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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is Dead

The repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is a significant political victory for many, and we are witnessing a powerful social reform taking place in America.  As a former U.S. Army Captain turned business school student, I’ve had the unique opportunity to see an organization under such regulations and its terrible consequences. While…


Real Partners of HBS – From Military Life to Business School

“Army Wives”, the highest-rated drama series in Lifetime’s history, follows the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of wives living with their spouses and families on an active Army post. They face deployments, abuse, hostage situations, adultery, and post traumatic stress disorder, just for starters. While the series is busy depicting the lives…


The Entrepreneurial Class

The Class of 2010 started school in the worst recession since the Great Depression. Finance was a blackhole. You could walk the hallways of Spangler and see the tired faces of another round of interviews. Jobs were hard to get. But it was also an opportunity. A number of students took the leap of faith…


Meet the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Jeffery Bussgang (jbussgang@hbs.edu)Biography: Jeff is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and entrepreneurial experience are in consumer, Internet commerce, marketing services, software and wireless start-ups.Jeff’s popular blog on helping demystify the venture business for entrepreneurs, “Seeing Both Sides”, can be found at www.seeingbothsides.com, which is syndicated by BusinessWeek.com, Reuters.com, PE Hub…


Memorial Day

As we approach the end of another incredible year and an amazing graduation ceremony for our EC class here at Harvard Business School, I’d like to ask you to take a moment to think about what the last weekend of May and our national holiday that traditionally marks the start of the 101 days of…


The Politically Incorrect Guide To life, the Universe and HBS

Most traditions at HBS have a long and illustrious past. Like skydeck, dressing up in drag with ghastly makeup in dimly-lit bars and systematically but categorically causing irreparable damage to your liver. For the benefit of bewildered international students everywhere, no it’s not a measly “keg party” – it’s called networking. (Read: Primer in American-Bschool-speak)….


Annual Tent Drive for Homeless Veterans

Every year for the past decade, MBA students who have served in the Armed Forces spend two days in a military tent outside of Spangler Hall to raise money to support the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV). The problem is bigger than you might think. While there are no national records on homeless…


MBA Oath: An Oath and Its Flaws

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” -Milton Friedman The “MBA Oath” was crafted by a few members of the Class of 2009 here at Harvard Business School. On the Oath’s official website, I count 478 members of last year’s graduating class that have signed the Oath…


Ten Year Reunion Message

Looking back at the last ten years, I want to start by talking about what is most important to me: my wife. She is truly my life partner, lover, mentor, work-out partner, and best friend. I love the way she challenges me, improves me, and appreciates everything I do for her and the way I…


Immersion Experience – 2009 HBS Israel IXP

Forty-two students converged in Israel on January 2, 2009 for the inaugural HBS Israel Immersion under the direction of Professor Dan Isenberg – uncertain of what to expect in the face of the ongoing Gaza operation. Perhaps because this conflict is decades-old, in this small country (approximately the size of New Jersey) day-to-day life continues…


One Step Forward, One Step Back

“Marriage is the most natural state of man, and the state in which you will find solid happiness.” (Benjamin Franklin) On the same day Americans elected their first black President, Californians approved Proposition 8. The measure amended the State’s constitution with a simple statement: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or…


The Silent Struggle to Maintain Appearances

Earlier in the semester, a sectionmate and I were reflecting on a particularly confusing RC case study. After class ended, my sectionmate said, “I still don’t understand how we came up with that answer.” Neither did I, and I was relieved to know that I wasn’t the only one who was confused. Everyone else in…


While I Run

I see the world when I run. The Marine Corps Marathon was held on Sunday October 26th. I registered to participate in April. At that time, I had just left active duty military service and was living abroad in Oman; I wanted to run this marathon to pay tribute to all the servicemen and women…


Republican vs. Democrat–The Armed Forces Perspective

Republican Andrew Kletzing (NC), Contributing Writer On Nov. 4, military servicemen/women and veterans will cast their vote for President and most will probably do so for Republican John McCain. Much of this can be attributed to demographics; the majority of those who choose to serve are already predisposed to voting for Republicans. However, many military…


