Learn about HBS's Digital Learning Intitiatives

Join us for an evening with Jana Kierstead, Executive Director of HBX on February 25th. HBX is a unique new course platform that offers rich, interactive learning experiences to help HBS further deliver on its mission to educate leaders.

Harvard Business School has entered the world of online learning with HBX, a unique new course platform that offers rich, interactive learning experiences to help HBS further deliver on its mission to educate leaders. Current programs include HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe), a primer on the fundamentals of business, and Clayton Christensen's Disruptive Strategy course targeted toward business leaders.  We are also developing HBX Live, a one-of-a-kind virtual classroom that collapses geography and allows participants worldwide to interact real-time with one another and a faculty member much as they would in the famed HBS case classrooms. Learn about HBS’ strategy for creating a unique learning experience from Executive Director Jana Kierstead.

HBX introduced its first product offering, HBX CORe, in June 2014. This 10-week, online program is designed to teach business fundamentals to undergraduates and recent graduates.  Approximately 500 participants enrolled in the first cohort and nearly 85% completed the program.  Additional cohorts have been announced for February, April and June 2015.

HBX aims to establish a standard of excellence in online business education by creating a highly engaging and valuable learning experience that enhances Harvard Business School’s mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world.  The department will leverage Harvard Business School’s reputation for excellence within the business community and utilize its vast intellectual property, academic pedagogy, and faculty talent to become the premier provider of high-quality online business education. 

This presentation by HBX Executive Director Jana Kierstead will cover HBX’s strategy, short- and long-term plans, potential impact on the MBA and Executive Education programs, and opportunities for alumni involvement. 

Event Details: 

  • Date: Wednesday February 25, 2015
  • Time: 5:30pm - 8:30 pm 
    • Registation and cocktails: 5:30 - 6:30
    • Dinner, presentation and Q&A: 6:30 - 7:45 (prez. begins at 7:00pm)
    • Networking: 7:45 - 8:30
  • Location: Sheraton Hotel Stamford (700 East Main Street)
  • Price: $50.00/person (advanced reservations required - RSVP deadline 2/20 at 4pm)

Speaker Biography:

Jana Kierstead is the Executive Director for HBX. In this role, she leads Harvard Business School’s online learning initiative and collaborates with leaders from across HBS to refine the school’s e-learning strategy. In her previous role as the Executive Director of the MBA Program at HBS, Jana led a team of more than 110 full-time professionals who manage the student experience from admissions and financial aid, through student life to career services.  Just prior to assuming this role in February 2012, she oversaw the MBA Career and Professional Development team at HBS.  Before HBS, Jana worked in the private sector as a director with A. T. Kearney's media and entertainment executive search practice and held management positions with CBS Corporation and RP Companies.  Jana earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.