Author: Eric Beato

Eric Beato
Editor / Writer
Eric Beato
Eric Beato is the Editor of Babson Thought & Action and Babson Magazine. A native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Eric has worked as an editor and writer at newspapers across the country, including the Chicago Sun-Times and Boston Herald. Eric joined Babson College in 2019 after working as the communications director for a private educational travel company and as the managing editor of six regional sports publications.
The Franchising Journey of President Spinelli
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The Franchising Journey of President Spinelli » For more than four decades, President Stephen Spinelli Jr. MBA’92, PhD, the co-founder of Jiffy Lube International, has helped build and advance the field of franchising.
Denicia Ratley: Supporting Students of All Faiths
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Denicia Ratley: Supporting Students of All Faiths » As Babson’s director of Religious & Spiritual Life, Denicia Ratley provides safe spaces for students to explore and express their faith identities.
Celebrating the Bertarelli Institute for Family Entrepreneurship
Celebrating the Bertarelli Institute for Family Entrepreneurship » Successful entrepreneur and philanthropist Ernesto Bertarelli ’89 returns to Babson’s campus to formally dedicate the Bertarelli Institute for Family Entrepreneurship.
The Lasting Impact of Endowed Chairs
The Lasting Impact of Endowed Chairs » Professor Heidi Neck, who has benefited from an endowed chair in honor of her mentor, Jeffry A. Timmons, prepares to follow in his footsteps with her estate planning.
The Powerful Lessons of Values-Based Leadership
The Powerful Lessons of Values-Based Leadership » Brett Jewkes, the chief brand and communications officer with the Blank Family of Businesses, discusses how Arthur M. Blank ’63, H’98 and his core values are influencing Babson students.
PHOTOS: The Fun and Festivities at Back to Babson
PHOTOS: The Fun and Festivities at Back to Babson » Alumni, students, students, and friends gather on campus for Back to Babson, highlighted by reunions, reminiscences, and Roger.
Celebrating the Crossroads of Athletics and Entrepreneurship
Celebrating the Crossroads of Athletics and Entrepreneurship » In a special ceremony, the Len Green Recreation and Athletics Complex is renamed for the longtime Babson entrepreneurship professor for his enduring support for Babson Athletics.
School Spirit Shines Brightly for New Author Howard Brown ’88
School Spirit Shines Brightly for New Author Howard Brown ’88 » In his memoir, the former president of the Babson Alumni Association reflects on his experience as a two-time cancer survivor and Babson College’s impact.
Good Company, Good Game Delivers Impact and Inspiration
Good Company, Good Game Delivers Impact and Inspiration » In a new course on sports businesses, Babson students visit Atlanta to experience firsthand how the core values of Arthur M. Blank ’63, H’98 shape his businesses.
Why Entrepreneurial Leadership Matters
From Babson Magazine
Why Entrepreneurial Leadership Matters » Research by Babson’s Arthur M. Blank School, led by Professor Scott Taylor, has created the first academic model to explain entrepreneurial leadership.
The Power of the Alumni Network
From Babson Magazine
The Power of the Alumni Network » The Class of 2022 joined the Babson alumni network of more than 43,000 graduates across 125 countries. We caught up with a few alumni, including one of their newest members, about the power of the network.
Andy Moutinho: Navigating the Challenges of the Pandemic Safely
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Andy Moutinho: Navigating the Challenges of the Pandemic Safely » As the senior director of operations in the Facilities Management and Planning Department, Andy Moutinho and his team have been particularly critical over the past two years as he has helped the College navigate the challenges of the pandemic
Babson Helps Fuel Dreams of Women Sports Pioneers
Babson Helps Fuel Dreams of Women Sports Pioneers » Babson College hosts the Global Sports Mentoring Program for a women’s entrepreneurship bootcamp aimed at helping scale ventures to better serve women around the world.
Nine on IX: Babson Student-Athletes on the Impact of Title IX
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Nine on IX: Babson Student-Athletes on the Impact of Title IX » On the 50th anniversary of Title IX, we reached out to nine Babson student-athlete alumni and coaches for their reflections on the role college athletics played in their personal and professional development.
