Aug 23

Harvard Business School Club of South Florida – The Everglades- our drinking water, an ecological treasure, a tourist attraction -


Harvard Business School Club of South Florida

Cordially invites you and your guests to:

The Everglades

- our drinking water, an ecological treasure, a tourist attraction -

Is critical to South Florida’s economy


Since 1993, the Everglades Foundation has been dedicated to protecting and restoring one of the world’s unique natural ecosystems – America’s Everglades

Through the advancement of scientifically sound and achievable solutions, the Foundation seeks to reverse the damage inflicted on the ecosystem and provide policymakers and the public with an honest and credible resource to help guide decision-making on complex restoration issues.

The Foundation serves as a leader in building consensus for action in support of our mission and we continue to believe that we can always do better, seek out alternative solutions, and rebuild what was destroyed and direct efforts in the best apparent direction.  

Location: Right Space 2 Meet, 100 Miracle Mile Suite #200, Coral Gables, Florida 33134

 Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014     

  • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm : Registration and Networking
  • 7:00 pm to 8:00pm : Presentation and Q&As
  • 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm : Networking

Cost for this event:
HBS Club of South Florida members (plus one guest): $15 per person
Harvard Club of Miami members (plus one guest): $15 per person
Non-members/Other guests: $25 per person

Click here to register:

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties registering,

please contact Alexi Upchurch, Club Administrator at

Eric Eikenberg, Chief Executive Officer: Eric Eikenberg has extensive policy and political experience in Tallahassee and Washington. He served as chief of staff for former Gov. Charlie Crist and former U.S. Rep. E. Clay Shaw. Prior to joining the Everglades Foundation, Eric served as senior policy advisor for Holland & Knight, co-chairing the firm’s Florida Government Advocacy Team with former Gov. Bob Martinez. As the CEO of the Everglades Foundation, he leads the Foundation’s science, advocacy, communications and legal teams, which are nationally recognized for their expertise in Everglades restoration. A graduate of American University, Eric and his family live in Miami.

Stephen E. Davis III, Ph.D., Wetland Ecologist: Davis, a native of Ohio, graduated from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., with a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental science. He attended Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., and received a master’s degree in biological and environmental science and attained his doctorate of philosophy from Florida International University. In his role as wetland ecologist with the Foundation, Davis continues his extensive body of wetland research that dates back more than a decade — most recently at Texas A&M University — where he served as a tenured professor. Davis leads Everglades research projects on mangrove wetland biogeochemistry and carbon dynamics and lives in Coconut Grove.

Aug 12

Alumni Spotlight – Jonathan Kracer

Posting 01-28-2014ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT – JONATHAN KRACER Headshot for HNN

Jonathan Kracer is the founder and managing principal of SION CAPITAL LLC, a hospitality and real estate consulting and investment firm focused on the North American, Latin American, and Caribbean regions, with offices in Miami and Mexico City.

Mr. Kracer has been invited as a moderator and featured speaker at numerous hotel and real estate industry conferences and academic institutions in the U.S., Mexico, and Latin America, including Cornell University, in addition to serving as a Columnist for, a leading online hotel industry information and news portal.

He gained his consulting and finance-related skills and knowledge at Resort Development Consultants and Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels in Miami, Banc of America Securities in New York City, and Horwath HTL Consulting Asia Pacific in Jakarta and Singapore.

He began his career in hotel operations and management, working at world-renowned hotels and resorts, such as the New York Palace Hotel in New York City, the Amanusa Resort in Bali, the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, the Hotel D’Angleterre in Geneva, and the Radisson Beverly Pavilion Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Mr. Kracer attained his Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 2008, and his Swiss Hotel Management Diploma from the Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in 2004.

He presently serves as a Member of the Cornell University Council, President of the Cornell Latino Alumni Association, President of the Les Roches Alumni Florida Chapter, and immediate past Treasurer of the Cornell Club of Greater Miami and the Florida Keys.

He is also fluent in English and Spanish and proficient in French, Italian, and Portuguese.




Aug 12

Happy Hour at Taberna Opa

All Ivy Plus and the Cornell Club of Greater Miami and Florida Keys 

Happy Hour at Taberna Opa

Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Time: 6:00 until 8:000 pm

Location: Taverna Opa; 900 South Miami Avenue, Suite 260,, P:  305.673.6730

Cost: None, please RSVPs


Happy Hour Prices All Day on Wednesdays

Includes 50% Drinks and Over 20 Appetizers Available from $2 – $8

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Jul 30

All-Ivy Summer Happy Hour at Havana 1957 Brickell


All-Ivy Summer Happy Hour at Havana 1957 Brickell

Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014

Time:6:00 until 8:00 pm

Location: Havana 1957 Brickell. 1451 South Miami Avenue

Cost: None but RSVPs required

RSVP: or

HavanaHappy Hours prices extended until 9:00 pm with one complimentary Mojito

Specialty Mojitos, Daiquiris, Cocktails & Sangria: $4.95

Draft Beer: $3.95

Appetizers: $4.95

(Croquettes, Cuban Sandwich, Tostón con Picadillo, Masas de Cerdo)

