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Speak Up goes to Harvard

Sunday I head off to Boston to attend the “Business Perspectives for Design Leaders” at Harvard Business School. The AIGA has launched this education program with HBS this year to provide designers with a chance to learn business from the perspective of the CEO. It is a one-week program, and it is not a course on how to run your studio well. It is an immersion in the thinking processes of the corporate CEO. So I am going. I have already gotten the course material and it is hard. Real hard. But I am psyched that I will be in a “learning” position again. And I’ll try and share some of the best stuff with Speak Up readers. If you want to read more about the program, you can go to the AIGA web site here.

And while I have been resisting the “Legally Blonde” jokes, I can’t help but wonder what will happen if, when I check in, I say something like: “So where is my social calendar�you know, mixers, clam bakes, jaunts out to the cape?”

Will keep you posted.

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PUBLISHED ON Aug.08.2003 BY debbie millman
damien’s comment is:

hi Debbie -

Very much look forward to whatever you can report back from the program. Thanks for volunteering to do so. Looks like a very interesting attendee list.

On Aug.08.2003 at 09:30 AM
Tan’s comment is:

You've gotta get one of their sweatshirts.

Take good notes, Deb. We're all counting on you in order to pass.

On Aug.08.2003 at 09:46 AM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

Deb, isn't this course like a billion dollars? Damn girl. I reviewed the AIGA material I received at the start of the summer and it does look very intense. Enjoy and I look forward to your perspective.

Go to "Bombay Cafe" in Harvard Square. Great Indian food.

On Aug.08.2003 at 10:17 AM
Tan’s comment is:

When in Boston, my favorite four words: five...pound...lobster....please

and Todd English's restaurant Olive's is a don't miss. The food is simply magnificent. Much better than the over-rated Blue Ginger.

....see, this is why I could never go back to college. I'd skip every freaking class.

On Aug.08.2003 at 10:30 AM
Armin’s comment is:

>When in Boston, my favorite four words: five...pound...lobster....please

And you wonder why there are no beefcakes in Speak Up.

On Aug.08.2003 at 10:42 AM
Tan’s comment is:

plaintain boy...we should just accept who we are and be resigned with the size of our asses.

On Aug.08.2003 at 11:32 AM
David W’s comment is:

Wow Debbie, I wish I could be there. It sounds amazing and valuable. Have a great time.

Also, make sure you sit in the front row and ask lots of questions.

On Aug.08.2003 at 01:00 PM
Armin’s comment is:

>Also, make sure you sit in the front row and ask lots of questions.

The cool people don't sit in the front row.

On Aug.08.2003 at 01:06 PM
debbie millman’s comment is:

>The cool people don't sit in the front row.

omigosh...thanks for warning me...

On Aug.08.2003 at 01:10 PM
felix’s comment is:

...orange iMac.... lap puppy.

You'll get snaps for sure.

Have fun!

On Aug.09.2003 at 04:41 PM
Sarah B.’s comment is:

Debbie... you back yet? Hope the trip was/is safe and fun - eventful and enlightening!!

On Aug.20.2003 at 03:16 PM
debbie millman’s comment is:

Hey Miss Sarah B.

Harvard is completed. Was extraordinary. Mind blowing. Literally. I am putting together an overview of the experience and will be posting it, likely by the end of the week. You'll have to let me know what you think.

On Aug.20.2003 at 03:45 PM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

Debbie... you back yet?

Yeah Deb, was up? Tap, tap, tap...

On Aug.20.2003 at 08:42 PM
eric’s comment is:


make the dean's list?

i think we're all anxiously awaiting your crib sheets.

On Aug.21.2003 at 09:22 AM
Armin’s comment is:

tough crowd

On Aug.21.2003 at 09:32 AM
debbie millman’s comment is:

>Tap, tap, tap...

boys, boys, boys. such impatience.

Like I told Miss Sarah B: I am working on it. Trying to make it sound as interesting and world-rocking as it actually was. Gimme a few more days, and I will sent it to Mr. Vit for his review. He'll decide if/when it is post-worthy.

On Aug.21.2003 at 04:31 PM
Armin’s comment is:

>I will sent it to Mr. Vit for his review. He'll decide if/when it is post-worthy.

I thought I had mentioned somewhere that when formally addressing me it should be done so as Se�or Vit. I mean, if Tharp and Keedy can get away with Mr I'm sure I can pull off Se�or...

Actually, I hate that people call me se�or because I'm mexican.

Ok, what were we talking about here? yes, debbie's review... yes, I review and I post. Probably in the business section.

On Aug.21.2003 at 08:42 PM
Sam’s comment is:

Now Debbie, is it true that their blood is actually blue up there at Hahvahd?

On Aug.21.2003 at 10:17 PM
Sarah B’s comment is:


not that I am impatient or anything - but remember patience IS a virtue - I am just so jealous of the fact I couldnt go, and would just like to pretend that I did - and if I know all the juicy details - I CAN pretend that I did. :P

I got ya, wanting to make it sound as cool as it was... I will stop harping!!!

On Sep.04.2003 at 03:53 PM
debbie millman’s comment is:

Funny you should say this right about now, Sarah...I just finished my final tweaks and sent it off to Armin. He is planning on posting it either tomorrow or Monday...

On Sep.04.2003 at 04:37 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Patience is a virtue sarah.

Or something of the sort.

On Sep.04.2003 at 04:44 PM
Sarah B’s comment is:

Deb - you rock for writing it...and Armin, your rock too for posting it! Cant wait to read it - will be my lunchtime pleasure...if I can seem to manage the time for lunch today!

On Sep.05.2003 at 11:06 AM