Introducing the Ralph Z. and Charlotte R. Sorenson Atrium
Introducing the Ralph Z. and Charlotte R. Sorenson Atrium » Babson College formally dedicated the common space at Horn Library in honor of President Emeritus Ralph Z. “Bud” Sorenson H’85 and his wife, Charlotte.
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VIDEO: Celebrating the Class of 2022 » The entire Babson College community joined together to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2022 during the undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies.
Babson Professor Reflects on Trip to Poland and Ukraine
Babson Professor Reflects on Trip to Poland and Ukraine » Adam Sulkowski, Babson College associate professor of law and sustainability, travels to Poland and across the Ukraine border on a personal and meaningful journey.
TicketRev Wins ePitch—and $100,000
TicketRev Wins ePitch—and $100,000 » Jason Shatsky ’21, CEO and founder of TicketRev, won ePitch and its $100,000 grand prize—Babson’s largest winning prize—during the finale at eMerge Americas in Miami.
Problem-Solving Ventures Win B.E.T.A. Challenge Grand Prizes
Problem-Solving Ventures Win B.E.T.A. Challenge Grand Prizes » Nathalya Mamane MBA’21, Connor Harbison MBA’22, and Samantha Azu ’22 earned the three grand prizes at Babson College’s signature business competition with their unique, problem-solving ventures.
Closing the Wealth Gap Through Entrepreneurship
Closing the Wealth Gap Through Entrepreneurship » A panel of alumni experts at the Black Unity Summit share their keys to success to helping close the wealth gap for Black entrepreneurs.
B.E.T.A. Challenge Finalists Innovating in Education Technology
B.E.T.A. Challenge Finalists Innovating in Education Technology » Two of the B.E.T.A. Challenge finalists—Mauricio Nogueira Silverio ’24 of iDuk and Alexander Deeb ’14 of ClassHook—offer their insights on the edtech space and their ventures.
The Return of Babson’s ePitch
The Return of Babson’s ePitch » As ePitch returns this month, we catch up with Joanna Geisinger Devin MBA’17 and her company, Torq Interface, which won the inaugural ePitch competition in 2019.
A Teaching Moment: The Impact of the Invasion of Ukraine
A Teaching Moment: The Impact of the Invasion of Ukraine » At a Ukraine-Russia teach-in, Babson professors provide a multidisciplinary look at the wide-ranging effect of the invasion, from politics to economics to health care to cultural heritage.
Managing the Next Phase of Pandemic Response
Managing the Next Phase of Pandemic Response » As Babson College begins to move out of the emergency management phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, two experts who have helped guide the College’s response discuss what may come next.
The Best MBA for Entrepreneurship and a ‘Mandate to Lead’
The Best MBA for Entrepreneurship and a ‘Mandate to Lead’ » Babson College’s graduate school once again has been validated as the Best MBA for Entrepreneurship, earning the No. 1 ranking from U.S. News & World Report for the 29th consecutive year.
Photos: Sudeeksha’s Secret Garden Comes to Life
Photos: Sudeeksha’s Secret Garden Comes to Life » Christine Coyne ’21, Lucas Machado ’21, and Maya Mutalik ’21 dedicate the new community space, named in memory of Sudeeksha Bhati ’22 (2000–2020).
Leading a Community of Women Entrepreneurs
Leading a Community of Women Entrepreneurs » As the executive director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, and founder of the Black Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership program, Shakenna Williams ’94 continues to increase access and opportunities for all women.
What Hiring New Faculty Members Means for the College
What Hiring New Faculty Members Means for the College » Babson is hiring 19 new faculty members for the next academic year, the largest expansion of faculty in College history. Dean of the College Ken Matsuno discusses what it means for the community.
Babson Community Rallies Behind Ukrainian Global Scholar
Babson Community Rallies Behind Ukrainian Global Scholar » As she fears for her family’s safety in Ukraine, Liliia Alieksanova ’25 takes action, organizing and leading a rally on the Babson campus to support her home country.
Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matters at Babson College
Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matters at Babson College » Babson College culminates its celebration of Black History Month with a community forum on the advancement of its diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy.
