Welcome to HBS class of 2023! And welcome back home, class of 2022. A year has officially passed since the latter, which includes myself, arrived on campus, unsure of what a hybrid HBS experience would look like. We were also unsure of how long it would last. A new September brings new questions, but also new excitement. When looking back, we can mostly see moments of happiness. So, class of 2023, our only advice is seize the moment, enjoy every chance HBS will give you for the next two years.
At the Harbus, we open the year with stories of entrepreneurship, female leadership and the struggles for the international community to be here today. We also take some time to laugh with the satire pieces. This issue is an excellent teaser of what our new team of editors will bring to the Harbus in the upcoming year. I am sure you will be as impressed as I was while going through their first set of articles. The quality of their writing is only paralleled by the depth of their inquiries and thoughts. I am excited to introduce the team behind the scenes who will bring you excellent pieces month after month. Please reach out to them if you wish to contribute to the paper!
Temi Ojuade, Women Leadership Editor
Temi Ojuade (MBA ’23) is from Ibadan, Nigeria and a current RC at HBS. Before HBS, she worked in Special Situations and Distressed Investing in London and in Education in Nigeria. Temi chose to be the Women Leadership Editor at the Harbus because she feels it would be a good opportunity to connect with women across the HBS community, learn about the amazing work they do and contribute to amplifying the voices of women in business. She loves baking and rewatching episodes of the medical series, Grey’s Anatomy.
Katherine Richardson, Campus News Editor
Katherine Richardson (MBA ’23) is a current RC who grew up in Southern California and is not quite ready for Boston winters. Before HBS, she worked for four years in brand strategy in New York City, working with companies spanning healthcare, CPG, food & bev, and luxury. In college, she spent four years as a reporter and editor at The Hoya, Georgetown University’s student paper, and is so excited to keep her passion for journalism and campus news alive at the Harbus.
Sapan Shah, Community Editor
Sapan Shah (MBA ’23) hails from a small city in western India. So far, he has had a short career in consumer goods and healthcare, and during the latter has been vital in the implementation of India’s HIV/AIDS control strategy. His professional interests lie in global healthcare, while he spends his leisure time immersed in popular culture and quizzing. During his education as well as his career, he has contributed as writer and editor for the newsletters at various organizations. The Harbus, naturally, is his next stop.
As an avid traveller (before the pandemic) and as a citizen of the internet, he has had the privilege of engaging with widely diverse groups of people, and describes himself as being richer for the experience. The desire to bring unheard stories to the forefront brings him to the Harbus as Community Editor.
Alex Smith, Entrepreneurship and Industry News Editor
Many in the HBS community have left the structure and security of their jobs to dedicate their time expanding their minds and working towards their dreams. As the Entrepreneurship Editor, Alex Smith (MBA ’23) hopes to elevate the voices of some of these incredible people who have dared to start or join a new venture. As the industry news editor, she hopes to leverage the expertise of our student body and faculty as we learn of and interpret current events. From healthcare, agriculture, and clean tech, to retail, energy, and education, she will cover it all, acting as a resource to inform and inspire the HBS community.
Erika Mionis, Satire Editor
Erika Mionis (MBA ’23) came to HBS from the aerospace industry, where she worked in operations at several manufacturing facilities. She grew up in Scottsdale, AZ, but has spent the last four years in New England slowly acclimating to sub-60-degree weather. In her free time, she enjoys stand-up comedy shows, basketball, and checking in on her three younger siblings. Erika chose to be the Satire Editor due to her love of all things ridiculous, and also because it was the only section still available.
Noelia Lombardo Gava (MBA ’22) was born in Argentina but identifies herself as a global citizen. She is a biomedical engineer, a management consultant, a storyteller and a lifelong migrant. She loves the outdoors, diving, yoga, reading, and good debates.