BOSTON—Professor of Management Practice Rob Kaplan recently visited Haiti at the request of Dr. Paul Farmer, the founder of Partners in Health, a much honored organization dedicated to helping those in need around the world. Two years after an earthquake devastated the island nation, the clean-up continues and people struggle to put their lives back in order. Kaplan's assignment was to teach leadership skills to Partners in Health staff members, so that they could go out and be more effective in the field by putting his lessons into practice.
Kaplan joined the HBS faculty in 2005 after serving as vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., overseeing the Investment Banking and Investment Management Divisions, among other responsibilities. He is also co-chair of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm, and active in a number non-profit activities, including Project A.L.S., the Harvard University Office of Sustainability, and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Kaplan is the author of What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011) and a columnist for Inc. magazine. A 1979 graduate of the University of Kansas, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1983.
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 80 open enrollment Executive Education programs and more than 60 custom programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.