Women’s Social Entrepreneurship Panel

When: Monday, September 21, 2009
6.30-7:00: Registration/Networking
7:00-8:30: Panel Discussion/Q&A
Where: The Feldenkrais Institute,134 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor
Cost: $10 (light refreshments included)
RSVP by September 16th to: http://womeninsocialentrepreneurship.eventbrite.com

Women play a key role in traditional and social entrepreneurship globally, and living in New York we are surrounded by women who are in the midst of changing the world through entrepreneurship.

Through a conversation with our panelists, including Elizabeth Scharpf and Katie Orenstein–two uber-entrepreneurs and Echoing Green fellows– and Amini Kajunju, CEO of Workshop in Business Opportunities, we will highlight the power of women in this field, both domestically and internationally, feature the various models of social entrepreneurship (non-profit, for-profit, hybrid), and discuss the challenges and opportunities that female entrepreneurs face.

Moderated by a representative of the Acumen Fund, the conversation is ideal for anyone, male or female, who have ideas and need inspiration, interested in learning more about the field of social entrepreneurship and meeting with like-minded individuals.

Elizabeth Scharpf
Elizabeth is starting a business called Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) in Rwanda that will provide a sustainable model to provide affordable sanitary napkins for women and young girls. Elizabeth, a recent Harvard MBA and MPA-International Development graduate, is an entrepreneur who spent most of her professional career starting up ventures or advising businesses on growth strategies in the health-care industry. Previously, she worked for a boutique management consulting firm, the Clinton Foundation, and the World Bank in South America, Asia, and East Africa, respectively.

Katie Orenstein
Katie is a journalist who has started a company called the Op-Ed Project, which aims to train more women and minorities to take part in global debates (op-eds, political commentary, even Congress are dominated up to 85% by well educated white males). An author and journalist, Catherine Orenstein has written for the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Miami Herald, and her commentary has been nationally syndicated. A graduate of Harvard (BA) and Columbia (MA), she is a fellow at The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, a women’s think tank

Amini Kajunju
Amini Kajunju is the CEO/COO of Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) which is a private non-profit organization that is committed to assisting men and women with the drive to become successful entrepreneurs. WIBO’s flagship 16-week workshop, “How to Build a Growing Profitable Business” is currently conducted in nine underserved communities of New York City.


September 11, 2009 at 5:15 PM 1 comment

Making Green from Green: CBS Launches SBC Certificate Series with Event

The green world is moving fast. Legislation was just passed by NYC to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. In the fall, the U.S. Senate will tackle the Energy Bill that includes aggressive cap-and-trade rules. And in December, nations will meet in Copenhagen to decide whether to recommit to the Kyoto Protocol.

To help the Columbia Business School community stay current with emerging green trends, and put member careers on a sustainable path, the new Sustainable Business Committee is launching an eight part series on green business that will run from October 2009 through June 2010. Members who attend six out of eight events will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

The Series will kick-off with a launch event, “Making Green From Green”

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 16, 2009

  • 5:30p.m.Sign-in and networking
  • 6:15p.m. Introduction and Keynotes
  • 7:30p.m. Networking and cocktails.

Place: Columbia/Princeton Club 11 W 43 Street

Speakers: Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman of Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial carpeting and sustainability pioneers. featuring Ray Anderson, Chairman of Interface and Author of “Confessions of A Radical Industrialist” (Macmillan 2009). Rohit Aggarwala, Director of New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability. Topic: GreeNYC initiatives and about opportunities for New York City businesses.

COST: $35 for CBSAC/NY members, $25 for current CBS Students, $40 for NYBSC and Smith Club members, and $45 for non-members. Included with your registration is a one year subscription to Fast Company Magazine ($10 value). If you do not wish to receive this publication

Click here to join CBSAC/NY.

Click here to buy tickets!!!

Click here for refund details from the publisher.

Note: this is excerpted and adapted from the event’s website

September 2, 2009 at 1:52 PM Leave a comment

Good Beer at BAM

In case anyone out there is interested in quenching their thirst on a local brew or two:
Wednesday, July 29, 4-8 p.m.
BAMCafé, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, $45.

