This summer HBS Admissions headed to Israel to host a number
of events for prospective students in the area. Outreach Director, Jill Fadule
(along with her youngest son Joseph), had the chance to sightsee, connect with
local alumni, and meet a number of talented HBS candidates. We recently caught
up with Jill to learn about the highlights from her trip (besides Joseph’s
camel ride, of course).
What was your
favorite part of the trip?
The people I met in Israel were wonderful. Warm, welcoming, interesting, curious, engaging, really great
people. My favorite city was
Jerusalem. I felt immediately at home
there. We loved everything about Jerusalem, especially spending time in the Old
City and visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On our final day in Israel, we floated in the
Dead Sea, dipped our feet in the River Jordan, and my son even rode a camel! I
would recommend spending as much time in Jerusalem as possible. There is so
much history in this small, stunning city. I will have to go back again to see more.
Why does HBS travel
We go to Israel regularly because we love our HBS Israeli students and alumni,
and we want to spread the word so that more Israelis will apply and attend HBS. Students from Israel are a diverse group, but there are some things they tend to have in
common including excellent military service
records, strong entrepreneurial sense, and a meaningful commitment to social
For the first-time ever, we
hosted a Women’s Outreach event in Tel Aviv. 30 women attended and learned a lot from our alumnae and incoming
students. There was great energy in the
room for this special event.
What questions were asked
during the event?
There was lots of interest in the great work we do in Social Enterprise. HBS is a natural fit for Israelis who are
really passionate about making a difference and doing their own thing.
What was the most valuable
piece of advice offered by the alumni panels?
It’s hard to choose. Our alumni were
terrific and gave great advice. If
forced to pick, I’d say the alumni did a great job helping prospective
applicants understand that HBS has really generous financial aid packages. Clearest, simplest advice from the alumni
panel? Apply to HBS!
What advice would you
give to prospective students?
Keep doing what you’re doing—gaining meaningful experience in diverse fields,
always with an eye to making a difference in the world.
We also checked in with recent grad Lior Litwak (MBA
2015) about his HBS experience and his decision to be an admissions
ambassador when he was a student. Lior was home in Israel this summer (and
participated in these events with Jill) before heading to California to start
his new job. Here’s what he wants prospective students to know:
me, the importance of "spreading the word" about HBS, wherever in the
world, is first and foremost a personal passion (regardless of me being
Israeli). When I went through the admissions process with HBS three years ago,
and more importantly the decision process that followed it, I was impressed
with the high level of professionalism and personal care with which HBS treated
its applicants and admitted students.
was only natural for me to pay these feelings forward when I started school,
and I decided to join the Admissions Advisory Board to serve as an ambassador
to HBS among potential students. Since then, I have been doing my best to
convey the HBS experience in the most personal and genuine way I can, so that
prospective and admitted students could see beyond the "brand" and
"stigma" of the school, and get to truly understand what an amazing
place HBS is.
Israel, I continue in the same manner, and hope to see enthusiastic, unique
individuals make their way to Boston to enrich the HBS program with their
experience and personality. I believe Israelis have a unique background to contribute
to each HBS class, and can share perspectives from this complicated piece of
land that few other individuals have. Altogether, I wish the trend of a
large Israeli community at HBS persists, so that future world leaders can learn
more about complex dilemmas first hand.