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Leadership Truths that Transcend the Pandemic
Leadership, On Campus

Leadership Truths that Transcend the Pandemic

Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter shares lessons on leadership she has learned throughout the years. One of my favorite aphorisms is: Change is a threat when done TO me; it is an opportunity when done BY me. No wonder this Covid-19 pandemic year has been so disturbing. It has tilted heavily toward change done TO us….

Bad Advice
Humor

Bad Advice

Mitsi Picot (MBA ’22), superstar RC and winner at life shares advice on navigating life at HBS; Nishkam Prabodh (MBA ’22) reports.  The sun is back. And not just shiny, it is warm and everything. Arms are back in fashion! The sight of beautiful people steeped in inane conversations on Spangler lawns is such a…

How to Fail Well (II/II)
Campus News, Interview

How to Fail Well (II/II)

Felipe Cerón (MBA ’22) interviews HBS professors about their failures and learnings. Following up on the past issue (in which we interviewed entrepreneur and HBS Professor Christina Wallace), we interviewed Professor Iavor Bojinov, who teaches TOM at HBS. He holds a PhD and an MA in Statistics from Harvard and a MS in Mathematics from…

Where Are All the Men?
Women

Where Are All the Men?

Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) reports on the role of men in helping achieve gender equity. As part of the International Women’s Day celebrations the WSA organised a talk with Colleen Ammerman, Director of Gender Initiative at HBS, to discuss the role of men in helping achieve gender equity. For those unable to attend the session,…

Launching the Women in Tech Initiative at HBS
Leadership, Women

Launching the Women in Tech Initiative at HBS

Angel Wang (MBA ’22), Nikita Jagadeesh (MBA ’21), Monica Mishra (MBA ’21) and Monika Berankyte (MBA ’22) report on the inauguration of the Women in Tech Initiative at HBS. This past year the HBS Tech Club launched a new group called the HBS Women in Tech Initiative. The mission of this group is to connect…

Pear VC Launching Community for Alumni Startup Founders
Entrepreneurship

Pear VC Launching Community for Alumni Startup Founders

Keith Bender (MBA ’20) and Raunak Kasera (MBA ’23) report on HBStartups, the community for early-stage startup founders among the ranks of HBS alumni which goes live this month. At Pear VC, we recognize that entrepreneurship is perhaps the most popular way that HBS graduates meet their alma mater’s calling to be “leaders who make…

From the Editor’s Desk
Editor's Note

From the Editor’s Desk

Three forces of good after a year in a pandemic: leadership, diversity and entrepreneurship. A year has passed since Harvard University announced the transition to remote learning due to the pandemic—a year of learning, resilience and surprises. “Each day I have been awed by how staff and faculty continue to come together to tackle every…

HBS Black New Venture Competition
Entrepreneurship

HBS Black New Venture Competition

Ibe Imo shares the stories of Crystal Evuleocha and Pierre Laguerre at the HBS Black New Venture Competition.  Through the Black New Venture Competition, A Black Woman Founder Gained National Exposure LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Crystal Evuleocha is the CEO and co-founder of Kiira Health. Kiira Health is a virtual clinic connecting women to health experts. Candice…

An Interview with Dean Srikant Datar
Featured, Features, News

An Interview with Dean Srikant Datar

Ahead of his upcoming move into the Dean’s House, Dean Datar takes some time to talk to the Harbus. Israt Tarin (MBA ’22) and Raseem Farook (MBA ’21) report. On January 1 this year, Srikant Datar was appointed the 11th Dean of the Harvard Business School in the school’s 112 year history, replacing Nitin Nohria,…

Feeling More Optimism in the Mix
Commentary, Trevor Fetter

Feeling More Optimism in the Mix

In his column for the Harbus, Professor Trevor Fetter shares his view on the optimism within the mixed feelings brought by the new year. The new year brings a new deadline for your columnist whose assignment is to bring a “mature voice” to these pages. As I consulted with the Editor-in-Chief about what might resonate,…

Halo: AngelList for the HBS Community
Entrepreneurship

Halo: AngelList for the HBS Community

Mike Kelly (MBA ’22) talks with Jamal Cherry (MBA ’21) and Mikal Lewis (MBA ’20), co-founders of Halo, about democratizing investing and entrepreneurship. Learn more about Halo at investwithhalo.com. Jamal Cherry and Mikal Lewis had never met before arriving at HBS, but they had followed a strikingly similar path. Both grew up in the South, both…

A Journey to Understanding Diversity
Leadership, Women

A Journey to Understanding Diversity

Afroditi Xydi (MBA ’22) shares her experience working and being a woman in the Middle East. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. June 24, 2018. I walked into my client’s office and the CEO gathered us all for an important announcement: women in the country now had the right to drive. When he asked how many women had…

The Recipe to Badassery
Campus News

The Recipe to Badassery

Ale Eguren (MBA ’22) shares his experience of the SIP Anatomy of a Badass and how Bozoma Saint John taught him to live a fuller life, and to live that life now. “The Anatomy of a Badass” was a week-long short intensive program (SIP)put together by Professor Frances Frei and Professor Francesca Gino. They invited…

From the Editor’s Desk
Editor's Note

From the Editor’s Desk

There are many ways to start 2021. We have decided to do so with hope. I have been staring at the screen for the past 15 minutes trying to figure out how to start this letter—not that I needed any more screen-time—to convey in a few words how happy and grateful I am to be…

