HBS alums, sign up here for a one-on-one session with Nancy Hansell.
Nancy believes that great brands are often simple brands. Why is simplicity a powerful tool? It makes brands easier to understand, be inspired by, and interact with. As Strategy Director at Siegel+Gale, Nancy decodes organizations, translating their purpose into brands that foster engagement and commitment from employees and customers alike.
Nancy specializes in helping brands move from category X to Y, identifying the optimal portfolio strategy and leading brand-led innovation programs. During her time at Siegel+Gale and Landor, Nancy has shaped notable brands like CVS Health, CMT, GroundTruth, Wyndham Hotel Group, HP, Hudson News, Giant Foods, Dale Carnegie, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Verizon, Holiday Inn, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Bloomberg, Aetna, the Y and Comcast Xfinity. In addition to her corporate and for-profit clients, she has also led pro-bono brand positioning and design projects for Philips Education Partners, Music-Theatre Group and Guide Dog Foundation.
When she’s not working, you’ll find Nancy advising startups, skiing and trying to check every continent off her travel list. Nancy holds a BA in Marketing Communications and Creative Writing from Simmons College, and serves on the board of Music-Theatre Group. Nancy has been featured in Adweek and Mashable.
HBS alums, headed to ShopTalk in Las Vegas March 18-21, 2018?
Join us for the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship alumni reception on March 19th from 6pm to 8pm. Come meet and mingle with fellow alums attending the conference, at The Lobby Bar at Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas.
CONNECTING: Office Hours with Christina Choi, Associate Director, Experience, and Kate Hilliard, Creative Director, Design of Siegel+Gale
HBS alums, sign up here to sit down with Christina Choi and Kate Hilliard.
With expertise in creative technology and brand content, Christina helps her clients to better connect with their customers through the marriage of well-designed experiences and customer-centric communications.
As both strategist and practitioner, she’s led brand experience, content, and “Futures” projects—always focusing on audience needs and behaviors as the key to meaningful innovation and core to the creative process. She challenges brands to live their purpose in deed and creed, and has helped shape what that means for industry leaders such as American Express, Birchbox, Blue Origin, CVS Health, MetLife, and PepsiCo.
In her early days at Siegel+Gale, Christina worked with the firm’s founder, Alan Siegel, researching what it takes to make brand-defining customer experiences. From there, she taught transdisciplinary design with the Service Design Network and studied interactive media at NYU, where she built experimental applications for new communications technologies such as brain-computer interfaces, mixed reality, and wearables.
Christina holds a BA in Film from Columbia University, a BA in English from Barnard College, and an MA in Emerging Media from New York University. Though she’s been based in NY for the past 10 years, the Bay Area still beats in her heart and her headphones.
Kate joined the creative team at Siegel+Gale in New York in 2010, quickly establishing herself as a talented storyteller who artfully combines insightful strategy with thoughtful design.
Kate has worked with diverse and creatively challenging clients at Siegel+Gale, including Blue Apron, Target, Carter’s, American Express, Blue Origin, Sony, Wyndham Hotels and Shutterstock. She credits her successful ability to function in a variety of capacities over the course of her career—with clients from Kenneth Cole, The History Channel, AOL and P&G, to Pepsi, SoBe and Belvedere Vodka—to her ability to conceptualize, implement and manage multifaceted identities, and deliver high-quality creative solutions.
HBS alums, sign up here for a one-on-one session with Swarna Kakodkar.
Swarna is currently a Product Marketing Manager at Facebook. She works on launching and scaling ads and ad tech products and partnerships across monetization and measurement. She also helped launch Startup Garage, a new Facebook initiative to empower data driven startups with community, mentorship, and physical investments. Prior to Facebook, Swarna has helped launch and grow several startups, worked in venture capital, and worked at a tech startup incubator. Swarna has a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
HBS Alum Founders, sign up here for a one-on-one with Neeta Rastogi Singh
Neeta is currently the COO of Activant Capital, a growth equity firm focused on commerce infrastructure and enterprise IoT. Most recently she was the COO/CFO of Armarium Inc., a luxury fashion rental startup. Prior to that, Neeta ran the consulting arm of Dallimore & Co. focused on retail growth strategies. She started her career focused on finance with positions at Goldman, Sachs & Co., General Atlantic Partners and MSD Capital. Neeta received undergraduate degrees in Economics and Applied Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
HBS Alum Founders, click here to sign up for a one-on-one conversation with Kate Twist.