Jul 10

All-Ivy Summer Happy Hour at Havana 1957 Brickell

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Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014

Time:6:00 until 8:00 pm

Location: Havana 1957 Brickell. 1451 South Miami Avenue

Cost: None but RSVPs required

RSVP: or


Happy Hours prices extended until 9:00 pm with one complimentary Mojito

Specialty Mojitos, Daiquiris, Cocktails & Sangria: $4.95

Draft Beer: $3.95

Appetizers: $4.95

(Croquettes, Cuban Sandwich, Tostón con Picadillo, Masas de Cerdo)

Jun 11

The Cornell AguaClara Program


The Cornell AguaClara Program

Come learn about AguaClara! AguaClara is a program borne in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering nearly a decade ago. To date 9 water treatment plants have been installed in rural Honduras and 3 water filtration plants in rural India. These technologies provide safe, clean water to nearly 50,000 people living in the world’s poorest communities.

Almost 1 billion people in the world lack access to clean water. Cornell, in partnership with AguaClara LLC, the social enterprise established to deploy these treatment technologies, aim to bring low-cost, high-tech, sustainable solutions to communities in need.

Program director, Dr. Monroe Weber-Shirk, Senior Lecturer at Cornell, will visit us in south Florida along with other Cornell graduates who are involved in the program, and members of the AguaClara Advisory Board. Long time AguaClara supporters, Ken Brown ’74 and his wife, Elizabeth Sanjuan will host a reception at their art gallery.

 A short program will take place including a video presentation.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Time: 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Location: Gallery 2014, 2014-2016 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL 33019

Cost: No Cost


 Read more about AguaClara in the Cornell Chronicle at the links below:

For event questions, please contact Sarah Weidel ’09 at

Jun 11

2013-14 Cornell Black Alumni Association Outstanding Student Leadership Award

cropped-Header.jpgMonet Bell is the Recipient of the 2013-14 Cornell Black Alumni Association Outstanding Student Leadership Award

Monet Bell, a senior in the College of Human Ecology, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013-14 Cornell Black Alumni Association (CBAA) Outstanding Student Leadership Award. This award is given to a senior of African descent for his/her outstanding leadership and efforts to enhance the lives of students and the community-at-large while attending Cornell University. The award is granted based on the following: (1) academic achievement; (2) leadership on campus or in community organizations; (3) contribution to improving relationships among Cornell students, faculty, administrative staff and/or the greater Ithaca community; and (4) commitment to uplifting people of African descent including future plans for contributing to CBAA, Cornell University, and the greater community. This award was presented to Monet at Black Students United’s 8th annual “It’s a Black Affair,” hosted on May 9th, 2014 at the Statler Atrium.

 Monet, a native of Weston, FL, has participated in numerous community service activities during her four years as an undergraduate student at Cornell. She has held leadership positions in organizations such as the Black Women Support Network, an organization that provides a supportive, educational, and social venue for women of African descent within the Cornell community and beyond in the Greater Ithaca Community; FootPrints, an organization that provides shoes and educational supplies throughout the world; Students Onto Scholars (SOS), an organization that serves low-income youth by providing inspiration and resources to help them attain a higher level of education; and Cornell Alternative Breaks Program, a program that addresses educational iniquities.

Monet will serve as a high school math teacher in the Miami-Dade region as a Teach For America corps member. Beyond Teach For America, Monet plans to pursue her interest in addressing community health concerns as a medical practitioner. CBAA is proud to honor Monet.

 Founded in 1976, the Cornell Black Alumni Association (CBAA) was conceived as an organization devoted to providing a communication network for Black alumni. Over the years, CBAA’s mission and scope of activities has expanded, resulting in myriad programs that have a direct and significant impact on alumni and future Cornell students.


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If you’d like more information about this topic, please contact Cynthia Cuffie at 908 234-9731 or email Cynthia at To learn more about CBAA, please visit

May 09

Harvard Business School Club of South Florida – Entrepreneurship is the New Black

HBSHow business is helping inmates transition from prison to freedom

Join Tracey Mourning for a dynamic discussion on how entrepreneurship is changing the lives of former prison inmates. We’ll highlight how LEAP (Ladies Empowerment and Action Program) is helping inmates find success through entrepreneurship and mentorship. Several former inmates (and LEAP graduates) will join the program’s founders for an enlightening evening that’s not your usual alumni affair. You’ll find that it’s never too late for a fresh start! Perhaps you too can make a difference in someone’s life. We hope to see you there for this terrific program.

 Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Location: Shutts & Bowen LLP, 1500 Miami Center, 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131

Cost: $5 for HBS South Florida Members/Harvard Miami Members; $10 for Non-Members

Hosted By: Jacqueline McCook, HBS 1984

Sponsored By:Shutts & Bowen LLP and Enterprise Development Corporation (EDC)


 Note: Attendance is open to EVERYONE, but space is limited. Please RSVP via the link above or at our website:

 About LEAP

Ladies Empowerment and Action Program (LEAP) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization offering an innovative inside prison re-entry, and post release support program. The program is designed to stimulate and empower incarcerated women to make positive life changes through a multi-disciplinary approach including entrepreneurship training, education and mentorship.

