• Chicago
    • 15 MAY 2019

    Confronting Climate Change: Opportunities and Risks for Midwest Agribusiness

    Faculty-led Alumni Discussion & Networking Reception

    Climate change is leading to warmer temperatures and more frequent and intensive storms. These and other impacts will grow stronger over the coming decades, influencing the future of Midwest agribusiness. HBS Alumni convened at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to explore how climate change is impacting, and will impact, the conditions for agribusiness—and the new business opportunities it is creating for investors and innovators in this sector. The workshop included two panels. The first, moderated by HBS Professor Forest Reinhardt, explored what climate change will mean for food prices and availability, and agribusiness investor opportunities. The second, moderated by HBS Professor Jose Alvarez, examined the steps that leading business innovators are taking to seize opportunities and enhance the sustainability of their businesses in this dynamic landscape. Read the Alumni Bulletin article highlighting key takeaways from the event.

    This event was organized by the BEI, HBS Club of Chicago, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
    • Los Angeles
    • 07 MAR 2019

    The Reckoning: Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

    Panel & Reception
    More than 80 alumni and guests gathered for an HBS faculty-led discussion on business and climate change. Opening remarks from Alan Horn (MBA 1971), chairman of Walt Disney Studios and chair of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Board of Trustees, underscored the night’s charge: “There is an opportunity, if not a requirement, for the business community to step up where the political community has failed.” These comments were echoed in remarks by guest speaker Roland Hwang, managing director of NRDC’s Climate and Clean Energy Program. Led by Prof. Rebecca Henderson, the panel called for urgent action on climate change among business leaders and outlined a practical roadmap for how business can help. Read about the event in this HBS Alumni Bulletin article.

    This event was organized by the BEI, HBS Association of Southern California, HBS Association of Orange County, and HBS Club of San Diego.
    • Boston
    • 12 FEB 2019

    Confronting Climate Change: Boston-Based Ideas that Can Change the World

    Panel & Reception

    Climate change is leading to warmer temperatures and more frequent and intensive storms. These and other impacts will grow stronger over the coming decades, influencing the future of Midwest agribusiness. HBS Alumni convened at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to explore how climate change is impacting, and will impact, the conditions for agribusiness—and the new business opportunities it is creating for investors and innovators in this sector. The workshop included two panels. The first, moderated by HBS Professor Forest Reinhardt, explored what climate change will mean for food prices and availability, and agribusiness investor opportunities. The second, moderated by HBS Professor Jose Alvarez, examined the steps that leading business innovators are taking to seize opportunities and enhance the sustainability of their businesses in this dynamic landscape. Read the Alumni Bulletin article highlighting key takeaways from the event.

    This event was organized by the BEI, HBS Club of Chicago, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
    • New York
    • 13 NOV 2018

    An Investor’s Guide to Climate Change: Disruption and Opportunity

    Alumni Panel & Reception
    This alumni panel, moderated by Prof. Joe Lassiter, explored ways in which finance professionals can manage climate risk in existing portfolios and through new investment opportunities. More than 70 HBS alumni gathered to learn from each other and confront the business implications of climate change. Hosted by the BEI and the HBS Club of New York, the event offered faculty and alumni perspectives on the role of the investment community in addressing climate change. Professor Joseph Lassiter moderated the four-person panel that included Hui Wen Chan (MBA 2010), vice president of corporate sustainability at Citigroup; Michael Ellis (MBA 2008), managing director of Inherent Group; Claire Broido Johnson (MBA 2002), president of CBJ Energy; and Jackson Lehr (MBA 2007), director of distributed energy ventures at National Grid. Read the HBS Alumni Bulletin article.

    This event was organized by the BEI and the HBS Club of New York.
    • Miami
    • 19 ARP 2018

    Climate Change in South Florida: When to Invest in Resilience

    A Case-Based Discussion & Reception
    Potential sea level rise, worsening storms, and increasingly exposed assets create a difficult dilemma for South Florida. The HBS Business & Environment Initiative and the HBS Club of South Florida gathered local alumni for a case-based discussion about the significant challenges and opportunities that climate change creates for Miami and South Florida. Prof. John Macomber, fellow alumni, and local leaders explored climate projections, insurance models, and the benefit/cost approach to investments in reinforcement, relocation, and rebuilding. This event was part of a series of climate change discussions that HBS is organizing with alumni clubs across the globe.

    This event was organized by the BEI and the HBS Club of South Florida.
    • San Francisco
    • 15 FEB 2018

    The Role of Business Leaders in the Age of Climate Change

    Alumni Panel & Reception
    At our inaugural event, HBS alumni shared perspectives about climate change and launched a network of those interested in taking a leadership role—by pursuing business opportunities, advocating for effective public policies, and designing their own approaches. The event was part of BEI’s “listening tour” that will culminate in an alumni conference (by invitation only) at HBS in 2020. A panel representing the perspectives of startups, established companies, and investors offered framing comments, followed by discussion and a reception. View a video we produced of the highlights of the evening.