Kate Twist is the Chief Digital Officer of Xcel Brands, which owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Halston, Judith Ripka, and C. Wonder trademarks. In her current position, she is building an integrated data science, trend analytics, and technology platform to support Xcel's fashion businesses across design, merchandising, marketing, and product development. Prior to becoming CDO, Kate led Marketing and PR for all brands as Xcel's Chief Marketing officer. She joined the Xcel executive team from the Estee Lauder Companies, LLC where she developed global marketing strategy for the Clinique brand. She has also held operating roles at the fashion brands Bill Blass, LLC and Marc Jacobs International. Kate began her career in investment banking and strategic advisory to top tier luxury branded products, retail, and licensing companies. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
HBS alums, sign up to sit down one-on-one with Marla Beck.
Marla Beck is the CEO and co-founder of Bluemercury Inc., an iconic high-growth luxury beauty retail chain founded in 1999, whose exponential growth is guided by her leadership and passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and consumer brands. Bluemercury is recognized for disrupting the beauty retailing industry with its creative approach to personalized beauty solutions. Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) saw the value of Bluemercury’s unique model and acquired the company in 2015. Ms. Beck is also a cosmetics brand developer, having co-founded M-61 Laboratories in 2008, makers of M-61 Skincare, a revolutionary natural cosmeceutical skincare brand and Lune+Aster Cosmetics, a vegan cosmetics brand created to empower busy women.
Ms. Beck is often invited to share her entrepreneurship, branding, and innovation expertise. Bluemercury’s pioneering retailing and human resource model has been the topic of numerous books, including Shopping: Why We Love it and How Retailers Can Create the Ultimate Customer Experience and Be Happy at Work: 100 Women Who Love Their Jobs and Why. She has appeared as a guest on CNBC, CNN and Fox Business News and has been a guest speaker for WWD’s Beauty Innovation Forum, Harvard University’s Luxury Branding Speaker Series and Columbia University’s Lang Center for Entrepreneurship’s Distinguished Speaker Series. She is also the first woman to be recognized twice by Inc. Magazine with two cover stories focusing on her entrepreneurial achievements.
Prior to founding Bluemercury, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2014, Ms. Beck received an appointment by Harvard Business School as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and was named as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. Ms. Beck was Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. She serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Public Leadership Advisory Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Board of Directors of the National Retail Federation, the Board of Trustees at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. and is an independent director on the Board of Directors of The Children’s Place (NASDAQ:PLCE). She resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three children.
Click here to come join us for the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship alumni reception on January 11th from 6PM to 8PM. Come meet and mingle with fellow alums attending the conference, at the Lobby Bar at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please register by January 4th.
HBS alums, click here to register for a one-on-one session with Ellie Wheeler.
Ellie is a Partner at Greycroft Partners and is based in the firm’s New York office.
Prior to joining Greycroft, Ellie worked in a similar role evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital. Ellie also worked at Cisco in Corporate Development doing acquisitions, investments, and strategy within the unified communications, enterprise software, mobile, and video sectors. While at Cisco, she was involved in multiple acquisitions and investments, including PostPath, Jabber, Xobni, and Tandberg. She began her career in growth capital private equity at Summit Partners in Boston.
Ellie graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
HBS Alums, click here to register for a one-on-one session with Sarah E. Endline, a social entrepreneur and a self proclaimed ‘hippie capitalist.’
Sarah is currently the Founder and CEO of sweetriot in NYC, an activist candy company, which is creating a sweet movement to fix the world. sweetriot has started by sourcing cacao in Latin America, featuring artwork on packaging, and by only using all-natural, healthy ingredients.
sweetriot’s award-winning products are sold in 1,000’s of stores including Whole Foods and have been enjoyed at 30,000 feet on board Virgin America. Sarah’s entrepreneurial work has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Today Show, Forbes, and Fortune.
Before sweetriot, Sarah launched products, created brands, and shared her energy at places like Yahoo!, Microsoft, the World Bank, AIESEC, and The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Sarah is an active non profit board contributor to the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), the Billionaire Girl's Club (BGC) and AIESEC Life.
Sarah has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor with Distinction from The University of Michigan. She loves culture and has set foot in more than 70 countries.
CONNECTING: Holiday Event with Keynote Speaker Linda Rottenberg, Co-founder and CEO of Endeavor/ Author of the NYT Bestseller, "CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags"
Click here to register to join the HBS Startup Studio NYC for cocktails and conversation, and a special keynote speech from Linda Rottenberg.
Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century,” Linda Rottenberg is considered among the most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, corporate innovation, and leadership. A frequent keynote speaker at Fortune 500 companies, and subject of multiple Harvard and Stanford business school case studies, Rottenberg has won acclaim for her pioneering work. ABC and NPR declared her “the entrepreneur whisperer;” Tom Friedman dubbed her the world’s “mentor capitalist;” Business Insider named her “Ms. Davos;” and for years she was known as “La Chica Loca” (the crazy girl) for insisting that entrepreneurs existed outside of Silicon Valley, in emerging and growth markets.
As co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, www.endeavor.org, Rottenberg has led the global entrepreneurship movement for two decades. Headquartered in New York, with 60 offices spanning the globe, Endeavor rigorously selects, mentors, and co-invests in innovators with the greatest potential to grow their businesses and move the needle of their economies. In 2013, Endeavor brought its proven entrepreneur scale-up model to several U.S. cities. Currently, the 1,400+ Endeavor Entrepreneurs, screened from over 50,000 candidates, provide 650,000 jobs and generate $10BN+ in annual revenues. Today, Rottenberg also leads Endeavor Catalyst LP Funds I and II, rules-based funds totaling over $100M that invest in Endeavor Entrepreneurs.
Rottenberg is also author of the New York Times bestseller, CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, published in October 2014. In her book, she argues that entrepreneurship isn’t just for young techies in hoodies. Whether you work at a Fortune 500 company, a non-profit, a mom-and-pop, or a startup, everybody needs the mindset to think and act like a change-maker. We all need to be nimble, adaptive, daring, and maybe even a little crazy, or risk being left behind.
Rottenberg serves on the board of ZAYO Group, the world-leading bandwidth infrastructure company based in Boulder (NYSE: ZAYO), and Olo, a premier online ordering platform based in New York City. Rottenberg is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and served on the entrepreneurship steering committee of the World Economic Forum.
Rottenberg has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, Financial Times, USA Today, Strategy + Business, People, Glamour, and MORE, and has appeared on GMA, Today Show, Morning Joe, Nightline, NPR, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and Bloomberg News. Dell featured her in its “Take Your Own Path” ad campaign; Veuve Clicquot named her Businesswoman of the Year.
CONNECTING: Round Table Discussion with Scott Friend, MBA 1995, Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures
HBS alums and HBS Startup Studio NYC members, click here to sign up for a breakfast round table discussion with Scott Friend.
Scott joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2006 after selling the company he co-founded, ProfitLogic (a Bain Capital portfolio company), to Oracle. ProfitLogic was the leader in the world of retail analytics and price optimization solutions. Through the experience of building ProfitLogic from its initial three founders to a 300 person global software and solutions business serving the retail industry, Scott had the opportunity to get to know many of the most influential executives in the retail and apparel brand world. Not surprisingly, Scott’s area of investment interest since joining Bain Capital Ventures has revolved around retail and retail-related technology, both online and offline, as well as the convergence of the two. Scott splits time between Boston and New York City.
Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Scott was Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board and VP of Marketing and Science for Oracle Retail. Prior to its acquisition by Oracle in 2005, Scott was the President and co-founder of ProfitLogic. In 2005, Scott was named a winner of the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in New England. Scott was also honored in 2004 as one of Chain Store Age’s “40 Under 40” most influential executives in the retail industry, and in 2006 received the Extended Retail Industry “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Prior to ProfitLogic, Scott held positions at Cognitive Arts, an early pioneer in the e-learning space, The Parthenon Group, a management consulting firm, and IBM, where Scott’s customers were major retailers.
Scott received an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School and a BA, magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Brown University. At Brown, Scott was captain of the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team and he continues, despite the futility of his efforts, to be a big supporter of Brown Athletics. Scott is from Chicago and is a lifelong Cubs fan, so you know he roots for the underdog and never gives up hope!
CONNECTING: Office Hours with Jodi Gernon (MBA 1991), Director of Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School
HBS alums, click here to register for a one-on-one conversation with Jodi Gernon.
Jodi is the Director of the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. The Rock Center is the hub for all entrepreneurial programming at HBS and works closely with faculty, students and alumni of HBS to foster entrepreneurship both at the school and with our alumni around the world.
Jodi brings over 25 years of marketing and leadership experience working with successful startups such as Physician’s Online and Mediconsult.com (both sold to WebMd), Mothernature.com (IPO 1999) and Revenio (sold to Vignette) and Fortune 500 companies such as Pepsi, GE, and CR Bard. Jodi has also worked with founders at many early stage ventures in both the US and Canada and as a mentor at the Harvard iLab and Healthbox. Her main focus has been to help founders develop strong value propositions and create go‐to‐market strategies to refine product attributes and to accelerate adoption of their products and services amongst their targeted audiences. Her industry expertise is focused in consumer and consumer healthcare, e‐commerce, and mobile. Jodi has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from WPI.
