EXCLUSIVE: A Virtual Conversation with Oscar-Winning Director Ron Howard
Moderated by ODP Partner, Joanna Stone Herman
DATE: December 14, 2021 | Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm ET
$10 – HBS Member/Member Guest (limit one)
$20 – Alumni Non-Members
$25 – General Public
Free – Patron Members

Ron Howard is one of the most successful filmmakers of this era. For over 40 years he has thrilled audiences with a string of blockbusters such as SplashCocoonWillowParenthoodBackdraftApollo 13Da Vinci CodeInfernoFrost/Nixon, and the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind.

But it was his early years that laid the foundation for what was to come.

Google the name Ron Howard and the first question that pops up is “Is Ron Howard a nice guy?” The answer to that question is a definite affirmative, based on the views of hundreds of people who have worked with Howard. Howard, born to parents who were actors, grew up in front of the camera. You might recall him playing Andy Griffith’s son Opie on the amiable sitcom, Andy Griffith Show, or as Richie Cunningham in another memorable sitcom, Happy Days. Indeed, these early experiences left an indelible mark.

The HBS community is in for a special treat this holiday season as the Club presents an exclusive conversation with Ron Howard. Howard, who is finishing post-production on a film, has generously agreed to lend his time for this program.

For more information and to register, please visit the EVENT PAGE

Participants must register by NOON on December 13th to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.

Ron Howard
Co-Founder, Imagine Entertainment
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of his generation’s most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful MindFrost/NixonRush, and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood’s most memorable films. Howard made his directorial debut in 1977 with Grand Theft Auto. He began his career in film as an actor, performing in The Journey when he was four years old. He also starred in The Music Man, the long-running television series The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days, and in the film American Graffiti. His most recent films as a director are Hillbilly Elegy and the upcoming Thirteen Lives. He is co-chairman of the production company Imagine Entertainment with Brian Grazer.


Joanna Stone Herman
Partner, Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips
Joanna Stone Herman is a Partner at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips and serves as the TMT Industry Group Co-Head for Oaklins International, our global investment bank with offices in 60 cities across 40 countries. Prior to joining Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips in 2011, Joanna worked in several senior executive roles including as SVP Global Strategy for LexisNexis, EVP of Corporate Development for Thomson Financial Corporate Group, VP of Strategy for Thomson Learning and Director of Strategy for Dow Jones. Joanna also served as CEO and co-Founder of Librify, a technology start-up that was the exclusive e-book platform for Target, sold to Scribd in 2015. Joanna has a B.S. and Masters degrees from MIT and an MBA from HBS.

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