08 May 2018

Harvard Business School’s HBX Announces ConneXt Live Virtual Event and Launch of HBX Community Platform


BOSTON—HBX, Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative, is announcing a new online global event, HBX ConneXt Live, that will take place on Friday, May 11, and comprise a series of topical discussions with HBS faculty through an entirely virtual learning model.

Connext Live has evolved from HBX Connext, an event hosted on campus in 2016 and 2017 for past participants of HBX programs. The format for Connext Live is intended to facilitate conversations with learners from all across the world, regardless of location.

ConneXt Live will consist of seven sessions streamed live via the @HarvardHBX Facebook channel on May 11, and focused on Leadership 2.0 – “the new set of challenges centered around technology, globalization, purpose, and values that anyone in the workforce is confronting today,” said Bharat Anand, Senior Associate Dean and Faculty Chair of HBX. “Not everyone has the answers to these complex issues, but we want to probe them through honest, thoughtful conversations with a diverse group of learners and learn from them.”

Harvard Business School faculty will lead the case discussions in the HBX Live studio, a virtual classroom, where past participants of HBX programs have been invited to be “on the wall” and interact live with the faculty and each other. An additional three sessions with content experts will also be streamed directly to the HarvardHBX Facebook page. A full agenda for the day can be found on the HBX website. For individuals unable to tune in to the sessions live on May 11, videos of the sessions will be posted to the HBX website and Facebook page following the event.

“This year’s virtual format for ConneXt Live recognizes the truly global community of HBX participants,” said HBX Executive Director Patrick Mullane. “By leveraging technology, we are able to celebrate this community, support the connections that are made on our online platform, and deliver a day of truly unique Harvard Business School content to passionate business learners around the world.”

Another novel feature of Connext Live is the creation of HBX Community, a platform launched by HBX that facilitates in-person meet-ups between past and prospective HBX participants in cities around the globe. Inaugural events are being planned in 28 cities on or around May 11 in combination with ConneXt Live. Local HBX Community Organizers are engaging with the platform to organize in-person meetups, such as a walking tour of New Delhi, India, to a livestream of ConneXt Live sessions in Bogota, Colombia.

“The HBX community offers a great platform to remain connected and share the latest thinking,” said Ruud Kuijpers, HBX Community Organizer in Amsterdam. “This has been a great opportunity for me to facilitate meetings and inspire others to connect."

For more information on HBX ConneXt Live or to join HBX Community visit community.myhbx.org.


Valerie Krempus

Monica Higgins


HBX, the digital learning initiative from Harvard Business School, was founded in 2014 with the mission of expanding the reach of the School by delivering high-quality online business education to learners around the world. HBX’s programs are designed to deliver a case-based, active, and social learning experience in a highly engaging digital learning environment. Each program is designed and taught by leading HBS faculty who bring their expertise and passion to learners from around the globe.


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 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 70 open enrollment Executive Education programs and 55 custom programs, and HBX, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, HBS 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, shaping the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.