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 4-8 HBS alumni with targeted skills and interests who can help the non-profit organization.

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  • Opportunity to explore a specific business issue or idea with a group of HBS alumni.
  • Helpful for new organizations still formulating their strategies, as well as established nonprofits needing to address a new opportunity or specific challenge.
  • High-energy approach involving participants with relevant skill sets and experience.
  • 4-8 HBS alumni volunteers committed to a two-hour discussion.
  • Allow alumni to put their skills to use with a limited time commitment.
  • Applications are accepted three times a year: October 1, March 1, June 1.
  • Step 1: Interested clients submit an application.
  • Step 2: Once we receive the application, a phone call will be scheduled to explore the project’s fit for a brainstorming session.
  • Download Application for a Brainstorming Session.
  • Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission which benefits the community generally
  • Be in operation for over a year
  • Be be a non-religious or political organization
  •  Have a concise focus question: 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
  • The client will provide a meeting space at a convenient location.
  • The client will provide a simple meal for the participants.
  • The client will provide 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.
  • Introduction – 15 minutes (bios will be distributed in advance)
  • Brief Overview of the Organization by the Client – 15 minutes
  • Open Discussion/Brainstorming – 90 minutes



Fast. Focused. Impactful.





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