The 12 th annual Net Impact conference has set a new registration record with almost 1,400 MBA students, professionals and sponsors registered to attend. The event, titled "Business Leaders Building a Better World," is hosted by the Business School's Social Enterprise Club, which is a chapter of Net Impact, an international network of emerging business leaders. The sold-out conference, which is hosted by a different business school each year, is expected to draw participants from 80 business schools, 167 companies and 11 countries when it takes place from Nov. 11 to 14 .
"The entire Columbia Business School community is proud to host this year's event. In addition to the dozens of students organizing the event, faculty and alumni are actively involved as panelists, participants and sponsors," said R. Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Business School. "The record-breaking registration reflects the growing emphasis at Columbia and other top business schools on preparing future leaders who seek opportunity to add value beyond the bottom line."
Consistently drawing the attendance of more than 1,000 business students and professionals, the annual conference is one of the largest and most powerful gatherings of socially minded business leaders in the world. The 2004 keynote speakers include: Orin Smith, CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company; Julius Walls Jr. , CEO of Greyston Bakery and vice president of Enterprise and Jobs Development at Greyston Foundation; and Thomas M. Chappell, CEO and co-founder of Tom's of Maine and president of The Saltwater Institute.