Each January I participate in the YPO Harvard Presidents’ Program, an executive education program exclusively available to YPO members, which upon graduation grants you HBS Alumni status.
It takes a minimum of 9 years to graduate from the program which is structured like a “Mini MBA” that keeps up with the times. For example, this year we studied cases which were less than 6 months old, including; the Covid impact on Princess Cruises, Valuing Peloton and a Fine Jewellers’ sales experience going virtual.
The YPO/Harvard Presidents’ Program embodies the best of YPO’s goal of Lifelong Learning. Harvard has offered an unparalleled setting for YPO members to step back from their day-to-day business demands to explore new ideas relating to business, strategy and execution, to become inspired and to embrace new friendships.
Like most things YPO
, the value is in the people who attend. Of the ~30,000 global members, only 180 (0.6%) get the chance to attend HBS each year. Everyone is a CEO, Founder or President of a substantial enterprise which makes the peer learning and shared experiences second to none. I was waitlisted for 3 years before getting my chance to participate.
Unsurprisingly, some of my favourite takeaways over the past week were the cases we studied on Family Business, Stewardship and Generational Wealth.
I can’t share the cases with you but I will encourage you to read some of these supporting articles from HBR which stirred lively debate amongst our cohort:
I’m looking forward to getting back to Boston in January 2022 for another in-person learning experience.