Upcoming Events


The MBA Elite & the Limits of Capitalism

Room 621, Gleacher Center - 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago, IL

Join us for a conversation with author and journalist Duff McDonald and Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at Chicago Booth, on McDonald's latest book, The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite.

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Description of the book:

A Harvard Business School (HBS) degree is, as the New York Times proclaimed in 1978, "the golden passport to life in the upper class." Harvard MBAs are near-guaranteed entrance into Western capitalism’s most powerful realm—the corner office. McDonald reveals how, despite HBS’s enormous success, it may fall short in its mission to “educate leaders who make a difference in the world.” " How does HBS actually instill this sense of lofty leadership in their students and can they accurately claim their graduates are making a difference in the world – specifically a positive difference? With growing concerns about economic inequality and growing political unrest, has HBS and its graduates used their significant influence to shape society for the better?


The Role of the Innovation Leader in the Future of Work

Thursday, January 25 - Room C25, Harper Center - 5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL

Fifteen years ago, titles like "Chief Innovation Officer" didn't exist. Today, innovation leaders play a critical role not only in product development, but also in company culture. They are charged with creating new jobs, teams, and organizations. Those that do it best will design for the individual to bring their whole selves—creativity and all—to their work. David Lee, '11, VP of Innovation & UPS Venture, will discuss his work leading innovation programs at UPS and his view of the future of innovation leadership. Lee's TED Talk, "Why Jobs of the Future Won't Feel Like Work," was one of the most-watched talks of 2017. He argues that in the age of robotics, people need to start designing jobs around their hidden talents and passions—the things they do on the weekends—to stay relevant.

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