Join HBS alumni at the first in a series of HBS Club of NY Community Partners events on nonprofit board service. Led by HBS Professor Lynda M. Applegate, this program will include a panel discussion with HBS alumni who have extensive experience serving on boards of nonprofit organizations of varied types and sizes. The discussion will be followed by audience Q&A.
Topics to be addressed include:
– How are nonprofit boards responding to the challenges of an uncertain and changing environment?
– How do board members add value for the organizations they serve?
– How do board member roles differ among organizations of different size and mission?
This event is designed to be useful to all HBS alumni, whether you are one of the 37% of HBS alumni who currently serve on nonprofit boards, or have an interest in joining a non-profit board.
HBS Club of NY Community Partners greatly appreciates the support of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative in planning this event.
Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration Harvard Business School
Lynda M. Applegate is the Baker Foundation Professor at HBS and also serves as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for Harvard University’s Masters’ of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies degrees in finance and management. She also plays a leading role in developing and delivering HBS Executive Education Programs for entrepreneurs and business owners. In addition to serving as the head of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit and chair of the HBS Owner Managed Executive Education Programs, Lynda has held a variety of leadership positions at HBS, including serving as Co-Chair of the MBA program, Chair of Field Based Learning and as a founding member of the HBS Technology Board. She has also held a number of Harvard University leadership positions.
Lynda’s research and publications focus on the challenges of building new ventures and leading radical business innovation in the face of significant industry, technological, capital market, and regulatory turbulence. A second stream of research examines emerging leadership and governance models to support entrepreneurial ecosystem evolution and inter-firm collaboration and innovation. During the Global Economic Crisis, she began conducting research on how entrepreneurial leaders innovate through crisis and build resilient organizations. During the past few years, this research expanded to address issues of assuring economic equality for women and for minority entrepreneurs and business owners. In partnership with the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, where she serves on the Board of Trustees, Lynda recently helped launch a Board Ready Bootcamp to prepare women and minority business leaders to serve as Board Members on for-profit and non-profit boards and she is also a member of a working group that has successfully launched a Compact for Social Justice that has been signed by over 80 of the largest technology companies located in Massachusetts. Lynda is the author of over 40 articles, books, and book chapters, and over 400 published case studies, online learning DVDs, and course materials.
Lynda is the recipient of numerous HBS awards for her research, teaching, and service to the school. She also is an active international consultant and has served on the board of directors of public, private, non-profit and venture-backed companies.
Deborah was a founding board member of Immigrant Justice Corps and is currently on the Board of Directors and head of the Governance Committee of The Shed, a new cultural arts center in Hudson Yards. She is also a Managing Director and Global Head of Social Impact at BlackRock, as well as the President of the BlackRock Foundation. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2015, Deborah was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Robin Hood Foundation, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, and had been the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Gerald is the co-Chair of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the former Chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He also served for 16 years on the Board of Helen Keller International, a nonprofit focused on saving sight worldwide, and was Board Chair of the Executive Leadership Council. He also serves on the Boards of two for-profit firms, Cintas and Kelly Services. Gerald is a retired senior partner of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the mergers and restructuring practice.
Sara is Board Chair of SolarOne, a nonprofit that supports environmental and urban sustainability education in NY, and also serves on the Investment Committee of the board of Trinity Church Wall Street. She is also Head of U.S. Operations and Asset Management for Mapletree. Prior to Mapletree, Sara spent nearly 11 years at Brookfield, where she headed Asset Management for the U.S. office portfolio, and about 10 years at Clarion Partners. Currently, Sara is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Master of Real Estate Development Program and is the President of the HBS Women’s Association of Greater New York.
Tina serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Prison Association, NYC’s oldest social services agency, working with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement. She served as Board President for 6 years, during which she recapitalized the agency and expanded the board. Tina is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College, serving on the investment, finance and academic affairs committees. She is a long-standing member of the Advisory Board of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. Her career has been focused on digital marketing and analytics and her experience spans agency, publisher and technology companies in both corporate and startup environments. She is a Director, Agency & Brand Measurement Analytics at Google and has held roles at Microsoft, Avenue A/Razorfish, and Organic among others.
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