What Harvard MBA Virtual Admissions Events Are Like

It was the first virtual graduation in the history of Harvard Business School

The COVID-19 pandemic forced b-schools across the nation to shift their courses online back in March. And following suit, many in-person events and functions had to be canceled only to be brought back in a virtual state.

At Harvard Business School, two primary admissions programs – the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) and Peek Weekend—went virtual this summer due to the pandemic. Despite the fact that attendees didn’t meet in-person, the virtual gatherings still saw great success, according to an article by the HBS Newsroom.

“One silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic is that it provided an opportunity to expand virtual admissions events beyond what we thought was possible,” Kate Bennett, director of marketing for MBA Admissions at HBS, tells Newsroom. “We were able to reach a far higher number of prospective students—an unprecedented number of

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Newport News considering virtual, hybrid options for school; final decision Aug. 4

Students could return to school either virtually or two days a week under a proposal presented Monday evening to the Newport News School Board.

The board will decide Aug. 4.

They are not considering bringing students back full-time.

“We were well aware that we would not be able to accommodate 100% of our students reporting to our school buildings every day and continue to meet the safety guidelines necessary to keep staff and students,” Superintendent George Parker said.

Parker presented three options to the school board in the virtual meeting in a presentation that was still being tinkered with until shortly before the meeting started. The district is launching a student, family and staff survey Tuesday to collect more feedback.

The first is an all-virtual start for the first nine weeks of the semester, through Nov. 2. Families of special education students and those learning English might choose to participate

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Paris Trade Shows Offer Virtual Platforms

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PARIS — It was never easy for brands and buyers to pack meetings into the unforgiving rhythm of the fashion season calendar. So it’s little wonder stakeholders are welcoming a wave of new, virtual platforms where brands and buyers can connect, present new collections and place orders, offered by Paris’ ready-to-wear trade shows, in response to coronavirus-impacted events.

Digital platforms can “contribute to slow things down, bring more flexibility with a trade show we buyers can access all year long…[which can] help us take more time to discover emerging brands,” wrote Julien Bouzereau, buyer for the Paris men’s wear store Beaubien, via the Man/Woman trade show’s new online platform, launched during Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

The site, which represents more than 90 brands, in the coming weeks will provide an avenue for professionals to view and order from new collections directly. Other, still

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4 effective ways to make your virtual workplace more inclusive

Let’s be honest: pre-pandemic, working from home was a dream. After COVID-19 forced almost everyone to work remotely, we’ve discovered the new virtual workplace encompasses more than Zoom calls, virtual coffees, and cat memes in Slack.

Tech companies did not exactly embrace working from home before the worldwide lockdown, despite studies showing working from home increases employee productivity. Skilled remote workers are also happier employees that are 9% more engaged and 50% less likely to quit their job.

The crisis disproved the perception that working from home was counterproductive. By mid-May, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey emailed his employees that the entire workforce was allowed to permanently work from home – Slack followed suit in June. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft recommended their employees work remotely until October or for the remainder of the year.

Work-life balance, mental health, and diversity and inclusion were already important subjects

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The biggest films and TV panels to watch at the free virtual Comic-Con

Its regular event, which was scheduled to kick off on 23 July, was cancelled earlier this year for the first time ever in the convention’s 50 year history due to the coronavirus pandemic. The live event will return in 2021, but to fill this year’s gap the organisers have lined up a full five-day schedule of online events to take place from Wednesday, 22 July to Sunday, 26 July.

It’s an action-packed line up featuring some huge names from the world of comics, television and movies. Best thing is: it’s all completely free.

Here’s our pick of the best panels to watch from the world of movies and television. All times are listed in PDT.

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District To Offer More In-Person, Virtual Programs

WILL COUNTY, IL — As the state moves to Phase 4 of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Forest Preserve District is offering more in-person programs for those who want to venture out, as well as additional online offerings for those who would rather enjoy entertaining and educational nature programs from the comfort of their homes.

Topics range from creatures and history to yoga and fitness. Here are the upcoming in-person and online programs:

In-person programs:

  • “Big Fish Contest,” July 1-Aug. 30 at Monee Reservoir. Bring your catch of the day to the visitor center to have it measured and photographed to be entered into the contest. Prizes valued at $100 will be awarded to biggest bass, catfish and panfish by length. One name will be drawn from all contestants for a grand prize winner. Free; ages 16 or older.

  • “Firefly Hike for Adults,” 8-10 p.m.

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Are you missing vineyard visits during quarantine? Try a virtual wine tasting

The global pandemic is keeping oenophiles from gathering in bars or visiting vineyards. But vintners aren’t letting the wine tasting experience fall by the wayside. Instead, many wineries are offering virtual tastings.

Some ship wine to your door, then schedule a video call to walk you through a tasting, much the same as you’d find at a vineyard. Others are creating video series that wine drinkers can watch on demand. All are trying to adapt to the challenges of living and doing business amid the coronavirus crisis. 

So how does a virtual wine experience work? Here are three that give a taste:

Quintessa’s ‘Virtual Estate Experience’

Quintessa, a 280-acre estate in Napa Valley, offers a “Virtual Estate Experience” as a wine tasting package. The tour and half-bottles of Quintessa’s 2013, 2016 and 2017 vintages (shipped to your home) retails for $300. 

“We really wanted guests to feel immersed from the

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How the Americana Association Decided Show Must Go On With Live Awards, Virtual Music Conference

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The storm may have been too strong for most music-biz awards events or conferences to go on in anything resembling their traditional form this year, but the Americana Music Association likes to think of itself as, well, more rooted than that. The org that celebrates the rootsier forms of contemporary music has had a slew of more uplifting announcements in recent weeks, since announcing that the annual AmericanaFest gathering in Nashville was, like nearly all other live events, toast.

The Americana Honors & Awards will take place at the Ryman Auditorium Sept, 16, as planned — with or without a TBD live audience — with a slate of nominees that includes Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Tanya Tucker, Yola, Drive-By Truckers and the late John Prine. Moreover, the sorts of panels, conversations and live showcases that would have taken place in hotels

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Run-DMC Legend Inspires NYC Teens On Virtual Field Trip For 1,000

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Young people from more than 150 schools who have been isolated during the coronavirus pandemic — forced to embrace distance learning and see dreams for proms, senior days and other long-time traditions derailed —were able to come together last week during a virtual field trip for more than 1,000 New York City students.

The presentation, “Let’s Talk About It,” was hosted by the United Federation of Teachers and Road Recovery, a not-for-profit organization founded by Gene Bowen and Jack Bookbinder. Road Recovery focuses on helping young people “battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources,” according to the group’s mission statement.

The virtual field trip featured Daryl McDaniels of the groundbreaking hip hop group Run-DMC, who spoke passionately about his experience with alcoholism, fame, recovery

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China’s giant Canton Fair goes virtual, with teething pains

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SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – China’s oldest and biggest trade expo opened online for the first time this week to make up for lost face-to-face trading in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, though some buyers and sellers complained of teething problems.

With travel restrictions making the twice-yearly Canton Fair in Guangzhou impossible, organisers moved online, touting more than 25,000 exhibitors showing products across ten 24-hour live broadcast rooms.

The last fair, in October in the southern city of Guangzhou, saw export turnover of 207.1 billion yuan ($29.2 billion), according to organisers, with 186,015 buyers from 214 countries and regions. The spring session, originally scheduled for April but was postponed, opened on Monday.

Chinese tech giant Tencent is providing cloud support for the 10-day event, with buyers and sellers able to message each other in real time. The company declined to comment.

Several sellers reported glitches and low

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