23 May 2016

Meet the 2016-2017 HBS Leadership Fellows


The 2016-17 Leadership Fellows
Photo: Justin Knight

The Leadership Fellows Program at Harvard Business School is based on University Professor Michael Porter’s vision of developing a network of HBS graduates with cross-sector experience who are committed to addressing societal issues throughout their careers. The Fellowship is a two-way commitment in which graduating students are offered once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience high-impact management positions in nonprofit and public sector organizations for one year at a competitive salary. At the same time, those organizations leverage the experience, energy, and strategic and analytical skills of MBAs in roles that produce immediate results and build long-term capacity.

Since its inception in 2001, the Leadership Fellows program has placed 173 Fellows at organizations such as the City of Boston Mayor’s Office, Harlem Children’s Zone, Mercy Corps, World Wildlife Fund, and the U.S. Department of Education.

“The experience is often catalytic for Fellows, as they are afforded a high degree of responsibility and a chance to develop and refine their leadership skills within complex and dynamic environments,” notes Matt Segneri (MBA 2010), Director of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. Segneri spent his own Leadership Fellows year at the City of Boston Mayor’s Office and continued his career in social enterprise at Bloomberg Philanthropies before returning to HBS.

Whether Fellows stay on with their sponsoring organizations, move to another social enterprise, or enter the private sector, past participants agree that the Leadership Fellows program is critical to their ongoing development as leaders who make a difference in the world.

"I’m excited about being given the opportunity to do something significant in the sector that I am most passionate about," said Dan Kaplan (MBA 2016), who will be working with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The 2016-2017 HBS Leadership Fellows will be focusing on issues in their own backyard, as well as on matters of global consequence. Fellows will be working in a wide array of fields, including arts and culture, education, foundations, government, health, and international development. They are as follows:

Melissa Beck, NewSchools Venture Fund

Casey Brock-Wilson, City of Boston, Mayor’s Office

Claudia Castelino, United Nations World Food Programme

Jonathan Dannevig, United Nations World Food Programme

Sara Gentile, Boston Children’s Hospital

Tyler Harris, Whitney Museum of American Art

Dan Kaplan, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Michele Lewkowitz, City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development

Patty McCormick, ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America)

Mickey Millar, Boston Medical Center

Alterrell Mills, Harlem Children’s Zone

Shemeka Neville, Coalition for Queens

Joanna Pucci, Robin Hood Foundation

Evan Rowe, MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)

Ben Schutzman, MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)

Jade Smith, Kresge Foundation

Hear from the Fellows in their own words about why they are excited for their upcoming opportunities.

Harvard Business School is grateful for the generosity of donors who have been vital to the HBS Leadership Fellows Program: James A. Atwood, Jr. (MBA 1984) Fellowship Fund, Richard and Helen Bibbero Fund, David J. Dunn Fund, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel Endowment, Richard Lumpkin Dean’s Discretionary Fund, Margaret T. Morris Foundation Endowment, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship, Michael E. Porter Leadership Fellowship, and John C. Whitehead Fund for Not-for-Profit Management.

About the Social Enterprise Initiative: The HBS Social Enterprise Initiative applies innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change. It's grounded in the mission of Harvard Business School and aims to educate, inspire, and support leaders across all sectors to tackle society’s toughest challenges and make a difference in the world.


Christian Camerota

About Harvard Business School

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 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.