Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2011 (Revised July 2014)

Earl Martin Phalen: Ready to ROAR?

by Noam T. Wasserman, Julia Taylor and Yael Braid


Earl Martin Phalen is in the midst of starting his second non-profit organization, Summer Advantage, by implementing the lessons he learned from BELL, the non-profit he had founded and run for the prior 15 years. His aspirations for Summer Advantage were to make it "bigger, better, and faster [than BELL]. I am going to serve more children, more effectively, and for less money." In the midst of taking a very different approach to financing, staffing, and running Summer Advantage, he received an offer to become non-founding CEO of a much bigger non-profit, and is grappling with whether to take the job offer.

Keywords: Corporate Governance; Nonprofit Organizations; Corporate Entrepreneurship; Selection and Staffing; Leadership Development; Financial Management;


Wasserman, Noam T., Julia Taylor, and Yael Braid. "Earl Martin Phalen: Ready to ROAR?" Harvard Business School Case 812-024, August 2011. (Revised July 2014.)