REGISTRATION / BREAKFAST – 8:00am – 9:00am 

OPENING REMARKS — 9:00AM – 9:15am 

KEYNOTE PANEL — 9:15am to 10:30am


Strategic Philanthropy: New Models and New Metrics
Changing the Way We Give 

Industrialists like Rockefeller and Carnegie created the modern era’s predominant model for philanthropy: the grant-making foundation. Over the last century, Americans have led the world’s philanthropic effort.  In 2006, Americans gave nearly $300 billion with foundations providing $36.5 billion. In recent years, there has been a quest to find new models for giving that include a greater focus on accountability and metrics, a stronger global awareness and a desire to connect personally with grantees. Have we reached a transitional moment in philanthropy where giving is less about art and heart and more about measurable results, business methodology, sustainability, scalability and expertise?  As names like Clinton, Gates and Buffett aspire to tackle social, environmental and economic challenges, the line between philanthropy and private enterprise is blurring.

Matthew Bishop, Editor of The Economist, will lead a lively discussion with Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Alex Friedman, CFO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Steve Beck, CEO of Geneva Global that will explore the impact of philanthropy, the new models of giving and the role of intermediaries and foundations in their mission to change the world.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1 — 10:45am to 12:00pm

Cradle-to-Cradle Initiatives: Greening Businesses 

Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) is the concept of using ecologically intelligent design to develop products with their end in mind.  Cradle-to-grave products begin their lifecycle in the factory and end their lifecycle in the landfill.  C2C products make their way back to their maker to be used again.  Corporate redesign is the broader concept of interweaving the philosophy of environmentally-friendly product design and socially-responsible employment practices into the underlying business mission.  This panel will explore the marketing benefits and business advantages of C2C and corporate redesign. 


Leveraging Business Strategy in the Fight against HIV/AIDS 

This panel includes perspectives from the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors addressing the domestic and global HIV/AIDS pandemic.  The panel provides an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to engage in a dialogue that will broaden our understanding of the challenges and rewards of working in this area and that will explore innovations made in the field.  We will attempt to answer questions related to public-private partnerships, corporate social responsibility and project financing, as well as discuss the role business school graduates can play in this important work.


Priorities in Business Development in Emerging Markets

The panel on enterprise development in emerging markets will engage various actors within the development field on the question of priorities in business promotion.  It will feature a practitioner, an administrator, a policy-maker and an analyst.  The central question will be, "given $100,000, how would you improve business development (or promote the growth of the private sector) in a particular country?"  Each panelist will answer the question with a set of priorities, drawn from their experience and insight, for a hypothetical business development program.

NETWORKING LUNCH — 12:00pm to 1:15pm

The Networking Lunch will allow you to meet with students and professionals in your area of interest. Certain tables will be set up around career areas such as nonprofit consulting, international development, social finance, foundations, education and more.

KEYNOTE — 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Patrick Cescau, Group Chief Executive of the combined Unilever PLC and Unilever N.V. and recipient of the 2007 Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics.


BREAKOUT SESSION 2 — 2:45pm to 4:00pm

Energy for the Developing World: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges 

What business models, technologies and financing instruments will allow people in developing markets to enjoy greater access to modern energy services?  Do new technologies offer solutions to the infrastructure problems that currently limit energy access for the poor?  Or, is it simply a matter of implementing existing technologies along with the right combination of financial instruments and incentives?

We’ll take a look at general trends, opportunities and challenges in the market for energy services in the developing world, analyze a new technology (micro-hydro) and a more traditional one (efficient wood-burning cookstoves).  We’ll learn about the role of carbon credits and other financing instruments in enhancing energy consumption at the bottom of the pyramid, using these two technologies as examples.


The Next Stage for Microfinance  

The panel will review the future of microfinance and will facilitate a conversation on what needs to happen to go from around 100 million customers to a billion. We will look into the matter from three different angles: technology, financing and new products. What technologies will be required to reach millions of customers more cheaply?  After starting to tap global capital markets, how will the microfinance institutions continue to fund their growth?  And finally, what new products and business processes are needed to consolidate their existing customer base and expand beyond it?

Social Entrepreneurship 

Entrepreneurship epitomizes the creation of value.  Social entrepreneurs, however, create more than just economic profits, allowing the benefits of their organizations to extend to all stakeholders involved. This oftentimes leads to socially minded companies outpacing their less-conscious counterparts in growth and long-term sustainability. 

The Social Entrepreneurship Panel will feature entrepreneurs who have developed double-bottom line businesses and nonprofit organizations who will share their experiences in creating social and economic value.  We will also hear from other key players, including investors and incubators, on the procurement of funding, valuation of economic and social returns, and effective networking.  Attendees will come away with an understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that a socially minded entrepreneur can enjoy.  

BREAKOUT 3 — 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Entrepreneurial Approaches in U.S. Public Education Reform

In the United States, 86 percent of all children attend public schools.  Sixty-six percent of those students leave high school unprepared for a four-year college, and nearly 33 percent of public school students do not graduate at all.  Among developed nations, American 15-year-olds ranked 15th in reading and 19th in math.  This is despite a 50 percent average increase in per-pupil spending over the last two decades. 

In recent years, many organizations and entrepreneurs have entered the education space, bringing new ideas, energy and tactics to address this staggering challenge.  This panel will address the overarching question: How are non-traditional players applying entrepreneurial approaches to improve the quality and outcomes of our public education system?  How is change occurring, who is behind it, and how is it working?


Sustainability and Value Creation to the Community

How important is sustainability to the future of our cities? What are the current trends in policy-making? How do you quantify the economic benefits of sustainability? Is the Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) industry ready to tackle equity real estate and address the investor community’s growing concern for making investments that express social values?”

The Social Enterprise’s panel on Sustainability and Value Creation is composed of experts who will address issues such as housing/green-building, transportation, energy, climate change, financing green design, and LEED standards & certifications.

Come join us and hear how these critical topics relate to our own Manhattanville project!


Cocktail Reception: 5:30PM – 7:00PM

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