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Harvard Business School Names New Head of MBA Admissions

A five-month search culminated yesterday with Harvard Business School’s announcement that Chad Losee, Harvard MBA Class of 2013, will be its next Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid. Losee will succeed Dee Leopold, …

new head of admissions at HBS

A five-month search culminated yesterday with Harvard Business School’s announcement that Chad Losee, Harvard MBA Class of 2013, will be its next Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid.

Losee will succeed Dee Leopold, who has headed the school’s MBA selection process since 2006. Leopold will remain at HBS as Program Director for 2+2, a deferred admission process for students in college or full-time master’s programs.

After graduating from HBS in 2013 as a Baker Scholar (an academic honor awarded to the top 5% of the graduating class of some 900 students), Losee worked for a year as an HBS Leadership Fellow in the Dean’s Office. In that role, he collaborated with the school’s senior leadership on a range of strategic projects.

One such effort was at HBX, where Losee helped to launch and set strategy for this unique digital learning platform. In particular, he co-led the exam and credential strategy for CORe (Credential of Readiness), which teaches students the fundamentals of accounting, business analytics, and economics for managers.

In addition, he worked with HBS professor Clayton Christensen to develop an HBX course on Disruptive Strategy, an offering designed for executives around the world.

Losee also served as an observer with the HBS Admissions Board, evaluating prospective students during their interviews – an interest that had been piqued during his student days when he was an Admissions Ambassador for his HBS section, helping candidates during their visits to the campus. Losee has remained active as an HBS alumnus, serving a term on the HBS Alumni Board, one of about 70 graduates appointed to provide expertise and input to the School’s leaders.

I am a real believer in Harvard Business School’s mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, says Losee.

In 2014, Losee returned to Bain & Company’s Dallas office, where he had worked from 2008 to 2011, including a stint in Stockholm. As a manager at Bain, Losee has led consulting teams in client engagements across multiple industries. He graduated in 2008 from the Honors Program at Brigham Young University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations summa cum laude.

“I’ve seen firsthand how my classmates, the amazing body of HBS alumni, and the outstanding faculty and staff all strive to shape the world around them for the better,” Losee says.

“The experience of a two-year, full-time MBA at HBS continues to have a great impact on me personally and as a leader. My goal as Dee’s successor is to make sure that each diverse MBA class continues to have a transformative experience at HBS and go on to make a real difference in the world.”

“We are delighted to welcome Chad back to the School and his family back to Boston,” said Jana Pompadur Kierstead, Executive Director of the MBA Program. “He has a deep understanding of HBS and its pedagogy and mission; superb interpersonal, analytical, and strategic skills; and a passion for admissions. That combination of talent and experience positions him well to lead our Admissions and Financial Aid teams.”

Losee will begin his new role in June.

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HBS Admissions Director on Applying in Round 3

To apply or not to apply in the final round, that is the perennial question. Harvard Business School‘s Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, Dee Leopold, recently gave a crystal-clear answer…for college seniors, at …

applying in round 3

To apply or not to apply in the final round, that is the perennial question. Harvard Business School‘s Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, Dee Leopold, recently gave a crystal-clear answer…for college seniors, at least.

“If you are a college senior who has the bandwidth to complete an application, I think that you should,” Leopold says, noting that there’s really no downside risk other than missing out on the last weeks of college life to prep for the GMAT or GRE.

“The worst that can happen is that you get turned down to the very small 2+2 Program. Many current students at HBS found themselves in that situation, went out and joined the work world, and reapplied successfully,” she adds.

As for candidates with a few years of work experience under their belts, Leopold acknowledges the third round is more complicated since most of the seats in the Class of 2018 have already been taken and it may be difficult to get a visa.

Despite those potential challenges, the director clears up a few myths that may be keeping qualified candidates from considering Round 3. Contrary to popular wisdom, needs-based financial aid is just as available for last-round applicants as it is for Round 1 admits.

If you do apply and are not successful, rest assured you can reapply in the future with absolutely no negative repercussions.

One plus of Round Three is the quick turnaround time between interview invitations going out and final decisions coming down. Invites will be sent by April 20th at noon, and your fate will be revealed on May 11th.

As always, we at SBC suggest candidates submit only once they feel their application is as strong as possible. If you apply in the final round, do make use of the optional essay to explain why you waited so that the admissions committee doesn’t come to the conclusion that this is just a last-ditch effort after failing to receive an admit at another MBA program in an earlier round.

