Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites
Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites is a podcast featuring inspirational conversations with exceptional entrepreneurs and innovators about the strategies they used, lessons they learned, and what makes them stand out.
info_outline Eating Our Way to a Healthier Planet 01/11/2022
Eating Our Way to a Healthier Planet What we eat impacts our health--and the health of our environment. As Co-Founder and CEO of Eat the Change, Co-Founder of PLNT Burger, and Chair of the Board at Beyond Meat, Seth Goldman is a leader in the climate-friendly food revolution. Join our host, Philip Guarino as he speaks with this inspiring entrepreneur and activist about his mission-based businesses that aim to nourish our bodies and the planet.
info_outline Confidence and the Entrepreneur 11/30/2021
Confidence and the Entrepreneur In this episode our host, Denise Silber, is joined by Eric McNulty, a lifelong student of confidence and Associate Director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard. With concrete examples and practical tips, they discuss: how to spot the overconfident entrepreneur, why it is essential to cultivate the right balance of confidence and humility, where to find confidence, and how to maintain it in times of turbulence.
info_outline Women in Fintech: Sustainability, Impact Investing, and Beyond 11/17/2021
Women in Fintech: Sustainability, Impact Investing, and Beyond In this episode our host, Philip Guarino, is joined by Stefania di Bartolomeo, Founder and CEO of Physis Investment. As a female founder in a male-dominated industry, Stefania joins us to discuss what it takes to be a woman in fintech, and how she grew her business from a passion to a fund that has inspired many.
info_outline Build, Sell, Go Global 11/03/2021
Build, Sell, Go Global In this episode our host, Denise Silber, is joined by Sridevi Raghavan, an entrepreneur from India who developed her business concept, a revolutionary idea in India at the time, for a business plan contest at HBS. They discuss her entrepreneurial journey from HBS student to building the real thing in India, and selling it to allow it to grow globally.
info_outline Building Successful Boards Post-Pandemic 10/19/2021
Building Successful Boards Post-Pandemic What are boards and why are they a powerful tool for successful businesses? Mark Hamill joins host Philip Guarino to look at best practices for startups, post-pandemic board trends, and the skills required for top performing boards.
info_outline Make Strategy your SuperPower with Mark Chussil 10/05/2021
Make Strategy your SuperPower with Mark Chussil In this episode our host, Denise Silber, is joined by Mark Chussil, Founder of Advanced Competitive Strategies Inc., and business wargaming expert. Together, they discuss how entrepreneurs can make strategy their super power by identifying their strategic blindspots or weaknesses through simulation, and correcting them before launch.
info_outline Scaling Up: Best Practices for Growth 09/21/2021
Scaling Up: Best Practices for Growth As a business grows, the opportunities - and challenges - are many. Finances, consistent product delivery, leadership and team-building, and pursuing a strategy while remaining nimble are just a few of the many things leaders must keep an eye on. Here to discuss some of these challenges and best practices for ensuring success during times of growth is Elizabeth Coleon, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer at Qonto.
info_outline The Mentoring Mindset with Shirley Liu 09/07/2021
The Mentoring Mindset with Shirley Liu In this episode our host, Denise Silber, is joined by Shirley Liu, Global Vice-President at L’Oreal who is passionate about mentoring and psychology. Together, they discuss the mentoring mindset, for both mentor and mentee, and how acquiring it supports greater success for both you and your business.
info_outline The Entrepreneur's Guide to Happiness and Well-Being 06/29/2021
The Entrepreneur's Guide to Happiness and Well-Being Stress, anxiety, and uncertainty have all become part of daily life. It is now imperative that we find ways around these negative obstacles. In this episode, Professor Daniela Pittman joins our host, Philip Guarino, to discuss the attitudes, practices and habits we can adopt to increase our well-being and overall happiness.
info_outline How Purpose Unlocks Your Value with Diane Primo 06/22/2021
How Purpose Unlocks Your Value with Diane Primo In this episode our host, Denise Silber, is joined by Diane Primo, CEO of Purpose Brands and Co-Founder of the Primo Center. Together, they dive into the critical importance of building a business with purpose, applying the fundamentals of business analysis to solving homelessness, and how entrepreneurs can help accelerate the cultural transition sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
info_outline Smart Cities: Innovation Changing our Landscape 05/18/2021
Smart Cities: Innovation Changing our Landscape The future is here! Tune in to hear Professor David Ricketts pull back the curtain on the Smart Cities movement, and reveal the keys to city-wide innovation and meeting citizens’ needs.
