Social Enterprise in the News 2018

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

December 2018

Overheating in New York City Apartments Leads Tenants to Throw Money out the Window
Environmental Defense Fund, December 21, 2018
This article, on how most NYC buildings still burn fossil fuels for heating, giving off harmful greenhouse gas emissions, mentions Radiator Labs, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member founded by Marshall Cox ’13SEAS PhD, and how it is one of a number of companies seeking to address the problem by granting temperature control to the tenants. Read more.

Phoebe Boyer ’93: Helping Children to Learn, Grow, and Lead
Columbia Bizcast, December 17, 2018
Phoebe Boyer ’93 is the president and CEO of Children's Aid, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofits serving children. Phoebe studied nonprofit management at the School and earned the Joanne Martin Academic Award for Public and Nonprofit Management upon graduation. Read more.

November 2018

Wholeness and Health
Columbia Business School News, November 29, 2018
Shoshanah Brown ’04, CEO of AIRnyc works to bring home healthcare to underserved New York City communities. Read more.

Eat Offbeat: Helping Adventurous Eaters Find Refuge
Columbia Bizcast, November 20, 2018
Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Eat Offbeat, founded by Wissam Kahi ’04 and Manal Kahi, ’15SIPA, is a catering company that hires home cooks who are refugees settled in New York City, and trains them to be chefs. Read more.

As Inmates, They Fight California’s Fires. As Ex-Convicts, Their Firefighting Prospects Wilt
The New York Times, November 15, 2018
Root & Rebound, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member founded by Katherine Katcher, ’07CC, is mentionted in this article on how formerly incarcerated people find it difficult to join the ranks of professional firefighters, as some fire departments bar people with certain criminal backgrounds. Read more.

How Your Charitable Work Benefits Your Employer
Ideas and Insights, November 13, 2018
Professor Vanessa Burbano's research shows that pro bono work trains you to be more successful and gives your employer information about how you will perform in a more senior role. Read more.

October 2018

Amazon Invests $10 Million in Closed Loop Fund to Increase Recycling Rates across the Country
Business Wire, October 16, 2018
Amazon announced that it will invest $10MM in Closed Loop Fund to support recycling infrastructure in the U.S. Professor Ron Gonen ’04 is CEO of Closed Loop Fund. Read more.

Growing Green
Ideas and Insights, October 16, 2018
Kaushik Kappagantula ’17, founder of Kheyti, a Tamer Fund for Social Venturs portfolio member, discusses how the venture is helping to ease poverty in rural India. Read more.

The Business Students of Today Want to 'Do Well by Doing Good'
CNN, October 8, 2018
Katie Leonberger ’08, president and CEO of Community Resource Exchange, and David del Ser ’08, fintech director of Bankable Frontier Associates, knew they "wanted to do well by doing good," which is what led them to co-found Microlumbia, the student-run impact investment fund at the School. This year’s co-president, Jesus Salas ’19, is also quoted here on how the fund typically invests $20,000 to $25,000 with an interest rate of 5% to 15% in microfinance organizations. Read more.

September 2018

Kilroy Realty Heading to Carbon Neutral Status by 2020
Nareit, September 27, 2018
Sara Neff ’10, vice president of sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation, is interviewed in this podcast on how the company plans to become carbon neutral by 2020. Read more.

Home-Grown Sustainability
Ideas and Insights, September 24, 2018
A profile on Nathan Littlewood ’17, co-founder and CEO of Urban Leaf, a company that sells indoor gardening kits with the materials needed to grow edible herbs and flowers in repurposed glass bottles. Read more.

Innovators With Impact
Columbia Magazine, September 10, 2018
Thomas Campbell ’09, principal of Thorobird Companies; Rachel Barnard, ’11GSAPP, executive director of Young New Yorkers and a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member, and April Tam Smith ’10, founder of P.S. Kitchen, are featured for their social entrepreneurship in tackling injustice and inequality in New York City. Read more.

August 2018

How Vacations Can Fuel Sustainable Economic Activities
Ideas and Insights, August 7, 2018
Professor Geoffrey Heal wrote this piece on how ecotourism can be a powerful force for economic good. Read more.

New York's Growing 'Tech for Good' Community
Crain's, August 7, 2018
Sandra Navalli ’03, is quoted in this article on how ventures that both profit and serve a social purpose are growing in NYC. Read more.

July 2018

An Overlooked Way to Stay out of the Hospital
Crain's, July 31, 2018
Shoshanah Brown ’04, CEO of AIRnyc, wrote a letter to the editor on how community-based organizations are important resources in the strategy to improve patient and physician engagement. Read more.

Carbon Taxes a Mixed Blessing for the Climate
The Hill, July 29, 2018
Professor Geoffrey Heal discusses the need for a carbon tax to combat climate change. Read more.

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Development: Science Speaks Directly to Business
Columbia Business School News, July 6, 2018
The most current research on ice sheet and sea level rise trends shows the near-term implications for coastal property. This article, on how these trends affect returns, creating both investment risks and opportunities for investors and business leaders, features insights from Professors Geoffrey Heal, Christopher Mayer, and Bruce Usher. Read more.

June 2018

Opportunity for Refugees, Nourishment for New Yorkers
WNYC, June 20, 2018
An article on how Eat Offbeat, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member, is addressing the topic of immigration by providing culinary careers to refugees. Read more.

