Leadership

Female ECs Answer Top of Mind Questions from Female RCs
Leadership, Women

Female ECs Answer Top of Mind Questions from Female RCs

Temi Ojuade (MBA ’23) asked fellow female RCs for questions they would like answered by female ECs and worked with Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) to get these resourceful answers.  This article was inspired by two things we have heard repeatedly about asking questions at HBS. First, you should ask any question you have because there…

Bringing Equal Gender Parity to the Investing Industry
Leadership, Women, WSA

Bringing Equal Gender Parity to the Investing Industry

To achieve the global mission of having equal gender representation in leadership positions across industries, it is important to drive the shift in power in the hands of more women at all levels. Arushi Jindal (MBA ’23) begins with her own industry, finance and investing. I grew up in an extended family where I am…

Hidden Truths: What Leaders Need to Hear But Are Rarely Told
Leadership

Hidden Truths: What Leaders Need to Hear But Are Rarely Told

Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) talks to Professor David Fubini about his latest book What is your latest book about? Hidden Truths is my attempt to “pull the curtain back” on what it means to be a leader. Other CEO books are not only biographies but generally also an exploration of the developed theories of leadership….

Pioneering Animal Welfare in the Light of the Law—In Conversation with Katherine Anne Meyer
Leadership, Politics, Women

Pioneering Animal Welfare in the Light of the Law—In Conversation with Katherine Anne Meyer

“Animals do not speak ‘humanese,’ so they rely on people to advocate on their behalf.” Katherine Anne Meyer is a Director of Animal Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School and has over 30 years of animal advocacy experience under her belt. However, this description falls short of fully depicting Meyer’s contribution to our…

Truths and Myths About the First Year MBA Experience: Evidence From the Class of 2021
Campus News, Featured, Leadership, Women

Truths and Myths About the First Year MBA Experience: Evidence From the Class of 2021

How does the first-year HBS MBA experience differ across the student population? A class-wide survey of second-year students sheds light on this question. HBS students are a diverse population—different demographics and life experiences have shaped each of our journeys to and at HBS. We, a team of WSA members, conducted a survey investigating the HBS…

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….

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…

Tackling the Pipeline Problem
Commentary, Featured, Leadership

Tackling the Pipeline Problem

MBAs need to prepare to be held accountable for building a more diverse workforce. In June 2020, while addressing his company’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Charles Scharf, the otherwise highly regarded CEO of Wells Fargo who was charged with turning around the bank after the scandals and missteps of his predecessors, asserted,…

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…

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…

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,…

How Star Women Succeed
Featured, Features, Leadership, Women

How Star Women Succeed

Noelia Lombardo Gava (MBA ’22) reports on the EC seminar that focuses on career challenges and opportunities of female protagonists. As we dive into the third edition of this section, it is important to reflect on the amount of single stories we have about female leadership. Single stories told by women all over the world…

Much More than the Abaya
Leadership, Women

Much More than the Abaya

Ibe Imo, an HBS Online participant, reports on the remarkable work of Baraa Luhaid to help promote women empowerment in Saudi Arabia through her cycling abayas. Baraa Luhaid, who is only 28 and who participated in the Harvard Business School Online program “Accounting and Finance” this year, has spent six years looking for good trouble….

A New Podcast Featuring Women in Venture Capital
Leadership, Women

A New Podcast Featuring Women in Venture Capital

Two RCs are trying to bridge the gender gap in venture capital, one episode at a time. Rashveena Rajaram and Anvita Dekhane (MBAs ’22) are the co-hosts of the podcast Women in Venture Capital and new venture fellows for Pear VC. They first met during the Venture Deals Summer 2020 course by Kauffman Fellows and…

Leaders Who Make a Difference in the World…by 2030?
Leadership

Leaders Who Make a Difference in the World…by 2030?

MBA students have been pulling HBS towards the future, but our ecosystem needs a boost — and the time is now. The mission of Harvard Business School is to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. Of course, the type of difference—whether positive or negative—has continued to be left strategically vague, with a…

Making the Right Bets
Featured, Features, Leadership

Making the Right Bets

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) speaks with Kevin Mayer (MBA ’90) about the leadership philosophies and self-discoveries connecting his past, present, and future. By many measures, 2020 has so far been an unprecedented year—a year in which even the best-laid plans went awry and even the most grounded of us were pushed off-course. Some experts say…

Turning Crisis into an Opportunity
Leadership, Technology

Turning Crisis into an Opportunity

HBS students rise up to lead the fight against COVID-19. The novel coronavirus pandemic may be the largest test of any leadership the world has ever witnessed. Every leader on the planet is facing the same potential threat. Every leader is reacting differently, in his or her own way. The students at Harvard Business School…