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Letter from the co-chairs
Welcome to Columbia University’s 16th Annual Social Enterprise Conference! We are very excited for the engaging and dynamic day ahead.
When brainstorming with students from across campus about what the conference theme should be, we heard a lot of interest in how business leaders use their platforms to address societal change and create solutions. Whether we take action through a business, a movement, or as an individual, we each have a role to play in addressing societal challenges.
How do I identify the challenge? What are the areas of opportunity for impact? What is my role? This year’s conference will provide attendees with a tool set for looking at a societal challenge from the lens of philanthropies, nonprofits, social ventures, or traditional businesses.
This program is designed to deep dive into four critical societal challenges: education reform, the refugee crisis, job creation for the formerly incarcerated, and climate change. Hear how businesses are implementing innovative methods and identifying solutions to address these challenges. Lessons learned can be applied to the day’s workshop.
Attendees will leave feeling empowered and prepared to participate and lead in driving social impact. We hope that you will learn from and connect with each other, and that you continue the day’s workshop well beyond the conference.