For most Harvard Business School MBA alumni, no educational experience has been as challenging, invigorating, or transformative as your two years on the HBS campus. Study groups. Case prep. Cold calls. Exceptional teachers and mentors. Friends for life. The world’s best network. These were all key elements of the complete MBA experience that put you on your path for work and life.
But the learning—about leadership and about yourself—didn’t stop at graduation. You are now invited to attend The Reflective Leader, a three-day residential program created in partnership with HBS Executive Education exclusively for senior-level, high-achieving MBA alumni from the classes of 1992–2010 who are seeking to raise the bar in the next phase of their life and career. Inspired by members of the alumni community who turned to HBS for learning opportunities and personal development during the middle and later stages of their careers, this program will provide a deep dive back into your seminal HBS experiences while addressing the unique challenges and personal goals of today’s senior executives.
RIGOROUS AND REWARDING
As a seasoned professional at an inflection point in your career and life, you will spend three days and evenings in intensive case discussions with top HBS faculty members, challenging your notions of decision-making and managerial thinking, reflecting on what it means to be a true leader, building on what you know now with an eye toward your future, and finding inspiration in the lives and stories of your living/learning-group suitemates.
The Reflective Leader will be a learning experience unlike any other for HBS alumni, combining the best and most rigorous elements of your MBA student experience and blending that with who you are today—an experienced, senior leader on the cusp of the next major phase of your professional and personal life. The Reflective Leader will be an immersive, introspective experience that has the power to transform your thinking and outlook for the rest of your life.
The Reflective Leader will rely heavily on peer learning to support the learning outcomes. Participants can expect reading and preparation for case discussions, daily “homework” assignments, active participation in classroom sessions, and midday and evening study groups and reflection sessions.
- PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Too often we become disconnected from who we are and where we are heading. The Reflective Leader will invite MBA alumni like you to “step out” and ask important questions. Immersed in an intensive, introspective learning experience that is grounded in HBS faculty research in psychology, neuroscience, organizational behavior, and leadership, you will define and explore your own path to becoming an authentic leader and gain a clearer sense of your purpose and your legacy. The program will prepare you to lead more effectively, build your capacity to shape an organization that can sustain success, and translate that knowledge to your personal life.
During these highly focused three days, you will delve deeply into the qualities of successful leaders and uncover the characteristics that comprise your unique, personal style. The program will also give you permission to stop and ask if you are living the life you want to live. In the process, you will become better able to:
- Lead with integrity through difficult and pressure-filled challenges
- Understand the impact of your life story and your crucibles on your abilities as a leader
- Recognize and address your blind spots and biases as a leader
- Develop your self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- Adapt your leadership style to different scenarios while remaining true to your values and purpose
- Learn from feedback and daily challenges to ask questions focused on life’s journey
- Become more aware of the patterns that are enhancing your life or getting in your way
- Develop greater confidence in your capabilities
- Become an empowering leader who fosters effective teamwork
- Lead an integrated, purposeful life that enables you to balance your work and home
- REASONS TO ATTEND
- You wonder about how to transition to the next stages of your life and career.
- You find yourself asking questions around purpose, whether you are making a difference, whether you are getting traction in your life.
- Your work and personal life are bumping into one another in counterproductive ways.
- You need intellectual stimulation from HBS’s world-class faculty and world-class alumni.
- You want to enhance your professional and personal relationships.
- You trust HBS to provide a supportive, confidential environment that promotes individual reflection and peer exchange.
All participants in The Reflective Leader will be assigned to living/learning groups in Executive Education housing on the HBS campus. Each living/learning group is comprised of 8 or 9 participants who are matched according to characteristics designed to form a cohesive and complementary cohort.
Please note that, unlike at reunions and other HBS family-friendly programs, all participants in The Reflective Leader are required to reside on campus, and spouses/partners or family members are not permitted to join participants as your days and evenings will be fully committed to the demands of the program.
A Note on Section and Class Cohorts – The careful formation of living/learning group is essential to our ability to deliver cohesive and complementary cohorts. Experience demonstrates that the deep dialog required is more open and natural when pre-existing friendships are not part of the equation; the program staff will therefore intentionally separate sectionmates into different living groups. There will be many opportunities for socializing and networking with the larger cohort during the three day-program.
- ALUMNI PROGRAM COMMITTEE
The Reflective Leader was developed in part with the input of alumni who make up an inaugural programming group. We appreciate their insights and recommendations.
Mark Verdi (MBA 1996), Chair
Elaine Chang (MBA 2005)
Suzie Choe (MBA 2003)
Arjun Chopra (MBA 2004)
Stephanie Crimmins (MBA 2000)
Jan Gilbreath-Swartz (MBA 1996)
Cecilia Gonzalo (MBA 2001)
Vipin Goyal (MBA 2005)
In Seon Hwang (MBA 2002)
Mark Hynes (MBA 1996)
Brent Kleiman (MBA 1996)
John Mapes (MBA 1995)
Dinesh Moorjani (MBA 2003)
Shelina “Sheena” P. Parikh (MBA 1997)
Anand Philip (MBA 2006)
Collin Roche (MBA 2000)
Tom Shaffer (MBA 2005)
Shashank Singh (MBA 2004)
Matthew Spielman (MBA 1999)
Andreas Stavropoulos (MBA 1997)
Les Williams (MBA 2005)
Application Process – To build diverse and cohesive 8- and 9-person living groups for this program cohort, applications will be reviewed thoughtfully and qualifying candidates will be admitted monthly on a rolling, space-available basis. We expect high demand for this new program, so early application is strongly encouraged. (For those not admitted to this session, their interest will be noted for a future program.) The application process is now open. Please contact the Client Services team with questions: email@example.com.
