Technologies for the Common Good

You are invited to join us on Tuesday September 21, 2021 for a breakfast meeting, featuring a conversation about Technologies for the Common Good between:

Frank McCourt, Chairman and CEO of McCourt Global and founder of Project Liberty, a new tech + governance initiative that involves Sciences Po,

& Maëlle Gavet (‘02), CEO of Techstars, advocate for #EmpatheticTech, and author of Trampled by Unicorns.

They will discuss some of the problems that have been caused or exacerbated by our current tech infrastructure – from misinformation and polarization to privacy challenges – as well as the need for innovative solutions that prioritize people over platforms.

They will talk about Project Liberty, a tech + governance initiative and has the potential to create a new civic architecture for a digital world, restore trust, and ultimately build a healthier and more equitable society.

For additional info on Project Liberty, please see this piece published by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Please note, the event will require proof of vaccination for everyone's health and safety.

[Webinar] Europe after Merkel?

A discussion about Merkel's legacy, German politics and Europe, but also European Affairs.

Join us for this #AlumniWebinar on Thursday, September 16th at 1 PM ET, for a conversation between Alumnus Benjamin Haddad, Director of the Europe Center at the Atlantic Council, and Yvonne Bendinger-Rothschild, Exectuive Director of European American Chamber of Commerce New York Chapter.

1 PM ET, 10 AM PT, 7 PM CET

Alumni Award honoring Emilie Mazzacurati and Mike Schmuhl

Launched in 2015 to recognize Sciences Po Alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary success in their field in the United States, the annual event will honor Emilie Mazzacurati ('02), Global Head of Moody's Climate Solutions and Mike Schmuhl ('15), Chairman at Indiana Democratic Party and former presidential campaign manager for Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Join us online for a conference orchestrated by Sam Miles, on the Impact of Climate Change on the Midwest and beyond, followed by affinity breakout rooms (San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Climate, networking)

June 3, 2021
4 PM PT / 7 PM EST

[Webinar] The Heart of Business
2021-04-26 - 2021-08-26

Join us on Monday, April 26th for a conversation between Hubert Joly, Former Best Buy CEO and HBS Professor and Evan Epstein, corporate governance expert and inaugural Executive Director of the Center for Business Law, and Adjunct Professor, at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco, California. 

They will discuss inclusive capitalism, the importance of leading with purpose, the role of a CEO, and Joly’s approach to leadership, in a time of uncertainty.

12 PM noon EST, 9 AM PT, 6 PM CET

RSVP following this link.

(Alumni Bay Area) Virtual Happy Hour

We'll be hosting an online happy hour, just because we haven't connected in too long, and it will be fun to know what everyone is up to.

The format is simple : 60 minutes, and we'll go around so that everyone can briefly introduce themselves, and tell us:

  • One unexpected talent or activity that is your spark
  • What are you thinking about/reading these days (could be work, politics, world affairs...let your inner sciences po shine).

If there is demand, we could make this a monthly series, on the first Thursday of every month. It just so happens that the first Thursday next month is April Fool's Day, which bodes exceedingly well for our first virtual meet.


[Webinar] (online) Conspiracies and Democracy

A conversation between Alumna Chine Labbe and Pr. Nancy L. Rosenblum, Senator Joseph Clark Research Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government emerita at Harvard University.

They will discuss how conspiracy theories threaten our democracies (Covid-19 pandemic, past (US) and upcoming (Germany), etc).

Gérard Araud, former Ambassador of France to the United States will conclude this session.

RSVP at this link.

[Webinar] 2020 Election and Disinformation

Camille François will give us an insight of her work with the Election Integrity Partnership and discuss the mis- and disinformation during the 2020 election with William G. Howell, the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the Harris School of Public Policy and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

RSVP at this link.
[WEBINAR] Religion & Democracy. Anastasia Colosimo, in conversation with Adam Gopnik

Anastasia Colosimo will discuss with Adam Gopnik, the crisis in democracy the world in facing.

RSVP at this link.


[WEBINAR] The New Cold War is Coming—the Internet is the Battlefield

An insight from Maëlle Gavet, in conversation with Christophe Duthoit.

Alumna Maëlle Gavet will talk about the new geopolitics of the tech industry.

