Current Brainstorming Sessions

Volunteer for two hours to help a Bay Area nonprofit solve a critical challenge. These sessions are designed to give HBS alumni the opportunity to make an impact in an energizing, session—similar to analyzing a case study at HBS! Join a small group of fellow alumni over lunch or dinner to learn about the nonprofit and provide meaningful advice.

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China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance
Wednesday, April 5th, 11:30-1:30pm, San Francisco

The China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance fights climate change by working with China and U.S. public and private agencies to save energy.  This small organization connects and informs key constituents, working with utilities, organizing conferences featuring expert panels, and developing high profile partners.  However, it is at a crossroads and seeks guidance on rethinking its mission and crafting a new value proposition that would enlist new supporters.


Silicon Valley Talent Partnership
Monday, April 17th, 11:30-1:30pm, San Jose
Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) facilitates skill-based volunteer opportunities that leverage private sector talent and expertise to enrich public sector impact.  Founded in 2013 by the former Mayor of San Jose, it primarily works with city and county departments to scope and manage projects that private sector talent could address.  SVTP would like ideas to help it more effectively and systematically engage corporate volunteers with the appropriate skill sets for its projects.

There With Care
Thursday, May 4th, 11:30-1:30pm, San Francisco

There with Care (TWC) provides a wide range of meaningful and fundamental services to children and families during a critical phase in a child’s medical crisis.  Key programs include grocery and meal delivery, transportation support, bedside patient support, therapy, etc.  TWC has been so successful on the Peninsula that it is now expanding to San Francisco, serving the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.  It would like feedback on a business proposal and pitch that would be used to garner support to create a San Francisco branch.

Racing Hearts
Wednesday, May 10th, 6-8pm, Peninsula

Racing Hearts empowers people to use life-saving heart defibrillators to save lives during a sudden cardiac arrest by increasing awareness and improving access to automated external defibrillators (AED). It championed legislation making CA one of the most progressive states in AED legislation, placed over 500 AEDs in the Bay Area, and developed a free crowdsourcing smartphone app to map nearby AEDs.  Most of its funding today comes from the government.  It would like help in identifying other revenue sources to diversify its funding, and in creating marketing messages that would be effective in targeting these new revenue sources.

KIPP Bay Area Schools
Friday, May 12th, 11:30-1:30pm, San Francisco

KIPP Bay Area Schools operates high-achieving K-12 public schools in educationally underserved communities.  It currently operates 11 KIPP schools in the Bay Area serving 4,700 students.  Its schools have been recognized with awards such as National Blue Ribbon, California Distinguished School, and U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools.  KIPP currently interacts with 100 companies throughout the year, but would like help in assessing how to be strategic in how it engages and stewards corporate partners to deepen relationships for funding and programming.

Gilead House
Thursday, May 25th, 6-8pm, San Francisco

Gilead House transforms the lives of mothers and their children through empowering life skills programs, mentoring and transitional housing that will lead ultimately to economic stability.  Founded in 1999, 100% of women last year have maintained consistent employment, and 75% have almost doubled their wages in the last year.  Given the demand for its program exceeds its capacity, it would like to hear alumni share their ideas on how to scale its program in Marin county and beyond, operationally and financially.