01 Mar 2013

Celebrating Women at HBS

Re: Sheryl Sandberg (MBA 1995); Ann Moore (MBA 1978); Karen Mills (MBA 1977)


Activities marking the 50th anniversary of women in the two-year MBA Program are continuing on campus and through HBS alumni clubs and associations.

Throughout the year, a number of HBS clubs—including the HBS Association of Northern California and the HBS Women's Association of New England—have been featuring faculty speakers such as Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community Professor Robin Ely, who is cochairing the W50 celebration.

In February, the Women's Student Association held its annual Dynamic Women in Business conference, focusing on "Success Redefined." Nancy Barry (MBA 1975), founder and president of Enterprise Solutions to Poverty, and Melanie Healey of Procter & Gamble were among the speakers.

The Baker Library | Bloomberg Center is hosting "Building the Foundation: Business Education for Women at Harvard University: 1937–1970," an exhibit organized by Baker Library Historical Collections that traces the early history of business education for women at Harvard, from the founding of the one-year certificate program in personnel administration at Radcliffe College in 1937 to women enrolled in the two-year MBA Program living on campus by 1970. (The exhibit can be viewed online at www.library.hbs.edu/hc/wbe/.)

Planning is wrapping up for the W50 Summit, taking place on campus April 4–5. The two-day event will focus on accelerating the advancement of women leaders and will feature speeches from business leaders, faculty presentations, and panel discussions and workshops on a wide range of topics. Harvard President Drew Faust and HBS Dean Nitin Nohria will deliver opening remarks; Professor Ely will unveil findings of the "Life and Leadership After HBS" alumni survey; and Professor Boris Groysberg and other faculty members will present his new case, "Women at HBS and in Business." Featured speakers will include Sheryl Sandberg (MBA 1995), COO of Facebook; Ann Moore (MBA 1978), former chairman of Time Inc.; and Karen Gordon Mills (MBA 1977), administrator of the US Small Business Administration. For a schedule and other information, visit www.alumni.hbs.edu/events/women50summit.html.


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