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Lindsay Pollak '08 during a study tour to Rwanda.
Many student clubs and leadership groups at the School feature events and activities which explore social and environmental issues. Student clubs work with the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise to plan events, contact alumni and practitioners, and access resources and other areas of the School and University.
The Social Enterprise Club (SEC) organizes lectures, panel discussions, mentoring activities, networking events, and access to career resources. The club is a chapter of Net Impact, an international network of business leaders committed to using the power of business to create a better world. SEC members may participate in initiatives including:
- the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program (NBLP) which matches MBA students with alumni nonprofit board members and provides training, project and networking opportunities related to board service;
- Pangea Advisors, the international pro bono consulting group that provides field opportunities for MBA teams to travel to, and develop recommendations for clients on innovative and impactful practices; and
- Microlumbia the student-run impact investment fund that makes investments, and provides pro bono advisory services and due diligence assistance to microfinance institutions, social enterprises, impact investment funds and their portfolio companies.
The Green Business Club (GBC) engages students, the Columbia Business School community, and business leaders across industries on the intersection of business and sustainability. The GBC organizes events and discussion forums on emerging triple-bottom-line business issues; provides connections and career resources related to business; and advocates for sustainable practices in our own community through campus greening projects.
The Small Business Consulting Program (SBCP) engages MBA students in pro bono consulting, from developing business plans to market research, for local startups and nonprofits. Consulting teams receive feedback and guidance from strategy consulting firms. For additional information about the SBCP or to submit an application for your organization, please contact the VP of Client Services.
Other Student Organizations
At Columbia Business School
Students also join many other industry and interest area groups which support events relevant to social enterprise, including: the Africana Association, Black Business Student Association, Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization, Columbia Women in Business, Dual-Degree Student Association, Energy Club, Private Equity and Venture Capital Club, Latin American Business Association, Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board, Community Action Rewards Everyone (CARE), and Columbia Political and World Affairs Club. For a full list, please see the groups and clubs list from the Office of Student Affairs.
Students at the annual Net Impact Conference.
At Columbia University
There are many student groups across the entire university whose students are interested in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise. Among these are the student organizations affiliated with the University's Sustainability Office, the Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE), Engineers Without Borders, the Columbia Social Entrepreneurship Group (CSEG), Columbia Impact Initiative (Ci3), Law Students for Social Enterprise, Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID) and more. For a full listing of all Columbia University student organizations, please click here.