What Harvard Taught Me But My Kids Made Me Learn

Bea Wray has dazzled audiences for 20 years speaking about entrepreneurship, leadership, and women in business.


When I walked out of Harvard Business School with my MBA focusing on Entrepreneurial Studies securely in my hands, I knew I had it covered. I had been taught by the best minds in academics and business and had voraciously absorbed everything they had to share. Over the years, that knowledge helped me create a series of successful entrepreneurial ventures. I am forever grateful for my stellar education.

But, with all due respect to Harvard...

...motherhood was what really taught me how to negotiate, communicate in the business world, think on my feet and adapt to ever-changing circumstances. Raising three kids is undoubtedly the best training ground I could have for understanding what it takes to succeed and thrive in the entrepreneurial universe. Those lessons traveled directly from the playroom to the boardroom.


  • Collaboration
  • Strategic Planning 
  • Motivational and inspirational stories to other parents who have taken time off
  • Gratitude
  • Repeating your story
  • Listening twice
  • Focus


You were a BIG HIT at our Spring Fling!! Everyone enjoyed your presentation and identified with different points of your experience. I know I certainly did. You are such a talented speaker, addressing your audience with eye contact and radiating your enthusiasm.
— Alberta Fillingim/Candler School of Nursing Alumni
After your excellent closing keynote, you mentioned that you’d be interested in coming out to talk to the Rhodos fellows at some point... I just wanted to send you a quick note to enthusiastically say again that this would be really inspiring to the students and I’d love to work with you to try to make this possible sometime!
— Simon Tarr, MFA, PhD Faculty Principal, Rhodos Fellows Living Learning Community

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