News & Highlights

  • May 2022
  • MBA Experience

Off-Campus Information Sessions on the HBS MBA Program

This May, MBA Admissions, in collaboration with the Mid-US Research Office, organized Admissions Events in 14 cities including Columbus, OH, Birmingham, AL, and Boise, ID. These sessions were designed for prospective applicants to learn more about the MBA program curriculum, admission process, and funding financial aid. The events included an admissions presentation and the opportunity to meet current students and alumni.
  • May 2022
  • MBA Experience

FIELD Immersion Course with a Domestic Focus

After two years of cancellation due to COVID-19, this May more than 1,000 first year MBA students participated in project assignments for FIELD (Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development) Immersion, a required course that took students across the US for the first time this year. For the past 10 years, this required course has sent first-year MBA students around the globe in an immersive learning experience that pairs them with companies to introduce a new product, service, or customer experience for the local consumer. This year, Stephanie Galloway, senior director of the Global Experience Office (GEO), and her staff, as well as with the MBA Program staff, worked to build an entirely new immersive experience. The team researched locations across the US, developed relationships and projects with companies and organizations, planned contextual experiences such as meetings with local leaders and historical tours, and fine-tuned the course details and extensive logistics required for sending 1,000 students to 15 new locations. Cities such as Milwaukee, Birmingham, or Chattanooga were intentionally selected as a majority of students would not have past experience. Students had the opportunity to participant in projects ranging from a company seeking to attract and retain more underrepresented minorities, to an organization wanting to design a program providing mortgage loans for Black and minority homebuyers, to a startup bringing dental services to traditionally underserved neighborhoods.
  • February 2022
  • Alumni

Charlotte Club Hosts Webinar to Mark 100 Years of the Case Method

The HBS Club of Charlotte recently marked 100 Years of Case Method Teaching and Learning at HBS by hosting a virtual conversation with two of the School’s most prolific case writers. The January 19 event, which attracted 170 alumni, featured Joseph L. Bower, Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus; and F. Warren McFarlan, Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, who have produced hundreds of cases over their long careers at HBS. The professors talked about the teaching opportunities that come with longitudinal cases, where single companies like Nike and General Electric are followed over several decades. This allows students to see how the issues facing the company have evolved over 30 or 40 years, and understand how past decisions may have impacted the company in the present. The event closed with video comments by Dean Srikant Datar about the power of the case method in making HBS a leader in business education, and his excitement for what the next 100 years of the case may hold for HBS.
  • December 2021

African American Student Union Spotlight on the Midwest

The HBS African American Student Union (AASU) strives to be an extended family for its members from the moment they decide to attend HBS, through the transition to second year, and beyond graduation. Here we profile two AASU members from the Midwest U.S. about their experiences before, and during, the MBA program.
  • October 2021
  • Executive Education

Applying Strategic Perspective Lessons from HBS While Thinking Bigger and Bolder

Michael Johnson is the President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County, based in Madison, Wisconsin. Michael attended the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management – Virtual (SPNM) Executive Education program at Harvard Business School in June. In this interview, he discusses his experience in the program and how it has impacted his work.

New Research on the Region

  • May 2022
  • Case

Deborah Quazzo at GSV Ventures

By: William A. Sahlman, Michael D. Smith and Nicole Tempest Keller

Facing a surge in investor interest in EdTech during the COVID-19 pandemic, GSV Ventures must decide whether to raise a larger Fund #2

  • March 2022
  • Case

Moksha Data: Delivering Insights for Public Services

By: Ashish Nanda and Zack Kurtovich

Moksha Data, a boutique data consulting firm specializing in public sector work, started in January 2017 with a handshake between friends and a shared commitment to the principles of egalitarianism, ownership, and collaboration. Since its inception, the Houston-based firm had built momentum despite early challenges and the obstacles posed by an ongoing pandemic. By October 2021, it has become a go-to consulting firm for non-profits and local government agencies in the Houston region. Yet, Moksha managing partner Neeraj Tandon was acutely aware that the firm faced both internal and external challenges. How it responded to those challenges would determine whether the firm would sustain its momentum and what kind of a firm it would grow into.

  • January 2022
  • Case


By: Paul A. Gompers and Alicia Dadlani

Jake Lisby, co-founder and CEO of Simplifyy, a property technology startup in Kansas City, Missouri, was both exhausted and exhilarated by the flurry of activity surrounding the pivot of the business model in late 2021. Simplifyy, a venture-backed PropTech company, was transforming from a full-service property management company to a pure SaaS player, selling end-to-end software to “simplify” the labor-intensive property management industry. Lisby, a Missouri native, knew that the change was not without its challenges. Running a software business in the Midwest, which lacked the entrepreneurial ecosystem of other well-known tech hubs, made it challenging to attract the necessary talent, customers, and fundraising. But the upside of pure SaaS company was attractive, and his team knew that not only to survive but to thrive, they had to get this right.

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Alicia Dadlani