25 May 2022

Meet the 2022-23 Leadership Fellows


(L-R back row): Nikita Chuyko, Marie Rose Muir, Elizabeth Arenz, Elisa MacColl, Audrey Sheng, Dan Segal.
(L-R front row): Fatima Albassam, Fiona Liao, Kaley Martin, Merve Ciplak, Sue Chuang, Jenny Zhou.

BOSTON—The Leadership Fellows Program at Harvard Business School (HBS) 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, the hiring 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 267 fellows at organizations such as the City of Boston Mayor’s Office, City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Environmental Defense Fund, Harlem Children’s Zone, Mercy Corps, Whitney Museum of Art, and the U.S. Department of Education.

“We are in the business of supporting positive impact in the world, and this year’s Leadership Fellows have an incredible opportunity to do just that with their partner organizations,” said Rob Zeaske (MBA 2002), director at the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. “The world’s toughest challenges need the leadership embodied by these fellows more than ever. The transformational year that is the Leadership Fellows Program will allow them to both solve important problems now and explore future opportunities, preparing them for a career of impact in critical industries and roles.”

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

The 2022-23 HBS Leadership Fellows will work at a wide range of organizations across fields like education, healthcare, impact investing, and the public sector. They are as follows:

FATIMA ALBASSAM, City of Boston Mayor's Office
ELIZABETH ARENZ, Environmental Defense Fund
SUE CHUANG, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
MERVE CIPLAK, The Juilliard School
FIONA LIAO, Environmental Defense Fund
KALEY MARTIN, City of Detroit Mayor's Office
MARIE ROSE MUIR, Boston Ballet
DAN SEGAL, NewSchools Venture Fund
AUDREY SHENG, Whitney Museum of American Art
JENNY ZHOU, Harlem Children's Zone

Hear from the fellows in their own words about why they are excited about 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. Attwood Jr. (MBA 1984) Fellowship, David J. Dunn (MBA 1961) Fellowship, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel (MBA 1959) Endowment, Richard Lumpkin (MBA 1963) Dean’s Discretionary Fund, Margaret T. Morris Foundation Endowment, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship, Michael E. Porter (MBA 1971) Service Leadership Fellowship, and John C. Whitehead (MBA 1947) Fellowship for Not-for-Profit Management.


Mark Cautela

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.