On MLK Legacy Day, a Call to Action
On MLK Legacy Day, a Call to Action » Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award winners reflect on James Blake’s keynote address at Babson’s MLK Legacy Day event.
Expanding Entrepreneurial Leadership into Law Enforcement
Expanding Entrepreneurial Leadership into Law Enforcement » Babson President Stephen Spinelli Jr. MBA’92, PhD, meets with city officials in his hometown of Springfield to discuss the impact of B-AGILE Blue Skies, a new training program for police officers.
GEM Report: U.S. Entrepreneurial Activity Returns to Near Pre-Pandemic Levels
GEM Report: U.S. Entrepreneurial Activity Returns to Near Pre-Pandemic Levels » The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s new Global Report is the first published report of its kind that examines entrepreneurship one year into the pandemic.
When Athletes Speak Up to Make a Difference
When Athletes Speak Up to Make a Difference » Former professional tennis player James Blake will be the keynote speaker at Babson’s MLK Legacy Day event, part of the College’s Black History Month celebration.
What Bond Rating Upgrades Mean to Babson College
What Bond Rating Upgrades Mean to Babson College » With strong financial management during a challenging time, Babson recently received a pair of upgrades, reflecting the highest bond ratings in the College’s history.
How We Can Carry on MLK’s Legacy
How We Can Carry on MLK’s Legacy » On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Babson College community leaders reflect on his legacy and the actions we can take to advance social justice.
Award-Winning Babson Professor Keeps Innovating and Inspiring
Award-Winning Babson Professor Keeps Innovating and Inspiring » Babson Professor Heidi Neck, whose impact extends from her classroom to educators around the world, has been honored with USASBE’s Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year award.
The Enduring Power of eTower
From Babson Magazine
The Enduring Power of eTower » Babson’s first living-learning community endures because of committed leaders who carry on the legacy and make eTower a true home for student entrepreneurs.
The Gift of Scholarship
The Gift of Scholarship » Investing in Babson students through scholarships provides enormous opportunities, impacting not only the recipients’ lives but also the College community as a whole.
Partnering to Provide Comfort on Campus
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Partnering to Provide Comfort on Campus » As the primary handler for Roger, Babson’s new community resource dog, Kevin Carrigan helps to keep Public Safety engaged with the community.
Babson Doubles Down on No. 1 Rankings
Babson Doubles Down on No. 1 Rankings » For the first time since 2012, Babson College has been ranked No. 1 for undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship education by both The Princeton Review/Entrepreneur magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
Gerald Watson ’76 and the Babson Black Alumni Alliance
Gerald Watson ’76 and the Babson Black Alumni Alliance » The founding chair of the Babson Black Alumni Alliance discusses how the new organization will serve Babson’s Black alumni and reflects on the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Can Capitalism Be Ethical?
Can Capitalism Be Ethical? » An award-winning course taught by Professor James Hoopes asks Babson students to consider the moral risks and moral opportunities of capitalism.
PHOTOS: Family, Friends, and Feel-Good Moments Highlight Back to Babson 2021
PHOTOS: Family, Friends, and Feel-Good Moments Highlight Back to Babson 2021 » Alumni, parents, students, and friends reunited on campus for Back to Babson, sharing a picture-perfect weekend of gatherings and celebrations.
New Blank Leadership Scholars Embrace Opportunity
New Blank Leadership Scholars Embrace Opportunity » Meet the second cohort of the Arthur M. Blank Leadership Scholars, a diverse and accomplished group of promising, values-driven entrepreneurial leaders.
New U.S. GEM Report Offers First Look at Pandemic’s Impact on Entrepreneurship
New U.S. GEM Report Offers First Look at Pandemic’s Impact on Entrepreneurship » New research from Babson College’s Global Entrepreneurship Monitor shows that more than one-half of entrepreneurs reported new business opportunities spurred by COVID-19.
Babson Buzzing as Students Return to Campus
Babson Buzzing as Students Return to Campus » With move-in weekend underway, students and faculty express their excitement over all the people back on campus creating a renewed sense of community.