info_outline From Failure to $14B, with Quintin E. Primo III 05/04/2021
From Failure to $14B, with Quintin E. Primo III Tune in to hear the intimate thoughts of an inspiring and articulate entrepreneur, as he examines a life spent building a multi-billion dollar real estate enterprise and creating social change.
info_outline Impact Investing: How to Make a Difference While Making Money 04/21/2021
Impact Investing: How to Make a Difference While Making Money In this episode, our host Philip Guarino, sits down with Carlos Vargas, Professor of Finance at EGADE Business School, to fully unpack the positive and negative implications of sustainable finance, and to discuss the international trends and possibilities created by impact investing.
info_outline Unique Insights on Leadership and Search with Helene Reltgen, Egon Zehnder 03/03/2021
Unique Insights on Leadership and Search with Helene Reltgen, Egon Zehnder Founded by an HBS grad, Egon Zehnder is the world's largest privately-held executive search firm. In this episode, host Denise Silber interviews EZ senior partner Helene Reltgen, an HBS MBA with fascinating insights on leadership skills, digital transformation, becoming a board member, diversity, and coaching.
info_outline How to Lead and Thrive in Challenging Times 02/17/2021
How to Lead and Thrive in Challenging Times In this episode, HBS-graduate and strategy expert Cveti Yotova discusses remote work in a post-pandemic world and how leaders can build and deploy strategies that ensure better engagement, satisfaction, and performance.
info_outline How to Turn a Winning Business School Pitch Into a Unicorn, with Dr. Lissy Hu, HBS MBA 02/03/2021
How to Turn a Winning Business School Pitch Into a Unicorn, with Dr. Lissy Hu, HBS MBA In this episode, host Denise Silber interviews Dr. Lissy Hu, a Harvard MD MBA, whose winning HBS business competition idea for solving a healthcare system problem, turned into a going concern acquired at $1.3B in 2020.
info_outline On Leadership with CEO, 4 Term US Governor, and People-Lover, John Lynch. 01/20/2021
On Leadership with CEO, 4 Term US Governor, and People-Lover, John Lynch. In this episode, host Denise Silber discusses leadership with John Lynch, a Harvard MBA who became the successful CEO of Knoll and went on to be a four-term Governor of New Hampshire.
info_outline Big Wisdom on Small Business from Amazing Aussie, Bill Lang 12/07/2020
Big Wisdom on Small Business from Amazing Aussie, Bill Lang In this episode, our host Denise Silber is joined by Bill Lang, Harvard MBA, inspiring entrepreneur, and small business advisor from Australia. Drawing on his extraordinary international track record from Silicon Valley to China, Bill discusses growing your business wherever it may be.
info_outline Elevated Economics: The Societal Shifts Forcing Business to Change 11/11/2020
Elevated Economics: The Societal Shifts Forcing Business to Change In this episode, our host Philip Guarino is joined by Richard Steel, CEO of Parsec Ventures. Richard discusses why businesses and investors will have no choice but to adapt to changing consumer habits, given that consumers have already become more conscious of environmental, social, and governmental issues.
info_outline Transformation: From Insolvency to a $3 Billion Multinational 11/04/2020
Transformation: From Insolvency to a $3 Billion Multinational In this episode, our host Philip Guarino is joined by Mark Watson III, Founder and Managing Partner of Aquila Capital Partners. Mark discusses how he transformed a $300 million company nearing insolvency into a $3 billion multinational firm.
info_outline Why Data Science Must Inherently Be Interdisciplinary 10/28/2020
Why Data Science Must Inherently Be Interdisciplinary In this episode, our host Philip Guarino is joined by Xiao-Li Meng, Professor of Statistics, and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Data Science Review. Professor Meng discusses the importance of a broader vision around our relationship with data and "data science".
info_outline Is Chairman of a Fortune 500 Your Goal? 08/24/2020
Is Chairman of a Fortune 500 Your Goal? In this episode, host Denise Silber interviews Charles E. (Chuck) Bunch, a fellow MBA who joined PPG Industries (#180 of the Fortune 500) right after Harvard, never changed companies, and became their Chairman and CEO, 26 years later. What is his secret sauce? A combination of seeking to learn, seeking to bring value to the corporation, and respecting others as equals. Chuck Bunch is currently a board member of four public corporations.