PEER TO PEER: Lunch and Learn on Scaling a Healthcare Startup with Rubicon MD Co- Founders: Gil Addo, MBA 2011 and Carlos Reines, MBA 2014
HBS alums and Studio team members, come have lunch with this HBS alum duo and learn about their healthcare entrepreneurial journey.
Gil drives RubiconMD’s vision and strategy. He is passionate about improving access to the right medical expertise. Formerly a Consultant at Putnam Associates, a pharma strategy consultancy, Gil designed payer and market access strategies for fortune 500s. He holds a BS in Economics and Biomedical Engineering from Yale and an MBA from Harvard. Gil was named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” in healthcare.
Carlos is the product and account lead for RubiconMD. Originally from Spain, he’s passionate about leveraging technology to drive change in healthcare. Prior to RubiconMD, Carlos led a division at Telefonica, one of the largest telecom companies in the world. He began his career at Siemens Healthcare. He earned Masters’ in both Bioengineering and Telecom Management in Madrid, and an MBA from Harvard.
SKILL BUILDING: Case Study, "Adaptive Platform Trials: The Clinical Trial of the Future?" with Ariel Stern
Please click here to register. HBS alums and HBS Startup Studio NYC team members only.
Come discuss "Adaptive Platform Trials: The Clinical Trial of the Future?" with Ariel Dora Stern, an Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Hellman Faculty Fellow in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at Harvard Business School. She teaches the Technology and Operations Management course in the MBA required curriculum.
Ariel's research focuses on the management of innovation in health care, with a focus on the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Her projects seek to understand the drivers of innovation among firms and the determinants of how medical technologies are adopted and used in practice. Ariel is particularly interested in the intersection of the regulation, firm strategy, and economics of health care. She also researches the digital transformation of medical technology and health care delivery, investigating the policy and managerial questions raised by the growth of “digital health.” Her research has been cited by Bloomberg, The New York Times, and National Public Radio.
This event is invite only. Please email Sikeen Paroo at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Join the HBS Startup Studio NYC and the HBS Health Care Initiative for cocktails and a fireside chat with Aditya Julka, MBA 2009, HBS EIR and Founder of Anibim LLC, with Bernard Peperstraete, MBA 2005, President/CEO of Acuamark Diagnostics, moderated by Avani Patel, HBS Startup Studio NYC Director.
Aditya is a serial entrepreneur with a history of successful start ups in life sciences and technology. He co-founded two biotech companies in his twenties, and his last company, which was backed by Accel Ventures, sold to a publicly listed company in 2010. He was also the co-founder of Paddle8 (sold to Auctionata in 2016, forming the world's largest online auction house). He is currently working on his next project in the Biotechnology/Healthcare space as well as investing in and advising start-ups in the space. Aditya has been named to the Art + Auction Power 100, Artinfo's Global 30 under 30 and the Crain's New York 40 Under 40. He has been a featured speaker at many conferences and forums globally, including those at Harvard University, DLD New York, The Northside Festival, TechCrunch TV and the inaugural TEDx Art in New York and has written on entrepreneurship for publications like Forbes. He is interested in investment opportunities in technology and life sciences in the US and India.
Bernard is President/CEO of Acuamark Diagnostics, Inc. AcuamarkDx focuses on developing a highly accurate, affordable and scalable test for early detection of cancer out of blood. AcuamarkDx’s scientific and academic team is credited with inventing groundbreaking assays/technologies such as qPCR, LCR, LDR, zipcoding and the universal array. Prior to AcuamarkDx, Bernard served as Acting President/CEO of ACT Biotech, a cancer therapeutics company (acquired by Eddingpharm). Earlier, Bernard was involved in HC venture capital most recently as a Partner at NGN Capital. He served on the boards of Exosome Dx, ACT Biotech and Potentia Pharma (now Apellis Pharma) and was also involved in transactions such as Santhera Pharma (SANN:SIX) and Artisan Pharma (acquired by AKP). Before completing his MBA at Harvard, Bernard was a Deputy Director at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore. Prior to TTSH, he co-founded and ran a contract research business, also in Singapore. In 1999, after serving as a physician, Dr. Peperstraete managed the HIV business unit at Bristol Myers & Squibb, Singapore, and worked on emerging market opportunities at Novartis, Basel.
