The Leadership Fellows Program at Harvard Business School is based on University Professor Michael Porter’s vision of developing a network of HBS graduates with cross-sector experience who are committed to addressing societal issues throughout their careers. The Fellowship is a two-way commitment in which graduating students are offered once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience high-impact management positions in nonprofit and public sector organizations for one year at a competitive salary. At the same time, those organizations leverage the experience, energy, and strategic and analytical skills of MBAs in roles that produce immediate results and build long-term capacity.
Since its inception in 2001, the Leadership Fellows program has placed 173 Fellows at organizations such as the City of Boston Mayor’s Office, Harlem Children’s Zone, Mercy Corps, World Wildlife Fund, and the U.S. Department of Education.
“The experience is often catalytic for Fellows, as they are afforded a high degree of responsibility and a chance to develop and refine their leadership skills within complex and dynamic environments,” notes Matt Segneri (MBA 2010), Director of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. Segneri spent his own Leadership Fellows year at the City of Boston Mayor’s Office and continued his career in social enterprise at Bloomberg Philanthropies before returning to HBS.
Whether Fellows stay on with their sponsoring organizations, move to another social enterprise, or enter the private sector, past participants agree that the Leadership Fellows program is critical to their ongoing development as leaders who make a difference in the world.
"I’m excited about being given the opportunity to do something significant in the sector that I am most passionate about," said Dan Kaplan (MBA 2016), who will be working with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The 2016-2017 HBS Leadership Fellows will be focusing on issues in their own backyard, as well as on matters of global consequence. Fellows will be working in a wide array of fields, including arts and culture, education, foundations, government, health, and international development. They are as follows:
Melissa Beck, NewSchools Venture Fund
Casey Brock-Wilson, City of Boston, Mayor’s Office
Claudia Castelino, United Nations World Food Programme
Jonathan Dannevig, United Nations World Food Programme
Sara Gentile, Boston Children’s Hospital
Tyler Harris, Whitney Museum of American Art
Dan Kaplan, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Michele Lewkowitz, City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development
Patty McCormick, ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America)
Mickey Millar, Boston Medical Center
Alterrell Mills, Harlem Children’s Zone
Shemeka Neville, Coalition for Queens
Joanna Pucci, Robin Hood Foundation
Evan Rowe, MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)
Ben Schutzman, MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)
Jade Smith, Kresge Foundation
Harvard Business School is grateful for the generosity of donors who have been vital to the HBS Leadership Fellows Program: James A. Atwood, Jr. (MBA 1984) Fellowship Fund, Richard and Helen Bibbero Fund, David J. Dunn Fund, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel Endowment, Richard Lumpkin Dean’s Discretionary Fund, Margaret T. Morris Foundation Endowment, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship, Michael E. Porter Leadership Fellowship, and John C. Whitehead Fund for Not-for-Profit Management.
About the Social Enterprise Initiative: The HBS Social Enterprise Initiative applies innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change. It's grounded in the mission of Harvard Business School and aims to educate, inspire, and support leaders across all sectors to tackle society’s toughest challenges and make a difference in the world.