EVENT RECAP: HBSA/NC Centennial GALA Draws over 430!

It was the largest HBSA/NC party ever! Thank you all for coming!

 A few Gala highlights: 

  • The Dean shares the vision for HBS looking forward and how the school is adapting to meet the global changes in the world. 
    • HBS will continue to offer MBAs only to two year students, even though MBA degrees and their variations are proliferating.   The goal for the school is to develop the next business leaders of the future and to focus on research
    • The HBS Baker Tower will be the center of the future Harvard University, with a new Life Sciences building to be built in the existing old parking lot.  
  • Professor Bill Sahlman moderates a panel that discusses the future of venture capital, private equity and its impact on innovation and entrepreneurship.  He cold calls Dean Jay light, twice, which was a great exchange.  Apparently, Professor Bill Sahlman was a student of Dean Jay Light’s in the past and had been waiting for this opportunity for years.  Professor Lerner spoke about how the venture and private equity industry will continue to adapt.  Professor Gompers spoke about how India and China are attracting our newest MBA graduates.  In an interesting take, Professor Elizabeth Riley spoke about how all this impacts entrepreneurship and the importance of “human capital”.   Priorities of education and social learning are critical.
  • A champagne toast was given by Richard Decker (Chair of the HBSA/NC Advisory Board) and Dean Jay Light cut our celebratory cake. 
  • All joined in on a mini-reunion party after the formal program to celebrate with friends.  Our alumni were able to mingle with current Westrek students and have great discussions to find out what’s going on at HBS and around the world with our HBSAA board of directors.  The food was fabulous, the music was really wonderful, and the wine and champagne flowed.  


Ira Haber

Thanks to Ping Hao (HBS’97), Sean Jacobsohn (HBS’98) and Karae Lisle (HBS’98) for their dedication and efforts for organizing this event.   Also a special thanks to HBS for helping to support this amazing gathering of HBS alumni.   

We are pulling together an "online history" of HBSA/NC.  We are looking for pictures and stories about the club's history and highlights. Please send any pictures/stories to Kirsten Pickford at kirsten@hbsanc.org.


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