Avani joins HBS with years of experience in the startup world in various capacities including as a founder, advisor, mentor and investor. Most recently she founded TrendSeeder, the first fashion-focused accelerator in NYC, which has a deep educational focus described by Women's Wear Daily as a "mini-MBA program taught by industry experts." TrendSeeder also boasts a highly curated list of over one hundred mentors recruited by Avani from the executive levels of the most highly regarded fashion companies around the world. In her work with TrendSeeder and other organizations, Avani has advised over five hundred entrepreneurs. She has also traveled the world, including to Oulu, Finland for the Midnight Pitch Fest to share her entrepreneurial expertise. Avani was also named a Role Model by Carrie Hammer and graced the company's runway at New York Fashion Week in 2015.
Prior to founding TrendSeeder, Avani had a career as a corporate attorney where she worked on multi-billion dollar mergers. However, TrendSeeder wasn't Avani's first foray into the fashion world. She founded a men's and women's contemporary clothing label when she was in law school which was featured in a fashion show at Lollapalooza.
Avani also finds the time to give back and has worked with organizations like the Tory Burch Foundation, the Girl Scouts and the Athena Center at Barnard College.
CONNECTING: Round Table Discussion with Steve Wiggins, MBA 1984, Managing Director, Essex Woodlands Healthcare Partners
HBS alums, come join Steve Wiggins for lunch and conversation.
*Please note location: Essex Woodlands Healthcare Partners, 280 Park Avenue, 27th Floor East
Steve Wiggins is one of the most accomplished entrepreneurs and executives in the healthcare sector, launching health services, health insurance, specialty pharmaceutical and medical technology companies over the past 30 years. Steve joined Essex Woodlands in 2007 as Operating Partner and was appointed Managing Director in February 2008.
Prior to Essex Woodlands, Steve founded Oxford Health Plans and served for 14 years as the company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Oxford grew to over $5 billion in annual revenue and ranked among the 300 largest U.S. corporations. Previously, he was the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HealthMarket, Inc., an insurance company that gave birth to innovative Consumer Driven Health Plans and grew to over $150 million in revenue before being acquired by UICI. He co-founded Health Partners, Inc, a physician practice management company that grew to $140 million in annual revenue before it was sold. He served as co-Founder of Intelliclaim, Inc., which provided claim auditing and productivity software and services to over twenty health insurance companies before it was sold to McKesson. He was also the founding investor in BenefitPort, LLC, a consolidation of health insurance general agencies.
Steve co-leads the healthcare services and healthcare information technology investment practice and serves on the Board of Directors for InfluenceHealth. Steve also serves as Director of Accessible Space, Inc, a non-profit organization he founded in 1978, which operates residential facilities for individuals with mobility impairments and brain injuries.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. He enjoys kite boarding, golfing, biking and fishing and has a keen interest in complimentary medicine and religion.
CONNECTING: Office Hours with Stephen Klincewicz, PLDA 2015, Vice President of Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Operations at Sorrento Therapeutics
HBS alums, sign up for a one-to-one conversation with Stephen Klincewicz.
Steve has over 20 of years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has previously held position with Mesoblast Ltd, Bayer HealthCare Consumer Care Division, Johnson and Johnson, and Astra Zeneca.
Prior to entering the industry, Steve worked in medical and business development positions in occupational and environment medicine for several US Hospital was primary care physician and flight surgeon with the U.S Air Force.
He received his B.A. (Hons) from McGill University, his medical degree from Des Moines University, his Master in Public Health degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and his J.D. from Widener University. He formerly served as an Epidemiologic Intelligence Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and a recent graduate of the Program for Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School.
CONNECTING: Social Impact/ Enterprise Networking Reception with Keynote Speaker Russell Tencer, OPM 49, Founder & CEO of United Wind
This event is invite only. Please email Sikeen Paroo at email@example.com with any questions.
Join the HBS Startup Studio NYC for cocktails and networking, with a keynote from Russel Tencer, on "Building Double Bottom Line Enterprises."
Russell is the Founder and CEO of United Wind, the distributed wind industry’s first and only developer offering third party financing solutions for distributed-scale wind projects in the U.S. Under Russell’s leadership United Wind has grown from concept to recognized industry leader since the company’s launch in 2013. Over that time Russell has led fundraising efforts for the company resulting in corporate and project level investments from Statoil Energy Ventures, Total Energy Ventures, TEPCO, U.S. Bank, New York Green Bank and Forum Equity Partners with over $20m in capital deployed into projects and over $15m in corporate capital raised to date. Russell’s role at the company is building a strong culture and dedicated team, driving strategic direction, and leading capital raising efforts.