8:00–8:45 a.m.   |   Registration Opens & Breakfast Networking
8:45–9:00 a.m.   |   Welcome Remarks & Conference Objectives
9:00–9:50 a.m.   |   Opening Keynote – Leading by Example: Driving societal change through innovative marketing campaigns

Joy Benfante
Corporate Social Responsibility
at HBO

 

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Sandee Borgman
Director of Entertainment and Influencer Relations
at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

After 15 years of managing musicians and 9 years producing content for Lorne Michaels/Broadway Video, Sandee’s career turned towards nonprofit. She spent 7 years at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF developing the Ambassador Program recruiting artist such as Tea Leoni, Sarah Jessica Parker, Laurence Fishburne, Lucy Liu, Alyssa Milano, India.Arie, Clay Aiken and Angela Bassett along with establishing a partnership with the National Basketball Association.

In 2007, she moved over to the human rights landscape and joined Amnesty International as Director of the Creative Group which was responsible for artist relations in music and film, branding, merchandising, advertising and marketing. She and her team were responsible for recruiting artists such as Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, Tom Morello, Sting, Yoko Ono, Patrick Stewart and The Airborne Toxic Event.

For the past 7 years Sandee has been the Director of Entertainment and Influencer Relations for the International Rescue Committee where she has developed relationships with artists and industry partners that represents the culture and mission of the IRC. Individual supporters who travel to the field and use their circle of influence to support the IRC’s refugee programs include: George Clooney, Rashida Jones, Mandy Patinkin, Sarah Wayne Callies, Morena Baccarin, Piper Perabo as well as Game of Thrones cast Lena Headey, Liam Cunningham, and Maisie Williams. Entertainment partners include HBO, Warner Bros. Television, and United Talent Agency.

Sandee is very proud to share her experience bridging the worlds of nonprofit and entertainment.

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10:00–10:30 a.m.   |   A Background on the Societal Challenges

During this year’s conference, attendees will have the opportunity to learn the skill set needed for mapping out a societal challenge and identifying solutions. Speakers will provide a brief background on the societal challenges in four topic areas: climate change, job creation for formerly incarcerated people (FIPs), the refugee crisis, and education reform. This session will set the stage for our hackathon later in the day, where participants will use the insights and best practices from conference speakers to create strategies and solutions for impact with cross-disciplinary thinkers, innovators, and changemakers.

Tracy Breslin
Adjunct Associate Professor
at Columbia Business School

Tracy Breslin has dedicated her career to ensuring that all students – regardless of background – have access to a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed in school and life. Tracy has over seventeen years of experience in education and nonprofit management. Tracy has served as a talent management consultant since 2011, working with a variety of urban school districts and state departments of education on initiatives including school leadership, principal supervisors, educator evaluations, talent management, and more. As Interim Chief Talent Officer at Newark Public Schools, she designed and led the district’s human capital reform agenda to ensure that there is an effective teacher in every classroom and leader in every school. She facilitated district-union negotiations leading to a breakthrough teacher contract including one of the nation’s first comprehensive performance-based compensation systems, peer observers in evaluations, and school empowerment and flexibility. Tracy also led teams to redesign educator evaluation, develop and implement new teacher and principal selection processes, create a new Talent Division, and institute a school-based strategic staffing system to promote mutual matches based on principal autonomy and educator choice. Before becoming an independent consultant, Tracy worked at the New York City Department of Education. As the Executive Director of the Office of School Leadership, she led a team to recruit, select, train, and evaluate 1,600 principals and 3,500 assistant principals. Previously, as the Director of School Leadership, Tracy coordinated programs to train and support aspiring and current school leaders. Prior to joining the NYC DOE, Tracy led recruitment and admissions at New Leaders for New Schools, a national non-profit organization focused on attracting and preparing outstanding school leaders. She also led organizational strategy, fund development, and talent identification to support the organization’s expansion. Tracy launched her career in public education by evaluating and designing Universal PreKindergarten programs, working in after-school programs, and facilitating professional development for educators. Tracy has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University. She is a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education.

Bruce M. Usher
Co-Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director; Professor of Professional Practice
at The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise

Bruce Usher is a Professor of Practice and The Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School. Professor Usher teaches MBA students on the intersection of finance, social and environmental issues, and is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Prior to his work at Columbia, Professor Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group plc, during which time he built it into the world’s largest carbon credit company. EcoSecurities developed more than 400 projects in 36 countries, representing approximately 10% of all projects approved by the United Nations under the Kyoto Protocol. EcoSecurities was acquired by JP Morgan in 2009. Usher was previously the co-founder and CEO of TreasuryConnect LLC, which provided electronic trading solutions to banks and was acquired in 2001. Prior to that, he worked in financial services for twelve years in New York and Tokyo. Professor Usher is an active investor and advisor to entrepreneurial ventures focused on climate change and clean energy (UsherWorks.com). He is a board member of Community Energy Inc., OptiRTC Inc, the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, and is Chairman of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. Usher earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Cheryl Wilkins
Senior Director of Education and Programs
Columbia University’s Center for Justice

Cheryl is the Senior Director of Education and Programs at Columbia University’s Center for Justice where her work is committed to reducing the nation’s reliance on incarceration, developing new approaches to safety and justice, and participating in the national and global conversation around developing effective criminal justice policy.  Cheryl is also an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work, and serves as a key partner of the Women & Justice Project.  Cheryl is a consultant for Healing Community Network and has been instrumental in developing the Justice in Education Prison Program, a project that facilitates Columbia University professors teaching inside Bedford Hills, Taconic and Sing Sing Correctional Facilities.  Cheryl sits on the board of Community Collaborative Research Board and the Fortune Society.  She is the recipient of the Brian Fischer, Davis Putter scholarship, the Sister Mary Nerney Visionary Award and the Citizens against Recidivism Awards, and holds a graduate degree in Urban Affairs.

10:30–10:45 a.m.   |   Coffee Break

Head over to the Auditorium entrance for a refill on coffee and a chance to mingle with fellow conference attendees.

10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  |   Defining the Challenge & Identifying Opportunities for Impact

Conventional problem-solving tools often lead to run-of-the-mill solutions, hence in a fast-changing world, the problem-solving methodology has to be different. In collaboration with TYTHEdesgin, this year’s conference will provide participants an opportunity to go beyond the theoretical and put techniques into practice by working in teams on real-world challenges.
Participants will have the opportunity to join workshop groups with fellow attendees from across the University to identify impactful strategies for problem-solving one of our four selected topics: climate change, job creation for formerly incarcerated people (FIPs), the refugee crisis, and education reform.
This first session will introduce participants to a series of tools and frameworks that will help define the challenges and identify areas in which your group can have the most impact. After participating in this workshop, students can expect to apply this skillset to any challenge or cause they hope to have impact on in their future endeavors.

Kristina Drury
Founder & Creative Director
at TYTHEdesign

Kristina Drury is a social entrepreneur, designer, and educator. Over the past five years, Kristina has led TYTHE to work with over 75 clients and support organizations creating impact on a local and global scale.

Prior to starting TYTHEdesign, Kristina co-led the nonprofit Project H Design, a charitable organization focused on design for social change, and directed social innovation at Get Storied. Her diverse background includes work in corporate social responsibility, education, social innovation, industrial design, and architecture. She holds a Masters in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelors of Science in Architecture.

Kristina’s work and publications have been taken root around the globe. She has been recognized by numerous organizations, including the Victor J. Papanek Social Design Awards, the Core 77 Awards, Pratt Institute, Public Policy Lab and the UNDP. Most recently, she  has recently been recognized as an Agent of Change by the Centre for Social Innovation.

12:15–1:30 p.m.  |   Lunch & Networking

Grab some lunch and head to the Auditorium. Network with fellow participants over lunch and hopefully meet a new friend!

1:30–2:15 p.m.   |   Aligning Business + Social Mission

Interested in learning how some businesses are currently addressing these challenges? Join us in the session as we hear from entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs as they share how their ventures and organizations are taking innovative approaches to solving societal challenges. These quick talks showcase different strategies for impact, as well as provide examples in business models that have a social impact mission at the forefront.

