Date: Apr 20, 2020Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Leadership Dinner

Mon, 6:00 PM TO 10:00 PM Pier 60
General PublicLeadership Dinner


For more than 50 years, HBS alumni have gathered annually to honor prominent business and community leaders. Funds raised from the dinner help the Club to fulfill the School’s mission to Educate Leaders Who Make a Difference in the World. Dinner proceeds support the Club’s operations and pro bono programs, as well as scholarships and stipends for MBA students and Executive Education scholarships for nonprofit leaders who would otherwise not be able to attend Harvard Business School.


Table Options (download response form and mail/email to the Benefit Office)

– Chair Circle at $100,000: Includes a prominent mention on the invitation and in the evening’s printed journal; the most select table location for 10 guests; complimentary journal ad with premium cover position; name or corporate logo on video screen.

– Vice Chair Circle at $50,000: Includes a prominent mention on the invitation and in the evening’s printed journal; premium table location for 10 guests; a complimentary full-page black & white journal ad; name or corporate logo on video screen.

– President Circle at $25,000: Includes listing on the invitation and in the evening’s printed journal; preferred table location for 10 guests; a complimentary full-page black & white journal ad; name or corporate logo on video screen.

Ticket Options (can be purchased on-line or download response form and mail/email to the Benefit Office)

  • Executive Circle at $10,000: Includes listing in the evening’s printed journal; seating for 2 guests; a complimentary half-page black & white journal ad.

  • Patron (Non-Member) Ticket(s) at $1,000 each (a maximum of 2 tickets can be guaranteed to be seated together)

  • HBSCNY Member Ticket(s) at $500 each (limit 2)

  • Recent HBS MBA Graduate (Class of 2015-2019) Ticket(s) at $250 each (limit 2, includes one year of HBSCNY membership)

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a contribution please complete the Response Form HERE. (Contributions are fully tax-deductible)


If you have any questions or for assistance in purchasing a table/journal ads or to make a contribution, please contact the Benefit Office at 347-545-1844 or



Barry S. Volpert, MBA '85

Co-Founder & CEO, Crestview Partners

Dinner Chair

Barry Volpert is co-founder and chief executive officer of Crestview Partners, a midmarket, value-oriented private equity firm that specializes in complex and contrarian investment themes, focusing on media, industrials, financial services and energy. Prior to launching Crestview with two HBS classmates, he co-founded the global private equity business at Goldman Sachs, where he was a partner and co-chief operating officer. Among his responsibilities at Goldman Sachs, Barry led the international private equity business while based in London for six years and founded the mezzanine fund business.

Barry serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School, is a member of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights board of directors and an elected council member of the Sagaponack Village Erosion Control District. Barry received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He received an M.B.A., with high distinction, from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Barry received an A.B., summa cum laude, from Amherst College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating from Amherst, he was a Luce Scholar in Singapore working for the Straits Times.


Peter Weinberg, MBA '83

Co-Founder & CEO, Perella Weinberg Partners

Recipient of the Business Statesman Award

Peter A. Weinberg MBA ’83 is a Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Perella Weinberg Partners, a leading independent financial services firm. Established in 2006, the firm provides advisory and asset management services to a global client base, including corporations, institutions, and governments. The firm currently has 600 advisory professionals and $10 billion of assets under management.

Prior to co-founding Perella Weinberg Partners, Mr. Weinberg was the CEO of Goldman Sachs International in London where he sat on the firm’s Management Committee and led the European Management Committee. At Goldman Sachs, he also co-headed the Global Investment Banking Division; co-headed the Partnership Committee; ran a number of businesses at the firm, including Investment Banking Services and Communications, Media and Telecom; and founded the Financial Sponsors Group.

Mr. Weinberg earned a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Kravis Leadership Institute, Harvard University Global Advisory Council, and is a founding Trustee of the Kings Academy in Jordan. Mr. Weinberg and his wife Deborah founded the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University Medical Center. He is also a former trustee of Deerfield Academy, Brunswick School and Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors.


Thai Lee, MBA ‘85

President & CEO, SHI International Corp.

Recipient of the Entrepreneurship Award

Thai Lee has been the majority shareholder, President and CEO of SHI International Corp ( “SHI” ) since 1989. With 2019 revenue of over $10 Billion, SHI is one of the largest privately-owned technology companies in North America. Under her leadership, SHI transformed from a small regional reseller into a top 3 global provider of information technology products and solutions. Over the past 31 years, SHI achieved its growth 100% organically, without taking on debt or an outside investor and achieved 31-year CAGR of 35%. SHI provides IT procurement, deployment, asset management and cloud computing solutions to tens of thousands of organizations around the world.

Born in Thailand to Korean parents, Thai grew up in several countries including Thailand, Germany, Korea and the U.S. In 1980, Thai graduated from Amherst College, majoring in Biology and Economics. In 1983, Thai became the first Korean-American woman to enter Harvard Business School where she received her MBA degree in 1985. Thai has served on the Board of Amherst College and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Harvard Business School. Thai received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the technology category in 2012, Distinguished Alumni Award from Harvard Business School in 2013, and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Amherst College in 2014.


Depelsha McGruder, MBA '98

Founder & President, Moms of Black Boys United (MOBB United)

Recipient of the John C. Whitehead Social Enterprise Award

Depelsha McGruder is the COO at New York Public Radio (NYPR). She joined NYPR in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer, with the responsibility of leading key internal functions including human resources, legal, engineering / IT, archives and internal communications, ensuring continuous improvements in processes, policies, workspace and talent strategy. She also oversees strategic planning, operations and digital for NYPR and directs the implementation of a sustainable growth plan to strengthen and expand WNYC’s local news operation, position WNYC Studios as an incubator of new voices, and create a global classical music audio platform.

Prior to joining NYPR, McGruder spent 17 years at Viacom in senior leadership positions at both MTV and BET Networks. While there, she launched the video-on-demand, broadband and mobile businesses for MTV. She also led the launch of two Viacom cable TV networks designed to superserve diverse audiences — MTV Tr3s for US Latino youth and Centric for African-American adults — creating the branding, programming, distribution, sales and partnership strategies. Post-launch, Depelsha led day to day operations for both networks, managing Strategy & Operations, Programming, Music & Talent, Digital & Social Media and had broad responsibilities for Finance, Legal, HR, and Tech. Both networks experienced triple digit increases in audience growth and revenue under her leadership. At BET, she led an organizational culture transformation, which she helped to implement. Earlier in her career, McGruder was an on-air reporter, anchor, and producer for two commercial television stations in Georgia.

McGruder is also the Founder and President of Moms of Black Boys United, Inc. and M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, Inc., sister organizations that are dedicated to positively influencing how Black boys and men are perceived and treated by law enforcement and in society. She holds a B.A. from Howard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Date: Apr 20, 2020Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Pier 60Chelsea Piers
New York, NY
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  • 250 / Recent HBS MBA Graduate (Class of 2015-2019)
  • 500 / HBSCNY Member (limit 2)
  • 1,000 / Patron (Non-Member)
  • 10,000 / Executive Circle (includes 2 tickets)


Lawrence Ackman, Katherine Geoghegan, Michael Geoghegan, Adriana Herrera, Guest of Adriana Herrra, Richard Kane, Nesli Kohen, Chitra Nawbatt, Mohamed Punjani, Dianna Raedle, Lowell Robinson, Solomon Sarway, Zay Satchu, Guy Shapira, Tom Sturtevant


Bruce Marcus '80, Lance Stuart '78, Amy Vecchione '84

Pier 60

Chelsea Piers, New York, NY