Our goal is to prepare participants (LEAPers) to start their own business or become successfully employed. By empowering these women to live transformed lives, recidivism can be reduced significantly in the female adult prison population. Florida’s recidivism rate is published at 28%. LEAP’s recidivism rate to-date is less than 2%.

LEAP has graduated 75 LEAPers, 6 of whom will be released shortly. Of the 69 that have re-entered society, 8 have started their own micro-enterprises, 3 are employed and are working towards their own business, 29 are employed, 8 are employed while attending school, 7 are attending school, 1 returned to prison (violated probation) and the remaining 9 are looking for jobs. LEAP is making a difference.

May 01

Cornell Club of Greater Miami and the Florida Keys – 2014 Cornell Club Book Awards

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2014 Cornell Club Book Awards – Presenters Needed!


Each year, the Cornell Club of Greater Miami and the Florida Keys has awarded books to South Florida area high school students of high academic achievement who have demonstrated leadership and academic excellence.

Schools are invited to participate by nominating a member of the current junior class who has demonstrated the attributes of the award. The faculty of each school determines the recipient for their school. Several different criteria are used to select which high schools are invited. The book award is a way to encourage greater interest in Cornell by prospective students and to increase our visibility. 

This year, the following high schools are participating:

 Felix Varela High, Miami Sunset High, Miami Palmetto High, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High, Coral Gables Senior High, Miami Edison Senior High, Miami Country Day School, South Miami Senior High, Ransom Everglades School, Dr. Michael Krop Senior High, MAST Academy, Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School, Miami Killian Senior High, Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Christopher Columbus High School, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Palmer Trinity School, Design & Architecture Senior High (DASH), Mater Academy, and Riviera Preparatory School.

The book awarded to each student is The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White, fourth edition.

 CAAAN members and other Alumni are encouraged to present the awards at the schools’ Spring award celebrations in May and June and in the Fall in August and September.  If you wish to participate in presenting the awards, please contact Juan Alayo at

Schools and dates:

May, 1, 2014-6:30 PM                                                                     

Miami Sunset Senior High School

13125 SW 72nd Street

Miami, FL 33183


May 8, 2014-6:00 PM                                                                      

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High

2601 NE 151st Street

North Miami, FL 33160


April 30, 2014-6:30 PM                                                                  

Coral Gables Senior High School

450 Bird Road

Coral Gables, FL 33146


April 23, 2014-12:45 PM                                                                

South Miami Senior High School

6856 SW 53rd Street

Miami, FL 33155


May 22, 2014-TBD

Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School

1410 Countyline Road

Miami, FL 33179


August 27, 2014-8:30 AM

Scheck Hillel Community School

19000 NE 25th Avenue

North Miami Beach, FL 33180


May 21 2014-6:30 PM

Miami Killian Senior High School

10555 SW 97th Avenue

Miami, FL 33176


September 2014

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School

500 SW 127th Avenue

Miami, FL 33184


May 29, 2014-8:00 AM

Christopher Columbus High School

3000 SW 87th Avenue

Miami, FL 33165


May 29, 2014-7:45 AM

Our Lady of Lourdes Academy                                                     

5525 SW 84th Street

Miami, FL 33143


May 2014-TBD

Design & Architecture Senior High (DASH)

4001 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami, LF 33137


May 2014-TBD

Riviera Preparatory School

9775 SW 87th Avenue

Miami, FL 33176


May 20, 2014-6:00 PM

Westland Hialeah Senior High

4000 West 18th Avenue

Hialeah, FL 33149


May 13, 2014-7:00 PM

Gulliver Preparatory School

6576 North Kendall Drive

Pinecrest, FL 33156

May 01

University of Chicago Booth School of Business – Professor Nicholas Epley



Professor Nicholas Epley ,whose specialty is Behavioral Science, will lead a discussion regarding the surprising mistakes we routinely make in understanding the people on the other side of the business (and kitchen) table

 Date: Tuesday, May 6th

Time:6:30pm -9:00pm

Location: Hyatt Regency, Downtown Miami

Cost: $35 for University of Chicago Alumni, $45 for Guests, Friends, and Colleagues. Includes hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine. Also includes a copy of Mindwise, Professor Epley’s most recent book.


 Professor Epley is considered by MBA students as one of the most popular and thought provoking professors currently teaching at Chicago Booth. He is an exceptionally entertaining speaker with an engaging and charismatic quality.

In discussing his new book: Mindwise, How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want, Professor Epley will confront a number of little understood topics that are paramount to success in business and our personal lives.

  • Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others, treating them like objects or animals instead?
  • Why do we sometimes talk to our cars, or the stars, as if there is a mind that can hear us?
  • Why do we so routinely believe that others think, feel, and want what we do when, in fact, they do not?
  • And why do we believe we understand our spouses, family, and friends so much better than we actually do?

 Additional information:

Steven Piekarczyk

President, Alumni Club of South Florida

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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