Social Enterprise in the News

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Highlighting Tamer Center for Social Enterprise initiatives, ideas, alumni, and faculty members featured in the news.

May 2022

What’s Next for SEC’s Proposed Climate Disclosure Regulation?
Bloomberg, May 2, 2022

Professors Shivaram Rajgopal and Bruce Usher write about how the new SEC climate disclosure proposal — if finalized — could motivate companies to increase investment in technologies that both reduce emissions and improve voluntary disclosure of their climate risks.

2022 Best & Brightest MBA: Katherine Boorstein, Columbia Business School
Poets & Quants, May 1, 2022
Katherine Boorstein ’22's proudest CBS achievement was serving in the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program for the nonprofit Harlem Chamber Players (THCP), where she proposed a new board structure that the organization implemented.

April 2022

Local Leaders Visit New Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center on Manhattanville Campus
Columbia University: Neighbors, April 5, 2022
Senior director Gwen Shufro ’06 joined local elected and community leaders and other representatives from Columbia to tour the new Manhattanville campus and learn more about the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center.

March 2022

Inflation Is at a 40-year High. Is Clean Energy the Solution?
Grist, March 15, 2022
Although fossil fuel prices have tended to go up over time, "if you put up a solar power station . . . then you have free electricity for the next 25 years. There are no running costs — there are no fuel costs that have to go up," said Professor Geoffrey Heal.

City Pediatricians Look to Scale Clinical Model Embedded in Social Services
Crain's New York, March 9, 2022
Drs. Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo, ’11PH; Suzette Brown; and Nicole Brown left their careers in academic institutions to found Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio venture Strong Children Wellness, a holistic care model that connects underserved families to health and social services through community partnerships. Now, they are looking to expand their model.

Wealthy Donors of Color Talk About What Motivates Their Giving in New Report
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 9, 2022
S. Mona Sinha ’93, center advisory board member, said that donors of color often face the same barriers as grantees do.

BlocPower Is Turning Every Home Into the Equivalent of a Tesla
Fast Company, March 8, 2022
Cleantech startup Blocpower, where Donnel Baird ’13 is CEO, is addressing climate change by giving homeowners in underserved communities the opportunity to electrify their buildings.

Business Playbook: How to Work Toward Net-zero Carbon Emissions
Yahoo!, March 8, 2022
Professor Bruce Usher commented that the global transition to clean enery is underway and that "[t]he sooner you get started on it, the more likely you can do it at a lower cost and more intelligently, and come up with the best practices for your business." 

Circular Kids’ Clothing Startup Earns B Corp Status
Sourcing Journal, March 7, 2022
Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Borobabi (co-founded by Carolyn Butler ’18), a circular children’s retailer that allows parents to buy and rent pre-owned apparel for growing infants and toddlers, achieved B Corp status through its unique business model and commitment to sustainably made garments. 

CEOs Must Be Ready to Talk About Russia's Invasion of Ukraine, Consultants Say. Here Are Three Pitfalls They Should Avoid
Business Insider, March 3, 2022
"It is increasingly important that leaders create a culture in which employees feel safe and supported at their workplace . . . CEOs should offer recognition that this may be a trying time for employees and offer a safe and nonjudgmental space for employees to talk about the issues that may be on their mind," said Professor Vanessa Burbano, in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

February 2022

Mayor Adams Announces Record 100,000 Summer Youth Employment Opportunities From Harlem To Hollis
Harlem World Magazine, February 19, 2022
"[The Summer Youth Employment Program] offers youth opportunities to develop their talents, determine their goals, and establish strong relationships. For many youth in the neighborhoods Children’s Aid serves, this is their only opportunity to gain access to workforce experience and exposure to a network of professionals. I applaud the mayor for this investment and we look forward to supporting it over the summer," said Phoebe Boyer ’93, president and CEO of Children’s Aid, in response to Mayor Adams's announcement that NYC will support a record 100,000 summer job opportunities.

Mayor Adams Convenes Second Business Leadership Council Meeting to Discuss Productive Partnership Between Business Community and City Hall
NYC Gov, February 17, 2022
Nina Tandon ’12, CEO of EpiBone, was named to Mayor Adams's Business Leadership Council, which creates ways to better aid New York’s economic recovery, including expanding the Summer Youth Employment Program and focusing on public safety.

