A View from the Horizon – MBA

Rene Jones, Chairman and CEO of M&T Bank, Harvard Business School, Summer Venture in Management (SVMP) alumnus 1985

In April, I was honored to join over 70 Black leaders from a variety of industries who signed a letter that supported our democratic values and the fundamental right to vote, in response to Georgia’s bill that sought to restrict voting access. One other name on the list stood out to me: Dr. James Cash.

Dr. Cash had been a mentor to me a long time ago, though I didn’t fully realize the impact he was making on me at the time. Seeing his name made me reflect on how our experiences and identities shape the possibilities we imagine for ourselves, and how Dr. Cash and Harvard Business School helped me become the person I am today.

My father was a military man who continued working at Fort Devens even after he retired from service. So I thought that joining the military was probably what I’d do, too. But my sister had a different idea…

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