Harvard Business School is where the chief executives of two social enterprises supported by Social Business Trust (SBT) are heading this weekend.
With SBT’s support, Anand Shukla, CEO of Brightside and Chris Wilson, CEO of The Brilliant Club have both won funded places on the prestigious American institution’s strategy course for charity and social enterprise leaders.
Anand is the recipient of a Harvard Business School Club of London Social Enterprise scholarship, whilst Chris is the first recipient of SBT’s Buffini Award.
That new annual award, to enable an SBT portfolio social enterprise CEO to attend this highly-regarded course, is being funded by SBT’s Co-founder and former Chair, Sir Damon Buffini.
Both CEOs (pictured above being congratulated on their success) also receive funding to conduct a short study tour whilst they are in the US.
Brightside and The Brilliant Club share a mission to enable young people from under-represented backgrounds to succeed. Brightside achieves that through online mentoring whilst The Brilliant Club mobilises the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools.
Chris said he was incredibly grateful: “I’m so excited about going to Harvard Business School and also to spend some time in New York meeting the CEOs of social enterprises, doing similar things in the American context.”
“It will be the first time since I joined The Brilliant Club in 2012 to have a structured opportunity to sit back a bit from day-to-day decision making, think more broadly about the charity’s strategy and learn from a huge variety of case studies.”
Anand said he was also delighted to receive the scholarship: “To have an opportunity to learn and share best practice with 150 other social enterprise leaders from across the world is an extraordinary privilege.”
“As Brightside develops its new five-year business plan, my aim is to ensure that our strategic decisions are as robust and informed as possible. And most important of all, the scholarship will ultimately enable Brightside to make an even bigger difference to the young people we support.”
Adele Blakebrough MBE, CEO of SBT said: “Social enterprise leaders often can’t access top quality learning and development opportunities. We are thrilled that Anand and Chris can get that chance to learn about growing their organisations from what’s probably the most prestigious business school in the world.”