monday 3/27

 Students will take carefully-selected courses at Wagner and Stern that explore the concept of students as "changemakers," entrepreneurship, and the management practices, public policy implications, and social and economic consequences of the rise in social entrepreneurship domestically and internationally.

keynote: Citibank’s Chief Productivity Officer, David Chubak!

12:30 - 1:45 PM, Tisch L101

Learn why the C-Suite at Citi sees sustainability as core to their business, what they are doing about it, and why they are looking for employees that bring sustainability skills as well as traditional financial skills. Hear David Chubak, CPO (Chief Productivity Officer) of Citi, hold a conversation on how Citi incorporates sustainability as part of its core business to create value for its stakeholders, as well as other pressing issues such as the future of Citi and sustainability in the current political climate.

David Chubak was named Citi's Global Head of Productivity in March 2013. For nearly a decade, while at McKinsey, David worked with leading global institutions and governments to shape their strategies, overhaul their operation and restructure their organizations. David earned a BA with honors from Columbia University and a JD from New York University School of Law. He is an active member of the New York community, lectures at industry events, and serves on the advisory boards of several New York organizations. He also represents Citi as a Corporate Member on the Council on Foreign Relations.

tuesday 3/28

Speaker panel: social impact career paths

12:30-1:45PM, tisch l101

Learn how our speakers incorporate sustainability and social impact into diverse industries, including consulting, investing, fashion, and real estate! Speakers include: 

  • Stephen Freedman, Executive Director, Head of Thematic and Sustainable Investing Strategy at UBS Wealth Management Americas

    Upon joining UBS in 1998, Stephen served as an economist and public policy analyst in the Swiss headquarters of UBS. Since 2004, he has been an Investment Strategist within CIO Wealth Management Research. In 2007, Stephen transferred to the U.S. as Global Investment Strategist and was responsible for asset allocation until recently. Today, he is responsible for the thematic investment offering and for sustainable investing. He chairs the U.S. Thematic Investment Committee and is a core member of the Wealth Management Americas Asset Allocation Committee. He is the editor-in-chief of the flagship publication Top Themes, responsible for the quarterly “Decade Ahead” and for the suite of sustainable investing publications. Stephen Freedman earned a Ph.D. in financial economics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, following a master’s degree in economics and business administration from the same institution.
  • Sophie Rifkin, Associate Director, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Sophie Waskow Rifkin has 10 years of experience working with organizations to grow and implement sustainability programs. She currently serves as the Associate Director at NYU Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business.  As a member of the advisory services team at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), Sophie worked with consumer sector companies to develop and implement sustainability strategies. Previously, she spent three years as a project manager at the George Washington University where she helped launch the university’s inaugural sustainability program. Sophie began her career in sustainability at the consulting firm, SustainAbility. She holds an MPA from George Washington University, and an A.B. in English from Brown University. Sophie is a member of the Pembroke Center Associates Council of Brown University and serves as a mentor in Brown Women’s Launch Pad program. 

  • Heidi Burkhart, President and Founder, Dane Real Estate

Heidi R. Burkhart is the President of Dane Professional Consulting Group and a fourteen-year veteran of the real estate industry. Heidi created, Dane PCG, which specializes in affordable housing brokerage and consulting, in 2008. During her ten years in the real estate industry, Heidi has facilitated over a billion in transactions and closed over 10,000 affordable housing units.
Heidi began her career as a financial analyst at Owens Illinois in her hometown of Toledo, OH. She later became a senior director at Eastern Consolidated in New York, NY where she headed the affordable housing brokerage and investment division. 
Heidi is very active with a variety of volunteer projects including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, HELP USA, the New York Ronald McDonald House, Food Bank NYC, Habitat for Humanity and Kids Unlimited, Toledo, Ohio. Heidi has also sat on the Board of Directors for Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation (IRHP), the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), and the Harriet Tubman Charter School (HTCS). 

  • Meghna Sarma (MBA), Corporate Social Responsibility, PVH Corp.

Meghna is currently is a second-year MBA student at the NYU Stern School of Business. She currently works part-time in PVH Corp.’s Corporate Responsibility department and is responsible for policy development and strategy projects on emerging corporate responsibility issues. Prior to business school she served as a Legal Advisor at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), a non-profit organization focused on conflict resolution. In this capacity she handled numerous legal and policy matters including, employment matters, corporate compliance and board relations.  While in law school Meghna was a member of Moot Court and participated in Fordham’s Human Rights clinic where she was part of a team that traveled to Sierra Leone to work on issues related to female genital mutilation and child maintenance.  From 2010-2014, she also served as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Feminist Press. Meghna earned her undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from New York University, JD from Fordham Law School, certificate in Sustainable Design from FIT and will be completing her MBA from Stern in May 2017.

