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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Wednesday, May 1st, 11:30am—1:30pm, Peninsula

The 49ers Academy works within East Palo Alto schools to provide 6th-12th grade students a community of support that empowers them to be engaged in school and reach their full potential in academics and beyond. Its unique approach addresses both the academic and nonacademic needs of students, which may include a combination of clean clothes, emotional support, and homework help.  Armed with data that its first graduating class had a 30% higher graduation rate than other schools within the same school district, it would now like help in brainstorming what other metrics should be tracked to help it assess its funding needs for growth and what revenue sources should be pursued.

Thursday, May 23rd, 11:30am—1:30pm, San Francisco

Dance Mission is a feminist, modern dance company dedicated to building community, addressing social justice issues, exploring cultural identities, promoting inclusivity, and creating a more peaceful world through collective action. Its facility on 24th and Mission is a recognized community anchor, crucial to the local artist ecosystem and for educating girls on leadership development and empowerment through dance. It is in need of a new building given rising rent, and is seeking ideas on how to cultivate significant donors that would enable its sustainability.

Monday, May 20th, 4:30—8:30 pm, San Francisco

Freedom English Academy (FEA) is a large-scale provider of free professional English instruction and non-cognitive skill development in India, with the objective of breaking the cycle of poverty for youth of low-income backgrounds.  An initiative founded by Deepak Chopra, FEA serves 25,000 students daily in physical classrooms across 10 cities in India.  To date, FEA has been solely funded by the founder, but to scale more rapidly, it is now seeking additional funding sources.  FEA would like assistance in identifying sources of revenue for expansion.

Monday, May 20th, 4:30—8:30 pm, San Francisco

GirlVentures inspires girls in grades 6-12 to lead through outdoor adventure, inner discovery, and collective action, equipping them to succeed in school and beyond.  Recognized as a pioneer in the field of outdoor education, GirlVentures was selected by Athleta as a national partner in their “Power of She” campaign and has been featured in numerous publications.  To meet the growing demand for its high-impact girls’ leadership and environmental stewardship programs, it is seeking advice on revenue growth models that would help GirlVentures scale sustainably.

Monday, May 20th, 4:30—8:30 pm, San Francisco

Lava Mae brings critical services to the homeless delivered with radical hospitality through programs such as its mobile hygiene service and pop-up care villages.  Since its highly successful launch in San Francisco 2014, it has served more than 15,000 Californians.  It is now migrating from its well-recognized 1:1 mobile hygiene model to a 1:many model involving training others to launch their own programs in their own communities globally. Lava Mae would like help with crafting new messaging and a communication strategy for pivoting its brand to encompass this larger scope.

Monday, April 15th, 11:30am—1:30pm, Berkeley

The Lawrence Hall of Science inspires and fosters science and mathematics learning for all, reaching millions of diverse young people around the world with STEM learning experiences and thousands of educators with professional learning programs. It provides access to robotics, digital storytelling tools, and biotech lab equipment through its on-site science center, as well as award-winning educational apps and curriculum materials globally.  It would like to bolster its revenue coming from facility rentals and special events, and it seeks help in identifying ways to grow awareness of these services.