Read Full Story Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) announced they have entered into a collaboration to provide enhanced programming opportunities for ELC scholarship recipients (ELC Scholars) and executive education opportunities for the most senior Black executives in corporate America. The ELC’s mission, to open channels of opportunity for Black executives to positively impact business and communities, aligns well with the goals of the recently announced HBS Action Plan for Racial Equity, a plan to advance racial equity both within and beyond the School.“HBS must do more to create opportunities for Black talent to succeed and take up leadership roles,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “The Executive Leadership Council has demonstrated the ability to create these opportunities and harness the power of Black talent. Together, we can create a tremendous and unique opportunity for ELC scholarship recipients, ELC members, and the HBS community.”“The ELC looks forward to launching this unique collaboration with HBS. It is an advantage to be able to provide another development opportunity for our ELC Scholars,” said Crystal E. Ashby, ELC Interim President and CEO. “Adding this component will enrich their overall experience, providing financial support, networking and education as benefits for the Scholars. We are energized to offer executive education opportunities for our members, and to do so with one of the most highly-regarded academic institutions around the world.”The collaboration will focus on three main areas: support for ELC Scholars, Executive Education, and MBA programming and case development.Building the pipeline of Black business leaders for the futureThe mission of The ELC’s Scholars program is to build a pipeline of Black corporate talent by supporting the academic achievement and development of Black undergraduate and graduate students. HBS will provide financial support to the student scholarship program and assist in identifying potential internship opportunities for ELC Scholars at HBS, partner companies, and alumni-led organizations.Cultivating high-potential executive leadersLeveraging the School’s existing Executive Education platform, the two organizations will work together to create a course customized for ELC members, while also providing them with access to existing HBS Executive Education courses and programs, which offer fully immersive and transformational living-learning experiences, networking opportunities with executives from around the world, and the opportunity to engage in programs led by HBS faculty.Infusing diversity into the MBA curriculumA key component of the HBS Racial Equity plan is the development of additional cases featuring Black protagonists. HBS and ELC will work together to identify potential topics and individuals to feature in cases from the more than 800 current and former Black CEOs, senior executives and board directors at Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, and entrepreneurs at top-tier firms comprising ELC’s membership.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Manchester City are convinced that the Etihad will be Lionel Messi’s only destination if he ever leaves Barcelona. City have not given up hope of signing the five-time World Player of the Year, though they know the chances of luring him from the Nou Camp are slim. With Pep Guardiola, Messi’s friend and former Barcelona coach, taking over at City this summer, they believe they would be clear favourites to sign the 28-year-old Argentina star if he wants a new challenge. (Daily Mail)Manchester United have held secret talks over the transfer of Borussia Dortmund hot-shot Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Old Trafford giants have sounded out Aubameyang’s representatives about his availability after making the striker their No1 target for this summer. Dortmund insist Aubameyang is not for sale, but United would be able to offer in excess of £60m. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United are close to winning the race for Dutch wonderkid Tahith Chong. The 16-year-old striker, who can also play on the wing and in midfield, impressed United’s scouts when he was on duty for Feyenoord’s Under 17 side at the Premier Cup held at United’s Carrington training complex last summer. (Manchester Evening News)Arsenal are closing in on a £33.7million deal for Switzerland star Granit Xhaka. The Gunners are prepared to pay the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder £120,000 a week. Arsenal tried to sign him in January but are confident of getting their man now after boss Arsene Wenger spoke with Xhaka’s father Ragip. (The Sun)Southampton will test Arsenal’s resolve to hang on to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a major summer bid for the England winger. The Saints hope to capitalise on the 22-year-old’s frustrations at his lack of first-team starts at the Emirates by tabling an offer for their former youth-team product when the transfer window opens. (Daily Mirror)Leicester have told Claudio Ranieri he will be rewarded with a £3million-per-year double-your-money deal at the end of the season. Ranieri has made it clear he is in no rush over negotiations, but the Foxes’ top brass will move quickly to tie him down after his remarkable campaign. (Daily Mirror)Mauricio Pochettino has a £10million buy-out clause in his Tottenham contract. Spurs are increasingly confident their title-chasing boss will agree a new deal this summer. But any clubs looking to poach the Argentine will have to stump up the massive eight-figure sum to have any chance. (The Sun)West Ham chairman David Sullivan has confirmed for the first time that he wants to sign Liverpool striker Christian Benteke. Sullivan has also claimed the Hammers were turned down by incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last year before they landed Slaven Bilic. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool have set their sights on Roma attacking midfielder Leandro Paredes. Reds scouts have watched the midfielder in action on multiple occasions this season. (Daily Express)Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel will consider making a move to the Chinese Super League in the summer. Mikel is the latest Chelsea player to be targeted for transfer by wealthy clubs in the Chinese Super League. (London Evening Standard)Tottenham and West Ham want England Under-19 star Taylor Moore. The 18-year-old Lens defender will cost around £1.5million. (The Sun)Swansea are set to sign £6million Miler Bolanos from Gremio. The clubs have agreed the price for the Ecuador hitman, 25. (The Sun)Reading plan a new offer as they bid to sign Bolton defender Rob Holding. The Royals will pay £600,000 for the 20-year-old. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??Transfer report: Manchester United to launch £31m move for Atletico Madrid starletManchester United transfer news: Sergio Romero quashes rumours he could make River Plate returnPremier League strugglers Aston Villa eyeing move for former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielderValencia target outgoing Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini to replace Gary NevilleTottenham transfer report: Auxerre starlet Lamine Fomba targeted by Premier League