I am a proud Columbia Business School graduate. I had several outstanding professors, made lifelong friendships in my joint CBS-London Business School Global Executive MBA program, and thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Bernstein Center Student Leadership and Ethics Board. As an alumnae living in New York City, I have come to appreciate the omnipresence of fellow Columbians around town, particularly in the impact investing and social enterprise space. This week, I am particularly grateful to CBS's Social Enterprise Program because they have provided significant funding to my colleague and me for our student loan repayment in 2014. This assistance is made possible by a generous alumni donation earmarked to support CBS grads who choose to work for nonprofits or social enterprises, and so earn significantly less than classmates who work in the private sector. Helping us with our (significant!) loan burden will absolutely move the needle as to what we are able to take on and accomplish in this early phase of Inspiring Capital's growth.
While I'm singing the praises of the Social Enterprise Program, and its dedicated and visionary leaders, Professors Bruce Usher and Ray Fisman, as well as fellow Columbia alum Sandra Navalli, I should mention that the same fund also provided a Summer Fellowship for Inspiring Capital's first employee when she started as an intern last summer!
AND, the Social Enterprise Program is sponsoring our next event: To Be or Not To Be a 501c3, an interactive workshop about the pros and cons of for- or not-for-profit. Join us on Tuesday, December 3 for a provocative and educational discussion!
So, thank you, Social Enterprise Program! You are providing thought leadership, concrete financial support, and innovative convening power to advance the social enterprise field in New York City and beyond.