The 2018 Social Enterprise Conference, Capital For Good At Columbia in Harlem

November 11, 2018

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.


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Join them on November 30, 2018 as they bring together industry leaders, investors, philanthropists, professionals, faculty, students, and alumni to share best practices and engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of capital and society. Speaker presentations include:

  • Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation
  • Joel Greenblatt, Managing Principal and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Gotham Asset Management
  • Caroline RoanVice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Pfizer, Inc.;Presidentof Pfizer Foundation
  • Preeti Bhattacharji, Vice President of Integrated Capitals, Heron Foundation
  • Thomas Campbell, Managing Member of Thorobird Companies
  • Ghislain Gouraige, Jr., Private Wealth Advisor Managing Director-Investments at UBS
  • Shafron (Shay) Hawkins, Legislative Assistant, United States Senate
  • Diana Hernández, Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health
  • Damon Phillips, Co-Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, and many more

The speakers will catalyze conversations of change and embolden a generation to take risks in order to create a world in which everyone, regardless of where they were born, has the equal opportunity to succeed in creating a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.


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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.

For more information, go to the Social Enterprise Conference Website.

Friday, November 30th, 2018, 8 am – 5:30 pm, 2018

Get More Information Here 

Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY, http://www.columbiasocialenterprise.org/conference/

Photo credit: former Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx from 2016.

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