10 May 2019


Shining a Light on Black Brilliance

New course on African American business leaders signals changes at HBS and beyond

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Steven Rogers (MBA 1985) is the MBA Class of 1957 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration. He teaches Entrepreneurial Finance and a new course titled Black Business Leaders and Entrepreneurship. In this interview, Rogers talks about how his course is helping lead changes in the curriculum and culture at HBS.

“If there's an area that I believe I made a difference here at Harvard Business School, it is with the creation of my course, Black Business Leaders and Entrepreneurship. That course has provided the opportunity for me to write case studies that have black protagonists who are brilliant black men and women in the business world facing business challenges that everybody faces. That course has provided the opportunity for me to teach the best and the brightest who are interested in learning about the best and the brightest who happen to be African American.

“The other magnificent thing is, the creation of this course has allowed us at Harvard Business School to retain and to continue our tradition of educating the world. Now we have case studies that have black protagonists that the world is desperate for, that our peer schools are desperate for, and they're coming to us to buy these case studies. And they're coming to us also to replicate the course in their respective universities.

“That course has provided the opportunity for us at Harvard Business School to have a more inclusive curriculum and to provide students, be they black or white––and ideally and specifically most of them are black––the opportunity to get exposed to black brilliance.”

(Published May 2019)

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