Date: Jan 15, 2019Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Be Inspired by 4 HBS Founders: Learn the Keys to Building a Successful Startup

Tue, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Amazon AWS NYC Loft
General PublicAlumni Startups


Be inspired! SLT, Dia&Co, Nomad Health and RubiconMD were all founded by Harvard Business School entrepreneurs, women and men, from diverse backgrounds. Join our founders as they share how their life stories inspired their start-ups, and how they are growing them into meaningful enterprises. Thinking about starting or recently started your own business? Do you want to get involved with startups? This event is for you.

This event is part of the HBS Alumni New Venture Competition for the Northeast U.S./New York Region. The HBS Club of New York invites all HBS alumni founders in the Region to apply! Participants will compete for cash prizes, in-kind services, and a chance to represent our region in the Global competition. Please visit our NVC page to learn more and apply by January 22, 2019.



Gil Addo

CEO and Co-Founder, RubiconMD

Gil Addo is CEO and Co-founder of RubiconMD, a digital health platform that allows primary care providers to access same-day, eConsults from top medical specialists to improve patient care.

Founded in 2013, RubiconMD serves primary care providers across 35 states. In 2015, The Huffington Post named RubiconMD one of the “Five Companies Defining the Future of Healthcare.” Prior to founding RubiconMD, Gil was a Consultant at Putnam Associates, a pharma strategy consultancy, where he designed payer and market access strategies for fortune 500 clients. He previously held strategy and business development roles at Cubist (acquired by Merck), Xerox, and two early stage healthcare ventures.

Gil has appeared in Inc, Forbes, CNBC, Fortune and Entrepreneur Magazine. He’s been named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in healthcare and MedTech Boston’s 40 Under 40. In 2017, Crains New York named Gil as their Heritage Healthcare Innovator of the Year. He holds a BS in Economics and Biomedical Engineering from Yale and an MBA from Harvard.


Nadia Boujarwah

CEO and Co-Founder, Dia&Co

Nadia Boujarwah is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dia&Co, the leading retail service dedicated exclusively to serving women who wear sizes 14+.

Growing up, Nadia struggled to find stylish clothing in her size. She knew she wasn’t alone, so she founded Dia&Co to transform the shopping experience for the 100 million plus size women in America. Through Dia&Co’s personalized service, now available in Style and Active apparel categories, each customer receives curated boxes of clothing selected to fit her body, her budget, and her lifestyle—all to try on in the comfort of her own home.

Since its founding in 2015, Dia&Co has attracted a dedicated and diverse customer base, working with millions of women across all 50 states and more than 90% of ZIP codes. The company has been named one of New York City’s 15 hottest startups by Business Insider and featured on CNBC’s inaugural Upstart 25 list. Nadia has received the Bustle Upstart Award and has been named as one of Inc’s Most Innovative Women, Marie Claire’s New Guard, and the Glossy 50.

Prior to founding Dia&Co, Nadia worked as an investment banker at Perella Weinberg Partners and most recently served as COO and CFO of New York-based jewelry brand Frieda and Nellie. Nadia holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. With a Cuban mother and Kuwaiti father, Nadia hails from both Miami and the Middle East, and is currently based in New York.


Amanda Freeman

CEO and Founder, SLT

Amanda Freeman is the Founder and CEO at SLT (Strengthen Lengthen Tone). SLT has 25 locations in NY, NJ, CT, MA and PA and over 175 instructors and staff. She is also the Co-Founder of Stretchd, a one-on-one assisted stretch space that poses the question


Alexi Gharib Nazem

CEO and Co-Founder, Nomad Health

Alexi Gharib Nazem, MD, MBA, is the co-founder and CEO of Nomad Health, the first online marketplace for freelance clinical jobs. In addition to leading Nomad, he is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell in New York. Previously, he led field operations for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s successful 100,000 Lives Campaign. Alexi trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston after receiving an MD from Yale and an MBA from Harvard. He also holds a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale.


