Alumni

About the Alumni Network

Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Reception

Columbia Business School students and alumni networked at the Social Enterprise Annual Reception.

The Social Enterprise Club alumni group at Columbia Business School is dedicated to the promotion of professional development and fostering a strong network of socially minded alumni around the world. Social Enterprise Club alumni have opportunities to attend and speak at guest lectures and panel discussions, mentor current social enterprise students, and participate in social enterprise board matching initiatives.

Mission:

  • To build a strong network among alumni who are building careers as professional managers in the public or nonprofit sectors, or pursuing for-profit careers and remain interested in social enterprise issues including corporate social responsibility and sustainability, and nonprofit board positions;
  • To develop mentoring relationships among Columbia MBA students, alumni, and Executive Education participants;
  • To provide an alumni forum for the exchange of ideas and information, as well as for discussion about social enterprise issues;
  • To offer assistance in the search for career and/or volunteer opportunities in the social sector, including board membership and volunteer consulting.

Membership

Membership is available to any Columbia Business School graduate with a career or personal interest, and for alumni that would like to keep up-to-date with the social enterprise field. Membership is free of charge. All members receive SEC alumni listserv emails, which provide information and events at Columbia and its network of organizations.

To join the Social Enterprise Club alumni group at Columbia Business School, please contact the VP Alumni Relations.

What are the benefits?

  • Events: Social, intellectual, and professional networking opportunities such as industry panels, conferences and brown bag lunches;
  • Boards: Connections to MBA students and other alumni via participation in the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program;
  • Alumni-Student Directory: Current and past students in the Social Enterprise Program searchable by geography, interest areas, year of graduation, etc;
  • Assistance in the search for volunteer opportunities including board seats on nonprofit organizations and volunteer consulting opportunities.

Mentoring

SEC alumni serve as mentors by assisting current students in exploring career options, changing careers, and learning about the job market and required skills in current or previous fields of interest.

SEC students are members of career Peer-to-Peer (P2P) groups, which organize speaker events and conduct social and information sharing sessions amongst students, alumni and professionals from social enterprise organizations.


Career Resources for Alumni

The Social Enterprise Program provides a number of career resources for Columbia MBA and EMBA alumni. Please contact the Social Enterprise Program for further information. Alumni working in the field of social enterprise, may also wish to connect to the Social Enterprise Program’s alumni ambassadors.

In addition, Columbia Business School’s Alumni website has a wealth of resources available to alumni, drawn from the Career Management Center, across the School and Columbia University.


Success Stories of Alumni

Check out some of the socially conscious companies that Columbia Business School alumni have started:

Peeled Snacks

Founder: Noha Waibsnaider ’02
Peeled Snacks fills a critical void in the snack market: tasty, convenient foods that are naturally nutritious and make people feel good about snacking. The rapidly growing company brings consumers the juiciest, tastiest, organic, gently dried fruit with no added sugar, preservatives, or other additives. The snacks provide a natural source of fiber and vitamins, and they are gluten, dairy, and cholesterol free.

Agora Partnerships

Founder: Ben Powell ’05
Agora Partnerships is a community of development and investment professionals, volunteer consultants and entrepreneurs committed to launching and growing successful, socially-responsible businesses in emerging markets. Agora leverages investment in areas where inefficient capital markets and other formidable barriers to entrepreneurship have prevented talent from achieving its full potential. The organization provides emerging market entrepreneurs with the same arsenal of tools available to their counterparts in wealthy countries.

Green Mango

Founders: Yasmina McCarty ’08 and Nandini Narula
GreenMango is an affordable, accessible marketing platform that helps low-income entrepreneurs in developing countries grow their businesses locally.