Art Is a Gratifying and Crucial Way to Build Community
Campus News

Art Is a Gratifying and Crucial Way to Build Community

Felipe Cerón (MBA ’22) writes about how HBS students defied the odds showcasing two performances to close 2020 on a positive note. 2020 was a different year from what people expected it to be. And that is the biggest understatement I have written this year. 2020 changed lives, tested lives, took lives and left an…

HBS Startup Bootcamp
Entrepreneurship, Featured, Features

HBS Startup Bootcamp

Each year, over a hundred HBS MBA students participate in an immersion program to build on their skills to become an early-stage entrepreneur by starting a venture. Yvonne Ferrier (MBA ’22) talked with five founders-to-be about their venture ideas and aspirations.   2020 was a year described as a pause, standstill or hibernation time, but, in…

Blue Monday
Humor

Blue Monday

Meghana brings to you a message of hope wrapped in a casserole of tasteful gloom. Dear Monday, I wish you get wrecked and I never have to see you again. There you have it friends, I said it. Someone needed to. Mondays suck.  Mondays bring tired eyes, foggy brains and fumbling hands hitting the snooze…

Ruffin’s Journey to Forbes, Playing off the Court
Leadership

Ruffin’s Journey to Forbes, Playing off the Court

Ibe Imo writes on Melcolm Ruffin’s (MBA ’20) journey to becoming a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree. In New York City, December 3, 2020, Melcolm Ruffin (MBA ’20), age 29, became a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree. Ruffin’s career is another rendition of Black masculinity in American sports and entertainment. Realizing his hoop dreams would…

Getting Tactical about Your Next Job
Commentary, Trevor Fetter

Getting Tactical about Your Next Job

In his column for the Harbus, Professor Trevor Fetter shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. Last month, I wrote about the primary colors of the career spectrum (advisor, investor, operator) and the strategic considerations that go along with them. Judging from recent meetings I have had with students, summer and post-MBA jobs…

Marriage, Arranged
Humor

Marriage, Arranged

Seema Taparia, the matchmaker featured on Netflix’s hit dating show, shares details about her first successful project through her two RC ghostwriters. The term arranged marriage, in case an Indian friend has mentioned it to you, is a tautology. There is marriage, and there is love marriage. The latter, of course, is a sham. A…

Wending My Way to Some Wisdom
Commentary

Wending My Way to Some Wisdom

20 years later, an MBA Class of 2000 graduate and former Harbus Opinion Page Editor finds more to say. Just over 20 years ago, during my two years at HBS, I was the Opinion Page Editor of the Harbus. Your current Editor-in-Chief, Upoma Dutta, during what I assume is a particularly busy school time that…

We Ought to Read the Classics
Commentary

We Ought to Read the Classics

Justin Crist Lee (MBA ’21) expands the scope of an education in business. We are told we live in unprecedented times. Today in our nation, we face an impending economic crisis, paired with ongoing concerns surrounding the future of our democracy. While each of these alone would seem a daunting challenge to tackle, these twin…

Black Girl Magic in Classical Ballet
Leadership, Women

Black Girl Magic in Classical Ballet

Ibe Imo, an HBS Online participant, writes on La’Toya Princess Jackson, an I-lab Venture Program participant, and her life journey that leads her to launch an original ballet production; with resilience and defiance, she confronts norms and reimagines possibilities to create spaces for Black boys and girls. La’Toya Jackson (Princess) was born in Fort Worth,…

Reimagining India’s Food Supply Chain
Entrepreneurship

Reimagining India’s Food Supply Chain

Sanjay Dasari (MBA ’22) shares his experience starting WayCool Foods, one of India’s largest and fastest-growing agri-tech social enterprises, reducing food wastage and supporting Indian farmers. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  I was born in Ohio, USA, but I grew up primarily in India, traveling back…

Goldcast: Bringing Events to the Virtual World
Entrepreneurship

Goldcast: Bringing Events to the Virtual World

Three ECs share the story of the virtual events platform born at HBS. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  All three of us came to HBS to start a company—to build something from scratch. We had worked in early-stage companies before, where we experienced the joy of…

Dealing with Covid-19
Campus News

Dealing with Covid-19

Felipe Cerón (MBA ’22) writes on how Covid-19 has transformed day-to-day campus life and how the HBS community is trying to adapt. What on Earth happened in the last few weeks? Cases and traces going wild, people quarantining all over, and consequently, administration taking more restrictive measures. Goodbye to hybrid classes; it was nice meeting…

Making Harvard Home for the Holidays
Campus News, Partners at HBS

Making Harvard Home for the Holidays

As HBS hunkers down for winter vacation during a global pandemic, members of the community share why and how they plan to spend their holidays on campus. Most years, the winter holidays are a time for HBS students to unwind from a hectic first semester with many choosing to spend time with family or travel…

From the Editor’s Desk: A Farewell Letter
Editor's Note

From the Editor’s Desk: A Farewell Letter

I have procrastinated a lot before writing the Editor’s Note for this issue because it also happens to be my last one. I tried, albeit without much success, to find the perfect set of words to describe what an exceptionally rewarding experience it has been to be your Editor-in-Chief at the Harbus this past year….

Diwali at HBS
Campus News, Partners at HBS

Diwali at HBS

Poornima Hanumara, an HBS partner, reports on how some members of the HBS community celebrated a very unusual Diwali at HBS. It was an unexpected and pleasant 70 degrees in November, and we had the good fortune of having a space to gather safely during times of Covid-19. This was the perfect setting for Diwali—the…

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