While the Internet has unquestionably improved almost every aspect of the way we live and work, it has also altered the balance of power between states, changed the role of the private sector and modified the role of consumers/citizens. 

Gavet will discuss with Christophe Duthoit, partner and leader BCG's global work in Technology Advantage and Operations, how these changes have disrupted the geopolitical balance of power and created new dynamics

Hubert Joly, former Chairman and CEO of Best Buy, will give some closing remarks.

RSVP at this link.


One of the tech industry’s brightest stars, Maëlle Gavet has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and was fifth among Time magazine’s List of the Top 25 ‘Female Techpreneurs’. After six years as a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group she went on to become CEO of, Russia’s largest e-commerce site, and executive VP of operations of the Priceline Group, the largest online and travel agency in the world which includes brands like OpenTable, Kayak, and

Most recently Gavet was Chief Operating Officer at real estate platform Compass, valued at over $6bn. She has spoken regularly at the leading technology industry events and her writing has appeared in Wired, the Harvard Business Review, the World Economic Forum, Fast Company and Fortune magazine.


Christophe Duthoit is currently Senior Partner & Managing Director with Boston Consulting Group. Over his 30+ year career, Christophe has advised software and IT services clients on matters of strategy, performance, M&A, PMI and change. Besides, given his work with B2B technology-enabled clients (financial services, business services, industrial goods), he has gained extensive experience in digital and tech transformation, disruptive innovation, agile ways of working and cybersecurity. Before joining BCG in 1994, Christophe worked for 7 years with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Christophe holds significant BCG leadership in addition to several non-executive board roles.


Hubert Joly is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School and the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Best Buy Co., Inc. He is also a member of the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson and Ralph Lauren Corporation.

In addition, Hubert is a vice chairman of the Business Council, an executive advisor at World50, a member of the International Advisory Board of HEC Paris, and a Trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Through his foundation, he has endowed the Joly Family chair in Purposeful Leadership at HEC Paris where he actively collaborates with the faculty.

Prior to Best Buy, he was the CEO of Carlson Companies, a global leader in the hospitality and travel industry, the CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a senior executive at Vivendi S.A., the president of EDS France and a partner at McKinsey & Company. He is a graduate of HEC Paris and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Hubert has been recognized as one of the top 100 CEOs in the world by the Harvard Business Review, one of the top 30 CEOs in the world by Barron’s and one of the top 10 CEOs in the U.S. by Glassdoor. He is a knight in the French Legion of Honor and the French National Order or Merit.

Hubert is the author of the upcoming book “The Heart of Business – Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism” which is slated to be published in the Spring of 2021 by Harvard Business Review Press.

[WEBINAR] Behind the scene of the 2020 Presidential Campaign

An insight from Mike Schmuhl in conversation with Célia Belin

Behind the scene of the 2020 Presidential Campaign

After a 10-minute insight from Mike Schmuhl on leading a historic political campaign, he will discuss with Celia Belin the steps and challenges to be the chef d’orchestre of a team that skyrocketed Pete Buttigieg from obscurity into the top tier of a pool of a field of more than two dozen Democratic presidential candidate. They will talk division in America, act of voting, fundraising, foreign policy, post Trump world, etc.

RSVP at this link.

Mike Schmuhl is a Director at Heartland Ventures, where he works on brand development and investor relations. A South Bend native, he was the national campaign manager of Pete for America, Pete Buttigieg’s groundbreaking 2020 presidential campaign. In that role, he led an organization of 550 team members with over $100 million in resources. Mike was previously Vice President at the consulting firm 270 Strategies in Chicago, advising not for profit clients and issue-based causes. In Indiana, he has led political campaigns for U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. He also served as chief of staff to the Mayor of the City of South Bend. He received a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame and a MA in International Affairs from Sciences Po in Paris, France.

Célia Belin is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. Her areas of expertise include trans-Atlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy toward Europe, French politics and foreign policy, the role of civil society in foreign policy, religion/secularism, and strategic prospective analysis. Prior to joining Brookings, she served for over five years as an advisor on U.S. affairs and trans-Atlantic relations in the French foreign ministry’s Centre d’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie (policy planning staff), where she recommended policy options through notes, reports, speech-writing, and transition documents, as well as conducted 1.5 dialogues and led multiple long-term research projects on areas of strategic importance to French foreign policy.

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