Columbia Business School (CBS) offers 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.
During the popular Social Enterprise Conference, speakers discuss the ways leaders and managers can use strategy as a tool to maximize social change and how organizations can incorporate a broader spectrum of social gains into their organizational strategies, among other issues. Like the Social Enterprise Conference, the Marketing Association of Columbia (MAC) Conference usually enjoys a packed house. The MAC Conference has focused on such topics as the elevation, enhancement, and personalization of the brand experience for today’s mindful consumer. The most recent CBS Healthcare Conference featured a professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the Columbia University Medical Center as the keynote speaker. Conference season at Columbia also includes the India Business Conference and the Columbia Women in Business Conference.
CBS often touts its New York advantage—students have the business world right outside 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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