Student government co-president Sid Viswanath ’17 goves advice to incoming students: "Say yes" to leadership challenges.

At Columbia, we're proud of the active role our students take in influencing policy and practices at the School. We have several student leadership groups that work closely with one another and the administration to ensure that Columbia is constantly evolving to be an even better environment for our students.

Bernstein Leadership Board

The Student Leadership and Ethics Board is composed of first- and second-year MBA and EMBA students who develop programs focused on ethical decision making and principled leadership. Students are selected based on an interest in leadership and ethics, as well as academic and work experience. The board interacts with faculty, staff, alumni and students to develop, support, organize, and market extracurricular events. Events include high-profile speakers and experiential learning activities such as films, role-playing activities, events featuring improvisational actors, and other creative sessions as determined by the board.

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Career Fellows

The Career Fellows Program is a Career Management Center (CMC) leadership initiative that employs and trains second-year students to provide career management skills, advice, and support to classmates during the job-search process. Selectively chosen through an application process to represent a wide array of industries, functions, and geographies, Career Fellows offer industry exploration and education, networking best practices, résumé and cover letter reviews, pitch preparations, and mock interviews. Career Fellows further develop their own communication, leadership, and lifelong career management skills through working closely with the CMC.

Dean's Advisory Board

The Dean’s Advisory Board, composed of students, is devoted to discussing the student body’s feedback and vision regarding new and current programming with the dean. This group has a tangible impact on the community, and has helped launch bold initiatives like the Columbia Startup Lab.

Student Government

Columbia Business School's student council enriches and broadens the student experience. Interacting with students, the administration, faculty, and the external community, Student Government promotes an environment of energetic, engaged students who are proud to be lifetime members of the Columbia Business School community.

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Hermes Society

The Hermes Society is composed of selected students who voluntarily serve as representatives of the Admissions Office and the Columbia Business School student body. Members participate in and represent the student perspective at information sessions on campus, welcome admitted students to the community, organize and facilitate Columbia Connect (open house) events, and meet with applicants to answer their questions. Applications are accepted each semester from students who have completed at least one term at the School.

Honor Board

Each cluster elects Honor Board representatives to serve on a committee that works closely with the administration and faculty to resolve any breaches of the honor code. Honor Board members often help to prepare their clusters for exams, and work to ensure ethical behavior is demonstrated by their peers.

Peer Advisor Program

Peer advisors are students who have been selected through an application process to help guide new students through the first-year transition to Columbia. Peer advisors are actively involved in Orientation and, as part of the Program on Social Intelligence, they coach and advise first-year learning teams. Peer advisors go through extensive leadership training and work closely with OSA, faculty members, and departments throughout the School as liaisons to the first-year class.

Silfen Leadership Series

The David and Lyn Silfen Leadership Series is an unparalleled learning opportunity for the entire Columbia Business School community, attracting renowned business leaders from around the world to provide a forum for students to exchange thoughts and ideas with the most important people in business today.

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