When Mindy Grossman is pressed to define her various career roles in a single word, she lands on “transformer.” That’s how the chief executive officer of WW Inc. — rebranded from Weight Watchers International — described herself Thursday during an appearance at Harvard University. Grossman, who participated in a discussion organized by the Harvard Association for Law and Business as part of its annual Symposium Week, spoke about how the 56-year-old company — under increasing pressure from competitors — has evolved with the times by emphasizing wellness along with weight loss.
On April 5, the Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) hosted Stephen Schwarzman, chairman, CEO and co-founder of the Blackstone Group — the largest alternative asset management firm in the world — to discuss lessons from his long career in business, and his many years of work as a philanthropist.
This spring, Jeff Kindler ’80, CEO of Centrexion and former chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc, joined the president of the Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) Alex Rienzie ’16 for a discussion about Kindler’s career, and issues in the business world, particularly as they intersect with the law.
For students interested in the confluence of business and law, there is one group on campus that has taken the lead in connecting them with business figures for career advice. The Harvard Association for Law and Business has grown from an organization of 50 to one of more than 700 members—drawn by a robust weekly speaker series as well as other events that promote networking and mentoring, among other benefits.
Since Matthew Schoenfeld ’12 became president of the Harvard Association of Law and Business last year, it has attracted an impressive array of alumni mentors for students interested in business-related careers. This year, he launched an initiative to raise funds to mentor another group—abused children. This January, Schoenfeld arranged for a partnership between the HALB and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts, to raise money for children in need of mentorship due to abusive situations and child welfare intervention.