Harvard Business School has announced the 2023-24 cohort of its Leadership Fellows Program. The program is based on University Professor Michael Porter’s vision of developing a network of HBS graduates with cross-sector experience who are committed to addressing societal issues throughout their careers. For over 20 years, it has placed 267 fellows at organizations such as the city of Boston Mayor’s Office, Environmental Defense Fund, Harlem Children’s Zone, Equal Justice Initiative, Mercy Corps, Whitney Museum of Art, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Through their participation, graduating students — also known as fellows — are offered once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience high-impact management positions in nonprofit and public sector organizations for one year at a competitive salary. At the same time, the hiring organizations leverage the experience, energy, and strategic and analytical skills of MBAs in roles that produce immediate results and build long-term capacity.
“This program gives a group of highly skilled graduating MBAs first-hand experience working with organizations who are tackling some of society’s toughest challenges,” said Kash Rangan, Baker Foundation Professor and Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing, Emeritus, and co-chairman of the Social Enterprise Initiative. “HBS educates leaders who make a difference in the world, and as the Leadership Fellows grow in their careers, their time with these organizations will have an enduring impact as they encounter critical decisions across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.”
After completing the program, fellows have shared that their participation was critical to their ongoing development as leaders who make a difference in the world.