Has all this summery heat been parching your palate? Luckily Good Beer at BAM–an edible homage to beer and food–is next Wednesday and there are still tickets available.

Buy tickets here or at brownpapertickets.com.

Good Beer at BAM is produced by Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines, in partnership with the just-launched Good Beer Seal, July Good Beer Month and GreatBrewers.com, and will benefit Just Food and Added Value.

Beers by: Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Craft Ales, Southampton Publick House, Kelso of Brooklyn, Blue Point Brewery, Allagash, Troegs, Ommegang, Left Hand, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose, Magic Hat, Victory, Keeghan Ales, Sly Fox, Peak Organic Brewing Company, Lake Placid, Ithaca Beer Company

Beer bars: Jimmy’s No. 43 and Beer Table

Food by: The Good Fork, Beer Table, Back Forty, Palo Santo, Gramercy Tavern, Jasper Hill, No. 7, Widow’s Hole Oysters, iCi, Porchetta, Co., Rose Water, Brooklyn Greenmarkets, Sullivan Street Bakery, Great Performances, JoMart Chocolates, Bent Spoon and a beer garnishes demonstration by Messermeister

For information contact Rachel Graville, rachelgraville@gmail.com, 646.246.9650.

July 27, 2009 at 10:53 PM Leave a comment

Join Net Impact & The Clinton Foundation for a special event!

Leveraging business principles to solve society’s most pressing challenges

Hosted at Google’s New York Office

When: Wednesday, May 27th, Discussion begins at 7pm
Where: Google New York Office (Located in Chelsea Market)
75 Ninth Ave (between W. 15th and 16th), 2nd Floor.

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the goal of strengthening the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.

Come learn about the Clinton Foundation and how the Clinton Foundation applies business principles to some of the major issues facing us today. Anil Soni, CEO of the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and Kanika Bahl, Executive Vice President of CHAI, will speak about the intersection of private/public partnerships and how the Foundation brings business principles to the healthcare arena.


6:30pm-7:00pm Registration
7:00pm-8:15pm Discussion and Q&A
8:15pm-9:00pm Networking Reception

Space is limited for this event, please RSVP here: http://netimpactclintonfoundationevent.eventbrite.com/

Please note, the following day, May 28th, the Clinton Foundation will be conducting interviews with a select number of candidates interested in opportunities with the foundation. If interested, please submit your resume and cover letter to: global.outreach@clintonfoundation.org.

Questions? Please Contact: Calgary.brown@gmail.com

Speaker Bios:

Anil Soni is the Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI), a division of the William J. Clinton Foundation which assists governments in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean to implement national HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs and which works to improve market dynamics for related medicines and tests, lowering prices and accelerating access to these life-saving technologies. Anil previously was Director of Drug Access at CHAI and then Executive Vice President for Access Programs. From 2004 to 2005, Anil was the Executive Director of Friends of the Global Fight, a nonprofit that advocates in the United State for increased public leadership and private engagement to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. From 2002 to 2004, Anil served as the Advisor to the Executive Director of the Global Fund in Geneva, where he provided senior policy counsel to guide the organization’s development and operations in its first two years. Anil was also a consultant at McKinsey and Company, where he served such clients as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Botswana Ministry of Health. He also worked for the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, and with nongovernmental organizations in Ghana and the Middle East. Anil graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College.

Kanika Bahl is the Executive Vice President of External Relations and Development at Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI), where she leads CHAI’s interactions with global donors and partners. Kanika has been at the foundation since 2005 and previously served as Vice President of Country Operations, where she launched and managed teams across 16 countries in West, South, and East Africa. Prior to this Kanika served as Africa Regional Manager, working with governments to save millions of dollars through creation of efficient HIV/AIDS drug purchasing, distribution, and supply systems. Before coming to CHAI, Kanika worked as a finance associate at Bechtel Enterprises, where she managed the divestiture of Latin American investment portfolios and developed recovery strategies for distressed global assets. Prior to this Kanika worked at a leading microfinance institution within the World Bank, CGAP; and with a technology start-up to develop their Africa rollout plan. Kanika received her MBA from Stanford Business School in 2002.

