27 Jun 2017
Suzanne J. Battit (MBA 1992)Topics:
Suzanne J. Battit (MBA 1992)
Suzanne Battit will never forget her first week at Harvard Business School. She loved Orientation and felt particularly lucky to be a member of section D. “Classmates nicknamed us ‘the love section,’ because we all cared so deeply about each other,” remembers Battit. “That first semester was daunting, but we helped each other through it.”
After graduation, Battit went on to healthcare consulting in Chicago and then returned to Boston to work in investment management. Then September 11th happened. “I stopped and thought about what I was doing and what was important to me,” says Battit.
She was ready for a change, and her HBS classmates helped her navigate it. “Through HBS I have a network of just amazing colleagues who are gracious with their time and advice,” says Battit. During a 10th reunion planning meeting, she mentioned an interest in transitioning to higher education admissions, and a classmate encouraged her to explore fundraising.
The rest is history. She is currently vice president of external affairs and advancement at The Greater Boston Food Bank, which helps feed 140,000 people each month. “HBS prepared me for critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership,” explains Battit. “These are skills I use every day.”
Battit has given to the HBS Fund every year since graduating. “I give to HBS because I am extremely grateful for the experiences I had as a student, the experiences I have as an alumna, and the lasting friendships I formed,” she says. She recently extended that annual support by including HBS in her will.
“My bequest allows me to make a larger gift in the future than what I can give on an annual basis now,” says Battit. She is proud to be a member of the John C. Whitehead Society and hopes her legacy gift will inspire others to do the same. “I know that my support is important to the School’s long-term vitality and continuing evolution.”
Learn how you, too, can give back by including HBS in your will.
Class of MBA 1992, Section D