Brainstorming Sessions

Need quick advice from an outside party who understands how to solve tough business issues? Brainstorming sessions are 2-hour meetings focused on solving a specific issue or generating ideas involving 4-6 HBS alumni with targeted skills and interests in the project and client.

Fast. Focused. Impactful.

 

Brainstorming sessions provides an opportunity for a non-profit’s management team to explore a specific business issue or idea with a group of HBS alumni.  It is helpful for new organizations still formulating their strategies, as well as established non-profits needing to address a new opportunity or specific challenge.  Using a 4-6 HBS alumni volunteers committed to a 2-hour discussion, it is a high-energy approach involving participants with relevant skill sets and experience.

 


 

The focus question is a single, clearly-defined challenge or new idea or a group of related issues not requiring additional research in order to comment or add value.  Examples include:

  • Ways to increase the organization’s visibility and reach
  • Articulating the value proposition
  • Feedback on an organization’s “pitch.”
  • Tactical marketing ideas

Typical format of a Brainstorm Session:

  • The organization provides some brief background materials at least 2 weeks in advance to help prepare the participants to engage in a discussion focused on the brainstorming topic.
  • The organization provides a simple meal (lunch or dinner) for the participants.
  • The organization provides a meeting space at a convenient location.

Typical structure of a Brainstorm Session:

  • Introduction – 15 minutes (bios will be distributed in advance)
  • Brief Overview of the Organization by Client – 15 minutes
  • Open Discussion/Brainstorming – 90 minutes

 


 

Organizations: Click here to see the Client Eligibility Criteria to qualify for a Brainstorm Session.

Download Application for a Brainstorm Session

Please select Non-Profit Inquiries button below if you are a non-profit interested in applying for a brainstorming session.

Volunteers: Select the Volunteer Now button below if you are interested in volunteering for a session.

 

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