The only difference with our current conference line-up will be that it’s offered online. Even though it’s online, we’re putting together industry leading content on ways in which business and society can have a tremendous impact on social and environmental impact.

The 2020 Social Enterprise Conference will be held online. Meeting and webinar details are available to registered participants.

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.

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 it’s 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 will be posted on our mobile conference app.

The Social Enterprise Conference is digital! Get full program details with our mobile app, powered by Whova, or on the website. Download Whova from your phone’s app store, search for “2020 Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good”, and enter SECONF as the invitation code.

We strongly recommend downloading the app prior to the event you plan on attending. While tech assistance will be available during the events, there will be more time available to troubleshoot issues prior to the day-of an event.

If you are in the event webinar or meeting room, please feel free to drop a message into the chat box to the panelists and a member of our team will help you with technical issues.

If you are experiencing issue prior to the start of the event, please email and a member of our team will be in contact with you.

For information on press passes, please email Hannah Slow at Since we are virtual this year, all press/media are welcome to register directly for the events they would like to attend.

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Please send a detailed description of any special accessibility accommodations needed while attending the conference virtually to 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 email your nomination to

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

The conference is business casual. However, we’re virtual this year, so no one will notice if you’re wearing your PJs. If you do plan on participating in the networking portions of the conference, we kindly request you’re dressed appropriately to be on video while networking.

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