2009 Social Enterprise Conference: Innovative Financial Instruments

Experts discuss new financing techniques being used by cutting-edge institutions in the social sector. Panelists include Alexander Friedman ’98, CFO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Clara Miller, president and CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund; John Eric Nelson, managing partner of Wall Street Without Walls; Julie Sunderland, senior program investment officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Leah Pedersen Thomas, director of Net Guarantee, Malaria No More. The 2009 Social Enterprise Conference took place on October 9 at Columbia Business School. The conference shed light on the entire process for social ventures — from vision to specific practices — and addressed how organizations can gain momentum and strength during the global economic downturn. To learn more about the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, visit http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/socialenterprise