Our Committees

CBSACNY is an all-volunteer organization. Behind the scenes, our talented and dedicated team of volunteers that work on different committees to plan and direct our club’s amazing event programming.

Each committee is headed up by two co-chairs, many of whom are also directors or officers of the club. Co-chairs generate event ideas, recruit volunteers for their committee, and oversee event planning and decision-making.

Our committees and volunteers have helped make our club the most successful Columbia University alumni organization in the world! If you'd like to join or lead a Committee, reach out to us at info@cbsacny.org.


Industry Committees

Business Owners - This committee focuses on producing events that will help small business owners and entrepreneurs realize their dreams of building successful businesses.

Consumer Products & Retail – This committee organizes events and panels focused on evolving trends in the consumer and retail industries. The following sub-sectors are encompassed within our committee’s universe: footwear and apparel, accessories, beauty and skin care, food and beverage, restaurants, home design and decorating.

Finance & Investing - The focus of this committee is events in the finance, banking, and private equity sectors.

Healthcare - The Healthcare Committee is at the forefront of one of the most dynamic, fascinating and fluid sectors of the US/ global economy. We have organized highly successful events with leading experts on a range of critically important scientifically driven business opportunities; our most recent programs on synthetic biology (January 2017) and growing the life sciences executive talent base in NYC (May 2017) were sell outs. We thrive upon the energy, ideas, knowedge and enthusiasm of our professional and student volunteers and welcome new members.

Marketing – This committee organizes events of interest to marketing executives.

Media & Technology – This committee aims to build a vibrant community of alumni with interest in high-tech and new media through events that address the industry's most pressing issues and provide networking and learning opportunities to executives, entrepreneurs and investors as well as alumni looking to engage and build relationships with broader NYC media and technology community.

Real Estate – The events produced by this committee explore aspects of the real estate industry.

Sustainable Business
– Producing events related to green businesses, the environment, and sustainability, this committee explores a pioneering new industry.


Interest Committees

Careers – This committee hosts events to help alumni and current business student members with career development.

Distinguished Leaders Our events feature distinguished leaders from diverse industries. Their insights and experiences will help you grow into an effective leader in your organization. 

Innovation & Strategy – One of our most exciting, active committees, we recruit guest speakers who are “trailblazers” transforming products, services, processes, organizations, and sectors.

International – This committee programs events on trending international topics and influential people.

Leadership Workshops – Our talented leadership team plans workshops on best practices and developing important skills for business leadership.

Women in Business – Women have changed and continue to lead the way to change business leadership. This committee provides an empowering and supportive environment with events of interest to women in business.

Venture Capital & Entrepreneurs - This committee organizes panel discussions, information sessionals and networking events to promote and meet the needs of business professionals interested in small and start-up businesses.


Regional Chapters

Connecticut & Westchester – The CT/Westchester Committee of CBSACNY was started in1995 to provide events and networking opportunities for alums who live or work in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Events usually focus on business-related topics, such as investing, marketing, and financial planning, but also include social activities (e.g. seasonal happy hours), and distinguished speakers. To find out more please contact Committee Chair (and co-founder) Dean Gamanos (contactus@cbsacny.org). Peter Helmer and Pamela Beam serve as Committee Co- Presidents. Other active Committee members include Karen Campbell, Jonathan Greenberg, Rob Montrone, and Xenia Razinski. Planning meetings are typically held every month or two over an inexpensive dinner in Greenwich.


 Working Group & Strategy Committees

Memberships – This committee focuses on new membership, membership renewals, membership benefits and the planning of social events.

Marketing  – This is a cross-committee group that works with others to devise strategies on promoting and marketing the club and it's events.