Panel—Aging Parents: Navigating the Journey Successfully
Moderator: Janet Simpson Benvenuti (MBA 1985), Founder and CEO, Circle of Life Partners
- Dorika Mamboleo Beckett (MBA 1996), Livewell Care
- Jennifer O’Brien (MBA 1996)
- Andrew Lazzaro (MBA 2001), OMD Worldwide
- Stephen Spano, Esq., Principal, Spano & Dawicki, Elder Law
This session is aimed at people who are responsible for aging parents and other loved ones while juggling the demands of their own professional careers. A panel of alumni and aging experts will discuss specific strategies and resources for navigating one’s parents’ later years successfully. Participants will learn how to address legal, financial, medical, and caregiving challenges while enjoying the benefits of multigenerational families. Each participant will receive a copy of Don’t Give Up on Me! Supporting Aging Parents Successfully, Benvenuti’s highly acclaimed guide through the unpredictable last years of her journey with her own parents. This book has become a must-read for adult children who find suddenly, just when life is on overload, that their parents need help.
HBS Campus Tour
James E. Aisner, Director of Media and Public Relations
Want to see what happened to the WAC chute? Interested in learning what an i-lab is? Ever wonder why the chapel is round? Join 30-year HBS veteran Jim Aisner, the School’s director of media and public relations, on a campus tour filled with anecdotes and memories.
Why Is There Any Life in the Universe at All?
Charles R. Alcock, Director and Professor of Astronomy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
The early universe possessed neither cozy planets nor the range of chemical elements that are needed for life to develop. Life became possible because of several remarkable developments in the history of the universe, which scientists will come to understand using a new telescope being built in Chile. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of a new connection between astronomy and biology, and with the reasonable expectation that they will know, during their lifetime, whether or not we see signs of life on many of the planets orbiting the stars we see in the night sky.
Panel—Alzheimer’s Disease: The Urgency and the Hope
Moderator: David Shenk, author of The Forgetting and Senior Advisor to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund
- Dan Gasby, husband of B. Smith and coauthor with B. Smith of NY Times Best Seller, Before I Forget
- Henry F. McCance (MBA 1966), Founding Board Member and Co-Chairman of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Board of Directors; Chairman Emeritus of Greylock Partners
- William A. Sahlman (MBA 1975), Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff – MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean for External Relations
- Barbara “B” Smith, restaurateur, lifestyle guru, and coauthor with Dan Gasby of NY Times Best Seller, Before I Forget
- Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Vice-Chair, Neurology & Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Mass. General Hospital & Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; NY Times Best Selling Author, Super Brain and Super Genes
Fixing America’s Talent Supply Chain
Joseph B. Fuller (MBA 1981), Professor of Management Practice
America’s labor market has entered a “new normal” phase. While the unemployment rate has receded, underemployment remains endemic and the percentage of workers stuck in part-time jobs is well above historical norms. More ominously, wage growth is virtually nonexistent. Yet, at the same time, employers are posting a record number of positions. Professor Fuller suggests that resolving this paradox will require education institutions and employers to adopt a new approach to skills training. Participants will leave understanding that unless aspiring workers are equipped with the skills employers need, income disparities will widen and US competitiveness will be undermined.
Harvard Innovation Lab Presentation and Tour
Jodi Goldstein (MBA 1996), Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director, Harvard Innovation Lab
Join us for a presentation, video, and tour of the Harvard Innovation Lab. Opened in November 2011, the Innovation Lab, or i-lab, is designed to foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities across Harvard and to deepen interactions among students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and the Boston community. The i-lab provides public areas and meeting rooms designed to foster project work as well as business-development resources for companies, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and other individuals in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood and Boston area. This is a central place where students, practitioners, and local businesses can work together, share knowledge, and collaborate on ideas.
The One Love Foundation: Building a Campus-Led Movement to End Relationship Violence
Katie Higgins Hood (MBA 2001), CEO, One Love Foundation
Every week reports of domestic violence rock communities across our nation. The stats are grim: 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be in an abusive relationship, and young women ages 16-24 are at 3X greater risk.
