News & Profiles


  Ange Winkle, Women’s’ Students Association President and Harbus Contributing Editor, answers your questions about the state of gender equality on campus, and how the WSA and all HBS students can get involved. Welcome to HBS! We are writing to introduce you to The Women’s Student Association, Manbassadors and what it means to be a woman or a gender equality ally at HBS. We thought a good way to do that would be to answer some of the questions you might be asking. Why is there a focus on women and diversity? Wasn’t all of this fixed in 2013/14? For […]

GENDER EQUALITY ON CAMPUS: WHAT YOU WANT, AND NEED TO KNOW


The Portrait Project posts for the Class of 2015 have recent been published, including some of the wonderful women from the WSA Board. Here are the links to their portraits: Caitlin Roman (WSA VP of Sponsorship): “I want to take more risks on the things that matter” Suzanne Willis (WSA VP of Marketing): “I will continuously work to be the most genuine me”

WSA BOARD OF 2015: PORTRAIT PROJECT


The WSA’s Co-VPs of Marketing for 2014/15 have provided their perspectives on the 3 Things Women Need to Know About Business School. High-level, they say: 1.       There is support for women in business school on many levels 2.       Business school can open up new career possibilities 3.       Women with MBAs are doing awesome things You can read their detailed responses in the MBA Voices post here.      

3 THINGS WOMEN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS SCHOOL



Gender-equality clubs similar to HBS’s Manbassadors are spreading to other MBA programs and getting national press! Most recently The Washington Post has written about the 22s, Wharton’s gender equality club run by men. Simran Singh, who cofounded the 22s, said “’One of the key ideas behind the group was we wanted to dispel the notion that gender equality is a women’s issue. We wanted to show that it’s a universal issue.'” Read the full article here. 

WHARTON FOLLOWS (MANBASSADOR) SUIT


In the midst of early-stage RC recruiting and late-stage EC recruiting it’s easy to get caught up in the focus on our next career moves as the be-all and end-all. But listening to Kathleen Sebelius at a WSA Fireside Chat recently, the ECs and RCs in the room were challenged to think more about the journey of our careers and take opportunities as they come without being wedded to a particular strategy. When Kathleen Sebelius was appointed to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), it seemed like a logical next step in a stellar, well-planned political career. But Sebelius’ take […]

A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH KATHLEEN SEBELIUS


1100 ATTENDEES. 800+ TWEETS. 22 PANELS. 10 LESSONS THAT EMPOWERED. SEVEN LESSONS THAT ENERGIZED – AND DEFTLY MERGED STAND-UP COMEDY WITH WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT. THREE LESSONS THAT INSPIRED. ONE CASE LAUNCHED. NINE MONTHS OF PLANNING. ONE INCREDIBLE DAY. Last Saturday, February 21, HBS was the epicenter of women in business with the WSA’s 2015 Dynamic Women in Business Conference. The theme ‘Going Beyond’ permeated the conference as the panelists and moderators shared their visions of the future and gave advice for aspiring women. Kathy Giusti started the day off with an inspirational speech based on her incredible journey through illness to […]

2015 DYNAMIC WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE: GOING BEYOND



Last week HBS faculty Robin Ely and Colleen Ammerman, along with Pamela Stone (of City University of New York), released a HBR article, ‘Rethink what you ‘know’ about high-achieving women’, that asked ‘can anything more be said?’ on the topic of gender gaps in business and other sectors. And the answer to the authors’ question, it seems, is a resounding ‘yes’, including from current students, who have been debating the article since its release. Read The Harbus article here.

‘RETHINKING WHAT YOU ‘KNOW’ ABOUT HIGH-ACHIEVING WOMEN’: THE STUDENT PERSPECTIVE


Check out The Harbus’ coverage of SA elections: In what is perhaps a promising sign for the future of gender equality in the business world, women are over-represented in the section leadership of the HBS Class of 2016. Forty-nine per cent of section officer-bearers are women, despite women making up only 41% of the class. Even removing the Womens’ Student Association Rep position from the data (as it is only open to women), women still hold 46% of positions. And the overall numbers are not masking an absence of women at the top. Women hold proportionate representation in the prestigious […]

WOMEN, 40% OF THE CLASS, HOLD 50% OF SECTION POSITIONS IN CLASS OF 2016


The Huffington Post has written about manbassadors, describing the program as ‘a powerful ray of hope’. Men at the Harvard Business School: An Unexpected Voice for Redefining Success “Something exciting is happening along the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. The voice of men at the Harvard Business School — future business leaders of tomorrow — have joined with their female counterparts to support gender equality, including better work-life balance for all. During National Work and Family Month, this is surely cause for celebration. In the fall of 2013, leaders of the Women’s Student Association (WSA) at the storied business school […]

MANBASSADORS IN THE HUFFINGTON POST



It’s that time of year — RCs are abuzz with visions of Field 3 projects that will turn into the next overnight (or at least over-semester) success, while a sizable number of ECs continue their network searches (on a now fairly beaten track) to find the right startup gig for next year. At a WSA Fireside Chat last week, Jules Pieri shared a different, wizened view of what success looks like in a startup, or in a ‘small business’ as they were known when she graduated HBS in 1986. The lessons for entrepreneurs that emerged from Pieri were: Go big: […]

ADVICE FOR ENTREPRENEURS: PLAYING THE LONG GAME