Southeast Bank, Praava Health Ink Deal
Daily Sun, June 13, 2018
Praava Health signed an agreement with Southeast Bank Limited. Credit card members and their dependents will get a 20 percent discount and 0 percent EMI facilities for up to 12 months for various medical services. Read more.

May 2018

Why Your Company Should Be More Socially Responsible
Forbes, May 30, 2018
Elizabeth Maw ’01, CEO of Net Impact, is quoted here on how sustainability is critical to the success of a business as communities address global issues. She says the business case for engaging in corporate social responsibility is obvious. Read more.

Revlon Just Named Its First Woman CEO
Fast Company, May 23, 2018
Center advisory board member Debra Perelman ’00, was named Revlon's first female CEO. She has held leadership roles and overseen strategy at both Revlon and the investment firm MacAndrews & Forbes. Read more.

Why CBS Podcast: Clare Murray ’17
Ideas and Insights, May 21, 2018
A podcast with Clare Murray ’17, on the trends driving impact investing. Murray now works at LeapFrog, a private equity firm that targets socially responsible investments in Asia and Africa. Read more.

Kesha Cash
Fast Company, May 2, 2018
Kesha Cash ’10, founder of Impact America Fund, was named one of the most creative people of 2018 by Fast Company. Read more.

April 2018

Can Businesses Help Fix the Incarceration Crisis?
Ideas and Insights, April 30, 2018
The Reentry Acceleration Program (REAP) is training MBA students to deliver business courses in prison, and is engaging with the business community to change policies and processes around hiring formerly incarcerated people. Read more.

Why CBS Podcast: Ethan Brown ’08
Ideas and Insights, April 16, 2018
Ethan Brown ’08, is interviewed in this podcast on how he transitioned from a career in clean tech to founding Beyond Meat, a 100% plant-based product that serves as an alternative to meat. Read more.

Innovative Greenhouses Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change
National Geographic, April 11, 2018
An article on how Kheyti, a Hyderabad-based Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member, creates jobs for women and equips farmers with the tools they need to adapt to climate change. Read more.

City Health Works' Community Health Worker Model Awarded $2 Million Grant
Modern Healthcare, April 10, 2018
City Health Works, founded by Manmeet Kaur ’12, received a $2 million grant to expand its reach throughout New York City. The Harlem startup serves 400 patients with health conditions and provides health coaching, case analysis, and report generation for clinicians and service agencies. Read more.

Why CBS Podcast: April Tam Smith ’10
Publication, April 9, 2018
A podcast with April Tam Smith ’10, on creating a plant-based social impact restaurant that gives 100% of profits to charity and hires formerly incarcerated individuals. Read more.

March 2018

30 Under 30: Finance and Venture Capital
Forbes, March 26, 2018
Clare Murray ’17, was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Asia. As director of strategy at the private equity firm LeapFrog, she oversees strategic initiatives that facilitate growth in Asia and Africa. LeapFrog invests in businesses that provide critical financial and healthcare services to low-income consumers. Read more.

How a Toilet That Vaporizes Poop Might Transform the World
The Daily Beast, March 23, 2018
An article on Diana Yousef, ’03BUS, ’04SIPA, and how her venture, change:WATER Labs, created the iThrone, a portable, flushable, evaporative, and waterless toilet. Read more.

February 2018

Women in Private Equity to Know: Elizabeth Burgess
JD Supra, February 23, 2018
An interview with Elizabeth Burgess ’97, a leader in private equity who is partner and head of the U.S. Sustainable Growth Fund for Bridges Fund Management. Read more.

Head and Heart: A Few Questions for Amy Houston of the Robin Hood Foundation
Inside Philanthropy, February 9, 2018
Professor Amy Houston, former managing director at Robin Hood, discusses fundraising in the nonprofit sector. Read more.

Food Tech’s Ethan Brown ’08 Tackles Sustainability, One Plant-Based Burger at a Time
Ideas and Insights, February 6, 2018
An article on how Ethan Brown ’08, founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, felt compelled to approach sustainability by addressing the environmental and healthcare concerns around consumers' dependence on meat. Read more.

January 2018

Q&A with Entrepreneur & Sustainability Expert, Jane Mosbacher Morris
Thrive Global, January 26, 2018
An interview with Jane Mosbacher Morris ’12, founder and CEO of To the Market, which connects ethical producers around the world with consumers and businesses that seek to make a social impact. Read more.

Daniel A. Nissenbaum Named President and CEO of the Low Income Investment Fund
LIIF, January 10, 2018
Dan Nissenbaum ’88, is leading the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF). LIIF is one of the largest investors in low-income neighborhoods throughout the U.S. today. Read more.

This Startup's Tech Could be Tipping Point in our Fight against Plastic Pollution
Economic Times, Janaury 4, 2018
Professor Ron Gonen ’04, and CEO of Closed Loop Fund, served as an advisor to Banyan Nation—co-founded by Mani Vajipeyajula ’13—which manufactures a plastic from post-consumer and post-industrial waste. Read more.

MBA Prof Of 2017: Darden’s Greg Fairchild
Poets and Quants, January 1, 2018
Professor Greg Fairchild, ’02BUS PhD, was named professor of the year by Poets and Quants for his work on bringing teaching and scholarship to incarcerated individuals in a Virginia state correctional facility. He has been a critical partner in launching the Reentry Acceleration Program (REAP). Read more.