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Welcome to the HBSAAA!

The Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association (HBSAAA) serves over 2,300 African-American, African, and other graduates of HBS who identify with an African-American heritage. It is dedicated to building and sustaining a beneficial network that connects alumni, current students, and applicants with HBS to increase our influence at the School and in the broader African-American Community.


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June 2014

Jacqueline Adams, MBA 1978
HBS Club of New York Board Member Jacqueline Adams is In the Spotlight this summer as she discusess the launch of a second career as a communications strategist after more than two decades as an Emmy Award winning CBS News correspondent, her passion for the arts, and her ten years of service with the HBSAAA's education and mentoring program at the KIPP Academy in the Bronx.

"Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation" | NYC | June 9th
Why can some organizations innovate repeatedly, while most cannot? Researching their newest book Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at HBS, Linda Hill, and her co-authors observed that leading innovation takes a distinctive kind of leadership, one that unleashes and harnesses the "collective genius" of the people in the organization.

HBSAAA Spring Reception | Boston | June 7th
The HBSAAA will host its biannual reception in Morris Lounge at 2:15 pm on Saturday, June 7th. As the reception has proven to be an excellent opportunity to reconnect with African-American alumni and current students, HBSAAA continues to host receptions in the Spring and the Fall for HBSAAA graduates who attend their reunions. Last spring, the reunion hosted nearly 100 African-American alumni, family, friends, and students. We hope you will help us continue this tradition. Visit our photo gallery to view snapshots of past receptions.

A Conversation with Author and Publisher, Edward Lewis | NYC | June 3rd
"The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women" - Launched in 1970, Essence enabled business strategist Edward Lewis and his co-founders to make their mark on publishing and cultural history. Initially the magazine opened with a modest print run of 50,000 copies, but it has now grown into what The New York Times called the "pre-eminent voice for black women," with a readership of more than 7.5 million.

Ongoing Projects

The HBSAAA W50 Celebration
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of women being admitted to Harvard Business School's full-time MBA program, the School is hosting a series of special events, programs, and exhibitions. The Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association is participating in this celebration by profiling remarkable black alumnae—women who represent the broad mosaic of the HBS community.

Each week, we will announce a different alumna featured on the W50 Celebration website. For the Celebration's official media advisory, please continue reading here.

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