Towards a More Representative Media Landscape
Media, News

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…

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

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

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…

Startup Corner: Empowering Refugees with Personalized Healthcare
Entrepreneurship

Startup Corner: Empowering Refugees with Personalized Healthcare

This month, Jordan Lebovic (MD/MBA ’20) introduces us to Hikma Health, a nonprofit organization that is creating customized data systems for refugee populations. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to work on entrepreneurial endeavors improving healthcare access. While in college at Columbia, I organized global health missions. On a mission to…

From the Editor’s Desk
Campus News, From the Editor’s Desk

From the Editor’s Desk

Starting the New Decade, with Hopes and Reflections As we stepped into the new decade, I couldn’t help but think of last fall’s welcome address to RCs from HBS faculty. We were reminded that our time at HBS was not just an opportunity to gain the insights and skills to lead in the year of…

WesTrek 2020
Club Corner

WesTrek 2020

HBS Tech Club reports on the takeaways from the largest professional trek at HBS. After “winding down” for the holidays between Christmas and New Year, HBS students got back from across the world and embarked on the annual pilgrimage of WesTrek to San Francisco. This year, 130 HBS students participated in the WesTrek organized by…

ECs Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Campus News

ECs Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

119 EC students traveled to the Middle East this winter break to learn about the changing economy of Saudi Arabia. The date was January 4, 2020 and the air outside King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was dry and crisp. In just a few minutes, the first of 119 EC students from Harvard…

HBS Analyzes Data from Student-Wide Survey on MBA Rankings
Campus News

HBS Analyzes Data from Student-Wide Survey on MBA Rankings

Findings show how prospective students utilize rankings publications. As reported in the October edition of the Harbus, HBS Marketing and Communications, along with Admissions, surveyed all current MBA students to gauge the role of various independent MBA rankings in their application decision-making process. The survey focused on the most highly visible rankings, asking respondents which…

Club Soccer Team Repeats as League Champions
Sports

Club Soccer Team Repeats as League Champions

HBS tops HLS en route to its second consecutive Boston Graduate School League title. Under the lights of Jordan Field, as the snow fell from the sky, the tension in the air was palpable. Months of hard work culminated in one last game, the final 90 minutes of the season. Both teams warmed up, pacing…

Have Mercy on the Babies
Commentary

Have Mercy on the Babies

As you think about your next new year’s resolution, consider this small change, yet big statement, that can drive an incredible effect on our planet. “Did you ever stop to notice All the blood we’ve shed before Did you ever stop to notice This crying Earth, these weeping shores” — Michael Jackson, “Earth Song”  …

Harvard-Yale Recap
Campus News

Harvard-Yale Recap

To many, it was a game to remember for years to come. John Geagea (MBA ’21) reports. While the 136th edition of The Game did not bring the outcome we were hoping for, it did bring excitement and drama that will be the talk of years to come. The second-oldest rivalry in college football had…

Boston Brawl Match Report: Harvard Women’s Touch Rugby Champions
Campus News

Boston Brawl Match Report: Harvard Women’s Touch Rugby Champions

Rachel Drapper (MBA ’21) reports on HBS Ladies’ first touch rugby tournament victory on November 3. The HBS Women’s team awoke on Saturday to perfect rugby weather, sunny skies, crisp leaves underfoot, and barely a breeze to be found. Despite discovering there had been some pilfering of the team’s packed lunches, spirits remained high and…

RC Students Launch “Start HBS,” a Podcast to Learn from Entrepreneurial Journeys
Campus News

RC Students Launch “Start HBS,” a Podcast to Learn from Entrepreneurial Journeys

RC Students start a podcast to have conversations with folks who have been on audacious journeys starting meaningful ventures, to get the “Story Behind the Story.” They’ve interviewed entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 CEOs and built a “Pod Family” along the way. Alex Spencer and Bryce DeFigueiredo, both RCs, have earned a new nickname amongst folks…

Wild Card Takes On Boston Marathon
Volunteerism

Wild Card Takes On Boston Marathon

Staten Island Native Anthony Simonetti (MBA ’21) is running the 2020 Boston Marathon as a St. Jude Hero with a goal of raising $20,000. When he’s not escaping IIT Bombay as an alleged international terrorist, living with 15 random strangers in a foreign country, or teaching Fluid Mechanics to the students at CUNY, Anthony Simonetti…

Not Your Ordinary Furniture Store: Jordan’s Furniture
Campus News, News

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…

The Harbus Culture Flash
Student Association

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 is teaming up with the Arts Society to bring HBS to the Boston Ballet on December 4 for its performance of The Nutcracker….

