Graduating from Harvard Business School: Class of 2015


I will never forget this day. I will never forget it because I going in I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal or feel that incredible, but I was surprised at how special it was. I had my people with me, first of all. I had my grandparents, my parents, my sister and brother, and I had Somos and Angela come up and be part of the whole thing from start to finish. I started the morning with my roommate Johnny Bowman at 5:45am – we showered and walked over to Swissbakers together for a coffee in our graduation robes, and onward to the Dean’s house to meet the rest of Section H. When we got there, it was so awesome to see all our key people from the year. Everyone was taking photos and felt great joy to see one another after having been apart for a month. As we marched to Harvard Yard together as a team under the sun, Najah documented it all with a GoPro strapped to her head. The speeches at Harvard Yard inspired me deeply. Two key messages: stay available AND take risk. Prepare yourself for the world as you want it to be, not as it is. Unlike many of my peers, I walked across the stage without a job in place, but I didn’t feel worried. Graduating from Harvard Business School, I felt clearer than ever about my life’s purpose: to move the needle on gender equality and to enable musicians to earn a living from their craft.

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