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Myra Hart
MBA Class of 1961 Professor of Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School

Myra Hart is the MBA Class of 1961 Professor of Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School.   She has a dozen years of experience teaching MBA, executive, and alumni courses, has co-chaired the Models of Success initiative, and directed two major case writing initiatives that introduced more women protagonists and broader definitions of success into the curriculum. During her years at HBS, she has created 3 MBA courses and introduced 4 new Executive Education programs and served as co-chair of the Entrepreneurship Faculty.  She has been recognized by Harvard Business School with the Greenhill Award for faculty leadership and the Apgar Award for innovative teaching and course development.

Her research on women entrepreneurs in high growth ventures is conducted in collaboration with the Diana Project. She and her co-authors have published four books as well as several major research reports, book chapters and journal articles about women leading high potential businesses. The Diana Project received the 2007 FSF-NUTEK International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research in recognition of its contributions to global research on female entrepreneurship.)

Her newest book, Assuming Control, was written in collaboration with Drs. Patricia Greene and Candida Brush, both of Babson College, focuses on the challenges of professional women who consider stepping off their ambitious career paths to attend to family or other personal matters.  The book, which specifically addresses the opportunities for re-entry, was released in 2007. 

Prior to joining Harvard in 1995, Hart was on the founding team of Staples the Office Superstore, serving as VP of Growth and Development from launch through IPO.   She currently serves on the  board of directors of  public companies (Ahold , Office Depot, and Summer Infant) and private enterprises  (Nina McLemore Inc., eCornell, and Intellivid). She is also an advisor to several entrepreneurial ventures.  Hart is a frequent speaker for leading business organizations and also conducts Entrepreneurs’ Tool Kit programs for Inc. Magazine’s Inc. University.  She is a trustee of Cornell University, a director of the Center for Women’s Business Research, and a member of the Committee of 200.  She is a graduate of Cornell University (BA) andHarvard University (MBA, DBA).


Myra Hart was a Faculty Research Fellow at the Clayman Institute during the 2007-08 academic year.

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