Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good

Friday, November 30, 2018Riverside Church, South Hall (Map →)490 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027Program: 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Attire: Business casual

For elevator access, enter the building at the Claremont entrance: 91 Claremont Ave, between 120th & 122nd. Walk past the security desk and head left, go through the room to the elevator bank. Take it up to the South Hall and enter the lobby.

Event App

The Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good 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 2018 Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good, and enter SECONF as the invitation code. Attendees and speakers can use the app to connect with peers, set up coffee chats at the event, and share their experience with fellow attendees to build the social impact network here in New York City and beyond.



About Us

Columbia Business School has long been committed to advancing the practice and understanding of social enterprise having trained leaders with a commitment to solving social and environmental issues for over three decades. By supporting new ideas from faculty and industry leaders, as well as the curricular and extracurricular opportunities of students, the Business School educates leaders to use business knowledge, entrepreneurial skills, and management tools to address social and environmental challenges.

In 1981 Professor Ray Horton founded the Public and Nonprofit Management Program, which was renamed the Social Enterprise Program in 2000, and widened to include social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and international development. The mission was to advance the understanding of how business can contribute to society and the environment, by emphasizing the vital role that social enterprise plays in transforming communities.

In 2015, The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise was established by a generous gift from Sandra and Tony Tamer, which expanded the existing Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School. The new funding allowed for the launch of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures, expansion of the existing Loan Assistance program, extension of the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program to Columbia students beyond the Business School, funding for social ventures at the Columbia Startup Lab and further development of the advisory network for Columbia’s social entrepreneurs.

Read more about this transformative gift online.

About Columbia University’sSocial Enterprise Conference

Kicking off each academic year, the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, in partnership with student clubs across the campus, hosts Columbia University’s annual Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good in efforts to bring together industry leaders, professionals, academics, students, and alumni to share best practices and engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of business and society.

The business and investor community once questioned whether it could afford to prioritize social impact. The consensus is now clear—how can businesses afford not to? The Millennial and Gen Z generations are driving trends in impact investing, using their purchasing power to demand change, and seeking employers that are socially conscious. As a result, funders and the organizations they invest in are directing their attention not only to the bottom line, but also to how business and financing models can be aligned to positively contribute to society.

This headline event, located in the finance capital of the world, provides a unique opportunity to tap into the vibrant ecosystem of capital for impact through the lens of philanthropy, impact investing, ESG, and social venture and business examples. Social impact leaders in business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropy will speak to how they are changing the way we think about how capital is sourced and used to generate sustainable solutions to global, systemic challenges. Hear where opportunities exist to pursue future careers of impact on both the financing and implementation sides of social impact capital.

This conference was founded by Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Club members in 2002, and has grown to engage students across Columbia University, as the pre-eminent forum to explore and address the ever-changing topics of social justice and innovation from the lens of business solutions.

Governing Board

A special thank you to all our Governing Board members who guide the direction and develop the content of this conference!

Robert Annibale

Global Director, Community Development & Inclusive Finance, Citi

Nancy Barry

President, Enterprise Solutions to Poverty; Former President, Women’s World Banking

Melissa Berman

President & CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Adjunct Professor, Columbia Business School

Mark Cirilli ’03BUS

Co-Founder & Managing Director, MissionPoint Capital Partners

Nancy Conrad

Founder & Chairman, The Conrad Foundation

Alexander S. Friedman ’98BUS

Group Chief Executive Officer, GAM Holding AG

Mark Fuller

Chairman and Founder, Monitor Group

Craig Hatkoff ’78BUS

Founder, Tribeca Film Festival

Co-founder, Disruptor Foundation

Joan Hornig ’84BUS

Founder, Joan Hornig Jewelry Design

Rob Katz

Co-founder & Co-Managing Editor,; Knowledge Portfolio Manager, Acumen Fund

Hunter Lovins

President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions

Asad Mahmood

CEO & Managing Partner, Social Investment Manager & Advisors

Janet Morgan

Managing Director, Cornerstone Capital Group

Maggie Neilson ’07BUS

Partner and CEO, Global Philanthropy Group

Henrik Skovby

Chairman, Dalberg Group

David Steinberger

President and CEO, Perseus Books Group

Tamer Center: Affiliated Faculty

Students also work closely with faculty to identify thought leadership and explore ways in which all forms of capital, from philanthropy to impact investing to ESG investing, are being used to sustain business models that generate social impact in the communities they work in and around the world.