“We ALWAYS admit people from Round 3,” Leopold says. “And they are always very wonderful.”

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Round 2 Update from HBS Admissions

On Friday, Harvard Business School‘s director of MBA admissions, Dee Leopold, shared the following details regarding Round 2 interview invitations: Interview invitations will go out in two waves: January 27 and February 3 All candidates …

On Friday, Harvard Business School‘s director of MBA admissions, Dee Leopold, shared the following details regarding Round 2 interview invitations:

  • Interview invitations will go out in two waves: January 27 and February 3
  • All candidates not being invited to interview will receive notice of their “release” on February 3
  • All 2+2 candidates will receive an invitation or be released on February 3
  • Interviews will take place between February 11 and March 4
  • Campus Interview Days will offer opportunities for class visits, student and faculty panels, and campus tours
  • Hub cities this round are:
    • London, Paris, Mumbai, Dubai, Tokyo, Menlo Park, and NYC

Our advice here at Stacy Blackman Consulting for anyone interviewing at Harvard Business School is this:

As you prepare for your interview, one of the most important tips to remember is to sound natural—not scripted—during the exchange.  Instead of trying to remember and include every last one of your memorized bullet points, focus on succinctly answering only the question at hand.

If you can get from point A to point B in a clear, logical way; maintain an open, friendly, and professional demeanor; dress appropriately; and have an inquisitive attitude about the school and all it has to offer students, you stand a very good chance of coming out of the interview with flying colors.

Good luck, HBS applicants!

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Kraft Foundation Donates $20M to HBS to Commercialize Science Research

The Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation has pledged $20 million to Harvard Business School to create the Kraft Endowment for Advancing Precision Medicine, the school announced this week. The pledge, which is part of …

The Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation has pledged $20 million to Harvard Business School to create the Kraft Endowment for Advancing Precision Medicine, the school announced this week. The pledge, which is part of Harvard University’s $6.5 billion capital campaign, was announced at the Partners Precision Medicine Conference yesterday at Harvard Medical School, with foundation president Robert Kraft in attendance.

(LtoR): Jonathan Kraft, Richard Hamermesh, Robert Kraft, Todd Golub, Robert Huckman Photo: Justin Knight

(LtoR): Jonathan Kraft, Richard Hamermesh, Robert Kraft, Todd Golub, Robert Huckman
Photo: Justin Knight

The Kraft Endowment will be used to support research and other activities that advance the field of precision medicine. Precision medicine is a growing movement in patient care that allows scientists and physicians to use genomic and other information to understand a disease based on its biological mechanisms and to precisely diagnose and develop tailored treatments.

The growth of the industry is hampered by gaps that exist between scientific discoveries and the development and commercialization of medical solutions for public benefit. The rising cost of clinical trials and a lack of collaboration among scientists, the pharmaceutical industry and investors also hinder growth.

Harvard Business School will collaborate with the Broad Institute, a pioneer in precision medicine, and others in Boston, to find ways to accelerate breakthroughs and advance commercialization of precision medicine by harnessing the energy and ideas of the medical, science and entrepreneurial communities in the city.

Myra Kraft, the wife of Robert and mother of Jonathan (MBA 1990), Daniel, Joshua (EdM 1993), and David (MBA 1999), died of ovarian cancer in 2011. Through her illness,  the Kraft family came to understand firsthand the promise of precision medicine.

“At heart, many of the challenges facing the advancement of precision medicine today are business challenges,” says HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “We are honored that the Krafts, who epitomize Harvard Business School’s mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world, see the potential for HBS to work with world-class organizations like the Broad to develop innovative and integrative new models — from organizational structures to collaborative data centers — that will position Boston at the epicenter of this arena in the future. The endowment is a wonderful and fitting tribute to Myra Kraft, who throughout her life devoted herself to helping others.”

To learn more about this gift, and the upcoming initial research pilots designed to accelerate the discovery and trials process, please click here.

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HBS Names New Group of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship is considered by many as the top program for entrepreneurial studies in the nation. One of many benefits HBS students can take advantage of is the experience …

Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship is considered by many as the top program for entrepreneurial studies in the nation. One of many benefits HBS students can take advantage of is the experience of the school’s annual cohort of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence.

