An NBA champion, a Grammy-winning singer, and a Cameroonian prince walk into a classroom.
It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but for Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse, it’s just another day on the job.
Elberse teaches The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports, a four-day course that regularly brings A-listers to Cambridge to learn “new approaches for driving revenue and success in today’s entertainment environment,” among other skills.
This year’s class, which kicked off Wednesday and runs through Saturday, has at least nine recognizable faces. Elberse posted a photo to Instagram on Thursday in which she’s flanked by some of her new students: Grammy-winning singer Ciara, husband and wife stars of HGTV series “Fixer Upper” Chip and Joanna Gaines, “NCIS: Los Angeles” actor Eric Christian Olsen, Cleveland Cavaliers power forward and NBA champion Kevin Love, Los Angeles Clippers small forward and Cameroonian prince Luc Mbah a Moute, New Orleans Pelicans power forward Julius Randle, former Bayern Munich goaltender and 2002 World Cup Golden Ball winner Oliver Kahn, and former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill.
“Boooom!!! We’re at it again with the “Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports” (#BEMS) program!” Elberse captioned the photo. “As always, the class includes a number of people with careers that stand out even from the accomplished executives that normally fill our classrooms…”
Some of Elberse’s students took to Instagram to share their excitement as well.
Ciara, meanwhile, posted a thank-you to Elberse before the class even started in a May 20 Instagram post.
“I always dreamt of going to college, but by God’s grace, my music career took me on a path that I’m so thankful for,” Ciara wrote. “This week I got accepted into Harvard! Words cannot describe my excitement! Thank you @anitaelberse for a once in in a lifetime opportunity to attend @Harvard BEMS.”
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