Bunny Ellerin

Director of the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program at Columbia Business School

Bunny is the Director of the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program at Columbia Business School, where she handles a variety of strategic, curricular, and industry outreach initiatives, working closely with students, faculty and staff members, and alumni. 

She is also the co-founder and president of NYC Health Business Leaders (NYCHBL), a professional community dedicated to building a healthcare ecosystem in the New York region. The organization fosters collaboration across sectors and brings together the best minds to discuss important issues and spur innovation. NYCHBL holds quarterly events on cutting-edge topics and counts nearly 3,000 senior executives within its network.

Prior to Columbia, Bunny ran Ellerin Health Media to help clients solve business challenges with market entry, product strategy, brand development and strategic communications. From 2005-2010, she was Managing Director of InterbrandHealth, a leading global brand consultancy that is part of Omnicom, where she led the Research and Analytics division and spearheaded the firm’s efforts in the digital arena.

Bunny received a BA in Political Science from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Shortly after graduation from HBS, she founded the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association, which she built into one of the largest alumni organizations at HBS.  The Ellerin Alumni Achievement Award was created to commemorate Bunny’s role in forming and leading the organization and is given to an outstanding leader annually at the HBSHAA Annual Conference. 

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Date: Jan 15, 2019Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


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Gilbert Addo, Farhaneh Ahmadi, Oya Akyil, Ali Amarsy, Ashish Bakshi, Mansoor Basha, Susan Becker, Marta Radzyminski Bialek - Radzyminski, Carlos Bohorquez Marin, Nadia Boujarwah, Murat Cannoyan, Katherine Cheng, Jo Chiang, Sonni Cox, Gary Davis, Alexandria DeVito, Diegane Dione, Bunny Ellerin, Amal Enan, Elizabeth Fairfax Brown, Lauren Farrer, Amanda Freeman, STEPHANE GALLET, Victoria Garcia, Boris Ginovker, Rebecca Goldberg, Diana Gomez, Amita Goyal, Paul Gray, Yann Gregoire, Kristen Grennan, Mark Gundersen, Catherine Higgins, Alexandra Hoherchak, Alexandra Hoherchak, Michael Hoherchak, Cindy Hsu, Charles Imohiosen, Rob Irving, Alfredo Jaldin, Pablo Jaldin, Shabrina Jiva, Sharon Joseph, Julia K, Thomas Kadala, Vikram Kalmegh, Evelyne Kanakis, Zahara Kassam, Brittany Kerr, Jean Kim, Kaye Kirschner, Judd Kozikowski, Sridhar Kummam, Doruk Kurt, Jennifer Lammer, Steven Latham, Kadia Lawrence, Alice Liu, Laura Lorenzo, Noam Mantel, Brian Margolis, Alan Mark, Julio Marquez, Ray Martes, Erin Miller, Helen Millson, Deborah Mirabal, Shayna Moliver, Vivian Moran, Alexi Nasam, Alexander Nazem, Veronica Ng, Scarlett O'Sullivan, Dion Oglesby, Gina Pak, Alfredo Paredes, Hiten Patel, Arthur Petrou, Jill Petrou, Jill Petrou, Mark Phelan, Raj Prabhakar, Andrea Ramirez, Amit Redkar, Ivan Reidel, Antonia Savaria, Jay Schiff, Soham Shah, Charlene Simpson, Ramsey Smith, Martin Steinbauer, Gelnn Strauss, Elizabeth Stubenrauch, Earl Templeton, Leon Tubert, Blair Turoff, Victoria Ulmer, Daniella Waknin , Kara Walsh, Nina Wanerman, Albert Wang, Neil Weber, d lindsay Wu, Hao Yan, Eliza Yoo, Helen Zhang, Jingping Zhang, Kai Zhang, Ava Zydor, stevie chung, lydia li, clarissa silva, Kwame van Leeuwen, peidi wu

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