The father of entrepreneurship.

The world's most famous university.

A trip from Harvard to heaven and back.

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Written by Eric Sinoway with Merrill Meadow, Howard’s Gift shares the life experiences, research, and teachings of Harvard professor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Howard H. Stevenson and a wide variety of extraordinary guest contributors. Described by famed venture capitalist and founding investor of Apple and Intel, Arthur Rock, as “the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur,” Dr. Stevenson has taught at Harvard Business School for 40 years. Featuring personal stories and step-by-step actionable strategies, Howard’s Gift is a book that helps the reader undertake a process of “business planning for their life’s work.” With lessons that resonate with individuals and that have been embraced by companies — from American Express to Home Shopping Network to State Farm Insurance — Howard’s Gift is a timeless resource that has changed lives and influenced organizational behavior around the world. 

The Professor

Howard H. Stevenson

Howard Stevenson is an iconic professor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. A scholar for 40 years at Harvard Business School, he has published 200 cases, articles, and cases. He is the former Chairman of Harvard Business School Publishing and National Public Radio. Dr. Stevenson is a co-founder of Buapost, a $30 billion money management firm. He has raised over $1 billion in philanthropic support for Harvard and other non-profit institutions. 

The Author

Eric C. Sinoway

Eric Sinoway is an entrepreneur, executive, author, and public speaker. With over 20 years of leadership experience with world class organizations in the private, non-profit, and academic sectors, Eric is a well regarded organizational strategist and thought leader. He is the former CEO of Worth Media and the former president of Axcess Worldwide.

The Contributors

A Dozen Extraordinary Individuals

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp. Race for the Cure founder & US Ambassador Nancy Brinker. iHeart Chairman Bob Pittman. Axcess Worldwide founder Kirk Posmantur. New York Giants legend Carl Banks. Joie de Vivre Hospitality founder Chip Conley. 

These and other extraordinary contributors share their personal stories and wisdom about living a life of success and satisfaction.

Howard’s Gift: Uncommon Wisdom to Inspire Your Life’s Work has been translated in Taiwanese, Korean, Mandarin and Japanese and is sold around the world. 

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Howard H. Stevenson


Howard H. Stevenson is a Harvard University professor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and fund raiser. The first generation to attend college in his family, Dr. Stevenson earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his MBA and doctorate at Harvard Business School. He has had a distinguished career at Harvard, which includes having built the University’s entrepreneurship program; serving in innumerable leadership positions at the University, including as the Chairman of Harvard Business School Publishing, Vice Provost of University Planning & Development, and HBS Dean for External Affairs 

Dr. Stevenson is a prolific author, having written over 200 cases, books, and articles, including Do Lunch or Be Lunch, Make Your Own Luck, and Getting to Giving. During his time at HBS, he taught over 40,000 MBA students, including George Bush, Mitt Romney, and Hank Paulson. Dr. Stevenson created the highly successful program at Harvard for members of the Young Presidents Organization. Dr. Stevenson taught every doctoral student at HBS for 20 years. When he retired from active teaching in 2010, the University named an academic chair in his honor–the first time Harvard has done so in the University’s nearly 400 year history.

"Howard is a lovable insurgent, a revolutionary who has succeeded. He will go down in history as the "'entrepreneur's entrepreneur.'"

Dr. Stevenson has held a wide variety of nonprofit leadership roles, including with the Boston Science Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Boston Ballet. He lives with his wife Fredi in Cambridge, MA. They have seven children and 15 grandchildren. 

Eric C. Sinoway

Eric C. Sinoway is an American author, entrepreneur, and executive. A graduate of Cornell and Harvard universities, Eric has held leadership positions in the private, non-profit, and academic sectors. He has worked with many of the world’s most valuable brands and innovative organizations.

The former Chief Executive of the Worth Group, an award-winning media company; the co-founder and former President of Axcess Worldwide, a partnership development company; and a former senior development officer at Harvard University, today Eric is the Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances, for Mood Media. 

Eric’s thought-leadership has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Inc., and media outlets worldwide. He is a sought after public speaker and organizational strategist who has been featured at the Public Affairs Institute, US Travel Association, Cornell, University of Denver, Harvard, NYU, and many other corporations, organizations, and universities.

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