FORTUNE -- Sheryl Sandberg is the keynote speaker this afternoon at Harvard Business School's Class Day, which precedes tomorrow's commencement. Talk about awkward timing!
Sandberg, of course, is chief operating officer of Facebook (FB). You know, the social network that allegedly warned certain bankers -- or, more specifically, it's bankers -- that its Q2 earnings would fall short of analyst expectations.
One week ago, Harvard must have been pretty psyched to have Sandberg (HBS '95) on tap. After all, her company was about to price one of the largest IPOs in history, with the only question being how high the shares would rise. Obviously she couldn't talk specifically about the offering due to SEC quiet period restrictions, but expectant MBAs would hang on every life and business lesson from someone who just helped Facebook bridge the chasm from tech phenom to Wall Street royalty.
How a few days changes things. Sandberg still won't be able to talk Facebook specifics, but she might need to make some other changes as well. After all, the company she helps run is now being accused of massive improprieties. Can she talk about virtues such as honesty, fair-dealing or competence without a disclaimer? Will the crowd be instructed not to giggle?
To be clear, I'm not suggesting that Sandberg doesn't personally hold those values dear, or that she personally did anything to violate them (only time will tell who did what, and when).
But I'd bet most anything that she wishes that she had declined the HBS invitation, so as to avoid having to thread a very narrow rhetorical needle today. And HBS probably feels the same way...
Sign up for Dan's daily email newsletter on deals and deal-makers: GetTermSheet.com
A new survey says graduates of the nation's top b-school aren't entirely optimistic, but they have some pretty solid ideas about how to get Americans back to work.
By Nina Easton, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- 'Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country," President Obama dramatically implored business leaders in his State of the Union address, "and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed."
In MOREFeb 15, 2012 5:00 AM ET
A smattering of text messages and emails shed additional light on Samir Barai's path from Harvard success story to alleged insider trader, leaving friends dumbfounded.
By John A. Byrne, contributor
(poetsandquants.com) -- On Nov. 19, Samir Barai went online to the website of The Wall Street Journal to read a story that had to set off all kinds of alarm bells. The headline on his computer screen: "U.S. in Vast Insider Trading MOREFeb 11, 2011 6:28 PM ET
Samir Barai won the admiration of many, having overcome a severe disability to achieve business success. Yesterday, the 39-year old hedge fund manager became just another Harvard MBA charged with a crime.
By John A. Byrne, contributor
(poetsandquants.com) -- When Samir Barai graduated from Harvard Business School in 1999, the world seemed filled with opportunity. It was not only the height of the dot-com boom; the dollars also were falling on MBAs MOREFeb 9, 2011 3:20 PM ET
|Stocks on a roll: Yahoo, Microsoft stoke appetite|
|The Winklevoss twins are Bitcoin bulls|
|My very cheap day|
|Prison exclusive: Bernie Madoff can't sleep|