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Susan Rasinski McCaw (MBA 1988) and Craig McCaw

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Susan Rasinski McCaw (MBA 1988) and Craig McCaw

As Susan Rasinski McCaw (MBA 1988) has discovered, HBS is a place not only where students and faculty members can pursue their passions, but also where alumni can leverage their philanthropic goals while supporting the School. McCaw, president of COM Investments and a former US Ambassador to Austria, focuses her philanthropy on three areas: environmental conservation, education, and international economic development. She and her husband, Craig, the telecommunications pioneer who cofounded McCaw Cellular, have signed the Giving Pledge, and they are making a lasting difference in the areas important to them through their support for HBS.

“We care deeply about these subjects and wanted to contribute to efforts that will have a broad impact on the world,” says McCaw. “Given HBS’s expertise in business and the environment, we hope to extend the School’s intellectual contributions as they relate to climate change, sustainability, agribusiness, and good governance.”

McCaw has funded an endowment to support the School’s Business and Environment Initiative that will advance scholarship and course and curriculum development, provide fellowships, and influence practice by convening thought leaders. A self-described pro-environment, pro-science Republican, she believes that business has a critical role to play in environmental conservation: “It’s important that managers take into account societal costs and understand that the decisions they make may have implications beyond P&Ls and balance sheets.”

In addition, the McCaws have furthered their interest in education and international economic development by supporting HBS’s outreach in Africa. They have contributed to a pilot program enabling students at the African Leadership University in Mauritius to participate in the School’s online business fundamentals course HBX CORe (Credential of Readiness). They are also helping to fund a Global Opportunity Fellowship that provides support for recent HBS graduates who decide to work in Africa. “I’m really grateful for the education I received at the School and the impact it has had on my life,” says McCaw. “I’m delighted HBS is taking a more active role in Africa and pleased that we can support that effort.”

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