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

July 2019

2019 Best EMBAs: T. Robert Zochowski, Columbia Business School
Poets & Quants, July 1, 2019
T. Robert Zochowski ’19 was selected as one of the 100 Best and Brightest Executive MBAs for his commitment to the field of social enterprise. Robert was honored with the Carson Family Changemaker Award in 2019 and was involved in the center's Nonprofit Board Leadership Program, Social Enterprise Club, and Green Business Club. Read more.

June 2019

Why Serving on a Nonprofit Junior Board is Essential
Columbia Business School Newsroom, June 20, 2019
Lindy Gould ’19, Natasha Gabbay ’20, and Kyle Wetzold ’20 share their thoughts on how serving on a nonprofit junior board supports your career while also affording opportunities to give back to the community & network with like-minded peers. Read more.

Theatre Row Appoints New Leadership
Broadway World, June 18, 2019
Josh Landay ’18 has joined Building for the Arts, the nonprofit that administers and programs Theatre Row (the off-Broadway complex), as chief of staff. Josh has built a career in arts and media strategy, nonprofit program direction, arts education, and onstage performance. Read more.

To Reach its Economic Dreams, Bangladesh Needs to Rethink Healthcare
Council on Foreign Relations, June 17, 2019
Sylvana Q. Sinha, ’04LAW, founder of Praava Health (a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member) wrote this piece on how the venture is raising the bar for healthcare in Bangladesh through international-standard doctors, diagnostics and technology, and a value-based care model that puts patients first. Read

This Refugee-Run Catering Company Cures Homesickness With Hummus
Mother Jones, June 14, 2019
A profile of one of the chefs at Eat Offbeat, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portoflio member that provides culinary employment opportunity for refugees. Read more.

Knitwear Company Stitches Together an At-Home Workforce
The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2019
Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member ALTRD, co-founded by Stephanie Estey, ’10BC, is mentioned in this article on luxury retailers that employ immigrants to perform customer alterations such as hemming. Read more.

Going Fossil-Free May Be Cheaper Than You Think
Ideas and Insights, June 7, 2019
Featuring insights from Professors Geoffrey Heal and Bruce Usher, this article examines how the United States and China are rapidly transitioning to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar and if it will be fast enough to help avert catastrophic climate change. Read more.

What Economists Think About Democrats' New Education Proposals
NPR: Planet Money, June 4, 2019
Professor Jonah Rockoff is one of several economists trying to quantify how vaulable teachers are and posits that teacher pay should be tied to classroom performance. Read more.

Would You Survive Parole?
Columbia Magazine, June 1, 2019
This article recounts a simulation the center hosted with Reinventing Reentry and Hour Children, which captured the frustrations of reclaiming a life after prison. Read more.

May 2019

Delivering a Solution to Hunger
Ideas and Insights, May 16, 2019
Mohsin Memon ’14 and Dilip Rao ’17 started food-ordering platform Sharebite as a way for companies to help employees do good while ordering takeout. Read more.

Laws Capping Building Emissions Could be Gold for Proptech
Crain's, May 7, 2019
Donnel Baird ’13, CEO of BlocPower, and Marshall Cox, ’13SEAS PhD, founder of Radiator Labs (a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member), are both profiled in this article on how laws that cap building emissions will promote investment and growth in green tech. Read more.

Beyond Meat More than Doubles in Trading Debut
Financial Times, May 2, 2019
Beyond Meat, founded by Ethan Brown ’08, shares more than doubled on their debut on Nasdaq. The group’s shares opened at $46 and surged as high as $72.95. Read more.

April 2019

Russell L. Carson is Recipient of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership
Philanthropy Roundtable, April 2019
Russell L. Carson ’67 was selected as the 2019 recipient of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, which personifies the ideals of personal responsibility, resourcefulness, volunteerism, scholarship, individual freedom, and helping people to help themselves. Read the interview on how he applies his years in business to selecting leaders and investments in philanthropy hereRead more.

2019 Best 40 Under 40 Professors: Vanessa Burbano, Columbia Business School
Poets & Quants, April 22, 2019
Professor Vanessa Burbano is named one of the Best 40 Under 40 Professors for her focus on corporate social responsibility and the impact it has on employee motivation and behavior. Read more.

How Bonbouton’s Connected Insoles Track Health And Keep Data Secure
PYMNTS April 17, 2019
Linh Le, ’09SEAS, CEO and founder of Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Bonbouton, explains the challenges IoT companies face in becoming the intermediary between patients and healthcare providers. Read more.

The Secret to Changing the World Is in Your Wallet
Ideas and Insights, April 15, 2019
Buy the Change You Want to See, by Jane Mosbacher Morris ’12, is a roadmap to ethical consumption for the average shopper. Read more.

March 2019

Crain's 40 Under 40: Manmeet Kaur, 36
Crain's, March 25, 2019
Manmeet Kaur ’12, founder and CEO of City Health Works, was named 40 Under 40 for the Harlem-based organization making community health workers an integral part of the health system. Read more.

Techstars Looks for Startups to Help Mitigate Mounting Social and Environmental Risks
Impact Alpha, March 18, 2019
In this article on how the new opportunity in tech accelerators being social and environmental risks, Kesha Cash ’10, founder of Impact America Fund, spoke to how her fund targets firms using technology to create jobs and opportunities in low-income U.S. communities. Read more.

Foundations Need to Judge Themselves on More Than What They Fund
Fast Company, March 18, 2019
Professor Melissa Berman, advisory board member of the center and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is quoted in this article on how big foundations are being encouraged to not just consider the success of their grantees, but to also audit themselves to see what effect they are having more broadly than just giving money. Read more.

Small Bookstore, Big Mission
Ideas and Insights, March 4, 2019
An article on how Words Bookstore, founded by Jonah Zimiles ’08, embraces the autism community and its stories. Read more.

Aligning Resources for Good: Incorporating SRI into a Philanthropic Framework
Green Money, March 4, 2019
Professor Melissa Berman, advisory board member of the center and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, wrote this piece on how philanthropy is quickly transforming to incorporate advocacy and investing, presenting opportunities to create change. Read more.

February 2019

PG&E Bankruptcy and the Coming Climate-related Business Failure
The New Yorker, February 26, 2019
In this article on the business failures related to climate change, Professor Bruce Usher foresees three kinds of climate-related risks that may cause companies to fail in the future: physical risks, policy-related risks, and technological risks. Read more.

Business and the Effects of Global Warming
The Economist, February 21, 2019
Peter deMenocal, the center's Climate Science and Investment Conference partner at the Earth Institute, is mentioned in this article on how many companies are not tackling the results of global warming, and that the annual conference brings executives and investors together with academics to understand how new advances in climate science can inform investments in specific sectors of the global economy. Read more.

WRI: Investors Face Significant Sustainability Data Hurdles
Environmental Leader, February 15, 2019
Giulia Christianson ’11, senior associate at the World Resources Institute and head of sustainable investing for the global research nonprofit, conducted an analysis that found that investors still face significant sustainability data challenges. Read more.

Fighting Climate Change May Be Easier Than We Think
CNN, February 12, 2019
Professor Geoffrey Heal wrote an op-ed on how combatting climate change by generating electric power without fossil fuels may be less expensive and easier than originally thought to be. Read more.

January 2019

Reasons to Be Upbeat about Clean Energy
Ideas and Insights, January 15, 2019
Professor Bruce Usher discusses his new book Renewable Energy: A Primer for the Twenty-First Century on how the transition to renewable energy is happening faster than many realize and that it is quickly replacing fossil fuels as the world’s primary source of energy. Read more.