HMHBGA Executive Director Selected for Harvard Business School Program

Author: HMHBGA Staff

ATLANTA (April 14, 2020) – Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta (HBSCA) proudly announces the 2020 winners of its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) Scholarships – an annual program that grants local leaders access to executive education courses at Harvard Business School. Since its inception in 1997, the Club has awarded 95 outstanding nonprofit leaders in Georgia with the SEI Scholarship.

The SEI scholarship recipients who will attend Harvard programs this summer (COVID-19 willing) are:

Elise Blasingame
Executive Director
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia

Frank Brown
Chief Executive Officer
Communities in Schools of Atlanta

Jennifer King
Executive Director
Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc.

Jill Morrisey
Chief Executive Officer
Camp Twin Lakes

Amber Suitt
Director of Programs
Georgia Organics

Kate Walker
Director, Performance & Strategic Initiatives
Catholic Charities Atlanta

“Core to our School’s mission is educating and enabling leaders who will make a difference in the world,” says Ed Shartar, vice president, Social Enterprise Initiatives of HBSCA. “We are honored and proud to support these incredible individuals and their organizations that are making a positive impact on our community.”

This year’s scholarship recipients will attend the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) or Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PMNO) program. These programs provide a unique opportunity for nonprofit leaders to step back from their day-to-day roles, share experiences and insights with peers and HBS faculty, and explore proven ways for their organizations to achieve high performance. Participants have the opportunity to connect with nonprofit leaders from a broad range of sectors and geographies around the globe, with approximately a third of participants coming from outside of the United States.

Delta Air Lines has been a long-term partner of the Club in the Scholarship program and provides for round trip travel to Boston for all scholarship recipients.

“I am quite humbled to be included in this group of Atlanta-based non-profit leaders,” shared HMHBGA Executive Director, Elise Blasingame. “Thank you very much to the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta for providing this incredible opportunity to our communities. We look forward to engaging in the program and utilizing new tools to advance our mission.”

To apply for the SEI scholarships, applicants were asked a range of questions about their organization, as well as personal and professional experiences. Applications were evaluated based on the organization’s impact on the community, the opportunities and challenges that the program will help address, and the commitment to take advantage of the experience offered at Harvard.

HBSCA will begin accepting 2021 SEI Scholarship applications in December 2020. For additional information about Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta, visit

About Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta
Established in the 1930’s, Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta is one of the largest HBS alumni clubs worldwide. The Club serves more than 2,000 alumni in the Atlanta metropolitan area, working to connect and develop Atlanta alumni while making a difference in its community.