Need to advance your career, improve your skills, or stay on top of developments in the business world? Our free Career and Trending@HBS webinars are just the ticket. Throughout the academic year, we host guest speakers who are expert in a range of career and professional development topics and faculty members and other distinguished speakers who discuss major business news or provide updates on the HBS campus and curriculum as seen through the lens of HBS research and faculty expertise.

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

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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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Peter Linkow (MBA 1977), Managing Director, Lead Diversity, Senior Fellow, Human Capital, The Conference Board

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

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

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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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Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor;Jan Rivkin, Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Research;Mihir Desai, Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance

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Five years of research from Harvard Business School's US Competitiveness Project, as well as the findings from the 2016 surveys on US competitiveness, present a sobering picture of the deep structural challenges facing the United States. The US needs a national economic strategy that involves business and government at all levels. What might a coherent national strategy look like? After a divisive presidential campaign, are we now on the path toward such a strategy?
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Richard S. Ruback, Willard Prescott Smith Professor of Corporate FinanceRoyce G. Yudkoff (MBA 1980), Professor of Management Practice

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There are over 1 million smaller firms in North America and each year thousands and thousands come up for sale, principally as founders retire. Acquiring the right kind of smaller firm offers very compelling economic rewards, and you can become CEO of one of these companies right now. These well-established, enduringly profitable businesses offer higher safety of principal than startups, greater professional independence than working in someone else's company, and significant profit opportunity because competition to buy them is much less than for larger firms.
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Jill Huggett, Founder, Bridgepath Career Advisors; Career Coach, Harvard Business School

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It is no secret that your resume is critical to landing the job you deserve, and you need to be sure it is an accurate and powerful reflection of your story. Everything from the content messaging and positioning to the template needs to be outstanding. Join Jill Huggett, certified career coach and resume writer and founder of Bridgepath Career Advisors, to find out exactly how to get your resume into the best shape ever.
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Thomas Bartman (MBA 2014), Member of the Forum for Growth and Innovation

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Unlocking Growth & Resilience: Concept Recap
  • Business models consist of 4 elements: the value proposition, resources, processes and the profit formula
  • There are 3 levels to the Job to Be Done: the functional level, the experiential level and the integrative level
  • Business models travel a one-way, predestined journey that hardens the interdependencies making the business model rigid
  • In the creation stage, business models are flexible and focused on discovering an unfulfilled Job to Be Done
  • In the improvement stage, business models become more rigid as the processes that enable it to reliably serve customers come to dominate the model
  • In the capital redemption stage, ratio performance metrics of the profit formula dominate the business model; to improve efficiency the interdependencies of the model are cemented and components are outsourced
  • While businesses cannot change, companies can through business model innovation

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Managers of companies in every industry and geography are focused on business model innovation as a way to respond to competitive threats and create new growth opportunities. Despite all of that effort and attention, the failure rate for corporate transformations is stubbornly high. The problem stems from a lack of understanding of how businesses are formed and evolve over the course of their existence, the types of changes they embrace and those they resist.
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Monica Mandelli (MBA 1998), Managing Director, KKR & Co.

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Over the last few years, substantial growth in family offices (FOs) has resulted in their emergence as a significant investor class. There are an estimated 2,500 FOs globally, controlling $7+ trillion in assets; approximately 300 of these FOs manage over $5 billion each.
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Steve Kirschner (MBA 1986), Chairman, Package Perfect, Ltd.; CMO, HBS Alumni Angels Association

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Startups are like infants: brand new, exciting, bursting with hope and potential. Unfortunately, if you're thinking about joining a startup, that excitement doesn't help much. It often confuses the issues about which deals could succeed and which could fail or, more importantly, which deal is the best fit for you.
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V. Kasturi Rangan, Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing

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Never has there been a time when so many believed in both the ability and responsibility of the private sector to combat the world's greatest social challenges—from poverty to climate change to accessible health care. Recent years have seen the creation of thousands of businesses across the globe aiming to generate profit and also achieve a social mission. This influx of businesses has been accompanied by the emergence of impact investing, a new approach to investing dedicated to generating significant social impact alongside financial returns. Today's young leaders and the next generation of high net worth individuals aim to build their businesses and invest their wealth in endeavors to fight hunger, bring clean water, education, and healthcare to the world's poor, and end homelessness. Can this new form of investing truly move the needle on some of society's greatest challenges?
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Douglas Lemov (MBA 2004), Managing Director, Uncommon Schools

