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Elizabeth Atwater

Elizabeth Atwater is the senior manager of communications at Babson College and the former managing editor at Entrepreneurship of All Kinds. Her writing has appeared in print and online in a wide range of outlets including Forbes, The Atlantic, Reuters, Chief Learning Officer, BostInno, and Seventeen magazine. Her career story includes a stint at a venture capital-backed technology startup, as well as a chapter working for a small, family-run public relations firm. Atwater earned her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University.

Investing in Women: A Conversation with Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Tory Burch is celebrating a big birthday—this year, her brand turned 10 years old. The doors to the first Tory Burch store opened in February 2004, albeit without the store’s actual doors, which didn’t arrive in time for opening day. Burch was afraid that like the doors, shoppers wouldn’t show up, but by 6 p.m.…

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Bobby Sager: “You Need to Understand Your Customer”

Bobby Sager

How did Bobby Sager, who grew up outside of Boston and married his high school sweetheart, become the international philanthropic force he is today? His career took him from a small jewelry business, to running Gordon Brothers Group as president and partner, to founding the Sager Family Traveling Foundation and Roadshow. His circle of friends…

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Business Takes Center Stage

Art and Business

“We don’t exist to make money.” That’s the message Jill Medvedow, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, shared with a group of arts enthusiasts and business students on a recent afternoon. “Our core business is not our balance sheet,” she expands, “it’s just a means to an end.” Make no mistake: there is a…

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From Battlefield to Boss

military entrepreneurs

After more than 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the statistics and figures are staggering. Taxpayers have spent trillions. One million U.S. veterans have been injured, and 2.5 million Afghans are refugees. But not all of these statistics are sobering: in cities and towns across the country, today more than 2.4 million small…

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Writing the Book on Creating Social Value

Creating Social Value

When Cheryl Kiser began teaching a graduate course called Social Value Creation Matters three years ago, neither she nor her students could have predicted that their classroom discussions were laying the groundwork for a book. Kiser, the executive director of The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab, brought executives from both large and small…

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Running a Business Rooted in Mission

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Athletes, Entrepreneurs, and the Competitive Drive

Athletes Entrepreneurs Competitive Drive

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A Worthless, Impossible, & Stupid Recipe for Policy Success

Daniel Isenberg

Can an inspirational story catalyze a business or kick-start a career? Yes, argues Babson Executive Education professor and author Daniel Isenberg. With Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value, Isenberg has broken the traditional business book mold. Instead of case studies and statistics, he highlights the personal stories of 26…

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Hanging in the Balance with Sophia Chang

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On any given day, Sophia Chang could be producing a fashion show for Bravo’s “Project Runway All Stars” or promoting a concert for Q-Tip. Find her side by side with GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan running Science Genius, a program that uses rap as a tool to get New York City high schoolers excited about…

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Accounting for Entrepreneurship Inside

PWC Press Release

Entrepreneurship and accounting are rarely, if ever, discussed together in the same sentence. PricewaterhouseCoopers, with more than 180,000 employees spread across 158 countries, is happy to change that perception. With clients all around the world that are themselves changing every single day and an average employee age of 29, quick thinking and adaptability are just…

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