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Both on and off campus, there are many opportunities for students to engage in social enterprise focused activities and community building.

Richard Menschel, MBA 1959
Richard Menschel, MBA 1959

Howard W. Goldsmith Fellowship

Through the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship, awards of approximately $10,000 are given to 7-10 first-year MBA students who have exhibited leadership and an extraordinary commitment to working in the not-for-profit sector. This fellowship is given in addition to any need-based fellowship awards and is awarded for the two years of the MBA program.

This fellowship was created in 1988 by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and Richard L. Menschel, MBA 1959, to encourage students from the not-for-profit sector to pursue an MBA at HBS. Mr. Menschel, a former director of the foundation and limited partner at Goldman Sachs, was an early supporter of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and served on the Advisory Board. Recipients are invited to participate in events with current and former recipients, as well as local non-profit leaders in an effort to create a network of individuals committed to working in the sector. More than 200 students have received this award since its inception.

Recipients of this award have served in full-time leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector prior to enrolling at HBS and demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in the sector.

Through carefully tailored content and small peer group discussion, students focused on social impact are engaged in reflection, conversations, tools, and networking to help them lead positive change in the world. The Rising Leaders for Social Impact Forum builds a robust community that connects students and alumni, supports success in the classroom, and helps navigate this unique career path.

Student Clubs & Activities

Social Enterprise Club

The Social Enterprise Club serves as the central, student-led hub that unites HBS students committed to driving positive societal change. Through panels & workshops, community-building events, and collaborative projects across HBS and the broader Harvard community, we equip members with the skills and knowledge to integrate social impact into their careers. SEC can serve as a “launching pad” for students just starting to explore interests in social impact across multiple sectors, or for students with deep experience in the space looking to meet like-minded peers.

Social Enterprise Conference

An annual two-day conference held jointly with students from HBS and Harvard Kennedy School that provides a forum for exploring the synergies between all sectors to address critical social issues worldwide.

Consulting for Impact Club

Consulting for Impact provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply their MBA skillset by working on strategic projects with global non-profit and social impact organizations with opportunities to serve on their boards as non-voting members.

Education Club

The club aims to provide students with a platform for shared learning and a cross-functional network to drive change and impact in the education sector. The club hosts a series of events including panel discussions, fireside chats, career/learning treks, alumni networking sessions, and cross-school social mixers.

Energy & Environment Club

The club aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the energy and environment (E&E) sectors by providing a forum for education on E&E related issues, and by serving as a facilitator for communication between the HBS community and the E&E sectors. The club hosts an annual conference, career treks, alumni/student networking sessions, and social events with the goal of developing a strong E&E community.

Future of Work Club

The club acts as a forum through which members can engage in topics related to the Future of Work, from exploring the substantial disruptions occurring in the workforce to understanding their causes, dynamics, and implications on society. The club offers a newsletter, speaker series, and other community-building and career-related opportunities.

Government & Public Policy Club

This club provides a forum for MBA students to explore the intersection of business and government, and to better understand the role that public institutions play in society. The club facilitates this exploration through community building, extracurricular programming, alumni engagement, and experiential learning opportunities.

Harbus Foundation

The Foundation manages The Harbus' $1.5M endowment/investment portfolio and awards $60k annually to organizations promoting education, literacy, and journalism. The Foundation is the largest student-run investment portfolio on campus and is an excellent opportunity for students interested in investment management or non-profits/grantmaking. The Foundation is run through the Impact Investing Club.

HBS Volunteer Corps

The mission of the Volunteer Corps is to inspire, organize, and facilitate community volunteer programs for members of the Harvard Business School community. Our main programs include small business consulting, youth academic and mentorship support, and other community engagement events.

Health Care Club

The Health Care Club's mission is to inspire, support, and connect members within the business of health care. This mission is achieved through providing a forum for students to learn the business of health care; prepare for and pursue careers in health care; and promote a community of students at HBS who are interested in health care.

Impact Investing Club

The club aims to provide students with the skills, experience, and network necessary to become the next generation of impact investing leaders. The club offers a variety of speaker events, career treks, hands-on investing opportunities, alumni mentorship, and cross-school social events to help foster a strong community of students with a shared interest in the field of impact investing. The club also manages the Harbus Foundation (a venture philanthropy program) and the MIINT program (a cross-school impact investing competition).

Sustainability Club

Here at the HBS Sustainability Club, we believe in business as a catalyst for the global transition to the sustainable economy. We prepare MBA candidates to become better stewards of the natural and built environment; providing programming to the HBS community at large, at every level of interest; and fostering a community that lasts well beyond the two-years at HBS.


MBA students in Social Enterprise Club


Social Enterprise MBA elective enrollments since 1994


Faculty engaged in social enterprise research, teaching, and program activities