Aligning Business + Social Mission – Refugee Crisis

Manal Kahi ’15SIPA
Co-founder & CEO
at Eat Offbeat

Manal has a passion for traveling, social impact and great food (not necessarily in that order). She moved to NYC to start a career in environmental affairs but the Hummus she found on supermarket shelves led her on a different journey. She co-founded Eat Offbeat to help New Yorkers discover authentic off-the-beaten-path cuisines all the while providing quality jobs to refugees who now call NYC home.

Aligning Business + Social Mission – Reentry & Job Creation for Formerly Incarcerated People (FIPs)

Cisco Pinedo
Co-Founder
at Refoundry

Born in Mexico, Cisco moved to South Central Los Angeles in his early teens, and had to drop out of school to work to help support his mother, father and siblings. Working his way up in the upholstery trade, Cisco and his wife Alba opened their own shop, Cisco Brothers, in 1990. In the wake of the Los Angeles riots they moved the business to the blighted Western Corridor to support the community in which they grew up. Honored by Rebuild LA, the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and many other civic organizations, Cisco has won accolades for his commitment to keep his manufacturing in the United States, and in the South Central community where most of his employees live. Cisco Brothers’ LA Design Center became an anchor for the revitalization of the once decrepit Western-Slauson intersection, and won many architectural and community awards, including the prestigious Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. Cisco co-founded META (Making Education the Answer), a not-for-profit that provides mentorships and scholarships to Hispanic youth in Southern California. Always looking to innovate, Cisco led the industry in using environment-friendly raw materials in production, and in incorporating salvaged materials in his case goods line. With six retail stores in California and with plans to open more, he has helped set new trends in both design and retail. His 50,000-sq.ft. showroom in Highpoint, NC attracts top retailers and designers from across the country and around the world. Learn more about Cisco.

Aligning Business + Social Mission – Education Reform

Matthew Robins ’13BUS
CEO
at DeansList

Matt Robins is the CEO of DeansList, a software platform that helps schools manage all their non-academic data and parent communication/engagement tools in a single place. Matt started DeansList with BUS’13 classmate Akshai Patel with a mission to specifically address the needs of schools in low-income communities that are actively tackling the achievement gap. Together with their school partners, they develop unique solutions to engage every stakeholder in a child’s education: students, teachers, administrators and parents.

Prior to DeansList, Matt spent six years as a consultant with PwC’s Forensic Technology Advisory groups. There a large portion of his client work included helping banks and lenders assess their data in the wake of the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

Matt has a degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Aligning Business + Social Mission – Sustainability

David A Schreiber ’18BUS
COO & Co-founder
at RecycleUp

David Schreiber spent 4 years as a consultant helping major institutions in the US recover after natural disasters. He helped rebuild hospitals in NYC after Hurricane Sandy and develop major resiliency projects to protect New Yorkers from future storms. He has also worked for a variety of nonprofits including The Nature Conservancy, and continues to remain passionate about social impact in business. David holds a BA in International Affairs and an MA in Environmental Studies.

2:15–4:00 p.m.   |   Building Out an Idea and Fine-tuning the Social Business Model Canvas

Continuing from our Defining the Challenge and Identifying Opportunities for Impact session, attendees will further deep-dive into their societal challenges to build out their solution and fine-tune a social business around that solution. TYTHEdesign will introduce new tools and frameworks on how to build out your innovative solutions to these challenges and techniques for ways to surge ahead.

Participants will be able to take these techniques and apply them to their own work in the social impact sector, as well as gain the experience of walking through a full-day workshop centered around solving societal challenges and today’s most pressing issues.

Kristina Drury
Founder & Creative Director
at TYTHEdesign

Kristina Drury is a social entrepreneur, designer, and educator. Over the past five years, Kristina has led TYTHE to work with over 75 clients and support organizations creating impact on a local and global scale.

Prior to starting TYTHEdesign, Kristina co-led the nonprofit Project H Design, a charitable organization focused on design for social change, and directed social innovation at Get Storied. Her diverse background includes work in corporate social responsibility, education, social innovation, industrial design, and architecture. She holds a Masters in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelors of Science in Architecture.