New England Shelter for the Homeless Veterans Tent Drive

On Apr 9-11, the military invaded Spangler Lawn. No – this was not a coup attempt or an opportunity for HBS Veterans to relive their military days. Rather, the Armed Forces Club mobilized in support of the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans (NESHV) by manning a tent for 48 straight hours. The HBS AFAA…


HBS Veterans Take The Williams Room

HBS students had the opportunity to experience military traditions as they joined the HBS Armed Forces Alumni Association (AFAA) as it celebrated the annual Veterans Ceremony in the The Williams Room on Wednesday November 14th. The purpose of this celebration is to serve as the capstone event of Veterans Week (Nov. 6-12), during which HBS…


Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

More than 100 students packed into Aldrich 108 in anticipation of learning something very different yet relevant to our everyday HBS life: confidence in public speaking. “Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking” is a bi-annual event sponsored by the HBS Public Speaking and Negotiation Club targeted at helping students to ease their anxieties of speaking…


This Month from Baker Library

A CENTENNIAL MOMENT1941: The HBS Armed Forces?During World War II Harvard Business School had a role to play in mobilizing and training troops. On June 26, 1941, the Navy Supply Corps School opened, offering classes on disbursing, supply, and accounting, and providing temporary buildings for classroom space. Some of the schools including the Navy Supply…


My Summer With Another Inconvenient Truth

Thirty-three percent of all homeless males in America are military veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that more than 275,000 veterans are homeless on any given night and that more than 500,000 experience homelessness over the course of a year. I spent my summer with these homeless veterans, serving as a teacher,…


Student Profile – Doug Moorehead (OB)

Doug Moorehead (OB) was born in Cambridge, OH, in 1974. His life has taken him on a world wide journey from the Naval Academy to Naval SEALs training to Iraq. Doug’s grandfather was an officer in the Navy and fought in WWII, and his father was a pilot in Vietnam. While Doug felt like the…


Harvard Military Veterans Honored at the Kennedy School

Veterans share stories of war and military life. Throughout our campus we are surrounded by quiet heroes. Some have helped a family member or friend through a difficult time, others have worked for non-profits to bring aid to the needy, and others have served our country and put their lives at risk. To honor the…


A Major Among Us

Over 100 members of Harvard Business School gathered at Cambridge Common on the sunny afternoon of October 6 to commemorate the promotion of Joseph Ewers (OE) to the rank of Major in the United States Army. Joe attends HBS as an active duty Army officer. Upon graduation next summer, he will be assigned as a…


Reinvigorating the African Standby Force-How to Develop the Envisioned "African Solution for African Problems"

To avoid a tragic exacerbation of the regional conflict in Darfur, the world stands largely united in its condemnation of Khartoum and its hope for the eventual introduction of an international UN peacekeeping force. Given the significantly limited experience, resources, and mandate of the in-country African Standby Force (ASF), deployed as the African Mission in…


Five Thoughts for a Glorious Autumn

With two rogue nations loudly proclaiming their development of nuclear technology, an extremely tenuous Middle East situation capable of erupting into renewed hostilities, African nations powerless to stem insurgent unrest, and Iraq teetering on the brink of civil war, perhaps the moment is ripe for a step back in reflection as we enter this fall…


A Year of Absence: Six Stories of Courage, Hope, and Love

In April 2003, Jon Redmond (OE) set off for Iraq with the U.S. Army’s First Armored Division. While Jon attempted to establish order in his unruly sector of Baghdad, his wife, Jessica Redmond, began researching the other side of war: life on the homefront. Her book about the struggles of military spouses while their loved…


Happy Thanksgiving! An Inspirational Day with Section C

As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches, I couldn’t help but start to think about all the things I am thankful for. After an incredibly inspirational day with Section C, many of these things came to light. First, we were fortunate to have two Summer Search students visit our class, as well as one Summer Search alumni…


Bridging The Chasm: A Reconciliation of Civilizations

Turkey’s impending accession to the EU has the power to bridge the chasm between Islam & Christianity and bring hope to millions in the Islamic world. In this column, we take a look at the conditions attached to the accession, the conflicting views held by vested interests, recent developments on this issue and most importantly,…


Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

On March 3rd, the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government hosted a talk “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara”, based on the 2004 Academy Award-winning documentary film by Errol Morris. Robert McNamara himself was present at this talk. Moderator Graham Allison, Director of the Kennedy…

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