Admissions Requirements – Admission is selective and based on an individual’s professional/career path, organizational responsibility, and personal circumstances. This program is open only to Harvard Business School MBA alumni from the classes of 1992–2010.
Program Fee – The program fee covers tuition, books, case and classroom materials, on-campus accommodations, and most meals. Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date. If admission is within 30 days prior to the start of the program, payment is due upon receipt of the invoice. Cancellation policies are outlined in the information provided to applicants upon admission.
- WHO IS INVITED TO ATTEND?
This session of The Reflective Leader is open exclusively to Harvard Business School MBA alumni from the classes of 1992–2010. Participants will be alumni who have achieved significant advancement in their careers and understand the demands of leadership and senior-management responsibility. They may be on the verge of new leadership roles, exploring third-stage career options, asking questions about their legacy, or facing new family commitments that impact their personal goals, time, and responsibilities.
Arriving at HBS from around the world, participants will share a global perspective into these complex challenges and will be encouraged to explore deep and diverse insights into their professional and personal goals.
The Reflective Leader will be unlike any other HBS program, alumni reunion, or conference you have attended. Developed in response to alumni who found themselves at a pivotal stage in their careers and lives and were seeking an opportunity to stop and reflect under the guidance of trusted HBS faculty, this program has been designed to be a powerful learning and growth opportunity that broadens your global mindset, your personal vision, and your understanding of what it means to be a leader.
Key elements of The Reflective Leader will include:
- Deep dives into cases, discussions, and reflection led by some of HBS’s most highly regarded faculty members
- Learning what it means—and what it takes—to be an authentic leader
- Exploring your personal strengths, self-doubts, and developmental goals
- Exposure to the latest research and thinking at HBS
- Inspiration to define your personal purpose over the next decades of your life
- Small living/learning groups—classmates by day / leader-development discussion groups at night, and new friends and colleagues for the rest of your life
Topics will include:
- Understanding the art and practice of being a leader
- Spearheading change and supporting a truly innovative culture
- Assessing the impact of world events on global businesses
- Overcoming cognitive distortion and increasing mindfulness and presence
- Leading complex organizations in a volatile world of technology disruption
The Reflective Leader has been developed and will be taught by HBS faculty members who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and inspiring leaders. Through their teaching, publishing, and consulting, these faculty members leverage their business expertise to develop pathbreaking concepts that shape the practice of management. Together they form a teaching team whose critical insights will challenge your thinking about your professional and personal goals and enable you to become a superior business leader.
Thomas J. DeLong, Cochair – Senior Fellow and former Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice in the Organizational Behavior area
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Scott Snook, Cochair – MBA Class of 1958 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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More faculty to be announced shortly.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
– What is “The Reflective Leader”?
The Reflective Leader is a three-day residential program created exclusively for senior-level, high-achieving MBA alumni who have reached a pinnacle in their career and are seeking an opportunity to reflect upon their individual leadership challenges and personal goals through case studies, conversations with HBS faculty, and interaction with peers. The program will provide a deep dive back into your seminal MBA experiences, but viewed today from the perspective of your advanced position and experience and addressing the unique leadership challenges and personal goals of today’s senior executives.
This session is open to MBA alumni from the Classes of 1992–2010. Join us in the vibrant new HBS Executive Education complex for this chance to define and explore your path to authentic leadership and gain a clearer sense of your purpose and your legacy.
– Who can attend?
This session of The Reflective Leader is open exclusively to Harvard Business School MBA alumni from the classes of 1992–2010. Attendees will be alumni who have achieved significant advancement in their careers and understand the demands of leadership and senior-management responsibility. They may be beginning to explore third-stage career options or have reached a stage in life where family commitments such as college- or adult-aged children and aging parents have become new influences on one’s personal goals, time, and responsibilities.
– What’s new about this program?
As HBS looks to increase its lifelong learning opportunities for alumni, we anticipate introducing a number of new programs in the next few years. The Reflective Leader is the first of this new type of offering. We will closely monitor program operations, learning outcomes, alumni expectations and satisfaction, and other attributes to shape and develop new programs going forward.
– Can I attend with other members of my section?
The admissions process includes thoughtful building of diverse 8- and 9-person living/learning and leader development groups to form the most cohesive and complementary cohorts. As a result, the program staff will intentionally separate sectionmates into different living groups as the deep, open dialog required is more conducive when pre-existing friendships are not part of the equation. There will be other opportunities for socializing and networking with the larger cohort during the three day-program.
– May I bring a guest?
