WELCOME TO “alumni for impact”

Alumni for Impact is for social enterprise-focused alumni like you who comprise a powerful network for social impact that spans across the globe. Whether it’s within the nonprofit, public, or private sector, HBS alumni pursue a variety of managerial, entrepreneurial, voluntary, and philanthropic roles in socially driven pursuits at various stages of their personal and professional lives.

Alumni for Impact aspires to connect you with each other, share with you the latest faculty research and innovative ideas from the field, and bring you together to work on solutions for our world’s most complex social issues. We invite you to sign up to become a part of Alumni for Impact and to explore the resources offered here.

 

NEWS & EVENTS

Impact Investing Alumni Interest Group

 

We have officially kicked off our first Alumni Interest Group, which will be focused on impact investing. At the helm are experienced impact investors: Jeramy Lund (MBA 2001) and Mark Kahn (MBA 2006). Please sign up here to be a part of the group. And note the upcoming group events:

  • Conference Call Series: Impact Investing in Africa Tuesday, September 26, 12:00 - 12:45 pm We hear a lot of talk about impact investing in Africa, but what is happening on the ground? Join us as we hear from one of the leading African impact investors about its strategy, how it evolved, and what challenges and opportunities exist. Elizabeth Lewis (MBA 2006), head of sustainable investing at the World Resources Institute, will interview the managing directors of Criterion Africa Partners (CAP). CAP is an independent private equity firm that invests in companies in the forestry sector in select countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Email se@hbs.edu for dial-in instructions.

  • NYC Impact Investing Alumni Meet-Up Tuesday, October 3, 5:30 - 7:00 pm Harvard Club of New York, 35 W 44th St, Main Floor Bar Join organizer Jen Gorin (MBA 2001) and other fellow alumni interested in impact investing for a casual meet up over cocktails at the Harvard Club in New York City. RSVP to Jen.

 

Other Events

 
  • Chicago HBS Social Enterprise Alumni Reception with Professor Dutch Leonard Wednesday, October 4, 5:30 - 7:00 pm William Blair Headquarters, 150 N. Riverside Plaza
    Chicago, IL 60606
     
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    SEI is headed out to Chicago and we want to connect with you. Please join SEI leaders, including SEI's faculty co-chair, Professor Dutch Leonard, and fellow social enterprise alumni for an intimate gathering to discuss SEI's latest work, including its launch of Alumni for Impact, a program just for HBS social enterprise-focused alumni. RSVP here.

    Afterwards, from 7-8:30pm, please join the HBS Club of Chicago for an evening featuring Dutch Leonard speaking on how leadership can make a difference in the current political and economic environment. The Club has kindly offered to waive the registration fee for this event for attendees of the SEI reception, so we hope you can join us for this event as well. Click here for more information about the club event.

  • HBS Alumni Breakfast at SOCAP17 Thursday, October 12, 7:30 - 9:00 am Firehouse Building at Fort Mason Center (SOCAP conference site), 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco
     
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    Are you headed out to the SOCAP17 conference? Then please join SEI leaders and Professor Vikram Gandhi to hear about the newly-launched Impact Investing Alumni Group and the HBS Impact Co-Laboratory, a new multi-faculty effort to advance knowledge and practice in the rapidly growing field of investing for impact and scaling for impact. Amongst the mimosas and breakfast bites, you'll be delighted to network with fellow HBS alumni working as impact investors and social entrepreneurs. RSVP here.

    Professor Vikram S. Gandhi: In his work at the Impact Co-Laboratory, Professor Gandhi is developing the first full elective course on impact investing at HBS. He is the Founder of Asha Impact, an impact investing platform, and is a Senior Advisor to The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and to Greenhill & Co. Inc.. Previously, he served as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Global Head of the Financial Institutions Business for Credit Suisse in New York and Hong Kong. Professor Gandhi holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was designated a Baker Scholar, and a B.Com with high distinction from the University of Mumbai.

  • Social Enterprise Reunion Reception Saturday, October 14, 2:30 - 3:30 pm HBS Campus - Aldrich 208

    Coming to your HBS reunion in October? Interested in meeting other alums interested in non-profits, businesses with a social mission, and/or the public sector? Or perhaps you are contemplating a career transition to the social sector? Then join leaders and faculty of HBS's Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) and fellow classmates for an afternoon of mingling and an opportunity to hear about SEI’s latest work. 

    Questions? Email se@hbs.edu.

  • Boston HBS Social Enterprise Alumni Dinner and Discussion Wednesday, November 8, 6:00 - 8:00 pm HBS Campus - Chao Center 3rd Floor Lounge
     

    Photo of Kash Rangan Please join leaders of HBS's Social Enterprise Initiative and fellow Boston area social enterprise alumni for an intimate dinner and discussion with SEI's faculty co-chair, Professor Kash Rangan, who will discuss his research into both achieving transformative impact and effective impact investing. We'll also update you on the latest with SEI’s recent launch of Alumni for Impact, a program just for HBS social enterprise-focused alumni. We look forward to meeting you and hearing about the great work you are doing to drive positive social change locally and globally. RSVP here.

 

Faculty THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Faculty engage in cutting-edge research that drives the social enterprise sector forward. Learn more about HBS thought leadership in these areas:

 

ALUMNI CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS

Stay connected with other alumni interested in social enterprise while you build lifelong relationships with MBA students, fellow alumni, and Executive Education participants.

Did you know?

  • 25 Alumni Clubs funded 69 Executive Education scholarships in 2015
  • Alumni Clubs provide $10 million annually in pro-bono consulting to non-profits
 

Contact your local alumni club to get involved in a wide range of social enterprise activities including:

  • Social enterprise events and programs for alumni
  • Volunteer consulting programs
  • Events to benefit the local community
  • Fundraising and capacity-building activities to support local nonprofit organizations
 

Career Resources

The Social Enterprise Initiative, in collaboration with Alumni Career Services and Baker Library, provides resources and support to assist alumni pursuing careers in social enterprise. A good way to begin is to check out job search suggestions for MBAs and Alumni. Research is also available on a variety of specific social enterprise topics in the Faculty & Research section of this site.

Alumni Career Hub (Login Required)

Search the Alumni Job Board (within the new Alumni Career Hub) by the name of particular organizations or use these suggested keywords: arts/culture; government; community/economic development; education; foundations/grant making; international development; nonprofit-other; religion; services-health related; social services.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program

HBS Social Enterprise Loan Repayment Assistance Program reduces the educational debt burden for qualifying alumni serving in managerial positions in nonprofits, public sector organizations, or for-profit social enterprises.

Alumni Recruiting

Organizations interested in hiring HBS alumni can take advantage of a range of recruiting tools and activities available through HBS Recruiting.
 

Contact

Do you have questions, comments, or suggestions about social enterprise alumni engagement? Please email se@hbs.edu.