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Ellen Guidera (MBA 1986)

Ellen Guidera (MBA 1986) has played an active role in the evolution of the HBS immersive student learning experience. Shortly after the first-year Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD) MBA course was launched in 2011, she helped the School find partner organizations to work with students in Chile, where she has lived since 1997. In the second module of the required yearlong FIELD course, small teams of students develop or improve a product, service, or experience for their Global Partners’ customers.

In 2013, Guidera took part in arranging FIELD student placements at eight organizations, including McDonald’s Chile and LATAM Airlines, and hosted two teams herself. “We were all impressed with the students’ creativity, energy, and clear thinking,” says Guidera. She is currently working with HBS staff to bring students to Chile again in 2017.

Originally from Minnesota, Guidera is part owner of Ski Portillo, a resort in the Andes, and Tierra Hotels, a trio of adventure spa hotels across Chile. Before moving to Chile, she worked for Walt Disney Consumer Products in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Mumbai.

Guidera is active with HBS, and Harvard overall, in many other ways, too. For example, she was a section and class fundraising volunteer for two decades, and was a member and a VP of the HBS Alumni Board. She is a new member of the HBS Latin America Advisory Board and is an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association.

“I loved being a student at HBS—the cases, the campus, my classmates,” recalls Guidera. “But my post-HBS experience has been equally meaningful. I’ve moved around a lot, and the HBS and Harvard networks have been such a great source of friendships and contacts. I am constantly inspired by the people I meet. My 30th Reunion this year was pure joy.”

Guidera, a firm believer in providing unrestricted support, donates to the HBS Fund for Leadership and Innovation every year. “The School knows best where to invest the money,” she says. “I am happy to support what HBS leadership decides is most important.”

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Class of MBA 1986, Section E
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