Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities Program
Program Dates: May 6-10, 2024
Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities (LPIBSC) is a collaboration among Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education, NAFOA, and AFOA Canada. Its mission is to inspire and support Native finance professionals and leaders, as well as equip them with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative communities or organizations.
Developed under the guidance of HBS Executive Education, Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities is the only Executive Education program of its kind in North America. Together, esteemed HBS faculty, Native guest speakers who are knowledgeable in their fields, and participants from Native nations in Canada and the United States embark on the HBS campus for four days for a truly transformative experience.
This executive-level program aims to enroll approximately 75 finance professionals and leaders from the United States and Canada. As part of each cohort, you will have the opportunity to engage in interactive and participatory sessions and hear diverse perspectives from your peers.
Admission to the program is highly competitive and early application is encouraged. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their application, professional experience, and community involvement. At the program’s conclusion, participants will receive a Harvard Business School Certification of Program Completion.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2024
LEARNING AND LIVING AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
This program provides you with the opportunity to view community investments in a broader context. While it is important to understand investment tools, strategies and products, it is equally important to understand how governance practices can shape the management of investments. By examining different institutions and covering topics such as, entrepreneurial finance, negotiations and change management, this program provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of investment management. You will build the skills and confidence to immediately apply financial analysis techniques, set realistic performance goals, and play a bigger role in helping your community optimize its financial resources and strengthen its sustainability.
When you participate in an Executive Education program on the HBS campus, you enter an immersive experience where every aspect of the learning model has been carefully designed to facilitate your growth. Your learning will take place on your own, in your living group, and in the larger classroom driven by the renowned HBS case method.
The LPIBSC program is designed to be most beneficial to:
- Finance professionals including, Chief Financial Officers, Executive Officers, Senior Financial Managers, and Senior Accounting Staff with experience working in or with a tribal nation or Native organization.
$3,000The program fee covers tuition, books, case materials, accommodations, and most meals. Payment is due upon admission into the program.
Location & Accomodations
Harvard Business School Campus
Program participants are encouraged to stay in the HBS residences and the cost of the stay is included in the cost of the program.
Boston, MA 02163
May 6-10, 2024All program sessions are mandatory. Participants should expect to be engaged in the program from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm each day. Group events and meetings outside of these hours are also required and mandatory for participants to attend.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tribal government leaders including Chiefs, Chairpersons, Chief Executive Officers, Treasurers, Chiefs of Staff, and Senior Administrators.
Finance professionals including, Chief Financial Officers, Executive Officers, Senior Financial Managers, and Senior Accounting Staff with experience working in or with a tribal nation or Native organization.
Although there are no formal educational requirements, admission is a selective process based on your professional achievement and organizational responsibilities. To optimize the learning experience and maximize the exchange of ideas, NAFOA will utilize the Admissions Criteria outlined by Harvard University. NAFOA will make selections that balance each participant’s experience, scope of current responsibilities, and type of organization. NAFOA will seek candidates who reflect a broad range of functions and backgrounds.
The deadline for submission is January 31, 2023 at 11:59PM Alaska Time. There is a limited amount of space available for U.S. participants. Successful applicants will be notified on or around early March.
Applicants will be notified by mid-March about their application status.
If you have not received any notifications by late March, please contact email@example.com or Cody Harjo, Director of Learning and Media Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, you do not have to be employed at or affiliated with a NAFOA Member Tribe to apply.
Upon successful completion, all participants will be awarded a Harvard Business School Certificate of Program Completion.
Faculty from the Harvard Business School will lead instructive sessions:
- Tom Nicholas (Co-Chair) Abernathy Professor of Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Management
- David L. Ager (Co-chair) Senior Fellow, Organizational Behavior and Managing Director, Executive Education
- Ryan W. Buell – UPS Foundation Associate Professor of Service Management, Technology & Operations Management
- Ramana Nanda – Professor of Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Management
- Stuart C. Gilson – Steven R. Fenster Professor of Business Administration, Finance
- James K. Sebenius – Gordon Donaldson Professor of Business Administration, Negotiations
- Adi Sunderarm – Marvin Bower Associate Professor of Business Administration, Finance
Participants will also learn from Native guest speakers who are knowledgeable in their fields, and other participants from Native nations in Canada and the United States.
No payment is necessary until you have been accepted. We will reach out to selected participants with payment instructions.
Payment is required prior to the program state date for those selected to attend.
The majority of HBS Executive Education participants stay on campus in several HBS Executive Education dormitory residences. Program participants are encouraged to stay in these residences and the cost of the stay is included in the cost of the program.
Bedding is provided in the dormitories.
LPIBSC is a four-day program and all program sessions are mandatory. The program begins at 7:00 am and ends around 5:00 pm each day. To receive the most out of the program, group events and meetings outside of these hours are also required and mandatory for participants to attend.
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to email@example.com for consideration. Participant cancellations must be made more than 30 days before the start of the program to receive a full refund. Cancellations or deferrals received 14 to 30 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of one-half of the program fee ($1,500). Requests received within 14 days are subject to full payment.