Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the conference? How do I get there?

The 2016 Social Enterprise Conference will be held at Columbia University’s Alfred Lerner Hall, Auditorium (2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027), which is easily accessible by subway or taxi. For more information, please review our information page here.

Who typically attends the conference?

The Conference attracts professionals and alumni from all sectors (business, nonprofit and public) and students interested in business and social impact. We expect to host about 700 attendees.

Where can I find a copy of the conference program and session descriptions?

In order to reduce paper use, all materials are only available online including the program at a glance and speaker biographies. In addition, up-to-date information will be posted on our mobile conference app.

How do I download the conference app?

The Social Enterprise Conference is Digital! Get full program details with our Social Enterprise Conference mobile app, powered by Whova, or on the website. Download Whova from your phone’s app store, search for “2016 Social Enterprise Conference,” and enter SECONF as the invitation code.

Where can I get assistance at the conference for app troubleshooting?

Volunteers will be located in the lobby area near registration. Anyone wearing the Columbia Business School pin can assist you in downloading the app.

I am a member of the press/media, am I able to get a press pass for this event?

For information on press passes, please email Hannah Slow at

I’m from out of town; do you have a list of recommendations for a
bar/museum/restaurant/hotel/gym etc.?

Welcome to New York! For travel and accommodation information, please check out some of our wonderful travel sites:
Time Out:
NYC Visitors Guide:

How do I get around in New York?

Please review the MTA site for information on New York’s subway, bus, rail, and bridges & tunnels, Are you driving into Manhattan? You may park on the streets around Columbia University’s campus or use the local parking garages. The garages are listed here.

How do I qualify for an alumni ticket?

All Columbia University/Barnard/Teachers Colleges Alumni qualify for the alumni ticket pricing. Please use your University lifetime ID when registering for the conference. Alumni ticket sales will be reviewed to confirm alumni status.

I keep receiving an error message while registering, how can I process my registration?

For corporate/business credit cards:
Please check with your financial department regarding the restrictions on your credit card; some cards restrict purchases of event registrations.
Browser troubleshooting: Sometimes there is an issue with the Internet browser you are using. Please try using another browser.
Website registration troubleshooting: If neither of the above methods solve your problem, please email Diana Rambeau at with the exact error message you receive from our registration site for help on troubleshooting your registration.

I have a dietary restriction; whom should I email my request to?

Please select your dietary restriction on the event registration. For any special requests, please indicate your restrictions in the space provided on the event registration. We will do our best to accommodate meals for all attendees.

I require special accessibility accommodations; whom should I email my request to?

Please provide a detailed description of any special accessibility accommodations needed while attending the conference. For questions, comments or concerns please email Diana Rambeau at

I currently have a product/service that provides a social impact; can I promote this to the conference attendees?

Please email Diana Rambeau at to discuss if this will be possible.

How do I become a speaker at the Social Enterprise Conference?

Session and speaker planning begins in January each year. To nominate a speaker, please provide information on your speaker and references of past conferences spoken at, in addition to topics relevant to the current conference that (s)he would like to speak on. Information regarding this year’s conference theme can be found on our website here. Please e-mail your nomination to

When is the call for papers? How are they submitted?

The conference does not currently issue a call for papers. If you would like to nominate someone to speak on the conference theme, please email

Will you sponsor my visa for international travel?

Unfortunately the conference does not sponsor visas for international travel.

What is the attire for the conference?

The conference is business casual attire.




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