News & Highlights

  • December 2021
  • MBA EXPERIENCE

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.
  • August 2021
  • MBA Experience

Mobilizing Private Sector Action For Racial Equity in Milwaukee: SE Summer Fellow Zach Komes (MBA 2022)

The HBS Summer Fellows Program enables students to apply their classroom training as they explore career opportunities in roles or regions where compensation is generally lower than the traditional MBA level. Read about Zach Komes’ (MBA 2022) experience working with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commence where he helped address the dual challenge that Milwaukee faces of how to catalyze local economic growth in the face of decades of deindustrialization and automation, while also reducing severe and growing racial inequities.
  • April 2021
  • Alumni

Leadership In Challenging Times: Thierry Ibri (MBA 1997) and his work at Second Harvest Heartland

The “Leadership in Challenging Times” blog series highlights the inspiring work of the HBS community in addressing the health and economic consequences of COVID-19, alongside the fight for racial equity and an especially polarized political climate. In this post, Thierry Ibri (MBA 1997) discusses his work as Chief Operations and Program Officer at Second Harvest Heartland in Minnesota and reflects on how his team adapted to the challenges of 2020 and delivered more than 105 million meals to people in need.

New Research on the Region

  • November 2021 (Revised January 2022)
  • Case

KFA, Inc.: Building the Future

By: Lynda M. Applegate and Elizabeth M. Adams

In 2021, Greg Bush, Jr., owner, president, and CEO of KFA, Inc. is working with his leadership team to plan for the future. KFA provides consulting services on software and project management needs for infrastructure projects. Bush and his team have just debuted a new product, PHAZE, which offers a low-cost option for the industry. He’s exploring several options for growth—selling PHAZE in the developing world, targeting smart city projects, or focusing on KFA’s core consulting business now that the Biden infrastructure bill has been signed into law. Which path should he choose?

  • October 2021
  • Case

Diversifying P&G's Supplier Base (A)

By: Kris Ferreira, Kym Lew Nelson, Carin-Isabel Knoop and Sarah Mehta

In February 2003, P&G hosted two meetings—one with its largest woman- and minority-owned suppliers and one with its largest non-minority-owned suppliers. Attendees in each meeting heard the same message: P&G was keen to grow its commitment to inclusive supply chains, but felt hamstrung by the limited scale and scope of its existing woman- and minority-owned suppliers. It was up to the attendees to determine how to work together to meet P&G’s needs. Otherwise, the consumer packaged goods giant would be forced to look outside its home city of Cincinnati, Ohio, for diverse suppliers at scale. This case tells the story of how Carl Satterwhite, president and co-owner of Infinity Services, a minority-owned furniture installation business, and J. Scott Robertson, president and owner of Globe Business Interiors (GBI), a non-minority-owned office furniture company, responded to P&G’s call.

  • October 2021
  • Teaching Material

Diversifying P&G's Supplier Base (B)

By: Kris Ferreira, Kym Lew Nelson, Carin-Isabel Knoop and Sarah Mehta

This (B) case accompanies the (A) case of the same title.

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Mid-US Staff

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