Events

Throughout the year IDC organizes or co-sponsors several events including:

Annual Social Enterprise Conference

IDC co-chairs and actively participates in the organization of the annual Social Enterprise Conference, with a focus on topics of interest to IDC members. This event provides an outstanding opportunity to explore in depth leading ideas and innovations from a network of industry leaders, active practitioners, scholars and alumni.

Speaker Series

Each semester, the IDC Speaker Series features a leading figure in international development to share the latest theory and practice in the field with IDC members. Past speakers have included Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Earth Institute, Columbia University), Professor Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia Business School), Nancy Barry (Enterprise Solutions to Poverty, and Bill Browder (Hermitage Capital Management).

Mixers & Happy Hours

IDC organizes mixers during the fall and spring semesters with other clubs to bring together members of Columbia Business School, as well as to connect them with other relevant communities.

Alumni Breakfast and Dinner Series

The Alumni Breakfast and Dinner Series faciliates smaller group events for members with Columbia Business School alumni and practitioners who work in the field of international development. This creates an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the field from current professionals through intimate and open discussions.

Social Enterprise Retreat

Organized at the beginning of each fall semester by the Social Enterprise Program (SEP), the Social Enterprise Retreat is a popular social gathering at the Catskills property of Professor Ray Horton, founder of the SEP. It provides students with a fun, informal opportunity to meet other first- and second-year students, SEP staff and faculty teaching or conducting research in these fields.

Information about IDC events and other relevant events at Columbia University and beyond, are circulated via club list emails to members. Prospective students can see past Business School events on the Social Enterprise Program’s event page.