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Columbia Business School's Executive Education division announced today a new "social enterprise" category of program offerings that will house open enrollment and customized programs for the nonprofit and public sectors. These programs will draw heavily on the resources of Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Program for MBA and EMBA students.
Executive Education will have increased access to the faculty, curriculum and facilities of the Social Enterprise Program, as well as its extensive network of practitioners from New York City's nonprofit, government and business communities. These shared resources will facilitate a broader range of programming, including programs open to—or designed for—business in areas such as emissions trading and alternative energy.
This shift to social enterprise—defined at Columbia as the application of business management skills to the solution of social problems—will enable Executive Education to expand its services to New York City's community-based nonprofits, while providing distinguished programs to other nonprofits, government agencies and businesses at the local, national and international levels.
In 2009, offerings will include current not-for-profit open programs (Executive Level and Middle Management Programs) and the Ariane de Rothschild Fellows Program: Dialogue and Social Entrepreneurship. Current custom offerings include programs for the New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, UJA-Federation of New York, Girl Scouts of the USA, Center for Curatorial Leadership and the King Khalid Foundation.
Raymond D. Horton, the Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Ethics and Corporate Governance at Columbia Business School, is the faculty director of Social Enterprise programs within the Executive Education division.
"Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Program has a rich history of delivering innovative solutions to social challenges and is an influential component of our MBA and EMBA programs," Professor Horton said. "By bringing the program's resources to Executive Education, we increase the School's capacity to empower individuals and organizations in the public, nonprofit and private sectors to maximize their social impact."
Executive Education's offerings geared to the nonprofit sector were formerly administered through the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, founded in 1976 by Thomas P. Ference, Clinical Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health. The Institute for Not-for-Profit Management will now refer to a four-week open enrollment Executive Level Program. Professor Ference will continue to direct this program as well as a portfolio of custom programs.
"We are excited about the range of opportunities for both our current and new programs under the Social Enterprise umbrella," said Troy Eggers, Associate Dean of Columbia Business School Executive Education. "We look forward to serving the nonprofit and public sectors in new and meaningful ways."
About Columbia Business School Executive Education
Columbia Business School's renowned Executive Education creates a bridge between theory and practice by offering programs that deliver a rich, global perspective to organizations drawn from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Columbia's nondegree open-enrollment programs address individual development needs in leadership and strategy, marketing, and finance, providing executives with an understanding of powerful new academic approaches and their application to achieve results. Columbia Business School partners with custom clients on designing and executing organizational initiatives that enable a critical number of top-level executives to meet their organization's strategic goals. For more information, please visit www.gsb.columbia.edu/execed