Dear Harby
Humor

Dear Harby

Dear Harby, My discussion group mate and I are having an intense disagreement, and I think your FIN1 and BGIE expertise could help us a lot here. He doesn’t think becoming a billionaire is worth it, because “you can’t buy anything with a billion dollars.” I said he could buy a small country with a…

Fourth Annual Cabaret Sells Out Four Shows
Club Corner

Fourth Annual Cabaret Sells Out Four Shows

The HBS Show Club doubled capacity from previous years to meet rising demand. On November 20 and 21, the HBS Cabaret performed four sold-out shows (two back-to-back shows each evening) to the tune of this year’s theme: “Places I’d Rather Be.” The HBS Show Club, the parent organization of the Cabaret, worked with the host…

When Country Roads Become the Classroom
Campus News

When Country Roads Become the Classroom

Cases conversations and lectures can only take us so far: we need to go out into the world and see it for ourselves. Over Veterans’ Day Weekend, a group of 20 HBS and HKS students did just that on a trip to West Virginia. Picture this: a first-year public policy student raises his hand, inquiring…

Governor Newsom Needs a Plan
Kevin Sharer, Politics

Governor Newsom Needs a Plan

In his monthly column for the Harbus, Professor Kevin W. Sharer shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. California is America’s most populous state, the world’s seventh largest economy, a region of boundless diversity and riches, and the home of Hollywood and Silicon Valley—it is not called the Golden State without reason. California…

A Reflection on the SA’s Perspectives Event
Student Association

A Reflection on the SA’s Perspectives Event

The HBS community learned about engaging with and embracing differences at HBS and beyond. “Actually taking the time to listen intently to viewpoints that are not commonly held by the HBS community has great value. However, the Perspectives event was so much more than that. Arthur Brooks and Jan Rivkin challenged the audience not just…

Fashion Forward
Entrepreneurship

Fashion Forward

Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) explores the concept of sustainability in fashion. It is a fact widely acknowledged that certain characteristics of the fast fashion industry, in its current form, are harming our planet. But few people know that fashion-related waste is the second-largest polluter in the world, after the oil industry. One person who is…

The Idea that Started It All
Entrepreneurship, Featured, Features

The Idea that Started It All

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) talks with Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph about his new book and the venture that most thought would never work. How often have you tried to explain a direct-to-consumer subscription model created by HBS alumni, and decided you were better off just calling it “the Netflix of … something?” Rent the Runway—“the…

From the Editor’s Desk
Campus News

From the Editor’s Desk

Learning and Responsibility Spoiler alert for our RC readers: EC year feels very different from RC year. Okay, that’s perhaps not much of a spoiler; you have probably heard it by now. But I would like to share a bit about how it feels different. I am conscious of the difference because, like many ECs,…

The Power of Business in the Energy Transition
Campus News

The Power of Business in the Energy Transition

Over 350 students and professionals attended the 16th Annual Energy Symposium to discuss the role of businesses in transitioning to a lower-carbon future. How do countries and companies work to achieve their carbon reduction goals? Is a Green New Deal necessary to transform the United States economy? These were just a few of the questions…

Software Engineer in the East Coast
Partners at HBS

Software Engineer in the East Coast

Randy Li (RC Partner) shares his personal story with Anja Do (RC Partner). I first met Randy and Joy at a dinner gathering at the home of my husband’s sectionmate Emil Veltchev (Section B) and his wife Hannah. Joy, truly living up to her name, is a petite lady with enormous energy and enthusiasm, and…

Problem Solving: HBS Alumni Making a Difference
Campus News

Problem Solving: HBS Alumni Making a Difference

Harsha Mulchandani (MBA ’21) reports on the project looking at alumni contributions with a broader lens. A clip of Gordon Gekko proudly announcing, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works,” in a recent FIN class got me thinking. It’s not uncommon to use greed as a synonym for…

Can China Lead? A Nation at an Inflection Point
Interview

Can China Lead? A Nation at an Inflection Point

Ryo Takahashi (MBA ’20) speaks with Harvard Professor William Kirby. As U.S.-China trade tensions rise and the world watches the demonstrations in Hong Kong unfold, the question of China’s role in the world has once again come to the forefront of public debate. Harvard Business School Professor William Kirby, who is the former Dean of…

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