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“CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP”

Social entrepreneurs are changing philanthropy by applying business principles. But there is significant skepticism and challenges facing them. Learn about five major organizations and how they are changing the world!

As more wealth is created in the worldwide economy, today’s entrepreneurs and business executives have strived more than ever to give back to society. These so called “social entrepreneurs” are changing philanthropy and areas such as microfinance by applying business principles to solve social problems (mainly by emphasizing innovation, addressing the root cause of a problem and scalability). Yet there is significant skepticism and challenges facing these entrepreneurs.

So, what exactly is social entrepreneurship and what do social entrepreneurs do? What does it take to be in this growing and exciting, yet largely undefined, field? What are some of the common issues they face? Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York & Fordham Business School Alumni Club present a thought provoking discussion featuring individuals from five major organizations. Come and learn about these groups and how they are changing the world around us.

Insights and analysis from:

1)     Blair Miller, Business Development Manager, Acumen Fund.

2)    Theresa Ellis, C.E.O., Common Impact

3)    Barbara Kazdan, director, Ashoka U.S.A.

4)    TBD, Omidyar Network

5) Lara Galinsky, vice president, strategy, Echoing Green Moderator: Bhavna Toor, vice president, product specialist, Lazard

Date: Tuesday,  May 13, 2008

Time: 6 p.m. registration. Discussion 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Venue:  The Williams Club, 24 east 39th Street [between Park and Madison Avenues]

Price: $20 CBSAC/NY members; $35 non-members

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