Forging Connections and Fostering Lifelong Learning

As part of our commitment to supporting the vitality of NYC’s social enterprise sector, the Harvard Business School Club of New York and Community Partners organize events throughout the year addressing topics of particular interest to the nonprofit and for-profit social enterprise sectors.

Our programming includes speakers, panel discussions, case studies led by HBS professors, and small group gatherings to discuss a particular topic, with emphasis on nonprofit management and growth, innovative business models integrating ESG, and broad societal issues. 

Get Involved

We encourage alumni to suggest events, offer connections or introductions, and learn more about how to get involved with our volunteer team organizing social enterprise programming for the HBS Club of NY.

Please contact Cori Floyd (CommunityPartners@hbscny.org) with your ideas or to get more information about our work.

Past Events Include:

2021 Events

  • HOW DOES NYC GET ITS JOBS BACK?
    Speakers: Kenneth Adams, President, LaGuardia Community College; Eli Dvorkin, Editorial & Policy Director, Center for an Urban Future; Tamar Jacoby, President, Opportunity America; Jose Ortiz, Jr., CEO, New York City Employment and Training Coalition; James Parrott, Director of Economic and Fiscal Policies, Center for New York City Affairs at The New School.

    Unemployment in New York City – potential solutions that address diversity and inclusion and fundamental changes in the nature of work.

    June 17th, 2021

  • 2021 NONPROFIT BOARD SUMMIT - BUILDING HIGH IMPACT BOARDS DURING DYNAMIC TIMES
    Presented by the Community Partners programs of the HBS Clubs of New York, Boston and Northern California, in collaboration with the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative.

    Six-day conference with 30+speakers (including HBS Professor Lynda Applegate, HBS Professor Shawn Cole, and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker) addressing varied themes (Rethinking Governance, Adapting to a Changing Landscape, Equity and Inclusion in Action, and Partnering for Systemic Change), and interactive workshops, peer networking, and board fair opportunities.

    May 4th- 6th and May 11th – 13th, 2021

  • RANKED CHOICE VOTING IS COMING TO NYC
    Speakers: Amy Loprest, Executive Director at NYC Campaign Finance Board; Susan Lerner, Executive Director at Common Cause New York; Rebecca Kaplan, Councilmember At-Large and Vice Mayor, City of Oakland, CA; Peter Siris, Research Director, Reform Elections Now

    Ranked Choice Voting – understanding the process, potential issues relating to fairness, candidate strategies, and voter education.

    March 3rd, 2021

2020 Events

  • PANEL DISCUSSION ON NONPROFIT BOARD SERVICE LED BY HBS PROFESSOR LYNDA APPLEGATE: CHALLENGES AND EVOLVING ROLES
    Moderator: HBS Professor Lynda M. Applegate, Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration
    HBS Alumni Panelists: Deborah Winshel MBA ’85 (Board Member and Head of Governance Committee of The Shed, Global Head of Social Impact at BlackRock); Gerald Adolph, MBA ’81 (Co-Chair of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund); Sara Queen, MBA ’97 (Board Chair of SolarOne and Investment Committee of the Board of Trinity Church Wall Street); Tina Daniels, MBA’99 (Board Member and prior Board President of the Women’s Prison Association, Member of the Board of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College).

    The role of nonprofit board members: how they support their organizations in a changing environment.

    October 26th, 2020

  • WHOLE FOODS CEO AND FOUNDER JOHN MACKEY: ELEVATING HUMANITY THROUGH BUSINESS
    Moderator: Chitra Nawbatt
    Speaker: John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO at Whole Foods Market and Co-founder of Conscious Capitalism

    Conscious Capitalism — the potential of business to make a positive impact on the world by focusing on higher purposes that serve, align, and integrate the interests of major stakeholders.

    September 15th, 2020

  • A WAY FORWARD FOR EAST HARLEM, BASED ON EFREM SIGEL’S BOOK: JUROR NUMBER 2
    Moderator: Meg Langan, MBA ’92, Education Committee of HBS Club of NY Community Partners
    Speaker: Efrem Sigel, HBS MBA ’68, Education Committee of HBS Club of NY Community Partners

    Inequality and social policy — the nexus of poverty, crime, substandard housing, and failing schools.

    August 27th, 2020

  • MUSIC & MEMORY: HELP BRING THE GIFT OF MUSIC TO THOSE LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S
    Speaker: G. Allen Power, MD, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel-U. Waterloo Research Institute for Aging, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester

    The use of personalized music playlists to enable those with cognitive and physical limitations to reconnect with the world through music-inspired memories.

    August 19th, 2020

  • CASE STUDIES IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: A PRESENTATION BY EARTHJUSTICE
    Speaker: Sam Sankar, Senior Vice President of Programs at Earthjustice

    Public interest environmental law organization: protecting people’s health and the environment.

