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Myra Maloney Hart

January 1, 2019

1998 – Weston & Cambridge, Massachusetts

Myra Hart teaches Harvard MBA courses. Hart also serves as a faculty director of the Majorie Alfus/Committee of 200 case writing initiative at Harvard Business School and is faculty coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Field Studies Programs. She has developed two Executive Education programs-The Entrepreneur’s Tool Kit and Women Leading Business: An Executive Forum. Hart received her MBA and DBA from Harvard University and her BA in Government from Cornell University. Her primary research interests include entrepreneurial ventures – particularly the influences and effects of entrepreneurial resource choices made at the founding of a new organization; women as business leaders; and the relationship between education, environment and entrepreneurship. Her interest in entrepreneurship is firmly rooted in practice. Hart was one of the four founding officers of Staples, joining Tom Stemberg in 1985 to raise the initial venture funding. She served as the company’s Vice President of Operations in 1986; from 1987-1990 she was Group Vice President of Growth and Development. Prior to joining Staples, Hart was director of Marketing for Star Market Company. She has also served as general manager of a family-owned residential and commercial real estate firm, Hart, Shaw, and Company. And, in the 1970s, she chaired Northwood University’s innovative Careers for Women program. Today, she works with several small, high-growth-potential ventures as an advisor and consultant. Professor Hart’s other interests include the Boston Club and the MIT Enterprise Council. She has served on Harvard University’s Advisory Council on Shareholder Responsibility and is active with Cornell University as a member of the University Council and the President’s Council of Cornell Women. She is a Director of the National Foundation for Women Business Owners. Dr. Hart is married to Kent Hewitt and is the mother of three: Holly Hart Muson, Jeanne H. Hart and Richard Hart III.