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Of the topics taught in school, reading is the first among equals: the most singular in importance because all other subjects rely on it. But it is also among the most complex topics to teach—for educators and for parents. In this session, Doug Lemov (MBA 2004) reflects on what data, the review of research, and the deep study of teachers reveals about the keys to literacy instruction, especially in the age of the “new” SAT and the Common Core.
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Charlene Li (MBA 1993), Author and Principal Analyst, Altimeter

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Digital technologies have revolutionized relationships, and leadership is no exception. To be truly engaged, effective leaders must harness the power of digital communications and branding rather than remain on the sidelines, frozen by fear and the unknown. The key is understanding how your personal leadership style can be extended and scaled through digital techniques to achieve your most important goals.
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May Busch (MBA 1985), MBA Executive Coach, Speaker, Advisor; Author of ACCELERATE: 9 Capabilities to Achieve Success at Any Career Stage; former COO, Morgan Stanley Europe

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Do you feel stuck in your career? Are you working hard yet not making as much progress as you would like? Are you afraid you are plateauing prematurely or, even worse, heading for burnout? Or maybe you feel you're not performing to your potential? Welcome to the mid-career slump. Linger here too long and you could be in for a long, demoralizing slog. When you handle the mid-career slump properly, you can take charge of your career and make the next leap forward.
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Lynda M. Applegate, Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration

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• Analyzing and Pitching Opportunities Tool
• Printable worksheet
• SharkTank bios

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Entrepreneurs--whether building and launching their own venture or launching new ventures in established businesses--are called on daily to explain the business opportunity they are pursuing to potential customers, partners, suppliers, advisers, investors, and employees. Success in launching a new business depends on an entrepreneur’s ability to communicate clearly the compelling market opportunity being pursued, the features of the proposed solution, the resources and capabilities required to implement it, the expected benefits for all stakeholders, the risks involved, and how these risks will be managed. While a business opportunity based on a flawed business model often fails, so too will an amazing opportunity that no one understands. A crisp, well-articulated plan and pitch are not panaceas, but they are important components of building successful businesses.
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Marcilie Smith Boyle (MBA 1996), CPCC, CPDT, Certified Life, Career, and Parenting Coach

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Self-Reflection Questions
Tactical Tips to free up 30-60 minutes in your day

“Design Your Ideal Week” Template
Once on the Dropbox page, click “download” to edit for your own use.

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Authentic success is success on your own terms . . . it's the peace, purpose, and joy you feel when you let go of what others expect, re-discover what you truly want for yourself, and then take action to go get it. As an HBS graduate, you know what it's like to be driven toward excellence in everything you do, including your career and your parenting. In this interactive webinar, you'll slow down for an hour to re-connect to what matters most, and map out small steps to get you closer to your authentic success.
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Deepak Malhotra, Eli Goldston Professor of Business Administration

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Some negotiations are easy. Others are more difficult. And then there are situations that seem completely hopeless. Conflict is escalating, people are getting aggressive, and no one is willing to back down. To top it off, you have little power or other resources with which to work. Professor Deepak Malhotra will use behind-the-scenes stories of fascinating real-life negotiations (from business, history and sports) to draw out lessons for defusing even the most potentially explosive situations and finding success when things seem impossible.
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Neil Pasricha (MBA 2007), New York Times Bestselling Author; TED Talk speaker; former Director of Leadership, Walmart

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According to Harvard Business Review, happy people are 37% more productive, have 31% higher sales, and are three times more creative than their peers. In this webinar, Neil Pasricha (MBA 2007) provides models to create lasting happiness including building diverse support networks, managing energy and stress, and leveraging time management. Through researching top leaders for his book, The Happiness Equation, working as director of Leadership Development at Walmart, and consulting for multiple large corporations, Pasricha developed unique frameworks to create happiness in individuals and drive engagement and high-performance results inside organizations.
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Patrick McGinnis (MBA 2004), Author of The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job

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What if there was a way to pair the stability of a day job with the excitement and upside of entrepreneurship? Using proven strategies and a range of case studies, author and serial "10% Entrepreneur" Patrick J. McGinnis (MBA 2004) will explain how you can integrate entrepreneurship into your career. In doing so, you will benefit from diversification, upside, and a new set of skills that will make you more successful at your day job.
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Bradley Lawrence (MBA 2013), Head of SMB Customer Success, North America at LinkedIn

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Organizations are increasingly using LinkedIn to find talent. Do you know what they are looking for? LinkedIn’s Bradley Lawrence (MBA 2013) will share key insights into understanding how organizations are utilizing LinkedIn. After this webinar, you will:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how organizations and recruiters find talent on LinkedIn,
  • Learn how to increase your opportunity to get noticed by recruiters, and
  • Understand the key elements to creating an engaging LinkedIn profile.