Kristina’s work and publications have been taken root around the globe. She has been recognized by numerous organizations, including the Victor J. Papanek Social Design Awards, the Core 77 Awards, Pratt Institute, Public Policy Lab and the UNDP. Most recently, she  has recently been recognized as an Agent of Change by the Centre for Social Innovation.

4:00–4:30 p.m.   |   Coffee Break

Head over to the Auditorium entrance for a refill on coffee and a chance to mingle with fellow conference attendees.

4:30–5:15 p.m.   |   Closing Keynote – Business for the Common Good

From philanthropic enterprises to major global corporations, business leaders and entrepreneurs are taking the lead in helping to make a better world for all. Bob Forrester and Daryl Brewster will discuss the history and direction of philanthropy and social impact. At the forefront of philanthropy, Newman’s Own believes that each of us, through the power of philanthropy, has the potential to make a difference. Since 1982, the foundation has donated more than $495 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations helping people in need around the world.

This dynamic fireside chat will explore how CECP (founded by Paul Newman) partners with foundations like Newman’s Own to engage a coalition of CEOs who believe that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. CECP has grown to a movement of more than 200 of the world’s largest companies that represent $7 trillion in revenues, $18.6 billion in societal investment, 13 million employees, and $15 trillion in assets under management.

Daryl Brewster
Chief Executive Officer
of CECP

Daryl is the CEO of CECP, where he spearheads the effort to engage a coalition of CEOs who believe that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. He has nearly 30 years of executive experience in the US and abroad, including as an officer for several Fortune 500 companies, the turnaround CEO of a publicly-traded company, and the head of five multi-billion dollar business units. He currently serves on several privately-held and non-profit boards.  He served as:Daryl is the CEO of CECP, where he spearheads the effort to engage a coalition of CEOs who believe that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. He has nearly 30 years of executive experience in the US and abroad, including as an officer for several Fortune 500 companies, the turnaround CEO of a publicly-traded company, and the head of five multi-billion dollar business units. He currently serves on several privately-held and non-profit boards.  He served as:

  • President of Kraft’s $6 billion North American Snacks, Confections, Cereal, and Pet portfolio; successfully led the business to record top and bottom-line growth.
  • President of the Planters Specialty Products Company; more than doubled the portfolio to $1.6 billion over a four year period.
  • The turnaround CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.; reversing financial declines, clearing up a myriad of financial and accounting difficulties, reducing debt and expanding globally.
  • Managing Director of Campbell’s $300 million UK operations; doubled revenue and quadrupled profits.

In addition, Daryl served on the board of E*Trade Financial Holding Company and Krispy Kreme, Inc, and currently serves on the board of several privately-held companies.

He also has an extensive background in non-profits, having served on the boards of the American Marketing Association; several colleges & university councils; the Y Alliance; CIFF-Funded MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Assistance), which is focused on reducing childhood hunger around the world; and the RWJohnson-supported Partnership for Healthy Kids, which is working to decrease childhood obesity in the US. In March 2016, Daryl was elected to The National Organization on Disability’s Board of Directors.
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Robert H. Forrester
President and CEO at Newman’s Own Foundation
Executive Chairman at Newman’s Own, Inc.

Newman’s Own combines two of the most widely admired aspects of the American character; business entrepreneurship and philanthropic generosity. Founded in 1982 by Paul Newman, the Company began with a single product of oil and vinegar salad dressing, and was guided by two principles; “Quality Will Always Trump the Bottom Line” and “All Profits to Charity”. Paul started Newman’s Own Foundation in 2005 to ensure these founding principles would continue after his passing, and asked Bob to be its first President.

Upon Paul’s passing in 2008, the Foundation became the sole owner of the Company and all the intellectual properties and licenses associated with the brand, and Bob assumed the additional role as Chairman and CEO of the Company. In 2015, he transitioned to Executive Chairman of the Company and continues as President and CEO of the parent, Newman’s Own Foundation. As of May 2017, the Company has over 300 products in the market, and total paid contributions exceed $496 million to thousands of charities around the world.

