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This week Series W spoke to the founding team of Monarq, a soon to be launched free iPhone app created for women by women. Diana Murakhovskaya and Irene Ryabaya founded Monarq with the mission of making it easier for women to make one-on-one, authentic, obligation-free connections with like-minded women so that they can make friends, whether for a day or a lifetime. Murakhovskaya and Ryabaya shared their views on founding a company first, finding an idea second, and their simple powerful advice of: share your idea, commit to it, ask for help. How did you develop the idea for Monarq? As with many things we do, we […]

SERIES W TALKS TO MONARQ


BodyOM
This week Series W spoke to Nikita Singhal, founder of BodyOM. Singhal shared her views on the symbiotic relationship between working in investing and being an entrepreneur, and the importance of meditation in both developing the idea for BodyOM and for getting through those WFIO moments. How did you develop the idea for BodyOM? I have been meditating every day for the past several years. Focusing inward has made me more self-aware – emotionally and physically. I’ve come to realize just how much of an impact our food has on our bodies and our mind, much more so than our […]

SERIES W TALKS TO BodyOM


By Ange Winkle, WSA Co-President Introducing The HBS Pensieve It’s fair to say there are some pretty exceptional individuals at HBS, and not always, but often, they are too modest to volunteer stories of their world-beating successes. The WSA and the Harbus want to shine a spotlight on the geniuses in the coffee line. On the creative prodigies pretending they’re soaking up sun on Spangler lawn, while they’re really planning to disrupt [insert Goliath industry here]. On those quiet individuals who in their past life led teams through enormous difficulty to incredible success. So, we introduce to you HBS’s version […]

AMELIA LIN & THE HBS PENSIEVE



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This week Series W spoke to Anne Fulton and Jo Mills, CEO and President (respectively) of Fuel 50, a world leading SaaS Career Pathing technology delivered by the Career Engagement Group. Fuel50 has gained traction in a new niche market segment in the enterprise HR market, addressing staff retention and engagement for large organizations. See below the interview for more information on Fuel50’s market and business model. How did you develop the idea for Fuel50? Anne: Fuel50 career pathing software has been a significant life’s work for Jo and I.  We both knew from our conversations with HR practitioners around […]

SERIES W TALKS TO FUEL50


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    This week EC and WSA VP of Entrepreneurship, Britt Danneman, shares her take on the other side of the entrepreneurship coin – early stage investing:   You’ve heard a lot from us in the WSA and in the media on female founders lately. We’re excited about the initiatives here on campus and we’re encouraged by the positive momentum in women-led companies both on and off campus. But we need to give equal attention to the other side of the entrepreneurship coin – early stage investing. Marie Claire recently wrote an article about the network of awesome women founders […]

CREATING THE VIRTUOUS CYCLE: CAPITAL FOR FEMALE-LED BUSINESSES


  This week Series W talked to Giorgia Rossi, co-founder of LookBooker, about working with close friends, getting that first round of investment, and what the LookBooker team looks for in early joiners and MBAs: About LookBooker LookBooker is an online platform that is revolutionizing the way consumers book hair, beauty and wellness appointments. Search by service or curated neighborhood and then compare and instantly book an appointment 24-hours a day from any web or mobile device. By simplifying the process for female and male consumers and also offering streamlined B2C solutions for salons, LookBooker is quickly becoming the leading aggregator […]

SERIES W TALKS TO LOOKBOOKER



Welcome to the WSA blog! We’re very excited to start writing a short piece on something we find interesting or useful or that we just love each week. We’d love feedback, so please send us thoughts, feelings and better alternatives. This week, Melissa is writing about the comeback of news digest emails: In the non-stop break from reality that is #lifeathbs, I find news digest emails  painfully necessary in keeping up-to-date with what’s going on in the world. In my first couple of months at HBS, I had far too many conversations with friends and family that made me feel woefully […]

THERE’S A WORLD OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE…?


In June, The Daily Pnut launched; it’s a daily news brief that will make you laugh and help you sound marginally more intelligent each day. This week the Series W team asked The Daily Pnut founding team – HBS grads, Tewfik & Fred, and HKS grad student Alex – about how they got started, and what they gave up to take the start-up plunge: How did you develop the idea for The Daily Pnut? We saw that there were a few daily news emails but we saw a gap in making it funny. We realised that people were getting more and […]

SERIES W TALKS TO THE DAILY PNUT


  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


When leaders of the Women’s Student Association at Harvard Business School (HBS) were considering how to better address gender issues on campus, one thing they knew they would need was an effective way to deliver their message. It didn’t take long before the women realized that some of the best potential envoys were right there in front of them: men. Enter the Manbassadors, a program launched earlier this fall to get men on the HBS campus more closely engaged in gender equality and gender dynamics, concerns typically seen as primarily of interest to women…. Read the full article on the […]

MEN ON A MISSION



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