Each year Wharton and Harvard MBA students and alumni convene in the Caribbean to explore business, investment and career opportunities in the Caribbean region through the conference.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Driving Competitive Advantage: Diversity, Unity and Innovation”. In selecting this year’s theme, students at HBS and Wharton point to a Caribbean region, which is at a pivotal crossroad in its economic development given the effects of the recent financial crisis.
The conference returns to Barbados after a five-year absence. According to the organisers, the island was chosen due to its historically strong economic performance within the region. This year’s Conference will be held from 5th – 7th January, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel and provides an opportunity for the MBA students/alumni and Caribbean industry/government leaders to network and discuss business trends in the region. The island’s Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, and Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy, will deliver the keynote addresses at this year’s conference.
Past conferences have afforded MBA candidates from Harvard and Wharton opportunities to conduct field studies and to work in collaboration with company management in the Caribbean on solving challenging business problems. In addition, the MBA candidates have benefited from summer and full-time employment opportunities with sponsor companies.
This year’s conference follows in the tradition of excellence and offers participants stimulating debates conducted by panels of senior executives and industry leaders. These panel discussions will offer insights to the Caribbean’s most promising opportunities and daunting challenges in the financial services, energy, tourism and trade sectors, as well as matters pertaining to technology, innovation, education and entrepreneurship.