* = Co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise

Ann Bartel

Research: Finance and Economics; Healthcare

Douglas Bauer

Courses: Effective Philanthropy in Urban Communities; The Nonprofit Sector & the City

Melissa Berman

Course: Global Philanthropy

Travis Bradford

Course: Energy and Resource Economics

Tracy Breslin

Course: Education Leadership

Patrick Bolton

Course: The Business Of Climate Change: Investing and Managing in a Changing Environment

Research: Finance and Economics, Financial Services for the Underserved

Vanessa Burbano

Course: Strategy Formulation; CSR & Sustainability

Research: Management, Corporate Social Responsibility

Kent Daniel

Course: The Business Of Climate Change: Investing and Managing in a Changing Environment

Rachel Diller

Course: Social Impact Real Estate

Melanie Edwards

Course: Social Entrepreneurship: A Global Perspective

Ron Gonen

Courses: Launching Social Ventures; Social Venture Incubator

Linda Green

Course: Transforming the Delivery of Healthcare Services

Research: Decision, Risk, and Operations, Healthcare

Geoff Heal

Course: Business in Society: Doing Well by Doing Good?; New Developments in Energy Markets; The Business of Climate Change: Investing and Managing in a Changing Environment

Research: Finance and Economics, Energy, Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility

Jonas Hjort

Course: The Private Sector and International Development

Research: Finance and Economics, International Development, Small and Medium Enterprises

Ray Horton

Course: Modern Political Economy; Bridging the American Divide

Research: Management, Public and Nonprofit Management

Amy Houston

Course: High Performing Nonprofits

Gita Johar

Research: Marketing, International Development

Eric Johnson

Research: Marketing; Environment, Policy, Healthcare, Government

Georgia Levenson Keohane

Course: Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century

Amit Khandewal

Research: Finance and Economics, International Development

Rajeev Kohli

Research: Marketing; Emerging Markets

James Liebman

Course: Public-Sector Structural Reform in K-12 Education

Stephan Meier

Research: Management, Financial services for Low Income Communities

Michel Pham

Research: Marketing, Consumer Psychology

Damon Phillips*

Course: REAP (ReEntry Acceleration Program) Immersion

Jonah Rockoff

Research: Finance and Economics, Education

Lynn Sagalyn

Research: Community Development

Medini Singh

Course: Service Operations Management

Joseph Stiglitz

Course: Globalization and Markets and the Changing Economic Landscape

Research: Finance and Economics, Income Inequality, International/Emerging Markets

Suresh Sundaresan

Course: Markets for the Poor

Research: Finance And Economics, Microfinance, Emerging Markets, International Development

Bruce Usher*

Course: Bridging the American Divide; Climate Finance; Finance and Sustainability; Impact Investing Seminar; Investing in Social Ventures

Dan Wang

Research: Management; Social Movements, Digital Technology

John Walker

Course: Impacting Investing

John Wilson

Course: Investor Influence on Corporate Sustainability

Josè Zubizarreta

Research: Decision, Risk, and Operations; Healthcare, Statistics, Public Policy


The 2018 Social Enterprise Conference will be held at Riverside Church, South Hall (490 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027), which is easily accessible by subway or taxi. For more information, please review our information page here.

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.

In order to reduce paper use, all materials are only available online including the program at a glance. 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 “2018 Social Enterprise Conference: Capital for Good,” and enter SECONF as the invitation code.

Volunteers will be located in the lobby area near registration. Anyone wearing the Columbia Business School pin can assist you in downloading the app.

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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 e-mail your nomination to

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The conference is business casual.

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