BOSTON— After receiving their diplomas this summer, eleven members of the Harvard Business School MBA Class of 2010 will begin working in nonprofit and public-sector organizations with the help of the School's Leadership Fellows Program. Now in its ninth year, the program provides Fellows with a one-year position in a nonprofit or public-sector organization where they can make a significant impact. Participating organizations pay Fellows $45,000, and Harvard Business School (HBS) supplements that with a one-year grant of an equal amount. Throughout the year, Fellows also benefit from access to HBS resources and return to campus for organized networking and professional development events with other Fellows.
This year's Fellows and the organizations where they will work are:
- Rebecca Arnold, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Arnold worked with Lincoln Center as a Business and Strategy Summer Fellow in 2009.
- Patrisha Carlson, Partners in Health. Carlson recently completed an internship with Radius Ventures, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm, and Management Health Solutions, a hospital supply-chain management company.
- Hui Wen Chan, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Chan previously worked in Beijing for the William J. Clinton Foundation. While in China, she also collaborated with the National Center for AIDS to improve treatment quality, drug forecasting, and inventory management.
- Tamara Heimur, Millennium Challenge Corporation. Prior to HBS, Heimur worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Baghdad and completed internships with the Government of Liberia's Ministry of State and the U.S. Treasury's Office of International Affairs in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Lindsey Henken, Hospital for Special Surgery. Last summer, Henken worked with the business development group at Medco Health Solutions, where she focused on acquisitions strategy.
- Jean-Claude Homawoo, Endeavor. In 2006, Homawoo spent two years in Hong Kong launching and running Gerson Lehrman Group's technology, media, and telecom research practice in Asia Pacific. Prior to that, he worked in the company's New York office.
- Whitney Petersmeyer, Teach for America. During the summer of 2009, Petersmeyer held an Education Pioneers Fellowship at Teach for America. Her project included identifying opportunities for increased integration of research into the curriculum.
- Danelle Radney, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Before coming to HBS, Radney worked in corporate diversity at Target Corporation, where she held various roles, from managing the national diversity internship program to strategizing for external recruiting partnerships.
- Matt Segneri, City of Boston Mayor's Office. Last summer, Segneri completed an internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He also serves as a co-president of the student Social Enterprise Club at HBS.
- Lindsay Steinmetz, Ford Foundation. Before arriving at HBS, Steinmetz worked with fifty schools in the San Francisco Bay area on retention and hiring. She recently was an Education Pioneer Fellow in the Boston Public Schools' Office of Human Resources.
- Stella Treas, Special Olympics. Treas previously worked in the management consulting firm Mckinsey and Company. She has also worked with TechnoServe, an economic development organization, as part of their regional coffee initiative in Rwanda.
Leadership Fellows Program organizations are chosen each year by an HBS steering committee made up of faculty and staff representing the School's MBA Program and its Social Enterprise Initiative. Criteria for selection include the scope and nature of the proposed position, capacity of the organization for utilizing the leadership and management skills of Harvard MBAs, and potential student interest. Once selected, organizations are listed as available opportunities, and student interest determines the number of candidates for a particular position. Fellows are chosen by the hiring organization through a standard interview process.
More than 90 percent of Fellows receive an offer to stay at the organization that initially employed them. Approximately one-third of the program's alumni are still at that organization, while one-third have moved on to a similar operation, and one-third have joined the for-profit sector.
For more information, visit the HBS Leadership Fellows Program website
About the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative:
Grounded in HBS's mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, the Social Enterprise Initiative aims to inspire, educate, and support current and emerging leaders to apply management skills to create social value. Through an integrated approach to social-enterprise related teaching, research, and activities at HBS, the Social Enterprise Initiative engages with leaders in all sectors to generate and disseminate practicable resources, tools, and knowledge with the ultimate goal of bettering society. For more information, visit: www.hbs.edu/socialenterprise/.