Reunion Dates Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

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During the 2017 Fall Reunion festivities, alumni children and grandchildren are invited to participate in “Next Generation” programming that is designed especially for them! There will be a trip to the Museum of Science, Harvard University sports, and even a Case discussion designed specifically for teens! If you have further questions, please contact Aimée LeBrun at or 617.496.1500.

  • Friday off-campus visit: Museum of Science, including OMNI theater and Planetarium
  • Saturday activities: Harvard University vs. Lafayette (Football) or Harvard University vs. Brown University (Women’s Varsity Soccer)
  • Saturday Teen Case discussion
  • Friday and Saturday on-campus lunches

Looking for supervised care? Harvard Business School recommends childcare provider BackupCare for individual care for all ages during Reunion weekend.
Please call 855.781.1303 ext. 1 or email for questions and to hire individual babysitters.

Teen Case – Saturday October 14, 2017
Led by Associate Professor Ryan Buell, participants will discuss the “Trouble at Tessei” case, which covers the issues faced by the Japanese bullet train system — the most heavily utilized high-speed rail network in the world, transporting over 10 billion passengers since 1964 without a single accident. Critical to its success is the performance of Tessei, the company that cleans the trains. Crews of 22 people have to clean each train within seven minutes, and in 2005, they were struggling. Safety issues, operational mistakes, customer complaints, and employee turnover were at or near all-time highs, as the demands on Tessei continued to grow. Teruo Yabe, Tessei’s new leader, had to figure out how to turn around the struggling organization.

Please prepare for this case discussion by reading the case and considering the following questions:

  1. In your opinion, what caused these challenges?
  2. What would you, as Yabe, do to overcome them? The exhibits provide detailed information that may prove useful in your analysis.
Age Level: Children 11-19 years of age
Cost: No charge
Registration: click here to register

College Counseling
This session is for teens and parents already involved in or interested to learn about the college application process.

Use your strengths to stand out in the college admissions process. Are you a musical athlete or dancing doctor? Are you a political junkie or junior entrepreneur? Because the college admissions process has become increasingly competitive, students who understand their strength and focus on finding the best “fit” have a clear advantage.

This session will be led by Lisa Bleich (MBA 1992), founder, president and CEO of College Bound Mentor as well as author of Surviving the College Application Process. She will introduce The College Application Wheel to help you demystify the college application process and think strategically about summers, extracurricular activities, and essays.

No preregistration is required, first come, first served

Off-Campus Activities
Activities around Boston will be offered on both Friday and Saturday during the day. Chaperones from our childcare partner,, will accompany the children for each off-campus activity.

Age Level: These activities are appropriate for children 5+.

Cost & Times: Friday, October 13, 2017
Museum of Science, Boston
9:45a.m. – 3:45p.m.
$75 per person

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Harvard University vs. Lafayette (Football) OR
Harvard University vs. Brown University (Women’s Varsity Soccer)
Lunch will be provided on campus prior to departure.
11:45a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$50 per person

There are many options for kids’ meals during reunion weekend, including:

  • Dining in the kids’ meal tent, which provides kid-friendly options and is located adjacent to the general food tent (click here to register)
  • Enjoying the lunch that is provided as part of the off-campus tours
  • Accompanying their parents in the tent for lunch and breakfast
  • Purchasing lunch in The Grille in Spangler Center.

If your child has allergies, please note the information in the space provided in the registration process.

Children should dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor situations. Please consider the finicky New England climate when packing. Layers are encouraged!

Lactation Rooms
There are two lactation rooms available in Cumnock 210A and outside Aldrich 211, all day Friday and Saturday. If locked, please call 617.496.1500 and a staff member will promptly let you in.

Limited parking is available on campus free of charge during Reunion weekend, if you need to transport your child in a car seat and cannot take the shuttle between the host hotel and campus.

Please contact:
Aimée LeBrun
HBS Alumni Relations
Phone: 617.496.1500