Systems thinking workshop with jamie cloud

6:30-7:30PM, tisch l101

Join Jaimie Cloud of the Cloud Institute of Sustainability for a hands-on experience to learn how businesses impact the ecosystem and minimize unintended consequences to achieve sustainability.

Jaimie P. Cloud is the founder and president of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in New York City. The Cloud Institute is dedicated to the vital role of education in creating awareness, fostering commitment, and guiding actions toward a healthy, secure and sustainable future for ourselves and for future generations.Cloud is a pioneer of Education for Sustainability (EfS) in the U.S. She writes and publishes extensively, and consults, coaches and teaches in schools and school districts around the country and in other parts of the world.

wednesday 3/29

faculty q&a

12:30-1:45PM, TISCH L101

Hear from Professors April Gu, Michael Pollack, and Lior Zalmanson about their professional journeys, what they do outside of the classroom, and how they incorporate social impact in their work.

Michael Pollack currently teaches courses in Professional Responsibility and Leadership at NYU Stern. He also runs his family investment firm, Pollack Holdings, which has interests in a broad array of both public and private securities. Before joining Stern, he was one of two general partners at Glenhill Capital, a long/short public equities investment firm. Additionally, he established and now runs his private family foundation, SCA Charitable Foundation. SCA is active in venture philanthropy, primarily in India, where it collaborates with social entrepreneurs to scale their business models. 
April Gu is currently an Associate Director at the Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Previously, Professor Gu practiced law in the Singapore and New York offices of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where she focused on the financing of infrastructure and energy projects throughout Southeast Asia, Latin America and the United States. She is also a former Fulbright Research Scholar who conducted research on economic development in Beijing, China. She is a graduate of NYU Stern and the NYU School of Law. 
Lior Zalmanson is a writer, lecturer, and researcher, interested mainly in digital culture and the information society. His research has won awards and grants from the Fulbright Foundation, Dan David Prize, Google, MSI and more. Lior teaches various courses throughout Israel on information and knowledge management, as well as on digital culture and new media. He has written on digital and online behavior for Wired UK, MIT Sloan Review, and Alaxon. Lior is also the founder of the Print Screen festival, Israel's digital culture festival, which explores themes of digital culture in cinema and audio-visual arts. 

thursday 3/30

faculty debate

12:30-1:45PM, KMEC 2-65

Come out to SIC's first ever faculty debate challenge, where Professor Mark Brennan and Professor Rachel Kowal will be going head to head on the uncertain future of business and its role in society!

Mark G. Brennan is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Ethics in the Business & Society Program at Stern. His research interests include U.S. diplomatic and economic history, twentieth century global politics, and the history of classical economics. After receiving his PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania and prior to joining the Stern School, Professor Brennan worked as an equity analyst and portfolio manager covering the financial services industry for several asset management firms and hedge funds. Before his career as an investor, Professor Brennan was a CPA at Price Waterhouse and has served on the boards of the Bank and Financial Analyst Association, the Rude Mechanicals Theater Company, and policy think tanks. Professor Brennan is also the American editor of the Quarterly Review, a British literary magazine founded in 1809. 
Rachel Kowal is a Clinical Professor of Business Law at Stern. Professor Kowal teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs including Law, Business and Society; Business and Its Publics; Professional Responsibility and Leadership; Business Law for Managers; and Stern International Volunteers Ghana. She has been with Stern since 1988. She is also the Deputy Director of the Business and Society Program at Stern, overseeing all graduate and undergraduate courses that fall within Stern's social impact core. She is the recipient of the Ely Kushel Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Citibank Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service to the Stern School of Business. In addition, Professor Kowal is an attorney who earned her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. As an attorney, she practiced tax and bankruptcy law with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

internship fair

6:30-8:30PM T411-413

The Social Impact Internship Fair will bring various social impact-focused organizations who are hiring undergraduate interns for either summer 2017 or the near future. Come out to discuss with industry professionals and explore all the opportunities they have to offer! 

friday 3/31

volunteering event


Serve as volunteer mentors for high school students at Broome Street Academy! By sharing your college experiences, you can help youths imagine and prepare a future for college.

Sign up here for a 10:00am or 11:00am time slot!

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Broome Street Academy is a school designed for New York City's most vulnerable youth – including homeless and transitionally housed young people and youth in the child welfare and foster care systems.

The Door empowers young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment.


Case Walkthrough with 180 DEGREES CONSULTING

12:30-1:45PM LC-21

Join 180 Degrees Consulting, a student-run consultancy for non-profits, as we walk you through one of their current client projects!


impact investing with IAG

6:00-7:30pm Tisch 201

Watch SIC and IAG combine forces to deliver a pitch on sustainable businesses! Partners from BCG, LISC, and Paul, Weiss LLP will be there to deliver their views on sustainable businesses as well give advice on those looking to pitch for sustainable business in the future!

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