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Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the program invites seasoned and successful entrepreneurs and investors to spend time on the HBS campus throughout the academic year, advising MBA students eager to start their own companies and working with faculty on research and course development.

The nineteen Entrepreneurs-in-Residence for 2015-16 are:

  • Ajay Agarwal (MBA 1995), a managing director at Bain Capital Ventures in Palo Alto, where he focuses on early-stage software, mobile, and internet investing.
  • Julia Austin, formerly of Akamai and VMware and currently an independent advisor and investor at Austinfish in Cambridge, MA, with an interest in early-stage companies across multiple verticals.
  • Stephen Bonner, formerly president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America and now a member of its board of directors.
  • David Chang (MBA 2001), a five-time entrepreneur/operator, angel investor in 35 startups, and leader in the entrepreneurship community who recently ran the PayPal Boston office.
  • Sam Clemens (MBA 2004), founder and chief product officer at InsightSquared in Cambridge, MA, whose expertise is in product management and development for business-to-business software startups.
  • Chuck Davis (MBA 1986), a venture partner with Technology Crossover Ventures in Los Angeles and CEO of Swagbucks, the leading online rewards and cash-back shopping program.
  • David Frankel (MBA 2003), founder and managing partner of Founder Collective, a seed-stage fund based in Boston and New York.
  • Janet Kraus, a serial entrepreneur who is now CEO of Peach, a startup that provides women with better fitting, more thoughtfully designed lingerie and basics in the privacy of their home.
  • Sharon Peyer (MBA 2006), founder and head of business development for Boston-based HitBliss, a digital equipment service.
  • Jules Pieri (MBA 1986), cofounder and CEO of The Grommet, a product launch platform in Somerville, MA, that has helped FitBit and SodaStream get off the ground.
  • Ruben Pinchanski (MBA 1993), cofounder of Digitas and an expert in building and advising e-commerce businesses.
  • Katie Rae, cofounder and managing director of Project 11, a venture fund in Boston that partners with early-stage startups to accelerate growth. She was previously managing director of TechStars Boston.
  • Duke Rohlen (MBA 2001), CEO of medical-device maker Spirox as well as chairman and CEO of Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics.
  • Rudina Seseri (MBA 2005), a partner at Fairhaven Capital in Boston, where she invests in startups, works with founders and executive teams, and develops strategies for growing businesses.
  • Jim Sharpe (MBA 1976), an entrepreneur with years of experience in running small and medium enterprises and turnarounds and meeting the challenges of work/life balance issues with his wife, also an HBS alum.
  • Martin Sinozich, founding partner of Venn Capital and an active angel investor and entrepreneur, with interests in fundraising and pitching, scaling rapid-growth businesses, and positioning closely-held businesses for exit.
  • Michael Skok, cofounding partner of Assemble.VC an active early stage venture fund. Michael has enabled billions of dollars of value creation as both a venture investor for the past 12 years and an entrepreneur of more than 20 years, and is the creator of the popular startupsecrets.com course he teaches at the Harvard Innovation Lab.
  • Jim Southern (MBA 1983), a founding partner of Pacific Lake Partners in Boston, which concentrates on small capitalization buyouts via the search fund model, and provides entrepreneurs with search and acquisition capital.
  • Russ Wilcox (MBA 1995), former CEO of E Ink, the company behind the display technology used in the Kindle and other e-readers.

Through a community of support, access to content, and a gateway to entrepreneurial ecosystems everywhere, the Rock Center helps students and alumni create ventures that revolutionize and galvanizes the entire HBS community with the energy and spirit for What’s Next.

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HBS Admissions Director Leopold to Step Down in May 2016

Managing Director of MBA Admissions & Financial Aid Dee Leopold, the voice of Harvard Business School admissions for the past decade, announced today that she will be moving on in May 2016 at the end …

HBS admissions director Dee Leopold

Managing Director of MBA Admissions & Financial Aid Dee Leopold, the voice of Harvard Business School admissions for the past decade, announced today that she will be moving on in May 2016 at the end of this admissions season.

In a brief post on her blog to officially announce the news to applicants, Leopold assures she will be on the job until the Class of 2018 is all set and ready to go.

“It’s Business As Usual in Dillon House,” the director writes, quoting the headline of her post. “I’ve told you many times that Dillonites are the Dream Team – and I will say it again. So please go back to figuring out how to Introduce Yourself and Round One interviewees should be making sure they have clean socks picked out for their interview!”

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