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Dear reader,

This is the week that Harvard students return to the Yard in full swing. Every time I think about the start of fall semester, I start to miss the Hong Kong Restaurant, which, last I checked, is still going strong. Does anyone know how to make the Scorpion Bowl?

Our events calendar through the end of year is starting to get packed. We kick off Q4 off with a pricing negotiation workshop by Claudia Winkler, who is fantastic. The Welcome To Your City event is also back and we are looking forward to meeting all those who graduated within the last 10 years.

We will also be hosting our first ever Improv workshop. The Grace Under Fire troupe is hilarious and the most gentle and supportive trainers. And you know that the mid-week laughter boost is just what you need to get you back in the game. If you're introverted and think this is not for you, think again. Some of the best improv performers are introverts who bloom every time they perform. I'm going to be there because I need my laughter fix. Will you join me?

We're also starting a literary corner with this newsletter, so check it out. There's a prize for those who manage to guess who wrote this week's poem.

Happy election day!

Welly Tantono
HCS President

Literary Corner

Calling all poets, writers, artists, and other creators out there! We are reserving a small corner to showcase the creative works of our alum. If you have something you would like to share with us, send a copy of the work you want to share to [email protected]. In the meantime, if you think you know who wrote the following poem, send your entry to [email protected]. We'll announce the winner and the answer via an email that will be sent only to active HCS members. If you're not already an active HCS member, activate your membership today!

Sep 7 (Thursday) - Let's Talk Money!!

Almost Sold Out

Love it or hate it, price negotiations are at the core of many business transactions. Whether you are
dealing with your commercial landlord, making an investment, closing a major deal, purchasing goods or services, or seeking fair compensation for your expertise, negotiations are inevitable. And let's be honest, most of us aren't fans of the process.

But here's some great news: Negotiation isn't an elusive art, nor is it a skill that you either possess or
lack. There's a lot of science behind it, and it's not the rocket kind!

Join us for an evening of negotiation-nerding with Dr. Claudia Winkler, an alum and international negotiation expert from Negotiation Academy where she will share essential techniques and the science that will help you:
  1. Use opening offers wisely.
  2. Develop a concession strategy.
  3. Prepare the right set of numbers.
  4. Utilize and/or protect yourself from the 'anchoring effect'.
  5. Analyze your BATNA and ZOPA before entering a negotiation.
During this interactive 90-minute session, you'll have the opportunity to engage in negotiations
yourself, while we equip you with the tools you need to significantly impact your outcome! Plus, there's a prize for the best negotiation result!

When: Thursday, 7 September 2023. Registration and coffee starts at 4:30pm and workshop is from 5:00pm - 6:30pm followed by drinks and networking
Where: Cooley LLP, 182 Cecil Street, Level 38, Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547
Who: Active HCS members, Harvard alums who are not active HCS members and guests of active HCS members
Tickets:. Available here
Dr. Claudia is the founder and CEO of The Negotiation Academy LLC. With her outcome-oriented and creative training solutions she has helped more than 4,500 individuals, online in 126 countries and in-person across Europe, the US, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia to boost their negotiation skills and gain an edge in their businesses or career.

Dr. Claudia holds a Master's and Doctor's degree in European and international law and received her LL.M. from Harvard Law School as a Fulbright Scholar, where she trained extensively with the Harvard Negotiation Project. As a frequent speaker at legal and business conferences around the world, she has shared a stage with leading personalities like Hugh Hilton, Michael Douglas and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, inspiring audiences of 2,500 people and above to leverage the power of negotiation skills.

Sep 7 (Thursday) - Towards Net Zero

The HBS Club of Singapore is delighted to invite you to an engaging panel discussion on Towards Net Zero - Beyond Disclosure to Transition And Impact. This session will feature En Lee (Head of Sustainable and Impact Investments Asia, LGT Bank), Herry Cho, (Head of Sustainability and Sustainable Finance, Singapore Exchange), and Mikkel Larsen (CEO, Climate Impact Exchange). The session will be moderated by Glenn Seah (HBS Alum and Head of Legal, Singapore Exchange).

RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/yz36evwz
When: Thursday, September 7th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: SGX Centre, 2 Shenton Way, Singapore 068804
Who: All members of HBS Club of Singapore, Harvard Club of Singapore, select Partner Schools, their spouses/partners/guests

Sept 27 (Wednesday) - Welcome to Your City 2023

We are hosting an in-person Welcome to Your City (WTYC) event this year on Sept 27th. All eligible alumni will have received the registration link from HAA on 31st August (yesterday!). If you graduated between 2013 -2023 and have not received the link, please reach out to us and we'll get HAA to fix it.

Venue and time and the names of those attending will be available at the WTYC page, which is accessible to those who received the HAA invite.

Oct 11 (Wednesday) - Rock Climbing

Calling all Harvard climbers! The Club will hold a climbing get-together for alums at the Ground Up gym located at Level 2 of the Civil Service Club at 60 Tessensohn Road. Ground Up offers indoor top rope, bouldering and outdoor lead climbing areas. For first-timers, the gym offers a guided session to show you the ropes.

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 7:30 pm until closing (11:00 pm)
Where: GroundUp, Level 2 Civil Service Club, 60 Tessensohn Road S (217664)
Cost: Depends on whether you need to rent equipment, are a first-timer and need a guide, etc. Ranges from $22-$45. Fees will be paid to directly to Ground Up at the door.

If you're interested in joining us, please write to [email protected].

Oct 19 (Thursday) - Improv Night / Workshop

What do Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler share in common? They all got started their comedy careers doing improv. Join us as the Singapore-based group Grace Under Fire share with us the tips and tricks of becoming a fantastic improvisor, which will make you the star of your own show at home and at work. Think you have no funny bone? We'll get it out of you yet. As we all know, laughter is the best medicine. I promise you that you'll end up going home cured of all ailments after this one session!

When: Thursday, 19 October 2023 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Crane Claymore Connect, Magpie Room, 442 Orchard Rd, #01-11 Claymore Connect
Who: Active HCS members and guests of active HCS members
Tickets: Available here

Nov 4 (Saturday) - 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.

You've missed the early bird period but don't fret. Tickets are still available so hop on over to https://evnk.co/ivyballsg2023. There will be a fight song session, and you'll get a chance to practice. Let's win it for Harvard this year!

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)