    July 14th, 2020

  • ACUMEN FOUNDER JACQUELINE NOVOGRATZ DISCUSSES IMPACT INVESTING & A MORAL MANIFESTO
    Speaker: Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen Founder and CEO
    Moderator: Hemali Dasanni, Consultant to Private Equity Funds

    Blending capitalism and social justice — impact investing and leadership perspectives for developing sustainable solutions.

    June 22nd, 2020

2019 Events

  • THE FUTURE OF FARMING BY AEROFARMS
    Speaker: AeroFarms Co-Founder & CMO, Marc Oshima
    Moderator: Lance Stuart, Partner, Vici Partners

    Environmentally responsible farming — a passion for transforming agriculture and feeding humanity.

    September 5th, 2019

  • “THE PURSUIT” SCREENING AND CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT DOAR & IAN ROWE
    Speakers: Robert Doar, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Ian Rowe, CEO, Public Preparatory Network

    Economic systems and the pursuit of happiness, prosperity, and equity for all.

    April 9th, 2019

  • CELEBRATION OF THE 2019 COMMUNITY PARTNERS LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS & CASE STUDY LED BY HBS PROFESSOR DUTCH LEONARD: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM HAMILTON THE MUSICAL
    Speaker: HBS Professor Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard, Co-Chair HBS Social Enterprise Initiative

    Recognition of local nonprofits demonstrating exceptional leadership and management; case study discussion and leadership insights shared by HBS Professor Dutch Leonard.

    April 8th, 2019

  • BE FEARLESS: DISCUSSION WITH JEAN CASE, CHAIRMAN OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
    Speaker: Jean Case, Chairman of the National Geographic Society & CEO of the Case Foundation
    Moderator: Joanna Stone Herman, Partner,Oaklins DeSilva+ Phillips

    Leadership, risk, and transformational breakthroughs in social impact and beyond.

    March 13th, 2019

2018 Events

  • CONSERVATION TOURISM: HOW GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION IS CONSERVING AND EXPANDING NATURAL HABITATS IN AFRICA
    Speaker: Anna Rathman, Director, Great Plains Conservation Foundation
    Moderator: Dan Beaupre, VP, National Geographic Society’s Education Division

    Socially-conscious, conservation-oriented travelers – a hybrid organization making an impact in Africa.

    November 14th, 2018

  • AN INVESTOR’S GUIDE TO CLIMATE CHANGE: DISRUPTION AND OPPORTUNITY
    Panelists: Hui Wen Chan, MBA ‘10 (VP Corporate Sustainability, Citigroup); Michael Ellis, MBA ’08 (Managing Director & COO, Inherent Group); Claire Broido Johnson, MBA ’02 (President, CBJ Energy); Jackson Lehr, MBA ’07 (Director, Distributed Energy Ventures, National Grid)

    Building a more sustainable and equitable economy – the role of the investment community in addressing climate change.

    November 13th, 2018

  • HOW HBS ALUMNI CAN HELP CHANGE THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM TO ESTABLISH A MORE EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT
    Speakers: Rob Richie, President & CEO, FairVote; John Opdycke, President, Open Primaries

    Modifications to the electoral process– recent progress and opportunities for non-partisan solutions.

    September 26th, 2018

  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION IN EDUCATION: A CASE STUDY WITH HBS PROFESSOR JOHN JONG-HYUN KIM
    Speaker: John Jong-Hyun Kim, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

    EdTech and learning — the need for critical transformations and radical change.

    September 20th, 2018

  • RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES: B CORPS – REDEFINING SUCCESS IN BUSINESS
    Speakers: Andrew Kassoy, B Lab Co-Founder; Lorna Davis, Senior Advisor to Danone CEO & Global Ambassador B Corp Movement

    B Lab certification of for-profit companies – improving impact on society and the environment.

    June 27th, 2018

  • OPTIMIZING INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS FOR RETURN, RISK AND IMPACT
    Panelists: Aaron Bennett, CFA, Partner and Senior Analyst, Jarislowsky Fraser; Valerie Grant, CFA, SVP and Senior Portfolio Manager, Responsible Investing, Alliance Bernstein; Nicole Martin, Senior Director, Green Evaluations-Americas, S&P Global Ratings; Megan Starr, VP, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

    Sustainable and socially responsible investing across asset classes.

    June 12th, 2018

  • REFUGEES AND THE POLITICAL CRISIS OF OUR TIME
    Speaker: David Miliband, President & CEO, International Rescue Committee

    The refugee crisis – the duty of rescue, international community, and societal response.

    June 6th, 2018

  • ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE CEO ON THE WHITE HOUSE, FOUNDING ETHOS WATER, & MORE
    Speaker: Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO, Anti-Defamation League
    Moderator: Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times

    Civil rights, fair treatment for all, and the need for innovation to address hate and bias in society.

    May 23rd, 2018

  • THE BUSINESS CASE FOR WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
    Speakers: Patricia Eng, VP Programs, New York Women’s Foundation; JoAnn D. Smith, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County

    Gender equality, economic opportunities, and correlations with GDP growth.

    March 8th, 2018