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Mitchell Weiss, MBA Class of 1961 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

There is a new generation of inventors, inside government and outside of it, turning problems into opportunities. The webinar will provide a sense for how public entrepreneurship can be deployed in companies and in government, and for how to tackle its trickier aspects, like startup sales to government, investing in companies that sell into (or around) government, and scaling in regulatory “gray areas.”

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Linda Rossetti (MBA 1991), Author; Managing Director, Golden Seeds LLC

Are you in transition or considering one in the New Year? Countless life events, like the sale of a company or a career change or an empty nest or re-entering the workforce or retirement or divorce, can leave us at the doorstep of transition.

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Peter Linkow, Managing Director, Lead Diversity, Senior Fellow, Human Capital, The Conference Board

Workforce diversity is a reality. If you are not addressing the challenges of a diverse workforce today, then demographic change, globalization, the purchasing power and demands of diversity markets, as well as the advantages of a diverse workforce mean that you will be confronting those challenges tomorrow. Yet, progress toward creating competitive advantage through diverse workforces has been interminably slow as many employees fear and resist diversity. Bias demonstrably permeates talent decisions, and employees and managers find it difficult to follow leaders who don't demonstrate a clear commitment to diversity.

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Mary Dell Harrington (MBA 1982), Cofounder and Coauthor, Grown and Flown

High school is a time of dynamic growth for kids who enter in 9th grade with one foot still in childhood and graduate four years later, well on their way to adulthood. But teens are not the only ones in a family who are changing. Adults, too, must learn to adapt to the challenges of parenting older kids. Drawing from five years of coauthorship of parenting blog, Grown and Flown, http://grownandflown.com, Harrington will share advice from experts in education and healthcare as well as the collective wisdom she has gained from the 100,000+ social media followers the blog now attracts.

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Vijay “V.G.” Govindarajan (DBA 1978), Coxe Distinguished Professor at Tuck at Dartmouth & Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School

Creating a new business and optimizing an existing one are two fundamentally different management challenges. How can leaders meet the performance requirements of an existing business—one that is still thriving—while dramatically reinventing it? Govindarajan expands the leader's innovation tool kit with a simple and proven method for balancing the organization's energy, time, and resources across what he calls "the three boxes." Based on his book, The Three-Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation, this session will give participants a set of principles and tools to successfully create the future even while maintaining excellence in the present.

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Julie Norris, Senior Client Partner, Board & CEO and Legal Services Practices at KornFerry International

As companies seek to address the challenges and opportunities brought about by digital disruption, driving global growth, and entering new markets, their boardrooms are also in transition. Board directors are looking around the table and recognizing the need to bring new perspectives into the boardroom. The demand for technology, marketing, financial, geographic, and core industry expertise in the boardroom will continue to grow in 2017, as will the interest in bringing more people of diverse backgrounds - gender, ethnicity, age, etc. to the table.

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Marc Cenedella (MBA 1998), Founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO of Ladders, Inc.

Networking can be intimidating. It is not always easy, however, it can be beneficial if you change your perspective and “flip” your view of the situation. This requires flipping your perception of yourself, your jobs, and most importantly, your relationships. Rather than putting yourself under the often-misleading pressure to expand your networks with new contacts, consider mining already established relationships. “The flip” means redefining who and what your network is and does–for you and them–and is a different way of approaching networking.

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Michael B. Horn (MBA 2006), Chief Strategy Officer, Entangled Ventures; Cofounder and Distinguished Fellow, Clayton Christensen InstituteHeather Staker (MBA 2001), CEO and Founder, Ready to Blend, LLC

In this webinar, Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker will discuss the themes from their Amazon-bestselling book, Blended. Using the theories of disruptive innovation, Horn and Staker reveal a practical guide for designing an education system that can help all students succeed at scale.

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David Moss, Paul Whiton Cherington Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Is American democracy in trouble? What could this mean for the nation’s economy and business environment? Professor Moss will take up these questions from an historical perspective, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the nation’s political system as it has evolved over the past 230-plus years.

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Michael D. Watkins, Author and Co-Founder of Genesis Advisers

Are you or your team facing a change or professional transition? Listen to Dr. Michael Watkins share his latest research findings on the challenges and solutions of professional transitions–for leaders, teams, and entire organizations. When leaders take new roles, they need to climb steep learning curves, define direction, build their team, and get early wins as rapidly as possible. New leaders often also need to assess, reshape, reorganize, and accelerate the teams they inherited. Major organizational changes, such as restructuring, accelerated growth, and post-acquisition integration, involve many leaders taking new roles and many newly-formed teams in need of connection, alignment, and acceleration.

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Thales Teixeira, Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

In recent years, a new wave of digital disruption has been taking over the Internet. In this talk, Associate Professor Teixeira will show how a variety of firms, both incumbents and startups, are using digital technologies to break the bonds between activities that consumers want to do and what they previously had to do.

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Cammie Dunaway (MBA 1990), Global Chief Marketing Officer, Strategy Consultant, Board Member, and Author

Research shows that only 30 percent of Americans, and an even lower percentage of employees around the world, strongly agree that they have a chance to do what they do best every day at work. There is much talk about organizational culture, authenticity and well-being, but no one is providing a road map for individuals to assess the differences in organizations and find their right place—until now.

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Karen Mills (MBA 1977), Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School

Small businesses have often faced gaps in access to credit. An explosion of new online lenders are providing small dollar loans to businesses within days, with easy online applications and innovative credit algorithms. Is this a good development for America’s small businesses?

HBS Event Participation in Fiscal Year 2016


Event Participants
4,251

Reunion Attendees
6,963

Alumni Webinar Participants
7,003

Total
18,217+
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