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Commit to Start

Harbus LogoAs explained below, a group of EC students have together launched an initiative whereby their graduating classmates can create tangible goals for making a difference after their graduation. In this letter to the editor, EC Wyatt Smith (HBS ’15) discusses the program, called Commit to Start.

[stag_dropcap font_size=”50px” style=”normal”]I[/stag_dropcap]t’s not always easy to envision the right way to get started living HBS’s lofty mission to make a difference, especially in a new career, an unfamiliar city, and amidst the busyness accompanying reentry into professional life. I’ve spent the last several weeks thinking about this question. A lot of us ECs have. And in that process, I’ve found like-minded folks interested in making the most of this next step for our class through an initiative called Commit to Start.

Commit to Start is an initiative supporting students in creating concrete plans for making a difference beginning in the year after graduation. On the Commit to Start website, you can see classmates’ plans for next year, add your own commitment, and gain support in turning those good intentions into action over the next twelve months. After adding your commitment, you’ll benefit from connections with alumni networks in your new city, affinity groups of classmates across the world, and tools for sharing your goals with a close friend who can help you stick to your goals.

Whether you’re aiming to start a company, join a nonprofit board, donate to charities, or simply connect with HBS classmates moving to your same city after graduation, Commit to Start offers a tool for you to make a plan for next year and benefit from a number of connections along the way.

Gain inspiration from what others are doing and add your plan for getting started making a difference after HBS. Join me (and a whole lot of classmates) at, and together we can get going.

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April 14, 2015
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