In 1980, Bob founded Payne, Forrester & Associates, LLC, (PFA), a consulting group providing services to nongovernmental organizations in the areas of strategic planning, governance, communications and fundraising. He was Chairman and CEO until 2008, during which time PFA served over 550 clients in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

From 1976 to 1980, he headed the NYU Development Office and was a member of the senior management team recruited to lead the turnaround of the then financially troubled University.  From 1969-1975, he worked at the University of Hartford as Director of Development and Special Assistant to the President.

Between 1979 and 1990, he also built and owned Martha’s Vineyard Cable Television Company and FM radio station, WMVY.

Fiduciary Boards – CECP (formerly Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy), University of Hartford, SeriousFun Children’s Network, Safe Water Network, Newman’s Own Foundation, and Newman’s Own, Inc.

Advisory Boards – Discovery Center, Connecticut Council of Philanthropy, the Centers for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation of the American Association of Colleges & Universities, and Martha’s Vineyard YMCA.

Bob holds a B.S. in Psychology, served as an Army Officer with duty in the Republic of Vietnam, and received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degrees from Mount Holyoke College and the University of Hartford.

Courtney King Murphy
Director, CEO Leadership
at CECP: the CEO Force for Good

As Director, CEO Leadership, Courtney Murphy strengthens CECP’s partnership opportunities with leading companies, and builds upon her years of experience in corporate community engagement at CECP to effectively harness CECP’s knowledge and expertise in priority areas for its companies to enhance their business and societal impacts. Courtney often represents CECP’s trends and research at corporate and industry forums, and she has authored blogs and curated thought leadership perspectives on corporate engagement on important societal issues.

Previously, as Director, Corporate Leadership, Courtney led the agenda for the annual CECP Summit and served as CECP’s primary relationship manager for leading practitioners in corporate social engagement, levering the robust benchmarking, communications, and fast-track support and resources within CECP to advance company priorities. Courtney joined CECP in 2009 as Manager, Communications, responsible for increasing the visibility of corporate community engagement in print, online, and broadcast media. Courtney created the CECP blog, CECP Insights, and has been instrumental in setting the agenda for executive discussions at the Board of Boards CEO Roundtables.

Courtney began her career in broadcast journalism, as a Researcher at ABC News Nightline in Washington, D.C. with renowned newsman Ted Koppel anchoring the show, and she has experience in public relations at a publicly-traded company from her experience serving as a Press Officer at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York.

Courtney graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English, and she earned an M.A. in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. Courtney serves on the Board of Trustees of the Baker Scholars Program at Georgetown University and has run seven marathons, raising funds for charities including Fred’s Team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
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5:15 p.m.   |   Closing Remarks & Thank you

Thank you for joining us at the 2017 Social Enterprise Conference!

Thayná Teixeira da Silva ’18BUS
MBA Candidate
at Columbia Business School

Prior to Columbia Business School, Thayná was as a consultant at Bain & Company for four years where she worked with business unit strategy, performance improvement, change management, and organization design. Her past assignments include projects in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and USA in a variety of industries such as financial services, education, the public sector, private equity, and NGOs. At Bain, she was also engaged in the Social Impact Group coordinating social activities, partnerships with institutions, and fundraising campaigns. In her second year of MBA, Thayná aims to deepen her knowledge of current challenges and levers to improve education and healthcare in developing countries, focused on how private sector and individuals can play a relevant role to foster existing and new social organizations.

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JoAnne Williams ’18BUS
MBA Candidate
at Columbia Business School

Prior to joining CBS,  JoAnne spent three years working for the Financial Access Initiative at NYU Wagner where she managed grant funding and coordinated research projects focused on understanding how financial services can better meet the needs and improve the lives of low and moderate-income households. While at NYU Wagner, JoAnne also helped with special research initiatives including the MacArthur Foundation’s pre-network on Opening Government, an initiative designed to understand how technology can be leveraged to create a more participatory government.  In JoAnne’s final year at CBS, she hopes to further explore how the intersection of fintech, social finance, and small business development can create equitable outcomes for communities of color.

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