Type of Offering

Date: October, 2009

The Center for Business & Environment organizes the Sabin Environmental Venture Prize Speaker Series, events include:

• Entrepreneurship at Yale: Alumni Leading the Way. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur at Yale, come and listen to your fellow alumni on the challenges of being an innovator and learn more about resources available for you at Yale University. Seth Goldman, Co-Founder and President of Honest Tea, and Tom Scaramellino, founder and CEO of Efficiency 2.0 present.

• Entrepreneurship in Sustainability - People Safe and Planet Safe with QCollection. Q Collection provides furnishings that are better for you, your home and our planet. Their products combine comfort, design and top quality construction with materials that reduce or eliminate risks to human health and the environment. The company was created in late 2002 by Anthony Cochran and Jesse Johnson. The concept grew out of a conversation on combining high-end, stylish design with the purest and most environmentally-friendly materials available.

• Entrepreneurship in Investments: Angel Investing with the Clean Energy Venture Group, Ralph Earle, Clean Energy Venture Group. Clean Energy Venture Group is an angel investment group that provides seed capital and management expertise to early stage clean energy companies. The group is comprised of seasoned operating executives with strong capabilities in the energy and environmental sectors. With each investment, they not only bring capital, but also the value of their experience and network to help companies achieve their goals. While their focus is in the Northeast United States, they have worked with companies throughout the country.

• Entrepreneurship in Agriculture: Nurturing and Investing in Companies that Make Agriculture More Sustainable. Janine Yorio, Managing Director of NewSeed Advisors, and Jessica Bloomgarden, Chief Marketing Officer of AeroFarms, present on advising and investing in companies that make agriculture more sustainable.

• Entrepreneurship in Energy: Save Money and Save the Planet One Community at a Time with Earth Markets. Kerry O'Neill (President and CEO) and Bryan Garcia (Chief Community Officer) of Earth Markets discuss the challenges of starting up a business focused on making it affordable to bring clean energy and energy efficiency technologies into the homes of a community.

• Professional Development Workshops: Maureen Burke, Professor of the Entrepreneurial Business Planning course, presents special professional development workshops to assist students and faculty with their applications for the Sabin Environmental Venture Prize. Session topics include:

• Completing a Market Assessment: assessing the market for products, services, projects or programs for the Sabin Environmental Venture Prize.

• Understanding Basic Accounting and Financial Modeling: understanding the basics in accounting and financial modeling to assist with applications for the Sabin Environmental Venture Prize.

• Developing Skills for Business Writing and Presentations: communicating ideas for the Sabin Environmental Venture Prize.

• Green Bride Guide. Kate Harrison, founder and CEO of The Green Bride Guide, presents on starting and running a web-based green business and how she has acquired the resources to grow her company.

• Sabin Prize Finalist Presentations and Award Ceremony 2010, Andy Sabin, Andy Sabin Family Foundation. The winner of the prize receives a $25,000 check from Mr. Sabin and Dean Sharon Oster.

• Cleantech Investing Principles: The Twelve P's to Investing in Good Energy. Howard Berke, Chairman and Co-founder of Konarka Technologies discusses clean tech investing principles and his 30 years of experience in the clean tech investing arena.

• The Race for .ECO: Implications for the Environmental Community. Anastasia O'Rourke (Ph.D, F&ES '09) discusses the race for the .ECO internet domain; and the opportunity and risks it poses to the global environmental community.

• Building an Environmentally-Focused Tech Venture: Silvia Terra's Winning Bid for the 2010 Sabin Prize. Zack Parisa (Yale Forestry '09) and Max Uhlenhuth (Yale College '12) discuss their winning bid for the 2010 Sabin Prize and recent developments in their new business, SilviaTerra, a provider of accurate forest inventory solutions.

Type: event series
Date: September, 2009

An event series that celebrates the diverse ideas, perspectives and identities that we all bring to the SOM community. SOMunity is a student-led initiative, launched in 2009 through the Dean’s Diversity Task Force. In 2009, students participated in the Chinese New Year, a networking event for international students, movie night, a Korean cooking class, and a Leaders Forum lecture with Indra Nooyi '80, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, which SOMunity cosponsored. The 2010 theme is “Live Diversity” which celebrates how we can support diversity in all aspects of our personal and professional lives. Opening the 2010 series is “Modern Workforce in Real Life: SOM Student Stories,” a student-led panel discussion about their experiences navigating complicated questions of diversity and inclusion in their workplace, co-sponsored by the Black Business Alliance. The keynote event for SOMunity in 2010 is a panel discussion with the chief diversity leaders from Goldman Sachs, Aetna, Teach for America and Major League Baseball. Professor Tori Brescoll will be moderating a discussion about how each of these organizations, leaders in their field, are approaching diversity and inclusiveness in their enterprises. Sponsored by Women In Management, the Business of Sports Group and SOMunity.

Date: October, 2009

The formation of the Connecticut Wind Working Group gathers appropriate Stakeholders in a shared forum to move the intelligent development of wind power in Connecticut.