SUMANI Trendster: BEEx WISE

Last Thursday, I sat in on an event at the Building & Energy Exchange’s office on Chambers Street. Everything about the BEEx is so glossy. From their exhibition on energy products, to the the white & neon event room, and especially their slick website. This is what can result from the public and private sectors partnering together.

In 2015 the BEEx launched a series, titled Women in Sustainability & Energy:

“WISE showcases inspirational women leaders who are accelerating the sustainability and energy efficiency of our buildings and our cities. This series brings together women from a diversity of fields to discuss cutting-edge policies, technologies, and programs. It provides a networking forum and framework for year-round dialogue. WISE supports the leaders of today and provides a platform for the next generation of women in this critical industry.”

The topics of conversation during this WISE event were definitely content heavy, and while the forum certainly serves to facilitate interactions between women in the sustainability and energy industries, these events are profound discussions on industry that just so happen to have an all-female perspective… the “all-male panel” is getting a bit tiresome.

On March 10th, Ali Adler, Angela Ferrante, and Allison Kopf, moderated by Pat Sapinsley discussed “Investors and Innovators Building and Supporting Clean Technologies.”

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Announcing New Service Corps and Board Fellows Opportunities

Service Corps provides Net Impact members the opportunity to use their business skills to help nonprofits in their community by engaging in short-term, part-time consulting projects ranging from marketing, to business operations, to strategic planning, and more.

Net Impact members participate in Service Corps to:
-Offer quality business consulting services to organizations that cannot otherwise afford it
-Work with experienced professionals
-Develop and strengthen their relationships with organizations and individuals in their local nonprofit community
-Gain tangible nonprofit management experience

Nonprofits participate in Service Corps to:
-Bring new perspective into their organization
-Receive quality business consulting on projects
-Support development of emerging nonprofit leaders
-Engage volunteers in their organization’s work

The Net Impact NYC Board Fellows program aims to match talented, energetic, and committed New York area professionals with local nonprofit organizations in an effort to increase capacity in the nonprofit sector while providing members with an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. The program brings valuable business skills to non-profits and allows nonprofits to cultivate potential new board members, while exposing Net Impact members to “real life” non-profit management and governance.

Nonprofit organizations are expected to:
-Commit one existing board member to act as a mentor to the Board Fellow, helping them navigate the organization and their responsibilities.
-Include the Board Fellow in all general board meetings and relevant committee meetings.
-Work with the Board Fellow to establish goals and projects that benefit the organization and interest the Board Fellow.
-Complete a post-project evaluation.

Board Fellows are expected to:
-Commit to contributing 5-10 hours per month to the nonprofit organization.
-Attend all general board meetings and meetings of all committees in which the Fellow participates.
-Carry out projects and tasks, and all interactions with their nonprofit, with integrity and professionalism.
-Come to the table with experience and success in leadership positions, and sincere interest in or passion for the cause of the organization.
-Submit a report at the end of their Fellowship, summarizing the impact of their participation for the host nonprofit, and discussing key lessons and takeaways from their Board Fellowship experience.

Click the flyers above to learn more about how to get involved!

100th “Like” on Facebook!

SUMA Net Impact has reached its 100th “Like” on Facebook!

Thank you, SUMANI fans!

Don’t forget to create a free profile at netimpact.org and select Columbia University School of Continuing Education as your chapter too! The more “official” (registered at netimpact.org) members we have, the better events we can bring you in the future.

And speaking of great events, we only have a few seats left for Wednesday’s dinner with the Global Environmental Risk Lead at Morgan Stanley, Francesco Liberti! Learn more here and be sure to RSVP before all seats are gone!

Dinner & Networking with Morgan Stanley’s Global Environmental Risk Lead – Wed 13 Nov

Net Impact: SUMA Chapter is pleased to invite you to its first Dinner & Networking event, featuring Francesco Liberti, Global Environmental Risk Lead at Morgan Stanley.

Unlike most networking events, this dinner is designed to be a small and intimate evening to allow more engaging conversations for all participants.

There is a short survey to be completed upon registration that SUMANI will distribute to Francesco and student registrants—the survey will help everyone to make the most out of this unique networking opportunity.

Seats are very limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

Students are responsible for paying for their own meals and drinks, in addition to splitting Francesco’s check evenly between themselves.

Finally, all registrants must create a FREE profile at netimpact.org and select Columbia University School of Continuing Education as their chapter to be eligible to attend this dinner.

RSVP here: goo.gl/ncofK4

Where:
Hurley’s Saloon
232 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
hurleysnyc.com

When:
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

About Mr Liberti:
Francesco Liberti is Morgan Stanley’s Global Environmental Risk Lead. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2010, he spent 15 years with Deloitte’s environmental and sustainability advisory practice and has also worked as an environmental engineer designing and building remediation and treatment systems for groundwater, soil, and air. His educational background includes a B.S. in Engineering Science and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering (both from New Jersey Institute of Technology) as well as an MBA from Rutgers University.

See you next Wednesday!

Tee-Shirt Design Contest 2013 – NEW SUBMISSION DEADLINE!!!

SUMA Net Impact is proud to announce its very first tee-shirt design contest!

Don’t miss the chance to express your creativity and design a tee to be worn by your fellow SUMA students!

Design submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm on Friday, November 22nd, 2013.

Voting by the SUMA population will occur during the week after the submission deadline.

Full guidelines below:

  • Tee will be a one-sided, front design only
  • Tee fabric will be the same color as in the flyer above (or here)
  • Design must contain the following color: RGB 68,77,62
  • Design must contain one of the following colors: RGB 0,103,177 or RGB 28,174,235
  • Design must contain only two colors total
  • Design must contain the following text: “Sustainability Management
  • Design must contain either of the following texts: “Columbia University” or “Columbia
  • Design must contain either of the official Columbia SUMA Net Impact logos in monochromatic color scheme:

——-or——-

Please e-mail Mikael Amar, your SUMANI VP of Marketing and Communications, at mja2174@columbia.edu for full-sized logos.

Good luck!