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Dear Members and Alumni,

The biggest news to the Crimsons this year has got to be the US Supreme Court's decision in Students for Fair Admission, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College. In 40 pages, SCOTUS struck down 40 years of legal precedent to find the race-conscious admissions program at Harvard and the University of North Carolina in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. To those of us who have followed the twists and turns of the case, the decision is not unexpected.

Where does Students for Fair Admission leave us? As President Claudine Gay and former President Lawrence Bacow have jointly stated, no matter SCOTUS or anyone else, the “principle that deep and transformative teaching, learning, and research depend upon a community comprising people of many backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences" is a bedrock veritas. As a global leader of higher education and research, Harvard will and must remain steadfast in its commitment to a campus that reflects a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. And I know that we Crimsons will continue to support Harvard as it embarks on its quest to square the circle that SCOTUS has presented while ensuring that the words of truth remain undimmed.

Like Harvard, the Harvard Club of Singapore (HCS) commitment to diversity is unshakeable. Our commitment is manifested through our continuous quest to broaden HCS events to appeal to your multifarious interests. From academic talks to wine tastings to hikes and sports, we want to make sure that HCS event types are not limited by our imaginations – rather, I want the Club to become the place where you, my fellow Harvardian, can find support for your interests and your life stages.

Of course, diversity through event offerings is not enough. We need to ensure that our leadership is diverse. To this end, I appeal to you to volunteer and grow into leadership positions within HCS. In a few weeks, we will be making a call out for our members to join our nominating committee which, together with the HCS Committee, holds the responsibility for identifying and vetting high potentials for leadership positions within HCS.

For me, serving the Harvard community has always been privilege and a matter of paying it forward. I hope that many of you see it that way too. For those interested in volunteering, whether on the nominating committee or serving in other functions, please fill up our volunteer intake form. We will be in touch with you shortly.

Verily yours,

Welly Tantono
HCS President

HCS Whatsapp Group

You've asked, we've responded!

Many of you have asked us about creating a HCS WhatsApp Group for members to connect, volunteer, and organise events together. As a committee we've discussed this at length, and we are excited to finally launch the HCS WhatsApp Community!

To join the community, please click on this link

To ensure that the Community group is a safe space open only to Harvard Alumni who are active HCS Members, we will verify every application we receive to join the WhatsApp Community. As such, if you do not receive an automatic approval by us, we seek that you kindly drop a message to Benjamin (+65 98805746) or Stefan (+65 81575761), sharing with us your full name and email used for HCS membership. We will check the database and approve you soonest!

We understand this might be a bit of an extra step at this moment, but we seek your kind understanding that we need to do this to make sure that our HCS Community is safe for all of us!

See you on WhatsApp!

July 20 (Thursday) - Indistractable: Mastering the Skill of Focus with Nir Eyal

Harvard Business School (HBS) Club of Singapore is delighted to invite you to an engaging in-person session with Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.

Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention, how do we stay productive and stay sane?

In this interactive conversation, Nir will share findings from his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century." Nir's entertaining, research-backed talk provides practical advice and memorable strategies for better managing our attention, our time, and our lives. He will also discuss the antidote to the current distraction crisis. But rather than blaming tech for our troubles, Nir will dive into the root causes of distraction, exposing the surprising truth behind why we tend to go off track.

When: Thursday, July 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Genting Centre, 3 Lim Teck Kim Rd, Singapore 088934
Who: All members of HBS Club of Singapore, Harvard Club of Singapore and their spouses/partners/guest

If you're interested, please RSVP here

July 28 (Friday) - Ideas Lunch on Generative AI

Topic: How Generative AI and Machine Learning will Impact the Future of Innovation

The basic foundational engine of ChatGPT is generative AI and machine learning. Besides sharing about the opportunity of this technology, the panelists will touch upon policy and regulatory issues.

Date, 28 July 2023 (Friday).
Time: 12 noon to 1:30pm for panel discussion and Cantonese cuisine lunch (networking until 2pm).
Venue: VIP room, Black Society, Vivocity

* Mike Yeh, Regional Vice President at Microsoft and Director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Asia. Microsoft invests billions into ChatGPT maker, OpenAI.
* Francis Goh, Digital Innovation Leader at Amazon Web Services and former CEO of Mercer Singapore .

Price, inclusive of lunch:
$30/pax for HCS member,
$45 for Harvard alumnus (non-HCS member) or one guest of attending HCS member.

Seats for this event are fully subscribed. If you wish to be on the waitlist, please email the organiser Titus Yong.

Nov 4 (Saturday) - Save the Date for Ivy Ball 2023

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The Ivy Ball is back! Join us on November 4, 2023 at the Fullerton Hotel for an evening of fun and friendly competition with your fellow Ivy Leaguers.

Don't miss the opportunity to buy early bird tickets. A limited number are available through July 31, 2023. You may get your tickets and more information about the event at https://evnk.co/ivyballsg2023.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Ivy Ball, please contact [email protected].
The Executive Committee 2023/2024
Welly TANTONO – AB ’96, President (Term Ending 2025)
Titus YONG – EdM ’03, Vice President (Term Ending 2024)
Benjamin GOH – MPP ’17 Treasurer (Term Ending 2024)
Nara NAHM – AB ’92, Secretary (Term Ending 2025)
Andrew NAI – GMP ’13, Member (Term Ending 2024)
Kamal KARMAKAR – OPM ’08 (Term Ending 2025)
Gerald TAN GMP'21 (Term Ending 2024)
Yong Han POH – AB'20 (Term Ending 2025)
Stanley PARK – JD'88 (Term Ending 2025)