DGDW 2011: Closing Overview and Highlights

Saturday, February 26th, 2010 marked the closing of the 8th Annual Doing Good and Doing Well Conference at IESE Barcelona. Organized by IESE’s MBA students, this year’s conference asked its 640 attendees to question What is the New Bottom Line? for organizations driving change in the 21st century. With over 150 panel speakers bringing diverse experience from both for-profit and non-profit perspectives, professionals and students alike were challenged to re-think how to lead business beyond models that only focus on financial returns. This year’s DGDW Conference was its most diverse in history, with students from over 45 international schools attending, and a total of over 75 nationalities represented by its attendees. The conference was used as a platform to gain insight into the social, environmental and economical challenges business and organizations are facing today, as well as an opportunity to network and to explore new career opportunities.

Highlights from this year’s conference included:

  • 5 exciting and engaging keynote speeches from Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity for KPMG, Felix Oldenburg, European Leader and German Director for Ashoka, Maurice van Sabben, President of National Geographic Television International & National Geographic Ventures International, and Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology at Boston College and board member & co-founder, of the Center for a New American Dream
  • 36 diverse and challenging panels, including “The Future of Sustainability,” “Development Banks and Their Role in Promoting Private Sector-Led Growth,” and “Technological Innovation Driving Reduction in Energy Consumption and Emissions”
  • A Cleantech Venture Seminar where entrepreneurs presented their ideas to venture capital firms. This year’s winner of both the Venture Capitalist’s Award and DGDW Viewer’s Choice Award was Pythagoras Solar, whose new solar technologies impressed judges and attendees alike
  • A Social Entrepreneurship Workshop where entrepreneurs discussed their business models. This year’s workshop also included the 1st Annual Social Entrepreneurship Case Competition for MBA School, with ESSEC’s team Khadi winning 1st place, judged by a panelist of professionals
  • Over 25 organizations represented at this year’s Career Forum and Networking Event, sharing career opportunities and advice

In closing, the DGDW Organizational Committee would like to send a big thank you to the whole DGDW team of leaders and volunteers, IESE faculty and staff, and the over 160 speakers to whom DGDW owes its success. As well, the Committee sends a special thank you to this year’s sponsors, who made this conference possible. Finally, as the Committee will be graduating in the next few months, it wishes the best of luck to next year’s DGDW Organizational Committee, who will be made by a new group of 2nd year MBA IESE students. We will see you next year!

The 2011 DGDW Organizational Comittee