Friday Factoid: Conference Season at Columbia Business School

With the changing of the leaves and the influx of cooler weather on Columbia Business School’s (CBS’s) campus comes a series of student-run conferences that give both first- and second-year students the opportunity to expand their knowledge across a variety of disciplines via panels and keynote speaker addresses, and to network with like-minded students, conference sponsors (who are often also big CBS recruiters) and even industry professionals.

Next Friday is the popular Social Enterprise Conference, during which speakers will discuss how the social enterprise sector has and will continue to explore and capitalize on new avenues of business brought to light by technological innovation, among other issues. Keynote speakers include Tina Brown, editor in chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast; Matthew Klein, executive director of the Blue Ridge Foundation; and Leymah Gbowee, founder and executive director of The Women Peace and Security Network Africa.

The CBS Healthcare Conference follows in late October, featuring Dr. Franz B. Humer, chairman of Roche Holding Ltd.; Sheri McCoy, vice chairman of the Executive Committee of Johnson & Johnson; and Mark Bertolini, chairman, CEO and president of Aetna Inc. The Marketing Association of Columbia (MAC) Conference is next up in early December this year and, like the Social Enterprise Conference, usually offers a packed house. This year, the MAC Conference will focus on the brand experience elevated, enhanced and personalized for today’s mindful consumer.

The conference season continues into the second semester and features the popular India Business Conference and the Columbia Women in Business Conference. CBS often touts its New York advantage—students have the business world right at the school’s door, ripe for exploration. Obviously, however, this advantage does not mean that CBS neglects to bring the business world to its students.

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