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.
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.
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.
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.
A special thank you to all our Governing Board members who guide the direction and develop the content of this conference!
Global Director, Community Development & Inclusive Finance, Citi
President, Enterprise Solutions to Poverty; Former President, Women’s World Banking
President & CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Adjunct Professor, Columbia Business School
Mark Cirilli ’03BUS
Co-Founder & Managing Director, MissionPoint Capital Partners
Founder & Chairman, The Conrad Foundation
Alexander S. Friedman ’98BUS
Group Chief Executive Officer, GAM Holding AG
Chairman and Founder, Monitor Group
Craig Hatkoff ’78BUS
Founder, Tribeca Film Festival
Co-founder, Disruptor Foundation
Joan Hornig ’84BUS
Founder, Joan Hornig Jewelry Design
Co-founder & Co-Managing Editor, www.NextBillion.net; Knowledge Portfolio Manager, Acumen Fund
President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions
CEO & Managing Partner, Social Investment Manager & Advisors
Managing Director, Cornerstone Capital Group
Maggie Neilson ’07BUS
Partner and CEO, Global Philanthropy Group
Chairman, Dalberg Group
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
Research: Finance and Economics; Healthcare
Courses: Effective Philanthropy in Urban Communities; The Nonprofit Sector & the City
Course: Global Philanthropy
Course: Energy and Resource Economics
Course: Education Leadership
Course: The Business Of Climate Change: Investing and Managing in a Changing Environment
Research: Finance and Economics, Financial Services for the Underserved
Course: Strategy Formulation; CSR & Sustainability
Research: Management, Corporate Social Responsibility
Course: The Business Of Climate Change: Investing and Managing in a Changing Environment
Course: Social Impact Real Estate
Course: Social Entrepreneurship: A Global Perspective
Courses: Launching Social Ventures; Social Venture Incubator
Course: Transforming the Delivery of Healthcare Services
Research: Decision, Risk, and Operations, Healthcare
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
Course: The Private Sector and International Development
Research: Finance and Economics, International Development, Small and Medium Enterprises
Course: Modern Political Economy; Bridging the American Divide
Research: Management, Public and Nonprofit Management
Course: High Performing Nonprofits
Research: Marketing, International Development
Research: Marketing; Environment, Policy, Healthcare, Government
Georgia Levenson Keohane
Course: Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century
Research: Finance and Economics, International Development
Research: Marketing; Emerging Markets
Course: Public-Sector Structural Reform in K-12 Education
Research: Management, Financial services for Low Income Communities
Research: Marketing, Consumer Psychology
Course: REAP (ReEntry Acceleration Program) Immersion
Research: Finance and Economics, Education
Research: Community Development
Course: Service Operations Management
Course: Globalization and Markets and the Changing Economic Landscape
Research: Finance and Economics, Income Inequality, International/Emerging Markets
Course: Markets for the Poor
Research: Finance And Economics, Microfinance, Emerging Markets, International Development
Course: Bridging the American Divide; Climate Finance; Finance and Sustainability; Impact Investing Seminar; Investing in Social Ventures
Research: Management; Social Movements, Digital Technology
Course: Impacting Investing
Course: Investor Influence on Corporate Sustainability
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.
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.
All Columbia University/Barnard/Teachers Colleges Alumni qualify for the alumni ticket pricing. Please use your University lifetime ID when registering for the conference and use discount code CUAlumni at registration. Alumni ticket sales will be reviewed to confirm alumni status.
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The conference is business casual.
Unfortunately, the conference does not sponsor visas for international travel.