8:00-8:45 a.m.

Registration Opens

Broadway Lobby

Networking Breakfast

North Lobby and Auditorium


8:45-9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Auditorium


9:00-9:50 a.m.


Keynote

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10:15-11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

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Mainstream investors are increasingly applying Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) factors in their portfolio decisions. How effective is this investment practice in terms of financial returns? Do ESG investors change corporate behavior? How do investors identify material factors that both influence the long term sustainability of the business, as well as its impact on the environment or community in which they operate?

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There is a growing opportunity for returning veterans to launch their own ventures as a way to gain financial independence. What are the programs providing training and access to capital?

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According to the McKinsey Global Institute’s Future of Work Report, the next wave of automation has the potential to displace jobs in office support, food service, transport, and logistics in customer service roles, which may farther increase the disparity in income inequality across the country. Great investment is needed in the education and training of young people to prepare them for ending careers. Gaining first-hand experience in the workplace is an essential step for making decisions about future career pathways. What would it take to guarantee every high schooler in America (14.4M) a paid internship?

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With the rise of impact investing has also come the growth of purpose-driven for-profit ventures. How do successful social ventures go from startups to scaleups? What lessons from around the world can be applied to understand communities in the US, that’s struggle to attract investment capital? How can impact investors better collaborate with each other to build capital coalitions that invest in larger amounts and fill the “missing middle”?


11:30-12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

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Venture capital funding has surged in recent years, with over $131 billion invested in the US last year, according to Pitchboard’s dashboard. However, female founders received only two percent of venture capital investment in this last year. If systems give us the outcomes they are designed to deliver, what are the flaws in the system? A growing network of funders, incubators, and accelerators see an opportunity and are trying to change that. How are they addressing the root causes? Is it really a pipeline problem? And, what does the future hold for funding female founders?

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A recent poll by Citylab indicates overwhelming support across the United States for affordable housing to be a national priority.  More than 80 percent of Americans polled want the government to take major action to prevent homelessness. Is the solution to the housing crisis in NYC and other big cities simply allowing developers to build more housing – regardless of which income band it targets? What are the arguments for and against this approach? How would you accomplish this from a policy perspective and how would you overcome neighborhood objections? Additionally, what are the considerations for urban planning and design?

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How does traditional funding of medical research incorporate or exclude issues of women’s health? What are some new approaches that can help support the development of new treatments and diagnostics in women’s health? From the support of basic research to the commercialization of new technologies, there is a funding gap in both research and entrepreneurship for individuals looking to address women’s health issues and solutions. To close the gap, there is a need for specialized and targeted funding of medical research in women’s health, as well as building a pipeline of women entrepreneurs and professionals in the sector who are addressing the needs of women’s issues. What are the ways in which early-stage investors are allocating their capital in order to address the needs of women within the health care industry?

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Looking to learn about innovative startup ideas? Want to hear about the business models they are using to solve social and environmental challenges? Interested in joining a team or getting involved with a startup?

This session will have lightning round venture pitches from a variety of Columbia-affiliated social and environmental startups, as well as time to network with them and others in the audience. It’s fun, easy, and informal!


12:30-1:00 p.m.

Lunch

North Lobby & Auditorium


1:00-1:50 p.m.


Keynote

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2:00-3:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

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From co-ops to memberships to blockchain, news is in a fight for its life. As media organizations grapple with social media, tech’s disruption of business models, “fake news,” and distrust by segments of audiences in society, how can they establish their role in democratic societies? How are they keeping themselves accountable the various actors in society, including itself? How can philanthropy, readers, and technology enable quality and sustainable journalism without narrowcasting and focusing on the silos that draw from fear and difference?

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Research shows that countries with deeper levels of financial inclusion— defined as access to affordable, appropriate financial services—have stronger GDP growth rates and lower income inequality. What role is fintech playing in bringing financial services to the underserved? What are the challenges to making these services accessible? What strategies are fintech ventures using to improve the financial wellbeing of lower income customers?

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Globally, food and agriculture are responsible for over 20 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions and 75 percent of global deforestation. At the same time, climate change will profoundly impact our food and agriculture systems through changes in temperatures and growing seasons, extreme weather and water patterns, and ranges of pests and plant diseases.

What is the global food system’s role in climate change, and how are businesses tackling these issues? For companies that grow, make, and serve food, how are they taking into account climate change and the role that food, food waste, and agriculture play in this global challenge?

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The refugee crisis has displaced more than 28 million children globally. The trauma inflicted can have particularly negative and long lasting adverse effects on children. However, innovative partnerships have helped bring mobile classrooms and health clinics to many Syrian refugees. Can public / private partnerships alleviate this suffering for children living in refugee camps or in other displaced homes around the world?


3:15-4:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

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Despite the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the economics of renewables continues to improve around the world. Investors are allocating significant funds to clean energy. What projects are they investing in? Are they profitable? Are there enough places to invest? How quickly are we replacing coal and natural gas? Will this be a big enough impact to mitigate climate change?

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Universal Basic Income (UBI), a theory where cash grants are provided to all citizens regardless of need, is increasingly drawing attention as we approach the 2020 election. Supporters range from tech entrepreneurs — Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg — to political candidates — 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang — who are worried about the future of automation in the workforce. However, advocacy for cash grants dates back to Thomas Paine, a founding father of the United States of America, and they have continued to be supported by major political and economic figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Milton Friedman. How pragmatic is this approach towards alleviating poverty and increasing wellbeing? What has been the experience of pilot programs in other countries and in the United States? How might this be founded and what are the intended consequences, for example, in work participation?

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Art can be powerful, as it tends to represent the soul, culture, and heartbeat of a civilization. When Agnes Gund, a philanthropist and civic leader for education of the arts, announced her plan to use the sale of her private collection to fund a new initiative, Art for Justice Fund was formed. The Art for Justice Fund is aimed at turning art into action by investing more than $100 million into strategic efforts to reform the criminal justice system and reduce mass incarceration.

Each year, nearly 2.3 million adults are incarcerated in the United States, and about 650,000 people are released from prison to low-wage jobs. The unemployment rate for this demographic is 60 percent just one-year one year after release. This featured fireside discussion will look at the Art for Justice Fund’s grant-making strategies to reduce mass incarceration and reform the criminal justice system. Their four strategies are

    1. keeping people out of jail and prison;
    2. shortening sentences;
    3. promoting reentry; and
    4. changing the narrative through art.

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As IDEO.org’s states, “the social sector needs a design organization that is willing to do things differently.” At the forefront of innovation, IDEO.org creates social impact in the lives of low-income communities around the world through designing, teaching, and inspiring solutions to global systemic challenges by focusing on localized solutions. Known for their human-centered design, Ben Chase will go into what it takes to deliver success at IDEO.org and the innovations they are seeing around the world to some of today’s most pressing issues.


4:30-5:20 p.m.


Keynote

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5:20-5:30 p.m.


Closing Remarks

Auditorium


5:30-6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

North Ramp & Lobby