Sounding Board Program

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Sounding Board Program

AABDC is honored to be partnering with Columbia Business School’s Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center to help expand their mentoring programs for their MBA students and alumni entrepreneurs. We told them about our amazing Outstanding 50 Asian American Business Award recipients and the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center would like to invite you to consider becoming a mentor this Fall!

The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School

Building on a rich tradition of teaching and research in the field of entrepreneurship, Columbia Business School established The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center (The Lang Center) in 1996 with a gift from Eugene M. Lang, MS ’40. A member of the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, Mr. Lang is both a successful entrepreneur and a distinguished philanthropist.

What is The Entrepreneurial Sounding Board Program?

The Sounding Board Program is an opportunity for MBA students and alumni to schedule 30 minute confidential 1:1 meetings with Columbia faculty and affiliated practitioners to discuss their own entrepreneurial ideas and perceived business opportunities. Students and alumni may be at any stage of venture development.


The mission of The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center is to instill entrepreneurial thinking in all Columbia Business School students and to create a community of business practitioners with a lifelong commitment to achieving social and economic progress through entrepreneurship.


As a successful entrepreneur, you have a lot to offer these MBA students and in return you will:
• Raise your professional profile
• Gain exposure to fresh new talent, technologies, energy and ideas
• Improve leadership, coaching, problem-solving, management skills
• Learn about the latest trends being used by today’s students and young professionals
• Be exposed to new and diverse thoughts, styles, personalities and cultures
• Give back to your profession/industry
• Make a difference in someone else’s life; and feel great about it.

Your Role

As a advisor, you will be tasked with providing advice, support and access to additional resources as needed to help advance an entrepreneur’s venture.  Fall semester sessions will run from September through mid-December.  Note: The Sounding Board Program is offered throughout the entire year with spring-semester sessions running February through May and Summer sessions May through July.
Read the Lang Center’s Guidelines for Mentors, Advisors, Evaluators, and Speakers
Time Commitment:

Your commitment to this program must be reserved in advance. Typically, advisors donate one to three dates per semester with at least a two hour timeframe (for example: June 14, 2-4pm).
Sessions may be conducted over the phone or in a private conference room at Columbia Business School. You may choose to stay in touch with the entrepreneurs you meet in the Program, but note there is no commitment expected from you beyond the scheduled session. 

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