A Safe Room in Seconds

For HBS US Army Veteran Jake Ahle (MBA ’22), the mission to protect never ends. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  Ever since I was young, I found myself gravitating toward leadership roles. Whether it was captaining a sports team or leading student government, I always sought… Continue reading A Safe Room in Seconds

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The Show Is Back

Felipe Cerón (MBA ’22) reports on HBS most expected comeback. Oh, we’ve missed live performances.  As I write this piece the show hasn’t happened yet, but if you were lucky enough to get tickets (and I mean it, four 200+ people shows sold out in one day, and the team had to squeeze in another… Continue reading The Show Is Back

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An Interview with Terrill L. Drake, HBS’s First Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

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Katherine Richardson (MBA ’23) interviews Drake about his first few months on the job. Terrill L. Drake began his role as Harvard Business School’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer (CDIO) on September 1 of this year. Drake has worked in higher education for more than 18 years, most recently at the Villanova School of… Continue reading An Interview with Terrill L. Drake, HBS’s First Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

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From the Editor’s Desk

A Farewell Letter The summer before joining HBS was a very difficult one. We were locked down, embassies were closed, it was impossible to know what the future would look like. It was impossible to imagine what life at HBS would look like. It was that summer that I read the post on Slack “we… Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk

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Let There Be Light

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While many in the South Asian community at HBS celebrated Diwali—the festival of lights—far away from their homes, some found their own ways to make up. The Indian festival of Diwali fell in the first week of November this year (the dates change every year according to the Hindu calendar), right after the Halloween weekend.… Continue reading Let There Be Light

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Navigating Your Career After Harvard Business School

Trevor Fetter (MBA ’86)

Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) asks Professor Trevor Fetter (MBA ’86) for post MBA career advice For students who still don’t know what they want to do with their careers, how would you advise them to narrow down their search? I have a remarkably large number of conversations on this question. A wise former CEO and… Continue reading Navigating Your Career After Harvard Business School

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B’Well B’School

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A group of health and wellness enthusiasts launch a brand new HBS student club Now more than ever, focusing on health and wellness has become a staple for staying sane in our new day-to-day.  As many elements of our lives continue to change, we have noticed a pull towards healthy living, whether through at-home workouts,… Continue reading B’Well B’School

HBS Students Win First Racial Justice Competition

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Team JEDI talks to Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) about the role of businesses in achieving racial equity. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among numerous others, triggered an unprecedented national movement for racial justice. While systemic racism has plagued American history for decades and is yet to be dismantled, individuals and… Continue reading HBS Students Win First Racial Justice Competition

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Introducing the Coffee and Tea Club at HBS

Founders Jiyoon Han (MBA ’22), Luqzan Mustafa Kamal (MBA ’21) and Ethan Hirsch (MBA ’21) elaborate on their love and enthusiasm for brewing. Raseem Farook (MBA ’21) reports. The spring of 2020 saw the arrival of the Coffee and Tea Club at HBS. Founded by Jiyoon Han (MBA ’22), Luqzan Mustafa Kamal (MBA ’21) and… Continue reading Introducing the Coffee and Tea Club at HBS

Honoring Holocaust Survivors at HBS

Samara Sone-Blank reports on the first time in recent memory when HBS commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day that commemorates the genocide of Jewish people that took place at the hands of the German Nazis and their collaborators from 1939 to 1945. Although Jews were the major… Continue reading Honoring Holocaust Survivors at HBS

From the Editor’s Desk

Harvard Business School in Boston. September Campus Shoot

Diversity Is a Source of Strength The process of wrapping up the edition of this issue transported me to the words I wrote for the October issue of 2020 to introduce myself as the then-new Women Leadership Editor: The stories we read, we listen to, we tell, inevitably shape our understanding of the world. Storytelling,… Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk

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Trophy Husband: A Personal Account of my Job Search

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“Such phantoms as the dignity of man and the dignity of work are the feeble products of a slavery that hides from itself” – Nietzsche  For as long as I can remember being lucid and able to reason, I hated the idea of working to survive. I sought honor in being fed and clothed.  To… Continue reading Trophy Husband: A Personal Account of my Job Search

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Noelia Lombardo Gava, Women Leadership Editor

Meet Your New Topic Editors! I am constantly amazed by how fast our time at HBS goes by. This month marks my first anniversary with the Harbus and true to form, we are excited to welcome the new crop of Topic Editors who will add investigative, thought-provoking, and well-rounded stories to our pages in the… Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk

Start-up Corner: Bringing Back Wine Tasting, Virtually

James Williams (MBA ’21) introduces us to MasterGlass, a new platform to connect customers with wineries and tasting experts. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  I have always loved the idea of building a business from the ground up. Our first-year TEM course inspired me and gave… Continue reading Start-up Corner: Bringing Back Wine Tasting, Virtually

Reflections on the Virtual Reciprocity Ring Experience

Raseem Farook (MBA ’21) reports on the first (and hopefully only) edition of Virtual RC START. My favorite event from RC START last year was the Reciprocity Ring. As noted by Gabriel Ellsworth (MBA ‘20) in his article, “RCs Learn to Give and Take,” Harbus, September 2019, this guided collaboration exercise teaches its participants to… Continue reading Reflections on the Virtual Reciprocity Ring Experience

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The Harbus Culture Flash

A pocket-sized run-down of some of the best in Arts and Culture happening at HBS, at Harvard, and around town this month. 1)      From the Student Association (SA): The SA teamed up with ArtRoom to host the Sheila Del Bosque Trio on March 2 for a night of jazz, refreshments, and conversation in… Continue reading The Harbus Culture Flash

Towards a More Representative Media Landscape

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) talks with Brickson Diamond and Sarah Harden (MBAs ’99) about their efforts to advance the diversity and inclusion agenda in the U.S. media industry. For many RCs, one of the most remarkable experiences on campus last semester was listening first-hand to civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson in the newly created ISDL… Continue reading Towards a More Representative Media Landscape

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Walking along the Belt and Road: New Immersive Field Course Examines China’s Latest Strategic Initiative across Asia

View of Yantian International Container Terminal, Shenzhen, which handles 13 million TEUs annually, is one of China’s most important container terminals.

