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, 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 208 Fellows at organizations such as the City of Boston Mayor’s Office, Harlem Children’s Zone, Mercy Corps, Whitney Museum of Art, World Wildlife Fund, and the U.S. Department of Education.
“The HBS Leadership Fellows Program provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our MBAs to work directly with the CEOs, senior executives, and elected officials leading the world’s pre-eminent organizations in the public and social sectors,” notes Matt Segneri (MBA 2010), Director of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. “They take on top-priority projects and tackle some of society’s toughest challenges within weeks of graduation.” Segneri spent his own Leadership Fellows year in 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.
"This is exactly what I came to HBS to discover," said Alexander Glasner (MBA 2018), who will be working with New York Public Radio. “The perfect role at the intersection of public and private sectors, balancing finance, strategy, and social good. This will be a chance to get close to the heart of an organization that I not only care about, but which will equip me with the practical training for future roles that HBS has been fundamental to forming. I really hope that this is the start of a career where I can have a real impact on people’s lives.”
"Over the course of my time at HBS, I have been focused on answering this question: how do we create economic opportunity that is truly broadly shared?" said Joy Li (MBA 2018), who will be working with Year Up. “I am grateful for this chance to translate the needs of business into more inclusive and vigorous talent supply chains that can provide the foundation for shared prosperity in our country.”
The 2018-2019 HBS Leadership Fellows will work at a wide range of organizations across fields like healthcare, media, and the public sector. They are as follows: