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Alumni Salute Bill Sahlman

Re: Doug Mackenzie (MBA 1989); Andy Paul (MBA 1983)

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“Bill’s impact as a teacher, mentor, case writer, advisor, and friend is hard to exaggerate.”
Doug Mackenzie (MBA 1989)

“Bill’s impact as a teacher, mentor, case writer, advisor, and friend is hard to exaggerate.”
Doug Mackenzie (MBA 1989)

As a faculty member for more than 35 years, Bill Sahlman has created a culture of entrepreneurship that has powerfully influenced the School, its students and alumni, and society at large. Following Sahlman’s retirement in June 2017 (he remains on the faculty as a Baker Foundation Professor), and as a tribute to his many contributions, a group of alumni have launched the William A. Sahlman Fund for Entrepreneurship—an endowment that will support the teaching, study, and cultivation of entrepreneurship at HBS and Harvard.

“Bill’s impact as a teacher, mentor, case writer, advisor, and friend is hard to exaggerate,” says Doug Mackenzie (MBA 1989), as he and Andy Paul (MBA 1983) reached out to alumni to inform them of the new fund. “Early support has been extraordinary,” adds Paul. “It’s a true testament to the role that Bill has played in so many lives as well as to the collective interest in and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship among the School’s alumni and friends.”

Sahlman arrived at Soldiers Field in 1973, earned his MBA in 1975, and received his PhD in business economics in 1982. He then joined the faculty full-time. Sahlman’s impact includes developing the School’s Entrepreneurial Finance elective (which more than 8,000 students have taken), helping to build the Entrepreneurial Management unit, launching the California Research Center and the New Venture Competition, and creating an HBX entrepreneurship course.


If you would like to learn more about the fund, contact Jon Schaffrath at HBS: jschaffrath@hbs.edu, 617-384-8060.

(photo by Neal Hamberg)

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