In January, 44 ECs led by Professor Willy Shih (TOM) and Professor Meg Rithmire (BGIE) traveled across Asia to study globalization and international relations on the ground. Gabriel Ellsworth and Ryo Takahashi (MBAs 2020) report. On January 5, 2020, an arduous undertaking was under way as 44 ECs, two professors, two program managers, and staff… Continue reading Walking along the Belt and Road: New Immersive Field Course Examines China’s Latest Strategic Initiative across Asia

Not Your Ordinary Furniture Store: Jordan’s Furniture

RC students embark on an excursion to New England’s 101-year-old furniture company. Jiyoon Han (MBA ’21) reports. Professor Michael Toffel and 20 Required Curriculum (RC) students embarked on a Technology and Operations Management (TOM) field trip to Jordan’s Furniture in Reading on October 3, 2019. Jordan’s Furniture is a furniture retailer founded 101 years ago… Continue reading Not Your Ordinary Furniture Store: Jordan’s Furniture

China Rises—But Does It Know What It Wants?

An ancient civilization restores its “rightful” place in the world, but where does it belong? Ryo Takahashi (MBA ’20) talks with Professor Meg Rithmire. China’s transformation from a rural, agrarian society to an economy second only to that of the United States feels less like a successful growth story and more like a miracle. Underlying… Continue reading China Rises—But Does It Know What It Wants?

From the Editors’ Desk

C’est le provisoire qui dure (“it’s the makeshift that lasts”). Nestled near the end of the case that RCs were assigned for Friday’s BGIE class, this adage was a thought-provoking highlight amidst a dense and challenging account of Bretton Woods and the liberal world order spanning 15½ pages (plus 14 exhibits—ECs, don’t you miss BGIE?).… Continue reading From the Editors’ Desk

Dealing with Anxiety

Recently two former CEOs of large multinational companies (one British and one American) were talking about the most serious mental health problems that exist in the large American and British universities they each chair. Surprisingly the challenge on both sides of the Atlantic and echoed at two university chair meetings they had just attended was… Continue reading Dealing with Anxiety

How Blockchain Is Powering Up the Energy Industry

Ever since Thomas Edison flipped the switch on the world’s first permanent power station in 1882, energy has flowed in a single direction: from large-scale, centralized generators out to homes and businesses. For a long time, this hub-spoke model made the most sense. Large cities consume a lot of power, and it’s far cheaper to… Continue reading How Blockchain Is Powering Up the Energy Industry

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Dear Harby

This month, as Dear Harby is enjoying a well-deserved October break amid the dunes of Cabo with her counterparts from the Law (Dear Torty), Design (Dear Artsy), and Divinity (Dear God) schools, we wanted to pass along a bit of Harbus humor history. Eleven years ago, one enterprising HBS student set out to examine life… Continue reading Dear Harby

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From the Editors’ Desk: Take Charge of Your Harvard Experience

There’s something truly special about autumn at Harvard Business School: the electricity in the incoming class, the warm familiarity in section reunions, a campus community overflowing with energy and optimism. For the returning editors and staff writers at The Harbus, just over eight months from graduation, it’s a time of both excitement and undeniable nostalgia.… Continue reading From the Editors’ Desk: Take Charge of Your Harvard Experience

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Machine Learning: Making the Machines Work For You

Machine learning is already a big part of modern life. Machine learning algorithms work in Google’s search results, Spotify’s music recommendations, and Uber’s ride-sharing matches. The use of the technology will accelerate as companies find new applications in finance, health, energy, manufacturing and other sectors. Machine learning brings great opportunities for new businesses, but poses… Continue reading Machine Learning: Making the Machines Work For You

Social Impact and Fintech: The Prodigy Finance Story

Creating a global company with social impact at its heart doesn’t happen overnight. But, as Prodigy Finance demonstrates, it can definitely happen within a matter of years. Cameron Stevens, like any recently-accepted INSEAD candidate, was looking forward to his MBA experience in France. And, like most other grad students, began looking for the financing needed… Continue reading Social Impact and Fintech: The Prodigy Finance Story

Building on Success of Tinder Gold, Accounting Unit Offers New 2019 SIP, “Maximizing Value Through Swiping Right”

Morgan Hall – After the successful launch of Short Intensive Programs (SIPs) this past January, and recognizing the potential that premium dating app subscriptions hold, this week the Accounting Unit announced its latest 2019 SIP offering, “Maximizing Value Through Swiping Right.” “In the true spirit of capitalism, we want to help students build the strongest… Continue reading Building on Success of Tinder Gold, Accounting Unit Offers New 2019 SIP, “Maximizing Value Through Swiping Right”

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