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  • Harvardwood Suggests... Social Networking

    Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 10:00 AM - PDT

    10:00am - 12:00pm PT / 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET

    Social sleuthing is standard in the hiring process, so what does your online presence say about you? In this workshop you will learn personal branding strategies and reframe your networking approach to more effectively connect to the people, organizations and opportunities that can advance your career.

    More info HERE.

  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

    Inside the Writers Room/Zoom is our ongoing event series where we gather the writers room of a TV series to learn how their room runs, from how they plan each season and break story to their individual experiences cracking episodes.

    For this session, we welcome the writers room of ABC’s new mockumentary comedy, Abbott Elementary. Creator, executive producer, and star Quinta Brunson shares her inspiration for the show and her character, the idealistic rookie second grade teacher Janine. Learn how the writers approach character development, how they pitch jokes in the room, and their process for crafting funny yet nuanced stories around the teachers and students of a struggling Philadelphia elementary school.


    • Quinta Brunson - Creator, Executive Producer, Star

    • Justin Halpern - Executive Producer

    • Patrick Schumacker - Executive Producer

    • Brian Rubenstein - Co-Executive Producer

    • Jordan Temple - Producer

    • Brittani Nichols - Executive Story Editor

    • Joya McCrory - Staff Writer

    • Kate Peterman - Staff Writer

    • Justin Tan - Staff Writer

    Moderated by Ashley Nicole Black (A Black Lady Sketch Show, Ted Lasso).

    More info HERE.

  • 10:00am - 12:30pm PT / 1:00pm - 3:30pm ET

    Are you unclear of how to authentically articulate your art/work/life story through your LinkedIn summary? Discover a simple formula for telling a holistic story that captures the attention of your audience.

    In this workshop series, you will:

    •    Discuss the 3 Cs of effective career storytelling
    •    Clarify a personal brand
    •    Explore how to add a supporting story in order to engage your audience

    More info HERE.

  • Harvardwood Suggests... Thrive in Place! (NYC)

    Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 06:30 PM - EDT

    3:30 PM PST / 6:30 PM EST

    ArtBuilt and the Entertainment Community Fund are partnering to present THRIVE IN PLACE! - a workshop to help creative sector workers understand the relationship between housing choices and their financial wellbeing. Focused on affordable housing, homeownership and building knowledge to improve personal finances, this class uses artist-centric tools and straightforward language to help artists of all disciplines navigate their financial life with creativity, clarity and strength. Build housing security to thrive in place!

    THRIVE IN PLACE! is the first stop on a path to more in-depth and technical programs. Participants will also learn how to access a 5-part Homebuyer Webinar presented by NY Mortgage Coalition and a deep dive into Affordable Housing in NYC and Financial Wellness presented by the Entertainment Community Fund.

    More info HERE.

  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PST / 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

    Research Methods for Writers is our ongoing event series where we explore the screenwriters' approach to researching their projects. From how they obtain information to how they incorporate it all into their scripts, we learn about the role research plays in the writing.

    For this session, WGF librarian Lauren O’Connor speaks with Marissa Jo Cerar, the Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer of ABC’s limited series Women of the Movement. They’ll discuss Cerar’s process for researching the life of Mamie Till-Mobley and her journey to seek justice after the murder of her 14-year-old son, Emmitt Till, in 1955. Cerar will share how she approached writing about real-life people and events, what sources she used in her research, and how she chose what details to include in the six-episode series.

    More info HERE.

  • Harvardwood Presents: ROSA ANTONELLI Plays Music of Spain and Latin America

    Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 07:30 PM - EDT · $18.00 USD
    KLAVIERHAUS in New York, NY

    In this special concert, the celebrated Argentine pianist Rosa Antonelli will perform piano music by Spanish and Latin American composers, including Ginastera and Piazzolla. Antonelli knew Piazzolla and others of these composers personally, and was entrusted with the world premiere performances of several of Piazzolla’s tangos for piano. She plays this repertory with deep love and a very special warmth and understanding.

    Rosa_at_carnegie.jpgWhen she gave the first of her two solo recitals in Carnegie Hall's main Stern Auditorium, Joe Franklin wrote, "On October 15 in Carnegie Hall, a star was born.  Her name is Rosa Antonelli."  And the legendary critic Harris Goldsmith wrote of her playing, "She is a dyed-in-the-wool Romantic Lyricist.  Her always aurally beautiful and caressing pianism uses a lot of color via the sustaining pedal; she molds phrases with enormous flexibility, and there was never a hint of harsh, ugly or astringent glint to her lush singing tone . . . Antonelli's inward poetry forced me to rehear, and revalue, Piazzolla's Tangos, which she infused with an eloquence and inner communication."  When her most recent CD, BRIDGES, was released, Jacqueline Kharouf wrote in her review in Fanfare, "I will listen to this album for many years, and always with a sense of deep gratitude and admiration."

    This will be a rare opportunity to hear Rosa Antonelli perform in an intimate 45-seat setting.

    If NYC Covid numbers are low enough, a reception with wine will follow the performance.  [Update:  As of right now, a reception does not seem possible, alas.]

    You must wear a mask and be fully vaccinated against Covid to attend.