Guests, including spouses and partners, are not invited to participate in The Reflective Leader. Unlike at reunions and other family-friendly HBS programs and events, all participants in The Reflective Leader are required to reside on campus, as your days and evenings will be fully committed to study, reflection, peer-to-peer learning, and other demands of the program.
– Why is there a fee to attend?
Offering a program of this nature is expensive. In addition to providing intensive teaching and learning with some of HBS’s most esteemed faculty members, the program fee covers registration, program materials, three nights’ on-campus accommodations, and meals.
– How much work will this program require?
The Reflective Leader will be an intensive experience that relies heavily on peer learning to support the learning outcomes. Attendees can expect reading and preparation for 10 or more case discussions, daily “homework” assignments, active participation in classroom sessions, and evening study groups and reflection sessions.
– Why is there an admissions process?
In order to achieve the learning outcomes of The Reflective Leader, admission will be based on an individual’s professional/career path, organizational responsibility, and learning objectives. This pilot program is open only to Harvard Business School MBA alumni from the classes of 1992–2010 in order to achieve the desired blend of professional and personal experiences.
– How long will it take to know if I am enrolled? Is there a waiting list?
The admissions committee meets monthly, and admission to the program will be done on a rolling, space-available basis.
A waiting list will be created once all anticipated seats have been filled. Those on the waiting list will be invited to attend the program if seats open prior to the start of the program and will have the opportunity to transfer their application to a future program offering.
– What is the refund/cancellation policy?
Payment for this program is due within 30 days of the invoice date. If admission is within 30 days prior to the start of the program, payment is due upon receipt of the invoice. Cancellations more than 30 days prior to the program will result in a 100% refund; 30-15 days prior will receive a 50% refund; less than 15 days prior to the start of the program will not be refunded.
– I have some questions. Who should I call?
Our Client Service team can answer most questions about the program, the admissions process, and the on-campus experience. Call them Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, or leave a message after hours. They will respond within 24 hours. Telephone: 1-800-427-5577 (outside the US, +1-617-495-6555).
ATTENDING THE PROGRAM
– Can I arrive and stay at HBS prior to registration day?
A room has been reserved for you for the dates of your program only. We are not able to offer early arrival accommodations on campus. If you are traveling from a great distance, you may wish to arrive in Boston one or two days early. See hotel recommendations for more details.
– How are the living quarters designed?
Participants live on campus in suites of six to eight single private rooms arranged around a common area. To enhance learning and stimulate collaboration, these living groups are equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment. Individual bedrooms include a private bath and standard amenities, as well as a desktop computer equipped with high-speed Internet access. In addition, wireless Internet is available throughout all HBS Executive Education facilities.
– Are meals provided?
All meals are provided during The Reflective Leader. Meals are served in a dining facility adjacent to the classroom. Participants with special dietary requirements are asked to contact us prior to their arrival.
– Are laptops allowed in class?
The faculty strongly discourages the use of laptops in the classrooms. You can bring paper notes and printouts if you need to reference any models or calculations.
– What is the recommended attire?
Business casual attire is requested for classes and meals in the Executive Education dining facility during your program. Since dress codes and terminology vary widely among companies and countries, here are a few examples of what is considered business casual attire:
- Open-necked and collared shirts or blouses and sweaters
- Khakis, pressed pants, skirts, or dresses
- Leather shoes or casual walking shoes
– Is there wireless Internet?
Almost all areas of the HBS campus have wireless Internet access, including all facilities within the Executive Education Complex. See the Wireless page for more details.
– What address should I use for incoming packages and mail?
Packages should be addressed to:
[Your program name]
[Your residence hall (including room number if possible)]
Harvard Business School
25 Harvard Way
Boston, MA 02163
NOTE: Shipments from outside the United States must be cleared through Customs by the recipient before they can be released. We recommend bringing all personal effects with you rather than shipping them separately. This will eliminate returning to the airport after arrival for Customs inspection. Past participants have found that paying for excess baggage is no more expensive than paying for separate air freight shipment.
– I am expecting a package. How will I know it is here?
Packages are received at the HBS mail facility during business hours, Monday through Friday only. Accepted packages are scanned and delivered to Executive Education for sorting and delivery to each of the three residence halls. Packages are delivered to participants’ bedrooms once daily in the late afternoon (no weekend delivery). Please refer to our package policy for important information.
– How do I get a swimming pool pass?
You will first need to obtain a pool pass (which includes towel service) from the Chao Center front desk. Blodgett Pool is located just across N. Harvard Street from Shad Hall. Visit the Blodgett Pool website or call +1-617-495-1789 (5-1789 from any residence hall phone) for hours of operation.
– Are there washing machines or clothes cleaning services?
Complimentary self-service washers and dryers are located in each of our residence halls. Detergent and dryer sheets are available in each room.
Spotless Cleaners provides drying cleaning/laundry service. All dry cleaning/laundry items should be placed in the bag provided in your bedroom and left outside your bedroom door by 8:00 AM. Each bag must have a completed slip with your name, building name, and room number. Once ready, your items will be delivered to your room. Please see the Spotless Cleaners website to sign up for the service and for rate/delivery information.
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