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Annual APIL Auction

The 2011 Annual APIL Student Auction will be held on April 11, 2011 in Pepperdine’s atrium. Read more about it on the auction page.

SBA Open Mic Night

On March 31st at 6pm, the Pepperdine School of Law cafeteria will be transformed into a relaxed café for the SBA Open Mic Night. Adorned with twinkle lights a stage will emerge for student musicians to share their talents with the community—all for a good cause! The $5 entrance fee at the door, will cover your pizza, soda, and opportunity to hear a variety of genres from jazz to indie folk rock, from classical guitar to rap, and more!

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SBA Open Mic Night

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B-Lab: Harnessing the Power of Business to Solve Social and Environmental Problems

Thursday, March 3, 12:30pm Appellate Courtroom

B-Lab is a 501(c)3 created by And 1 Basketball apparel founders Jay Coen Gilbert and Bart Houlahan, and Michael Dell's private equity manager, Andrew Kassoy. They have created a new business entity that combines the charitable purpose of non-profits with the capitalization potential of for-profits. Essentially, they have figured out a way to do good and make money all within one legal entity, and do it in a way that stakeholders can hold them accountable for both pursuing charity and pursuing profits. Here is a snapshot of their three projects. Please come and learn about the future of charitable profit-driven enterprise!

GIIRS -- Defining the Emerging Asset Class of Impact Investments

A new asset class called impact investing is emerging which has the potential to drive hundreds of billions of dollars to businesses tackling some of the world’s most challenging social and environmental problems. Come learn how investors from JPMorgan Chase to the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID are helping accelerate this movement by backing a new impact ratings agency called GIIRS run by the nonprofit B Lab.

Benefit Corporations -- A New Kind of Corporation for a New Economy

From financial crises and environmental disasters to global poverty and climate change, changing outcomes requires changes to the rules of the game. Benefit Corporation legislation passed in Maryland and Vermont in spring 2010. More than a dozen states are moving forward for 2011. How do we create legal protection for business leaders to consider more than just short term shareholder value maximization? Come learn how a new corporate form is providing the legal infrastructure for a more sustainable and inclusive economy.

B Corporations -- Harnessing the Power of Business for Good

How do we distinguish good companies from good marketing? How do we help investors move beyond avoiding ‘bads’ to supporting ‘goods’? How do we advance supportive public policies to accelerate the growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing? Come learn how the pioneering nonprofit B lab is working at the cutting edge of all these issues by building a community of Certified B Corporations, driving capital to impact investments through the GIIRS rating system, and passing Benefit Corporation legislation in all 50 states.

Jay Coen Gilbert

Jay Coen Gilbert

B Corporation

Despite having no game, Jay Coen Gilbert co-founded and sold AND 1, a $250 million basketball footwear and apparel company based outside Philadelphia. Coen Gilbert led AND 1's product and marketing for most of his 13 years with the company, and served as AND 1's CEO during its period of most rapid growth.

Coen Gilbert is now co-chairman of Investors' Circle, a national angel network dedicated to "Patient Capital for a Sustainable Future" that has invested over $107 million in 171 companies since 1992. Coen Gilbert is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and serves on the boards of the Philadelphia chapter of KIPP, a national public charter middle school; City Year, a leading Americorps youth service program; and Monteverde Friends, US.

He grew up in New York City before heading west to Stanford University, graduating with a degree in East Asian Studies in 1989. Coen Gilbert lives with his yogini wife, Randi, and their two children in Berwyn, PA.

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