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,…

Bumps in Business School
On Campus, Partners at HBS, Women

Bumps in Business School

Monika Berankyte (MBA ’22) reports on the experience of two families having a baby while studying at Harvard Business School. Thought business school was hard? Try having a baby while at Harvard Business School. Two families share with us their stories.  Adriana Cruz Martins (MBA ’22) and Andras  “How does it make you feel when…

50 Years of Women Changing Business
Featured, Women, WSA

50 Years of Women Changing Business

Earlier this month, the Women’s Student Association held its 30th annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference. 2021 also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the WSA. Almost a decade ago, we started to research the history of women at HBS as part of the School’s W50 commemoration. As we interviewed alumni, faculty, and…

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…

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…

The Other End
Fiction

The Other End

Tomer Y. Avni (MS/MBA ’22) takes us on a fictional journey along the Mediterranean Sea. As soon as the bus started moving forward, Kfir fell into a deep sleep. Although his M16 was strapped to his body, his hands cradled it cautiously. The seat next to him was empty, so he could have relaxed, stretched…

Evaluations: S01E01–Fall
Humor

Evaluations: S01E01–Fall

RCs share a brutally honest critique of the RC Fall Term that no one asked for. Since it is evaluation season and all of us will be getting a one-sentence note summarizing how much we have contributed on the perpetual video conference call that is the Fall term, we thought it was only fair to…

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