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  • Announcing 3 Special VIP Presenters for 50th Annual BLD

    Sep 15, 2019

    This November’s 50th Annual HBS Business Leader of the Year Dinner is shaping up to be a spectacular event. We will honor Keith J. Krach (MBA 1981), former Chairman & CEO of DocuSign and co-founder/former Chairman & CEO of Ariba, who is now serving our country as Under Secretary of State. 

    This year’s event will feature three very special presenters who will share the podium with Keith and offer their unique perspectives on leadership and transformation: 

    Michael Brown, President Elect of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Brown, who will emcee the event, is co-founder of City Year, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes 3,000 young people each year for full-time service as tutors and mentors in high-need schools in 29 US cities. He has been named "One of America's Best Leaders" by US News and World Report and is a recipient of the John W. Gardner Leadership Award.  

    Stanley McChrystal, retired Four-Star U.S. Army General and founder of the McChrystal Group. McChrystal, who will host a fireside chat with Krach, is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military's most sensitive forces. Author of several bestselling leadership books, McChrystal has moved from the battlefield into the boardroom, putting what he learned in the military to work in business and nonprofits.

    Das Narayandas, the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Professor Narayandas, who will make a special guest presentation on transformational leadership and mentorship, has received multiple awards for teaching excellence from the HBS MBA class, as well as the Robert F. Greenhill Award for Outstanding Service to the HBS Community, the Charles M. Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching.  

    Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind 50th anniversary event. Share a table with distinguished honorary co-chairs, industry and government leaders from around the world.

         The Harvard Business School Association of Northern California
         Business Leader of the Year Gala Honoring Keith J Krach

         WHEN: Friday, November 1, 2019 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
         WHERE: The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco

    Please register now to make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to hear from some truly remarkable guests and honor Keith Krach for his continuing commitment to transformational leadership.

    Jean Kovacs (MBA 1985)
    Board Member and Chair, BLD 2019


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