Steven S. Rogers

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Steven Rogers is a Senior Lecturer in General Management and teaches Entrepreneurial Finance in the executive programs, “Launching New Ventures” and “Owners, Presidents and Managers (OPM)”.  He also teaches the Field Immersion Experience for Leadership Development (FIELD course in the MBA program, where students create their own entrepreneurial ventures). A 1985 graduate of the school, Professor Rogers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. Prior to teaching at HBS, he taught for 17 years at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, in the MBA, PhD and Executive programs in the U.S., Toronto, Germany, and Hong Kong. He received the Outstanding Professor Award for the Executive Program 26 times and the MBA Lawrence Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year award twice. He was the first professor in the school’s history to receive the latter award more than once.

Before joining the Kellogg Faculty, he owned and operated two manufacturing firms and one retail operation. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Professor Rogers worked at Bain and Company Consulting firm, Cummins Engine Company and UNC Ventures, a venture capital firm.

In 2013, he became the Faculty Director for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) program, that has the objective of teaching business owners in urban cities how to grow their companies. Professor Rogers was selected to give a speech on the topic of Entrepreneurship at the United Nations in 2013 as part of the TEDxUNPlaza Program. In 2011, he joined Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s Supplier Diversity Task Force. In 2009, Ebony Magazine named him one of the top 150 influential people in America. In 2006, he was selected as one of the “100 Men Impacting Supplier Diversity.”  In 2005, he received the ‘Bert King Award for Service’ from the African American Student Union at Harvard Business School.  In 2000, he received the ‘Bicentennial Medal for Distinguished Achievement’ by an alum from Williams College. In 1998, he was selected as Entrepreneur of The Year (supporter category) by Ernst & Young.  In 1997 BusinessWeek named him one of the 14 “New Stars of Finance.” In 1996, BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 entrepreneurship professors at graduate business schools in the U.S.

Professor Rogers currently serves on the Advisory Board of Private Equity Firm OCA Ventures. He also serves on the Board of Directors of SC Johnson Wax, W.S. Darley & Company and Oakmark Mutual Funds. He is a former member of the Board of Directors at SuperValu (NYSE) and JP Morgan Chase’s Capital Investment Committee. His non-profit work includes board membership for the A Better Chance Program and Urban Prep High School. He is a former Trustee of Williams College and a member of the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee.

He has often been quoted in many publications, including Black Enterprise, Crain’s Business Journal, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Fortune, Monarch and BusinessWeek, NPR, the Tom Joyner Show and Life-Changing Quotes from the World’s Best Business Schools, a 2013 Japanese publication. In 2002 Professor Rogers published his first book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Finance and Business. The second edition was published in 2008. The 3rd edition will be published in 2014. Professor Rogers has also published five case studies. He has been a guest speaker at the New York University – Stern School of Business, University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, Harvard Kennedy School, University of Illinois and the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines.

He has completed five Triathlons.


Steven Rogers is a Senior Lecturer in General Management and teaches Entrepreneurial Finance in the executive programs, “Launching New Ventures” and “Owners, Presidents and Managers (OPM)”.  He also teaches the Field Immersion Experience for Leadership Development (FIELD course in the MBA program, where students create their own entrepreneurial ventures). A 1985 graduate of the school, Professor Rogers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. Prior to teaching at HBS, he taught for 17 years at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, in the MBA, PhD and Executive programs in the U.S., Toronto, Germany, and Hong Kong. He received the Outstanding Professor Award for the Executive Program 26 times and the MBA Lawrence Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year award twice. He was the first professor in the school’s history to receive the latter award more than once.

Before joining the Kellogg Faculty, he owned and operated two manufacturing firms and one retail operation. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Professor Rogers worked at Bain and Company Consulting firm, Cummins Engine Company and UNC Ventures, a venture capital firm.

In 2013, he became the Faculty Director for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) program, that has the objective of teaching business owners in urban cities how to grow their companies. Professor Rogers was selected to give a speech on the topic of Entrepreneurship at the United Nations in 2013 as part of the TEDxUNPlaza Program. In 2011, he joined Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s Supplier Diversity Task Force. In 2009, Ebony Magazine named him one of the top 150 influential people in America. In 2006, he was selected as one of the “100 Men Impacting Supplier Diversity.”  In 2005, he received the ‘Bert King Award for Service’ from the African American Student Union at Harvard Business School.  In 2000, he received the ‘Bicentennial Medal for Distinguished Achievement’ by an alum from Williams College. In 1998, he was selected as Entrepreneur of The Year (supporter category) by Ernst & Young.  In 1997 BusinessWeek named him one of the 14 “New Stars of Finance.” In 1996, BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 entrepreneurship professors at graduate business schools in the U.S.

Professor Rogers currently serves on the Advisory Board of Private Equity Firm OCA Ventures. He also serves on the Board of Directors of SC Johnson Wax, W.S. Darley & Company and Oakmark Mutual Funds. He is a former member of the Board of Directors at SuperValu (NYSE) and JP Morgan Chase’s Capital Investment Committee. His non-profit work includes board membership for the A Better Chance Program and Urban Prep High School. He is a former Trustee of Williams College and a member of the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee.

He has often been quoted in many publications, including Black Enterprise, Crain’s Business Journal, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Fortune, Monarch and BusinessWeek, NPR, the Tom Joyner Show and Life-Changing Quotes from the World’s Best Business Schools, a 2013 Japanese publication.In 2002 Professor Rogers published his first book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Finance and Business. The second edition was published in 2008. The 3rd edition will be published in 2014. Professor Rogers has also published five case studies. He has been a guest speaker at the New York University – Stern School of Business, University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, Harvard Kennedy School, University of Illinois and the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines.

He has completed five Triathlons.