Global Networking Night 2020 featuring a Platform Beer tasting

Join HBS NEO for the annual Global Networking Night featuring a beer tasting from Platform Beer Co.

Registration for this event is now closed. Contact with questions. 

Northeast Ohio’s Startup Environment in 2020 and Beyond

Join HBS NEO for a conversation with:

  • Clay Rankin ‘78—Founder, North Coast Ventures; Board, Angel Capital Association
  • Andrew Konya—CEO, Remesh
  • Todd Federman—Managing Director, North Coast Ventures
  • Daniel Luketic—Director, North Coast Ventures

Over the past decade, the Northeast Ohio startup community has seen many success stories including TOA Technologies being acquired by Oracle, Explorys being acquired by IBM, Scout RFP being acquired by Workday, Overdrive being acquired by Rakuten, and more.

North Coast Ventures (NCV) is comprised of nearly 300 Northeast Ohio based investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders who are committed to driving superior returns by accelerating early stage ventures. NCV focuses its
investments in highly scalable, seed stage, business-to-business, software-as-a-service ventures focused on solving big problems where:

  • North Coast’s membership and network can provide significant value to help achieve superior outcomes
  • North Coast’s access to industry expertise can drive added value and lead to market-making reference customers NCV and its member investors have deployed over $60M into 59 companies.

Successful exits (sales to strategic acquirers or private equity firms) Include Assurex, Ahalogy, zNode, Collaborent (Sourcing Alliance), and OnShift. Successful companies where we continue to maintain an ownership position include Remesh, Proformex, ScriptDrop, AmpliFund, Navistone, EmployStream, Complion and Stelytics.

Zoom information will be emailed in advance of the event.

A Conversation with Fred Brown, MBA‘85: Defeating Covid19

We are pleased to welcome fellow alum Fred Brown, MBA‘85, as Medicinal Biochemist for a discussion on “Defeating Covid19.”

Fellow HBS alum Fred Brown, MBA ’85, is a medicinal biochemist who has been on the discovery, development and/or launch teams of 27 major pharmaceutical, 13 diagnostic and 6 vaccine products. Collectively, these products save the lives of over 5.6 million people annually and generated over $35B of revenue in 2020.

Fred comes to the fight against the COVID-19 virus from a forty-year career developing pharmaceutical solutions to fight infectious diseases and suppressing epidemics including HIV, H5N1, Ebola, Zika, measles and malaria. His extensive experience managing past pandemics is accelerating and supporting personal, business and government responses to COVID-19 around the world.

Fred has assisted 17 U.S. state governments, 5 national governments, 2 NGO’s, various agencies and selected mayors with their COVID response during this outbreak.

You will not want to miss this 90-minute, in-depth presentation to deepen your understanding of this life-and-death crisis which affects our families, our businesses, our country, and the entire world.  It might even save your life.

 Fred’s presentation will include:

  • The latest regarding what we know regarding treatment strategies, transmission, immunity, testing, and economic impact
  • Efficacy and factors for non-pharmacological interventions
  • Performance of the U.S. vs. other nations
  • Forecasts for the progression of the pandemic through this winter and beyond
  • Updates on WARP speed vaccines:  development, efficacy, timelines, politics and challenges
  • Economics:  impacts by sector, best-tools for government intervention, and forecast

Link to the virtual platform will be sent to you prior to the event.

UNLEASHED: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You

It’s not about you. Instead, leadership depends on how well you unleash the potential of other people.

That is the radical redefinition of leadership from UNLEASHED: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You. (Harvard Business Review Press, June 2, 2020)

Authors, Frances Frei and Anne Morriss, have already made headlines by putting their theory into practice with disruptive impact.

Professor Frei most recently served as Uber’s first Senior VP of Leadership and Strategy to help the company navigate its very public crisis in leadership and culture.

Please plan to join us on September 9 when HBS Professor Frances Frei will join us in a virtual environment to talk about their research and the results of the implementation of their findings.

“The first step in breakthrough is self-realization. The next step is harnessing the Career-catapulting lessons in UNLEAShED” – Bozoma Saint John CMO, Endeavor

EMAIL to RSVP or use link below. 

Pleas note a link to the virtual platform will be sent to you prior to the event.

Icebreaker 2020: Virtual Chef’s Table Dinner for Two

Virtual Chef’s Table Dinner for Two
A unique opportunity brought to you by the HBS Club of NEO

HBS Members  are invited to a “Virtual Chef’s Table Dinner & Cooking Class” with Union Club Master Chef Arnaud Berthelier.

“Chef’s Table Dinner”  last year was a huge success and a repeat was planned –  now we have added the aspect of a virtual cooking class. In your own kitchen you will prepare a dinner of scallops and risotto with ingredients assembled by Chef Arnaud and picked up at the Union Club in advance.

Patron Members – no charge
Members – $ 50
Non-members $ 75
New Grads and New to Cleveland—no charge

Pickup your box of ingredients at the Valet Desk of The Union Club on August 25  at 11 am or 3 pm by entering the garage off of East 12th St.  Union Club Staff will bring the box to your car.

Socially Distant Hike & Picnic

Evan Miller, Greater Cleveland Film Commission

Evan Miller, President & CEO, Greater Cleveland Film Commission

Miller returns to Cleveland after 15 years in the Los Angeles area working with film and television talent for two agencies. Evan has represented talent on Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and other shows.

He grew up in Orange and graduated from Orange High School and Ohio State University, earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration and marketing.

CANCELLED- MetroHealth


The HBS Club of Northeastern Ohio continues to monitor the public health response to and guidance about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The board of directors, in cooperation with our staff team, is following appropriate state and national guidance about managing business events.

As Governor DeWine announced on March 12, 2020, all events larger than 100 are banned and, on recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control, events larger than 10 should be cancelled or postponed.

Please contact HBS NEO administrator, Joan McCarthy, via email at with questions.

The health and safety of all those in the HBS Northeastern Ohio community is very important to us and we wish you continued health and wellness in the coming months.

McMaster Carr

McMaster-Carr is one of the country’s oldest and largest privately held industrial distributors. 

Founded over 100 years ago, the company sells in excess of 500,000 unique items out of only five locations around the country, including a major full service facility in Aurora, Ohio.

The company distributes to tens of thousands of businesses without employing a sales force or advertising.  McMaster-Carr combines Amazon’s reputation for execution and delivery speed (same day or next day delivery throughout the US and Canada) with customer service and a return policy that is unique to just about any industry.

This is a company that rewrites the book on many of the lessons we learned in business school.

Please join Traci Rourke, Vice President & Branch Manager, of the facility, and her colleagues, for a tour of the state of the art distribution and call center.     

“Chef’s Table Dinner”

Patron members and a guest are invited to a “Chef’s Table Dinner” at The Union Club with Master Chef Arnaud Berthelier.

The “Chef’s Table Dinners” are the talk of the town and sell out months in advance — this culinary experience has been scheduled specifically for the HBS Club Patron Members  and is an event you don’t want to miss.

Please bring a favorite bottle of wine to share during the evening of socializing and amazing food. We will email the menu to those registered a week ahead of time so you can choose a good match.

Not a wine expert or don’t have a favorite?
You can purchase a bottle of wine recommended by the chef during the dinner.

Not a wine drinker?
Come as you are and enjoy the meal.

Not a patron member?
Email and ask for information on upgrading your membership.

Due to the special nature of this event, we regret to inform you that patron guest passes cannot be accepted for this event.