Notable Black Leaders
Crain's New York, February 15, 2022
Donnel Baird ’13, CEO of cleantech startup Blocpower, was included on this list of talented and accomplished Black leaders "whose professional and communal achievements enhance New York City and the lives of its inhabitants."

Are Wind and Solar Power Really More Expensive and Less Reliable?
Columbia Climate School: State of the Planet, February 10, 2022
Professor Bruce Usher underscores that the myths about renewable energy are based on prices and performance that are typically outdated.

Celebrating the City's Black Business Leaders
Crain's New York, February 7, 2022
Donnel Baird ’13, Blocpower CEO, and Kelly Ifill ’17, founder and CEO of Guava, were both included in this list of prominent Black leaders who are solving some of the city's most pressing issues, such as climate change and injustice and economic inequality.

Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Edward Patterson, Columbia Business School
Poets & Quants, February 5, 2022
Edward Patterson ’23 was most excited to join the School because of the center's "unparalleled access and experiential learning opportunities." He credits the social enterprise curriculum, clubs, and internships with giving him an advantage in the industry, including using these learned skills to start a nonprofit to "remove the barriers placed on children in underserved communities and provide a space for kids to channel their passions into long-term success."

Meet Columbia Business School’s MBA Class Of 2023
Poets & Quants, February 5, 2022
Letty Perez ’21 credits Professor Todd Jick's courses with being a top reason to apply to Columbia Business School, including the course Bridging the American Divides, co-taught with Professor Bruce Usher. The course provides a better understanding of the causes and consequences of American divides — such as educational and political divides — and what students can do as future business leaders to help bridge them.

Amanda Carlson, assistant dean of admissions, said that one of the most popular elective courses at the School is Modern Political Economy, which was previously taught by Professor Ray Horton, founder of the Social Enterprise Program and a recipient of the Presidential Teaching Award in 2020. The course helps students understand, predict, adapt to, and shape the evolving world of the political economy from the various views that they will hold during their careers. The course is now co-taught by Professors Glenn Hubbard and Tano Santos.

Black Founders Working to Make the Financial System More Equitable
Inc., February 1, 2022
Entrepreneur Kelly Ifill ’17, founder and CEO of Guava, is helping Black-owned businesses gain access to startup capital such as banking, community building, and assistance with lower-barrier loans. 

January 2022

Mayor Adams Announces Appointments of Climate Leadership Team, Streamlines Multiple City Environmental Agencies Into One
NYC Gov, January 31, 2022
Mayor Adams appointed Rohit Aggarwala ’00, senior advisor at Sidewalk Labs, as chief climate officer and commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to protect the city from climate dangers.

How Do Top-up Loans Work?
Forbes, January 28, 2022
Hardika Shah ’09, founder and CEO of the fintech company Kinara Capital, broke down how top-up loan offers are available to businesses as well.

10 Business Schools To Watch In 2022
Poets & Quants, January 17, 2022
The School's courses in cleantech, climate finance, new energy market development, and sustainability finance are "rooted in social necessity as much as student demand," says Dean Costis Maglaras, who views the climate crisis as a new opportunity for business.

Brooklyn Startup BlocPower Raises $30M From Microsoft in Mission to ‘Turn Buildings into Teslas’
Crain's New York, January 14, 2022
BlocPower, where Donnel Baird ’13 is CEO, received a $30M investment from Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund, which will support the venture's electrification services and decarbonization efforts to retrofit buildings for low- and middle-income residents.

What’s Still Misunderstood About Carbon Markets: Q&A With Professor Bruce Usher
Columbia Business School: Leading Through Change, January 11, 2022
Professor Bruce Usher explained why it’s not necessarily bad if carbon markets shift emissions, and what is crucial to creating an effective carbon market.

Even My Business School Students Have Doubts About Capitalism
The Atlantic, January 2, 2022
Students in Professor Glenn Hubbard's Modern Political Economy class this past fall raised concerns that business leaders are too far removed from the communities that are affected by companies’ actions. Instead, students seek broader social support to maximize economic opportunities for everyone.