May 4, 2009 at 6:56 PM Leave a comment

Eco-Hunt: A Net Impact scavenging experience

Net Impact

Saturday, April 25th
1pm-4pm: Eco-Scavenger Hunt
4pm-7pm: Prizes awarded & afternoon social

Look for our booth during Earth Day N.Y. at Grand Central Terminal. Sign-in starts at 12pm, ends at 1pm!
Afternoon social at 4pm the Village Pourhouse, 64 3rd Avenue @ 11th Street

Cost: Only $5 to participate!

Sign up: Interested? Register Here: http://netimpactecohunt.eventbrite.com/

Join the Net Impact Professional Chapter for its first ever NYC Eco-Scavenger Hunt! This event pretends to be your typical scavenger hunt. But instead, it’s designed around Earth Day to be a celebration of our eco-mindedness in an urban jungle, combined with an uncanny ability to run around the city like brazen savages! Are you ready?

Our team has put together a combination of NYC trivia and activities (bring your digital cameras!) for teams of 5 to 6 to accomplish. We’ve organized a pretty good prize pot to share with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning teams. Here’s a sneak peak of who’s contributing to the pot:

And there’ll be more to come!

We’ll be providing the first 100 people who register with an AnvilRecycled and Carbon Free Eco-Hunt T-shirt courtesy of Anvil.

Gather a group of friends to RSVP as a team of 5 or 6 or on your own (we’ll be randomly assigning teams at our booth who signed up by themselves)  Once you’re signed up, you’ll receive more detailed information about the Eco-Hunt!

April 8, 2009 at 3:16 PM Leave a comment

Celebrate Earth Month. Party with Net Impact NYC!

Location: Greenhouse – 150 Varick Street (SE corner of Varick and Vandam)
Date: April 17th – Earth Month!!
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $20 2-hour Organic Open Bar

RSVP BY MIDNIGHT APRIL 16th: http://netimpactgreenhouseevent.eventbrite.com


Come celebrate Earth Day with Net Impact NYC at Greenhouse – NYC’s renowned eco-friendly nightspot.   If the two-hour open bar with organic liquor isn’t appetizing enough, Net Impact has invited some of NY’s startup sustainable companies and product manufacturers to showcase their products at the event.  What does this mean?  Free goodies for you!

We cordially invite you to join us at the first LEED-CI Registered nightclub in the world (anticipating a Silver certification level).  One of Net Impact NYC’s Steering Committee members was responsible for Greenhouse’s sustainability strategies and he will be there to answer any questions you have about the space!

If you are searching for a job, come network.  If you have a job, come blow off some steam at Net Impact’s Earth Day Extravaganza!


For more information on Greenhouse, visit their website here

For information on Greenhouse’s sustainability strategies check out the NY Times Article here.


March 12, 2009 at 2:24 PM Leave a comment

Social Entrepreneurship Event on March 9th

A renowned New York Times journalist tells the inspirational story of one of America’s most imaginative and effective social entrepreneurs

Date: March 9, 2009
Time: 6–8pm
Location: TimesCenter – 242 West 41st Street
Cost: Free (Seating first come, first serve)


Herb Sturz – Long-time Social Innovator

In A Kind of Genius, Sam Roberts offers a window onto Herb Sturz’s extraordinary life’s work. Sturz began his long career in social entrepreneurship by reforming the bail system and founding the Vera Institute of Justice. He served as New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice under Ed Koch and then as Chairman of the City Planning Commision. He moved on to establish affordable inner-city housing and programs for at-risk individuals. But Sturz has, to date, largely eschewed the public’s eye.


Sam Roberts, Urban Affairs Correspondent of the New York Times, has written for the Times for more than two decades. Before joining the Times, he was a reporter and city editor at the Daily News. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and New York Magazine. Author and co-author of several books, he lives in New York with his wife.

Roberts pays tribute to Sturz’s inspirational legacy of accomplishment. His initiatives have consistently provided solutions to our most challenging problems. Here, for the first time, his astonishing story is told in full.

March 2, 2009 at 1:36 PM Leave a comment

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