The annual social enterprise conference at Columbia Business School features a diverse group of business leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors who challenge conventional thinking and define success in terms of social and environmental benefits, as well as financial returns. These individuals are continuously "raising the bar" in pursuit of innovative ways to create sustainable value for society.
Social Enterprise Conference 2006: Raising the
Bar will bring together industry leaders, students,
academics and practitioners to discuss strategies and
challenges in three areas: Social and Environmental
Impact, Leadership and Ethics,
and Social Capital Markets. Panels will
feature speakers from all sectors to challenge and deepen
current understanding of topics such as global health
and business, corporate social responsibility, community
development finance, bottom of the pyramid business strategy,
climate change and renewable energy, private equity in
emerging markets, multinational and corruption and education.
President and CEO, Costco
Wholesale Corporation, will give the keynote address.
Mr Sinegal will be presented with the Benjamin Botwinick
Prize in Business Ethics, which is given annually to an
individual or representative of a business organization
exemplifying the highest standard of professional and
ethical conduct. The award was founded by the late Benjamin
Botwinick, BS' 26.
The Conference is organized by students in the Social
Enterprise Club (SEC) and the International Development
Club (IDC) with support from the Social Enterprise Program
and The Leadership and Ethics Board of the Sanford C.
Bernstein & Co. Center.
The Social Enterprise Club empowers
students to create social value in private and public
enterprises. The Club provides networking opportunities
and educational experiences for a range of social enterprise
careers including: nonprofit management and consulting,
corporate social responsibility, for-profit entrepreneurial
endeavors, venture philanthropy, government and public
finance, microfinance, and community and international
The International Development Club,
formerly known as Managers for International Development
Initiatives (MIDI), provides a forum for MBAs seeking
careers at the interface of business and international
development, and creates opportunities for MBA students
to consult to nonprofits, public sector organizations,
small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures in developing
The Social Enterprise Program aims to
inspire and prepare leaders who create social value in
business, nonprofit and government organizations locally,
nationally and internationally. The Program supports a
broad range of activities that help expose students to
the breadth and depth of social enterprise.
The Leadership and Ethics Board of the
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center aims to foster a culture
and safeguard a tradition of principled leadership throughout
the Columbia Business School community. The Board fulfills
its purpose by developing, implementing and monitoring
programs that cultivate leadership, build character and
promote ethical decision-making, which, in turn, enables
Columbia Business School students to become productive,
moral, and caring participants in their companies and