The Harvard Business School of Washington’s annual dinner was held at The Four Seasons Georgetown.
In the spirit of the times, the Harvard Business School Club of Washington this year honored Jeffery Immelt, 62, the legendary former chairman and CEO of General Electric; and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Jr., 80, who has engineered $400 billion in corporate finance deals during his lifetime, including a few which helped his longtime friend Donald Trump after his casinos failed. After 400 guests walked the red carpet and enjoyed a three-course dinner, Immelt regaled them with a story about Trump boasting of being the “richest golfer in the world” and then hitting a hole in one. Ross marveled about how Harvard’s case method “leveled the playing field” for less experienced, poorer students like himself. The event’s principal sponsor was the Todd Hitt Family Foundation and proceeds supported the Non-Profit Leader Scholarship Fund which was created by HBS DC Club in 2009. “The caliber of guests we had this year was unprecedented. They are role models, titans and unicorns, and we are gathered at this celebration to learn from them the secret sauce for success and prosperity,” HBS Club CEO Antonio Alves noted with Immelt chiming in, “I love Wilbur; We’re lucky to have him as Secretary of Commerce… We both made a lot of money, him more than me.” ALSO SPOTTED: MPAA Chairman Charles Rivkin, HBS ’88; Margaret Brennan, host of CBS News’ “Face the Nation” and CNN’s Michelle Kosinski.
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