Changes in Families, Relationships and Self-improvement in the Digital World

How may people build families, create relationships and get education differently in the Digital World? In conversation between Debora L. Spar, Professor and Senior Associate Dean (HBS Online), Harvard Business School; former President of Barnard College and former President and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; and, Boris Tsimerinov, CEO, Semper8.



Debora L. Spar

Professor and Senior Associate Dean (HBS Online), Harvard Business School

Debora Spar is the MBA Class of 1952 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Senior Associate Dean of HBS Online. Her current research focuses on issues of gender and technology, and the interplay between technological change and broader social structures. Spar tackles some of these issues in her latest book, Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny. Spar served as the President of Barnard College from 2008 to 2017, and as President and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 2017 to 2018. During her tenure at Barnard, Spar led initiatives to highlight women’s leadership and advancement, including the creation of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and the development of Barnard’s Global Symposium series.  Before joining Barnard, Spar spent 17 years on the HBS faculty as the Spangler Family Professor as well as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. A prolific writer, Spar’s books include Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet (2001), The Baby Business (2006), and Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection (2013).   Spar is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves as a director of Value Retail LLC and Thermo Fisher Scientific, as well as a trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She has also served on the boards of Goldman Sachs and the Wallace and Markle Foundations. Spar earned her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and her B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  She and her husband, Miltos Catomeris, are the parents of three grown children.

Boris Tsimerinov


Boris Tsimerinov leads Semper8 which currently consists of interconnected Semper8 Capital (an investment and advisory firm conducting family office private equity & VC investments; M&A and advisory projects; and, restructurings); Semper8 Health (start-up group, investment and advisory practice focused on healthcare; biotech; digital health; medical devices; and related sectors) and Semper8 Media (start-up group, investment and advisory practice focused on developing inclusive, innovative and thought-provoking content). He is also a global speaker, writer and educator.

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