01 Sep 2016

Advancing the Vision for HBS

A message from Campaign Chair John B. Hess (MBA 1977)
Re: John Hess (MBA 1977); Mark Nunnelly (MBA 1984); Mark Stevens (MBA 1989); Janae Grijalva (MBA 2016); John Paulson (MBA 1980); Felix Oberholzer-Gee; Frances Frei; David Yoffie


As chair of The Harvard Business School Campaign, I have seen firsthand its impact on advancing key HBS priorities, including field-based learning, HBX, global research, the Harvard Innovation Labs, and financial aid. The philanthropic investments made by alumni and friends that support these and other initiatives ensure that the School remains the standard for excellence in management education worldwide.

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of thousands of donors and the work of a dedicated corps of alumni volunteers, we are making remarkable progress toward our Campaign objectives. At the midpoint of this effort, I am delighted to welcome Mark Nunnelly (MBA 1984) and Mark Stevens (MBA 1989) as cochairs of the Campaign Leadership Committee. Their efforts will help the Campaign reach a successful conclusion—both guaranteeing a solid financial foundation for the future and expanding opportunities for alumni engagement with the School and with each other.

At Campaign events around the globe, many of you have heard about the vision for HBS in the 21st century and the School’s commitment to educating leaders and generating ideas that can help address the problems facing business and society. It has been exciting to see the HBS community—alumni, students, the faculty, and staff—rally around this vision. A wide range of events and programs, along with new ways to connect online, have energized interactions among alumni and inspired new collaborations, business ventures, and friendships—outcomes we will continue to foster long after the Campaign ends.

Alumni have shown their dedication through contributions of all sizes to the HBS Fund for Leadership and Innovation, as well as to specific priorities that resonate with their personal passions. This ongoing support is essential to the School’s efforts to provide a transformational educational experience.

I firmly believe that business is the single most important driver for social good in the world.

I firmly believe that business is the single most important driver for social good in the world.

As business leaders, we have the power to develop solutions to complex challenges and help people create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. HBS and its more than 80,000 alumni must play a critical role in this effort. Our investment in the School— its programs, its activities, and its people — provides us with the unique opportunity to leverage our collective impact and effect positive change in the world.
—John B. Hess

Complete list of HBS Campaign Leadership Volunteers

The HBS Campaign is...

Accelerating the School’s efforts to innovate in its educational programs

“Experiential learning through courses like FIELD helps our students to be more effective, particularly in the early stages of their careers.”

Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean, Chair, MBA Program


Enabling a broader diversity of students to enroll in the MBA Program

“Fellowships help ensure that income doesn’t determine whether you can receive a world-class business education.”

Janae Grijalva (MBA 2016)


Supporting new generations of HBS faculty

“By supporting the faculty, you are investing in transformational learn ing experiences and pathbreaking research.”

Frances X. Frei, UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management, Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education


Deepening collaboration across Harvard University

“SEAS [the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences] is the next frontier for Harvard, and its expanding campus in Allston promises to become the next center of Harvard innovation.”

John A. Paulson (MBA 1980)


Creating opportunities to expand global understanding

“In order to find solutions to big problems, you need a global perspective.”

David B. Yoffie, Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration


Read student and faculty member stories that bring the impact of The HBS Campaign to life.


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