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Social Impact Curriculum

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Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Acumen, speaking on March 10, 2014 to Stern freshmen on the topic of "Business, Sustainability and Poverty" as part of the Business and Its Publics course.

The Social Impact curriculum is a four-course sequence beginning freshman year with our Business and its Publics course, which combines lectures with small group discussion sections to introduce you to the interconnections between business, society, markets, politics, art, culture, and life. Distinguished Business and its Publics speakers from 2014 include: 
  • Dan Doctoroff, CEO and President, Bloomberg, L.P.
  • Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media
  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women’s World Banking
  • Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Acumen
Distinguished Business and its Publics speakers from 2013 include:
  • Maria Bartiromo, Television Journalist, Columnist, Author, and Host and Managing Editor of On the Money with Maria Bartiromo
  • Edward Bernard, Director, Vice Chairman of the Board, and Vice President, T. Rowe Price Group
  • Cory Booker, Mayor, Newark NJ
  • Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
Sophomores complete Organizational Communications and Its Social Context, studying social processes of influence and persuasion, and how to most effectively communicate your own verbal and written messages to different audiences. Juniors take Law, Business, & Society, which examines the role of law and commerce in shaping and governing business. Seniors finish the social impact sequence with a course focusing on professional responsibility.

Business & Its Publics: Student Views

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"Business and Its Publics gives me exposure to leading professionals in a variety of industries and helps me to further understand the depth and breadth of the business world. It's incredible to have the opportunity to hear from so many professionals who hold the business positions I dream of." Griffin Carlborg (BS '17).

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"Business and Its Publics [BIP] starts a discussion among the entire Stern freshmen class about business and its intricacies. BIP gives us the forum to exchange our ideas and learn from one another." Matt Wilson (BPE '17).