Harvard Business School’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Student Association announced on May 4th that it will honor Professor Myra Hart with its newly-created Faculty Recognition Award. The award is designed to celebrate a faculty member who has demonstrated a unique commitment to including gay and lesbian issues in the HBS classroom and supporting LGBT students at the school.
Professor Hart, who is retiring this spring, was selected for the award, in part, because of her decision to include gay and lesbian protagonists in the half course, Building a Business in the Context of Life, which she taught this winter with Professor Laura Nash. The class included a case on Stonewall Kitchen, the highly successful, gourmet food entrepreneurial venture launched and managed by James Stott and Jonathan King, partners in life as well as business. Professor Hart and the class also considered the tension between serving as a business and political leader in the case of Kathy Levinson, an out lesbian vice president at ETrade who was asked to serve as the spokeswoman for the campaign against the anti-gay Knight Initiative in California.
In a press release announcing the award, the HBS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Association declared “Professor Myra Hart has demonstrated a sincere commitment to expand the diversity of the HBS curriculum through the development and teaching of cases with protagonists that represent the full breath of today’s business leaders. We wish to express our appreciation for her willingness to share these positive role models with our community and hope that this award will encourage HBS faculty to continue developing and teaching cases which underscore the important roles that LGBT leaders play in business, politics, and community development around the nation and around the globe.”
The award will be presented to Professor Hart at a graduation celebration hosted by the HBS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Association during graduation week.