The Business SummitThe Global Business Summit Leading in Business and Beyond was the culmination of the Centennial year for Harvard Business School alumni. Held on campus October 12-14, 2008, the Business Summit featured thought-provoking discourse, debate, and insight into the seminal topics facing the global community. World leaders, renowned experts, and HBS faculty took center stage on issues, such as globalization, business and society, and the meaning of leadership in the 21st century.


  • Leadership for the 21st Century A roundtable discussion with Charlie Rose Monday, October 13, 2008 The 2008 Alumni Achievement Award recipients discuss the current financial crisis, the changing relationship between business and government, and the key elements of effective leadership
  • Leadership A panel discussion with Professor Nitin Nohria Tuesday, October 14, 2008 The panelists reflect on important leadership lessons they have learned and how to apply these lessons in times of crisis.
  • Transforming Giants A breakout session with Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter Tuesday, October 14, 2008 This session discusses ideas in Professor Kanter's forthcoming book, "Transforming Giants: How Vanguard Companies are Changing the World of Business and Maybe the World."