Past Meetup

2012 Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School

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2012 Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School

Friday, October 5, 2012
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University in New York City
Final call for online registration:
After October 3, only walk-in registration will be available.
This year’s conference theme will explore: Aligning Strategy to Maximize Impact. Ranging from startups to programs embedded in multinational organizations, social enterprise continues to thrive despite complex political and economic environments. Companies and organizations increasingly need to develop strategies internally and across their sectors to mobilize action and tackle major social and environmental issues. While traditional corporate strategy focuses on long-term profit maximization, more forward-thinking organizations are incorporating a broader spectrum of social gains into their organizational strategies. Key industry influencers will explore:

Microservices: Developing client-oriented services for the Base of the Pyramid
Adapting Scalable Clean Technologies for Bottom of the Pyramid Markets
Financial Innovations in Community Reinvestment
Media as a Catalyst: Storytelling and Social Action
Social Venture Pitch Competition in collaboration with Jalia Ventures, Serious Change, LP and the Centre for Social Innovation, audience participation powered by mGood
SIT Workshop: Systematic Creativity in Social Enterprise
Implementing a Sustainable Supply Chain that Builds Communities
The New Nonprofit: How Metrics and Social Capital Markets are
Changing the Industry
CSR’s Shift from a Go-It-Alone to an Ecosystem Approach
Bridgespan Strategy Workshop: Case Study on How to Reach the Next Level of Impact
Moving the Needle for Large-Scale Implementation of Renewable Energy
Keynote speakers include: Paul Farmer (Partners In Health), Chris Hayes (MSNBC), Fernando Fabre (Endeavor Global), Joe Sibilia (, Richard Hall (Intel Corporation), Jennifer Crozier (IBM), and Caroline Roan (Pfizer). Other speakers from organizations include: Acumen Fund, The Fledgling Fund, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, NRG Energy, HP, Coca-Cola, Nonprofit Finance Fund, Malaria No More, MAC AIDS Fund, Bridgespan, Dalberg, Grameen America and more.