Who We Are

The Small Business Partnership Initiative is an initiative of the HBS Club of New York that began in Spring 2020 as a way to contribute to local economic response efforts in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Small businesses have been hit particularly hard, according to a recent report by Partnership for New York City. The report estimates that around one-third of the City’s 240,000 small businesses will remain permanently closed, even after the pandemic subsides.

Guided by Harvard Business School’s mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, Club Leadership established the initiative as a way for alumni to leverage their business management skills and expertise to help small businesses in the Greater New York City area recover and prepare for a “new normal.”

The Small Business Partnership Initiative supports small businesses through providing pro bono, virtual consulting services, in group and one-on-one coaching sessions, as well as a free collection of online resources, curated to address the concerns and needs of small business owners as they set out on their path to recovery.


The Small Business Partnership Initiative is managed by a Leadership Team of alumni-members committed to leveraging alumni public service and volunteerism in order to advance COVID-19 recovery efforts in the Greater New York area.

Volunteer Leadership


  • Bruce R. BockmannMBA '67

    Bruce is a former Chairman of HBS Club of New York and a leader of the Skills Gap, Entrepreneurship, and Succession Planning Initiatives.


  • Yasmin IbrahimMBA '07

    Yasmin is a strategic advisor to startups and small businesses, in addition to serving on nonprofit Boards. Her career experience lies at the intersection of strategy, operations and entrepreneurship, including starting her own business and leading a corporate strategy team at American Express.

  • Richard KaneMBA '68

    Richard’s career in financial services included senior positions at Citicorp, Bank Leumi, and Marsh & McLennon. He then retired as Chief Administrative Officer of the American Red Cross in New York. Richard was CEO of an insurance-related startup, and chair of a finance information company with a very successful exit. Currently, Richard is involved in investing and providing advice to early-stage companies.

  • Vineet KumarAMP 187

    Vineet is a tech entrepreneur and current CEO of tech company, Intellyk. Vineet currently serves as the Chief Information Officer of the HBS Club of New York.

  • William J. MeurerMBA '90
    Bill has worked with small businesses for the last 20+ years. Bill’s career included strategy consulting at Boston Consulting Group, venture capital investing, and scaling up early-stage application software businesses.
  • Randal V. StephensonMBA '90

    Randal’s career spans law, investment banking, and private equity investing, with senior positions at Wolfensohn/Deutsche Bank, Jefferies & Company, and currently GLC Advisors & Co.  His transaction experience advising entrepreneurs, companies, and investors has involved most industries in over 30 countries, and includes mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, and venture investing.  Randal is also admitted to practice law in New York.


Alumni Volunteers

  • Laura ArtigasMBA '09
  • Sarah BarnesMBA '93
  • Jim BernsMBA '69
  • David BogoradMBA '16
  • Ben BrombergMBA '01
  • Kristin BurrowsMBA '02
  • Doreen CollinsMBA '85
  • Maria Ines CraviottoMBA '01
  • Elena CrespoMBA '93
  • Theo DotsonMBA '00
  • Glenn EvansMBA '91
  • Deborah FarringtonMBA '76
  • Robert GoldmanMBA '84
  • Antoinette GovanMBA '79
  • Eden HammondMBA '14
  • Kerin HempelMBA '07
  • Harris HermanMBA '63
  • Catherine HigginsMBA '16
  • Anne HogartyMBA '10
  • Yasmin IbrahimMBA '07
  • Sharon JosephGMP 20
  • Camilla KalvariaMBA '18
  • Kiara KaminskiMBA '19
  • Alanna Kaplan-MunozMBA '96
  • Allison KeanMBA '12
  • Stephen KlincewiczPLDA 22
  • Fadzi MakandaMBA '12
  • Rufaro MakandaMBA '16
  • Vijit MalikGMP 3
  • Steve MendelsohnMBA '84
  • Kathy MurrayAMP 112
  • Chitra NawbattGMP 6
  • Arndt NicklischMBA '04
  • Angela Pan MBA '01
  • Nish ParikhOPM 49
  • Richard QianMBA '17
  • Lucas RamirezGMP 23
  • Craig RobinsonMBA '02
  • Marleta RossMBA '02
  • Puneet SapraMBA '06
  • Niko StahlMBA '19
  • Richard StrasserMBA '87
  • Jinny UppalMBA '12
  • Xanthos VrachasMBA '08
  • Eric WeismanMBA '06
  • Sanjian (Michael) YanPLDA 30
  • Jingping ZhangMBA '15