    Advance registration is REQUIRED.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

    Special thanks to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.

    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $10.00 Members

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
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  • Single?  Join us for a fun night of laughs, and new connections. You’ll be entertained by a line-up of witty stand-up comedians.  You’ll have time to mingle with other singles before and after the show.

    Date: Thursday, May 26th
    Time: 6:45 p.m. PT (doors open at 6:45pm and show starts at 7:30pm)
    LocationVariety Club Preview Room, San Francisco

    Includes one glass of wine/ beer or two non-alchoholic beverages

    Getting there: 

    Variety Preview Room

    Hobart Building

    582 Market Street, Suite 101, San Francisco

    BART: Steps away from Montgomery BART.

    Rideshare: Ask for rideshare for drop off/pick-up at:

    2nd & Market “Uno Dos Tacos”


    Post at Montgomery


    White House garage- Sutter & Kearney (recommended, lot of security, but pricey)

    Further away- 5th & Mission Garage closer to the Metreon- (more affordable)

    Registration closes on Tuesday, May 24th 2022. 



    HBSANC Member: $20

    HBS Alumni Non-Member: $30
    MIT, Wharton, Penn, & Harvard Alumni: $30
    General Public: $40

    *All tickets are non-refundable

    Are you an HBS alum, yet not a member? To join, log in and click on the Membership tab or email HBSANC Memberships to become a member. 

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    We are excited to host a series of these in-person singles events. If you have a venue/ home/ great place or fun ide to consider for a future event, please contact Shannon Lundgren at [email protected].

    Event Organizers:

    Shannon Lundgren (MBA 1994) is the founder of Shannon’s Circle, the Ivy League's choice for matchmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a Professional Matchmaker and Certified Dating Coach with a 20+ years corporate executive background, she has the honor of connecting the intellectually curious, in an exclusive, discreet manner. She is a HBS Club of Northern California Board Member, and leads the HBS alumni club singles series. Shannon has a B.A in Business from UC Berkeley (‘90) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (‘94). Learn  more: www.ShannonsCircle.com

    Elizabeth Swaney Harvard, Harvard GSD ‘09

    Elizabeth competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics in freestyle skiing and on American Ninja Warrior Season 10. Since then, she’s performed stand-up comedy in clubs around San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. Elizabeth is a Harvard GSD ‘09 graduate, Bay Area native, and stunt performer in films.

    HBSANC is a 501(c)(3) that relies on donations to deliver quality events for our community. Please consider supporting our efforts by making a tax-deductible donation.

  • Join us for A Conversation with Julie Ann Crommett AB '08

    5pm PT / 8pm ET on Zoom

    Julie Ann Crommett has been working in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) space for over thirteen years leading disruptive, systemic change across media and tech. As Founder and CEO of Collective Moxie, Julie Ann works with organizations large and small on revolutionizing their DEI strategies through inclusive storytelling practices, accountability, and internal/external community partnership.

    Previously, she was Vice President of Multicultural Audience Engagement at The Walt Disney Studios spearheading efforts to diversify talent in front of and behind the camera, connect creative projects more closely to the communities they touch, and build a more inclusive culture within the Studios. Her team contributed to many projects including ENCANTO, SOUL, COCO, BLACK PANTHER, RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON, and WEST SIDE STORY as well as launching the critically acclaimed Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator, an industry-leading program guaranteeing up to six directors from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to produce a short film for Disney+. Julie Ann was also instrumental in Disney's library review process leading to a revised content advisory and proactive resources for families to discuss negative stereotypes in media. In partnership with Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger, she launched and co-chaired the company's first-ever Creative Inclusion Council dedicated to increasing inclusion and accountability in Disney's creative endeavors.

    Before Disney she was Google’s Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief leading their efforts to shift and diversify on-screen perceptions of computer science through storytelling (a position she created) as well as having led Google’s DEI efforts in Latin America. She started her DEI career at NBCUniversal managing behind-the-camera diversity programs including Writers on the Verge and the Directing Fellowship.

    Julie Ann has been recognized by The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 under 35, the IMAGEN Foundation’s Influential Latinos in Entertainment list, and as an ADCOLOR Innovator. She was on the advisory council for the re-launch of Barbie and serves on the boards for the Hispanic Federation, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and Women in Animation. Julie Ann also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Columbia University’s MFA film program and co-created a new course with her producing partner Jinko Gotoh (Columbia BS, MFA) on inclusive storytelling.

    A proud Puerto Rican and Cuban American, Julie Ann was raised in Atlanta, GA and earned her BA in English at Harvard University.


    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Harvardwood 2022 Reunion Mixer

    Saturday, June 04, 2022 at 03:00 PM - EDT
    Charlie's Kitchen in Cambridge, MA

    Now that in-person reunion events have resumed, Harvardwood will be hosting a mixer during Harvard's Commencement/Reunion Weekend. On Saturday, June 4th from 3-5 pm, Harvardwood members and alumni returning to Cambridge for Reunions will gather on the front patio of Charlie’s Kitchen in the Square to meet and mingle. reunion1.jpg

    Cash bar. This event is free to attend, and guests/family members are welcome. Just RSVP below so that we have a headcount!


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