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Let’s Go! Highlights from the Dynamic Women in Business Conference

Students from the Women’s Student Association hosted the 23rd Annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference on  Saturday, Feb. 22nd, welcoming more than 1,000 female professionals, community Saturday, Feb. 22nd, welcoming more than 1,000 female professionals, community members, and students. DWB4DWB6DWB1DWB5

Gender equality issues have been generating an enormous amount of dialogue in the past few years, and the purpose of this year’s DWB2conference was to leverage the positive wellspring from this discourse toward action. With the theme “Let’s Go!”, attendees were encouraged to use the day’s events to create their own list of next steps toward leading a more balanced, satisfying, and successful career.

The conference was graced with the presence of 4 distinguished keynote speakers:

Maria Renz (CEO, Quidsi): Maria Renz – in addition to admonishing all women to show up at the table – also taught the audience about the three phases of leadership, from learning how to operate, learning how to lead, to creating a vision.

Christine Day (CEO, Luvo) & Vivien Yeung (Vice President of Strategy, lululemon): Christine Day and Vivien Yeung discussed their own fruitful mentoring relationship, while providing guidance for the audience about defining your own space, communicating effectively with mentors , and being honest  with yourself in order to bring about work-life balance.

Carla Harris (Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Morgan Stanley): Carla Harris had the audience on their feet, sharing her pearls of wisdom, and even a little of her legendary singing.

In all, the conference featured 19 panels, over 100 speakers, and 3 workshops. The industries and themes covered in the panels spanned numerous topics, from education to technology to hospitality to energy. Each panel tackled a specific topic, such as “Socially Aware Investing,” “Career Switching 101,” and “Education Reform.” Panelists included representatives from the Environmental DWB3Defense Fund, Amazon, PBS, Twitter, and more. Many of the panelists were HBS alumnae and served as an inspiration for the diverse career paths that could unfold in the future for the students in the audience. A definite and proud highlight was our first-ever Manbassador panel, which discussed how to build change agents for gender equality within the workplace.

Adhering to the theme of action and coming away with concrete professional advice and life lessons, the conference’s three workshops offered information and guidance on mindfulness, productivity, and negotiating salaries.

Throughout the conference, attendees had ample opportunities to network, both formally and informally. The conference opened on Friday night with a welcome dinner for the panelists that featured the Co-Founder and CEO of Endeavor, Linda Rottenberg, and continued with opportunities to network, such as the small group lunches on Saturday with panelists, where attendees could hear from panelists in a more intimate setting.

All attendees were encouraged to actively Tweet their thoughts and takeaways from the keynotes and panels using the handle #letsgo. The WSA Twitter account received hundreds of references, and we were delighted to see the involvement and thoughtfulness.

The WSA would like to thank its many volunteers for an incredible conference – thank you for your help, insightful Tweets, and energy! Until next year. In the meantime, Let’s Go!

– Diana Lee, Director of Communication, Dynamic Women in Business, MBA 2015

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Cautious Optimism: A Recap of the Harvard India Conference

India has for long promised to be the next breakout nation after China, but has it actually delivered? What are the reasons that preventing SABA3the country from reaching its potential and how should it move forward? These and many other critical questions facing business    and public policy leaders of the 1.2Billion strong nation were discussed at the annual India Conference at Harvard held at HBS and HKS on 15th and 16th February 2014. The conference, now in its 12th year, has become the largest student run India focus conference in the US. This year’s conference was the largest in history with over 100 speakers and 650 attendees. On the day of a snowstorm, we were heartened to see participation from all across the US and India.

The discussions at the conference covered a wide range of topics, from individual sectors like retail and social enterprise to broader business level issues like ethics and leadership. The speakers were as diverse as the nation itself with the former Chief of Indian Army talking about his leadership lessons while a social entrepreneur spoke about his experiences creating a low cost sanitary pad for women. SABA2The conference also saw good representation from many leaders of Indian industry ranging from the senior-most leadership of India’s biggest CPG Company to some of the leading names in the Indian VC world. The second day at the Kennedy school offered the chance for the policy wonks and election enthusiasts to engage with some of the sharpest minds in Indian politics.

For HBS students looking for career opportunities in India, this was a rare chance to meet and interact with many senior leaders of Indian industry in a relaxed setting. The networking events organized aroSABA4und lunch offered the attendees opportunity to interact with the speakers in greater detail. Some would be entrepreneurs were spotted pitching ideas while others were spotted convincing potential employers about their belief in the India story. Attendees were also given the option of including their resume’s in the Conference resume book, which has historically been in heavy demand with sponsors and SABA1speakers.

Overall, the conference ended on a balanced note of cautious optimism. While many argued that, given the current situation, the country has no way to go but up, other advised prudence and caution. But the belief in India remains strong and everybody came away from the conference looking at the challenges and opportunities facing the country in a new light.

–  Abhishek Shrivastava, MBA ’14 & Shawn Tuli, MBA ’14, South Asian Business Association (SABA) Co-Presidents

For more information on the conference check out:

Harvard India Conference on Facebook

@Harvard_India

The 2013-2014 MBA Recruiting Report is Now Available

The 2013-2014 MBA Recruiting Report is Now Available

We’re excited to share our latest recruiting report! Gain insights into the diverse career and internship choices made by the Harvard Business School Classes of 2013 and 2014 in the School’s first ever virtual recruiting report. Discover exclusive student stories, recruiting strategies and updates from the School.

Thank you for your continued interest in the students of Harvard Business School. We look forward to working with you in the year ahead.

Back to School

HBS interns have wrapped up their summer projects and are now back on-campus.  However, their career journeys do not end here.  Continue to share their experiences as they navigate the full-time career search process, get ready to meet new students from the Class of 2015.  Stay tuned for updates from Alumni on their career experiences thus far.

“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

PPSignsEach year, graduating students are asked to answer the question from the last lines of the poem “The Summer Day” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  Their responses are powerful and moving.  Yesterday, the Class of 2013 joined their soon to be fellow alumni in answering the question posed by Oliver and we were able to get a sneak peek!  Their responses will be added to the website shortly but in the meantime, we invite you to view over a decade of moving reflections.