Latino Summit Empowers Aspiring Leaders

With a theme of “breaking barriers,” the third annual New York State Latino Leadership Summit on Saturday featured prominent alumni, lectures from executives and workshops meant to give attendees tools to overcome obstacles they face as Latinx students at Cornell.

Cornell Hosts First Social Impact Conference

Over 80 people attended the first ever Social Impact Conference — which featured panels with local business people, staff, faculty and students — in Sage Hall Saturday. The event focused on the many ways to make a positive social impact in business and was hosted by the Sustainable Enterprise Association and the Johnson Graduate School’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise and Social Consulting Business. Samantha Kirsch ’18, member of Sustainable Enterprise Association, said the conference was meant to “create a conversation and collaboration between the Ithaca community and the schools in the area.”

The conference included a presentation from keynote speaker Kunal Mehta, two panel sessions, a coffee chat hosted by “Up to Us” and a networking event. Mehta is the author of Disruptors: Entrepreneurs and the Escape from Corporate America as well as the former financial strategy associate for Charity: Water — a non-profit organization which creates clean water initiatives. At the conference, Mehta discussed the importance of embracing failures, realizing optionality and thinking differently.

Taking it to the Streets

“It’s not like any other conference you’ve been to,” promised Prof. Lisa Patti, film, speaking of the film conference held at Cornell this past Friday and Saturday. Indeed, the unique structure of the conference was readily apparent after merely a brief glance at the program of events — unlike other conferences that focus on a keynote speech and subsequent panel discussions, this conference had no keynote speech and was structured around a series of film viewings and group discussions which — though led by a discussion chair and series of panelists — included heavy audience participation.