoing Green & Adjunct Professor at Columbia SIPA
  • Kesha Cash '10, Director of Investments at Jalia Ventures

Copies of Antony Bugg-Levine’s book, Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference, will be available for purchase at the event. Wine and refreshments available prior to the panel discussion.

This event was sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 307

In the U.S. today, entrepreneurs and small businesses struggle to access capital. Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization and the Social Enterprise Club invite you to lunch, where David Drake and Douglas Ellenoff will be kicking off a discussion on the JOBS Act, crowd-funding, and the ensuing effects on access to capital. 

David Drake,
Founder & Chairman, LDJ Capital; Co-founder, Crowd Funding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA); Co-founder & Executive Committee Board Member, Crowd Funding Professional Organization (CFPA); Co-founder, The SoHo Loft Capital Creation Event Series

Douglas Ellenoff, Partner, Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP; Corporate and securities attorney, specializing in IPOs, SPOs, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance.
This event was co-sponsored by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization and the Social Enterprise Club. 

Monday, June 4, 2012
6 - 8 p.m.
Feldberg Space, Warren Hall

Despite increased interest in the “missing middle”, gaps still exist in the levels of financing available to early stage enterprises in emerging markets. Very few organizations are willing or able to fund businesses at the $25K - $500K range, even though this is a critical stage of financing for enterprises. How can this gap be filled to make sure businesses access the capital they need to grow? Can syndication of capital, or other investment vehicles that replace equity and debt, be more aligned with the growth phases of SMEs? How can we create better pipeline of investible deals?

Joyce Chang, Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets and Global Credit Research at JPMorgan

  • Paul E. Tierney, Partner at Aperture Ventures and Development Capital & Chairman of TechnoServe
  • Amie Patel, Investment Officer at Soros Economic Development Fund
  • Ben Powell '05 , Founder and CEO of Agora Partnerships
  • Will Haughey, Co-Founder of Tegu and Agora Entrepreneur

Watch the panel here!