The One Love Foundation was founded in 2010 in honor of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia senior who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before their graduation. Today One Love works on campuses across the country to educate, empower, and activate students in a movement to change the statistics. In 15 months, over 35,000 students in 550 school communities have participated in One Love’s groundbreaking film workshop Escalation, a program that elucidates the unhealthy behaviors that can become abuse and inspires students to be leaders in changing social tolerance for such behaviors.
Join One Love’s CEO Katie Higgins Hood (MBA 2001) to screen Escalation, learn about One Love’s innovative prevention approach, and be educated about how parents can understand the warning signs and proactively talk about healthy and unhealthy relationships with their kids.
Leadership in America – The 2016 Presidential Campaign
Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
This is one conversation about the American presidential campaign that will not fixate on leaders such as Clinton, Cruz, Sanders, and Trump. Lecturer Kellerman will treat presidential leadership specifically as she does leadership generally—as a system, not a person. She will focus not only on leaders, but on followers: the American people. And she will focus equally on the context within which they are situated—this particular country at this particular moment. Participants can expect a conversation that is cordial, collaborative, contentious, and conflictual.
Digital Innovation and Transformation
Karim R. Lakhani, Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration
The ubiquity of digital connectivity is creating new giants and transforming old industries. This session will focus on the changes driven by digital innovation and its implications for business value creation and capture. Participants will discuss emerging business and operating models and their foundations in technology and economics.
Can China Lead?
F. Warren McFarlan (MBA 1961 / DBA 1965), Baker Foundation Professor; Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
The question of whether China can sustain its remarkable emergence of the past 35 years is the subject of Professor McFarlan’s Harvard Business Review Press book Can China Lead: Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth, coauthored with Regina M. Abrami and William C. Kirby and published in 2014. Looking at the subject through the lenses of a historian, a political economist, and a general management scholar, respectively, the book’s answer is that it will be very hard. In particular, in 2016, a set of economic and political forces has come into play that clouds prospects for both internal growth and opportunities for foreign companies. Much tighter political control, a slowing economy, international muscle flexing, and an intense focus on international acquisitions make it a very different period. The heady days of double-digit growth are gone, and great uncertainty exists in what will replace them.
How Do HBS Careers Progress? 2014 Alumni Survey Results
Lauren C. Murphy, HBS MBA Career & Professional Development;
Christine Van Dae, Assistant Director, Market Intelligence
Have you ever wondered about the career paths of fellow HBS alumni? Perhaps you may be curious about the types of roles they pursue beyond graduation. The 2014 Alumni Career Pathways Survey explores the decisions and experiences that shape alumni careers 5, 10, 15, and up to 30 years after graduation. Murphy and Van Dae will present findings from this study to illustrate the potential trajectory of career choices. Learn the answers to the following questions: How often do HBS alumni change positions and what drives these decisions? Which industries have high retention rates? How and when do alumni generally factor in family, travel, and other non-work interests into their careers? Do alumni take time out of their careers? Are Harvard MBA alumni satisfied with their careers?
Panel—Real Estate: What to Do in Year 10 of the Cycle?
Moderator: Charles F. Wu, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
- Zahara Kassam (MBA 2011), Hotel Asset Management Europe, Marathon Asset Management
- Chris Lee (MBA 2006), Member, Co-Head RE Credit, KKR
- Jason H. Lee (MBA 1996), Managing Director and Head of Asia Real Estate, The Carlyle Group
- Donald Sheets (MBA 2006), Managing Partner, AlumCreek Holdings LLC
The US Economy—Restoring Oomph
Richard H.K. Vietor, Baker Foundation Professor
After a brief background on US economic strategies in the Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush eras, this presentation will focus on America’s twin deficits in the 2000s. It will examine the causes of America’s fiscal deficits, its current account deficit, and the recent congressional compromise on the debt ceiling. It will conclude by forecasting deficits in the next 10 years and by considering an alternative to congressional action. Participants will leave this session with a clearer idea of America’s economic fundamentals and economic policy issues than is revealed either by the primary debates or by the press.