The 2023 Social Enterprise Conference will be held at Columbia Business School, Geffen Hall (645 W 130th St, New York, NY 10027), which is easily accessible by subway (exit 125th on the 1 subway) or taxi.

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 300 attendees.

The conference committee is committed to ensuring diversity in the event’s speaker representation. We are actively searching for speakers within and outside our network to amplify voices and representation from different backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, language, socioeconomic status, geographic origin, political ideology, and professional experience.

To read more about how the center is actively working on integrating racial equity into its courses, experiential learning programs, research, and outreach activities, please click here. For more information on Columbia Business School’s DEI Initiative and to read the School’s Values Statement please click here.

In order to reduce paper use, all materials are only available online, including the program. In addition, up-to-date information, speaker bios, and session details will be posted on our conference Slack channel.

We will host an online networking group in the conference Slack channel. All registered attendees will receive an invitation to join the event’s Slack channel.

Volunteers will be located in the lobby area near registration to assist with any troubleshooting. You can also email the organizers at for more information or assistance. 

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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.

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.

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Website registration troubleshooting: If neither of the above methods solves your problem, please email Diana Rambeau at with the exact error message you receive from our registration site for help on troubleshooting your registration.

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. If you have any questions, please email Diana Rambeau at

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

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 submit your nomination here.

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

The conference is business casual.

Unfortunately, the conference does not sponsor visas for international travel.