Perspectives


By Jessica Assaf, Co-Founder of RAW IS EVERYTHING. One of the first things we are taught at Harvard Business School is that if you have a strong idea, a viable business plan, and a skilled, aligned team in an industry without many competitors and barriers to entry, there is a formula your company can follow to achieve success. This formula is a part of the business school’s DNA, taught to us in the form of cases that analyze thousands of companies in hundreds of industries over the course of the school’s 107-year history. The cases support an overarching theory and deepen […]

BREAKING ALL THE RULES AT HBS


Last week the WSA hosted 5 recent alums, from the MBA classes of ‘13, ‘14, ‘15. An enlightening discussion ensued, here we share our takeaways: 1. It’s fine to not know what you’re doing Much angst is spent on recruiting decisions, particularly for ECs planning their first post-MBA step. Recognize that this will be one of many steps. And importantly, while it feels like everyone else has worked out what they’re doing for their internship or post-MBA job – it’s not everyone. You are in the majority if you get to Spring semester and haven’t locked in a job. You […]

THE WISDOM OF ALUMS


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  By Angela Winkle, WSA Co-President Much is written about the detrimental effects of social media, from amplifying FOMO, to shifting social interactions online, to disrupting the news cycle to the point that political leaders are unable to make difficult decisions that are good in the long term. But what if our social media habits are actually changing our identities and leadership abilities too?   Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor and renowned media scholar, has recently published ‘Reclaiming Conversation’. The premise of Turkle’s book is that conversation – that most basic technology – is also the most important tool we have, […]

ON TALKING TO YOURSELF



The elite of the elite. Every fall at this time of year, just across the river, hundreds of eager 19-year-olds don their finest cocktail attire in anticipation of one of the oldest and oddest of Harvard social traditions: punch season. By Thanksgiving, after a series of formal social events and tense deliberations, carefully crafted cohorts of 20-30 sophomores will each be initiated into one of Harvard’s “final clubs”: historically single-sex undergraduate societies that resemble an upscale, Harvard-centric version of traditional college Greek life. Up until the 1990s, the final club scene consisted solely of 8 men’s clubs, each with around […]

HARVARD FINALS CLUBS: WHY CHANGE A WINNING FORMULA?


  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