Gwill York is an HBS classmate from the Class of 1984, I’d really appreciate if you would support her candidacy for Harvard Overseer.
I believe Gwill will bring skills and knowledge to the Board of Overseers which she has obtained from her service to Harvard, her community and civic work and her business/entrepreneurial experience.
Gwill was a three sport varsity letter winner in Field Hockey, Basketball and Lacrosse and did tech and lighting for the HPT 130th.
Since graduation, she has served in numerous roles for Harvard, including co-chair of the Harvard College Fund and five college class reunion committees. She is a member of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean’s Advisory Group. She is an active mentor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Harvard-i-Lab and Harvard Business School Rock Center, and was head judge of the HBS Business Plan Contest in 2012.
Gwill has been a volunteer at the Boston Museum of Science for two decades and is currently a trustee there, where she has focused on encouraging young women to explore the fields of engineering and science. She is a trustee of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the International Mental Health Research Organization.
Gwill is a pioneering entrepreneur with 25 years of experience financing early-stage high-tech and healthcare companies having co-founded Lighthouse Capital Partners, based in Cambridge and Menlo Park, in 1994.
PLEASE VOTE FOR GWILL YORK
Fabienne Herlaut, HWF President, HBS 1984
Stay tuned for events in France this year, and in the meantime, this is the message from HBS :
In celebration of this year’s 50th anniversary of women being admitted to the full-time MBA program, Harvard Business School, in conjunction with the Culture and Community Initiative, is planning a series of special events, programs, and exhibitions that explore the past, present, and future of women in leadership in business and civic life.
- The first in our series of events, Sheryl Sandberg addressed the graduating class at Class Day 2012.
- HBS faculty will convene an academic conference on campus to discuss specific issues surrounding women in leadership.
- We’ll be “Celebrating the Women of HBS” in a special issue of the HBS Alumni Bulletin magazine in December 2012. You can still nominate an amazing alumna for this issue.
- The annual Women’s Student Association club conference will be held in February 2013.
- HBS will observe International Women’s Day (March 8, 2013) with a series of student-focused discussions and events.
- Harvard Business Review will partner with us to disseminate content over the course of the year.
- We invite you all to the centerpiece event of the celebration, the HBS Alumni Summit, scheduled for April 4-5, 2013 on the HBS campus.
- Alumni Club and Reunion activities now through the spring of 2013 will include dedicated discussions and events relevant to the celebration.
For some additional historical information about women at HBS, visit Baker Library’s A Daring Experiment and search “women” on the School’s Institutional Memory site.
Source : HBS
Our bureau member Marie-Christine Maheas was quoted by French newspaper Le Monde on March 8, in a story on parity.
Quoted as co-president of women’s network EPWN-Paris, she said that “a key priority of EPWN-Paris for 2012 is to find ways of involving men in our reflections“.
One out of two European firms has started monitoring parity and publishing indicators and procedures to improve it, according to a report by consulting firm McKinsey Women Matter 2012.
The problem is that only 20 percent have actually implemented them, Le Monde says.
In order for change to go forward, managers’ adhesion is key — and they’re mostly men ! In Europe, men account for up to 78 percent of middle-level management jobs, 91 percent of executive boards, 98 percent of CEO jobs.
Few are a driving force of change toward parity, Le Monde adds.
Read full story here (in French).
Grandes Ecoles au Féminin (GEF) will present in Paris on February 15 the results of a poll it conducted on leadership issues, with insights from 4,200 top-tier managers.
“The results are very dense and informative, notably on issues such as the characteristics of today’s leaders, the assets, values and skills expected for tomorrow, and the role of gender parity”, GEF said.
The presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 08:30 in Paris.
HWF members, look in your email for an invitation and a link to register for the event.
France has more than one Jeanne.
Have you ever heard of the first woman who ever traveled around the world ? Yes, she was French, her name was Jeanne and it took Tahitian natives to realize the sailor named Jean was a woman…
Born in 1740, a keen botanist, Jeanne Baret was the first woman ever to circumnavigate the globe, sailing with a crew of 300 men in a scientific expedition. She went as a disguised assistant to a botanist, since a royal ordinance forbade women on board French ships.
Her voyage took her to Brazil, Patagonia, Tahiti and Mauritius.
From a book by Glynnis Ridley, 2010. The Discovery of Jeanne Baret, A Story of Science, The High Seas, And The First Woman To Circumnavigate The Globe.
Harvard Women France and Harvard Business School Club de France are honored to host a lunch with Karen Kornbluh on March 5, 2012.
Karen Kornbluh is US Ambassador to OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ). She served as Policy Director for then-Senator Barack Obama from 2005 to 2008 and authored the 2008 party platform. Previously, she was Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Treasury Department; Assistant Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s International Bureau; Director of the Commission’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs; and economic policy advisor to Senator John Kerry.
She began her career as an economic forecaster and management consultant to US manufacturing companies.
Ambassador Kornbluh has published articles on economic policy in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Atlantic Monthly. She founded the Work and Family Program at the New America Foundation, where she was also a Markle Technology Policy Fellow. As a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress, she led the effort to create a Green Bank and contributed to “The Shriver Report: a Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.”
Ambassador Kornbluh received her Masters from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. (Profile from OECD website).
Read and be inspired by the story of Virginia M. Rometty, who is quoted reflecting on issues of risk taking and self-confidence as she rises to the top of IBM, after a 30-year career in the computer firm.
NYT Article : For Incoming IBM Chief, Self-Confidence is Rewarded
The World Economic Forum’s 2011 report on Gender Gap said in its press release that “the level of gender equality in France (46) has sunk as the number of women in ministerial positions has fallen over the past 12 months.” (New-York, WEF, October 10, 2011)