Columbia Business School Chooses Honorees for Centennial Dinner

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The Columbia School of Business honored several big names who supported the school this year.
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This year, the Columbia Business School honored three new people at its Annual Dinner. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the event, intended to celebrate the school’s first 100 years of innovation and community. Alumni and friends will gather for the dinner and celebrate KKR’s Henry Kravis, winner of the prestigious Centennial Award; Bruce Greenwald, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Shazi Visram, winner of the Distinguished Early Achievement Award.

The dinner, which took place on May 2nd at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, served as the centerpiece of the school’s year-long festivities. The dinner has traditionally been a successful venue for bringing in critical funding; for securing resources for program development, student financial aid, and faculty research; and for supporting the ordinary day-to-day operations of the school.

The 2016 Centennial Award was given to Henry Kravis, co-founder of private equity firm KKR and 1969 graduate. Kravis is also the co-chairman of the Business School’s Board of Overseers.

The award recognizes his “extraordinary leadership and generosity,” the school said. One of the school’s new buildings will be named the Henry R. Kravis Building in his honor.

Bruce C. Greenwald, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, is the Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management and the Co-Director of the Helbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing at the Columbia Business School. In his long career, he has been described as a “guru to Wall Street’s gurus.” He’s also been widely recognized as an outstanding teacher, having won the Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from MIT, a master’s in public administration and a master’s in electrical engineering from Princeton, and a doctorate in economics from MIT.

After graduating from Columbia Business School in 2004, Shazi Visram founded Happy Family Brands, the first US brand to offer a full line of nutritious foods for babies, toddlers, and kids, as well as items for new parents. She is the winner of the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was named in Crain’s New York Business’s “40 Under 40.” Happy Family Brands is now a multi-million dollar enterprise. She holds a bachelor’s in history from Columbia and she works with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship as a mentor to aspiring young entrepreneurs from low-income communities.


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