info_outline Archie Norman: The Mega Turnaround Specialist 07/27/2020
Archie Norman: The Mega Turnaround Specialist As with many bricks and mortar retailers, business at Marks & Spencer had been suffering in recent years. A new Chairman, a veteran of retail turn-arounds, had been called in with great expectations of success from the board and managers. Little did they know that things would get worse, before they could get better. Join our host Denise Silber as she discusses the way out of the current Covid-accelerated crisis at Marks & Spencer and lessons in turnarounds with fellow HBS alumnus, Archie Norman.
info_outline Building the #1 Mobile Data Collection Platform with Empathy 07/20/2020
Building the #1 Mobile Data Collection Platform with Empathy Host, Denise Silber and guest, Audrey Philippot, intrapreneur and Managing Director of SAAS at social enterprise Dimagi, discuss how Audrey’s empathic team leadership style contributes to the success of the CommCare platform, used in 80 countries and ranked first in mobile data collection.
info_outline The Business of Gaming and One Entrepreneur's Viral Success 07/20/2020
The Business of Gaming and One Entrepreneur's Viral Success In this episode, our host Philip Guarino is joined by Nate Gray, founder of Wingnut Digital. Nate discusses the exponential growth of his firm with a zero-marketing budget via an innovative "real-world" rewards-based model as well as the latest trends in the gaming industry.
info_outline ROI in AI: Achieving Value and Maximizing Return 07/13/2020
ROI in AI: Achieving Value and Maximizing Return There’s no question that artificial intelligence has been a key driver of innovation over the past decade, garnering the interest – and dollars - of business the world over. To date, however, a majority of businesses claim limited success from the implementation of AI. With a recessionary economic context, more companies will seek clearer returns for those investments. Tom discusses how he sees this next phase evolving for AI and discusses what is holding it back from delivering stronger gains for firms
info_outline How to Be an Impactful Leader 07/13/2020
How to Be an Impactful Leader In this episode, Denise Silber and HAE guest Martha Crawford, PhD, Dean of the Jack Welch School of College and Technology analyze the components of impactful leadership. Learn how Martha’s exceptional leadership skills helped her survive several crises, transition between business, the public sector, and academia, and move from the Marshall Islands to Paris and back to the Northeast, all while staying true to her lifelong passion for sustainable development.
info_outline This Italian Startup Became a $2B Powerhouse & Transformed Luxury 07/09/2020
This Italian Startup Became a $2B Powerhouse & Transformed Luxury Gucci, Prada, Dior. Names that conjure up images of the avant garde, of the cutting edge. But change in the luxury industry is slow. Federico Marchetti, founder of the luxury e-commerce leader Yoox, CEO of the now Yoox Net-A-Porter, discusses his journey from startup to its acquisition by the Richemont group in 2015 for $3BN. How did he overcome industry reticence? Federico discusses his company's exponential growth, how he leveraged partnerships, the importance of China and his view of the future.
info_outline How to Succeed in Business When You’re a Black Harvard MBA 07/06/2020
How to Succeed in Business When You’re a Black Harvard MBA In this inspiring episode of HAE Invites, our host Denise Silber is joined by Henry Whitlow, an HBS alumnus, successful entrepreneur, and volunteer in community development. In this very open conversation between two classmates, Henry speaks about the difficulty of being Black at Harvard, in business, in life. Listen and learn why Henry is more hopeful than ever, despite the fact that “Society is still organized to maintain existing privileges.”
info_outline The Business of Humor with Emmy Winning Comedy Writer & Entrepreneur, Joe Toplyn 06/30/2020
The Business of Humor with Emmy Winning Comedy Writer & Entrepreneur, Joe Toplyn In this episode of HAE Invites, our host Denise Silber is joined by Harvard College and HBS alum, Joe Toplyn. Joe is a four-time Emmy award winning late night comedy writer, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and inventor of a recently-patented AI that generates original jokes. Denise and Joe discuss the fact that while succeeding in comedy is challenging, with an entrepreneurial mindset, professional opportunities can be limitless.