Babson’s New Board Chair and the Power of Creating Opportunities
Babson’s New Board Chair and the Power of Creating Opportunities » Jeffery Perry ’87, P’23 brings a wealth of experiences and a unique perspective as an alumnus and parent of a student to his new role as chair of the Babson Board of Trustees.
Patrick Hale: Amplifying All Students’ Voices
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Patrick Hale: Amplifying All Students’ Voices » The director of Babson’s Multicultural and Identity Programs reflects on supporting students during trying times and the intersection of entrepreneurial leadership and DE&I.
Introducing the Tariq Farid Franchise Institute at Babson College
Introducing the Tariq Farid Franchise Institute at Babson College » Somia Farid Silber ’15, vice president of e-commerce at Edible Brands, discusses how the new institute is a major opportunity for Babson and the future of franchising education.
‘A Year of Growth, Learning, and Opportunity’ This article contains a video
‘A Year of Growth, Learning, and Opportunity’ » On his two-year anniversary, President Stephen Spinelli Jr. MBA’92, PhD reflects on Babson’s vital role in creating the change the world needs now.
VIDEO: ‘Thank You for Being the Examples of Leadership We So Cherish at Babson’ This article contains a video
VIDEO: ‘Thank You for Being the Examples of Leadership We So Cherish at Babson’ » The College celebrated the Class of 2021 and its achievements during Commencement experiences over two weekends.
Values and the Vaccine: Lessons on Leadership from the Pfizer CEO
Values and the Vaccine: Lessons on Leadership from the Pfizer CEO » Reflecting on the development of the first COVID-19 vaccine and the need to “think big,” Dr. Albert Bourla prepares to address Babson’s graduate Class of 2021.
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VIDEO: Celebrating the Class of 2020 » Watch video highlights of Babson College’s in-person and digital Commencement celebrations for the undergraduate and graduate members of the Class of 2020.
Morgan Stanley Executive Sings Praises for Entrepreneurial Leaders
Morgan Stanley Executive Sings Praises for Entrepreneurial Leaders » Carla Harris shares how her experiences on Wall Street and as a gospel singer have taught her the value of listening and using her voice, as she prepares to address Babson’s graduate Class of 2020.
Richelieu Dennis Jr. ’91 on Finding Inspiration Amid Uncertainty
Richelieu Dennis Jr. ’91 on Finding Inspiration Amid Uncertainty » Richelieu Dennis Jr. ’91 returns to Babson to share his experiences and perspectives with the undergraduate Class of 2020 and receive his honorary doctorate.
A Parade of NEWMAC Champions for Babson Beavers
A Parade of NEWMAC Champions for Babson Beavers » Led by the women’s lacrosse team, Babson College boasts a bevy of conference champions, including six teams and three individuals.
Jamie Siminoff ’99 and the Power of Entrepreneurial Thinking
Jamie Siminoff ’99 and the Power of Entrepreneurial Thinking » An honorary degree recipient this year, Jamie Siminoff '99, the famed founder and inventor of Ring, now is helping bring entrepreneurial thinking to the field of medicine.
CEO of Babson’s Blank School Exemplifies Why Vision Is Important in Leadership
CEO of Babson’s Blank School Exemplifies Why Vision Is Important in Leadership » In a career spent solving problems as an entrepreneurial leader, Donna Levin, the CEO of Babson’s Blank School, knows the real impact comes by empowering others.
Five Regions, Five Days: Entrepreneurial Leadership Everywhere This article contains a video
Five Regions, Five Days: Entrepreneurial Leadership Everywhere » Featuring an impressive list of esteemed speakers, the sixth edition of Babson Connect: Worldwide takes the College community around the world in five days.
Convening Conversations About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Convening Conversations About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion » A group of eight Babson College faculty and staff members participated in a training session focused on designing and facilitating dialogues across divides.
Soprano Shares Her Voice and Perspectives with Babson Community
Soprano Shares Her Voice and Perspectives with Babson Community » Moderating a discussion with opera singer Karen Slack, Curtis Johnson ’23 helps highlight diverse voices and new perspectives on the connections between entrepreneurship and the arts.
The Enduring Impact of MLK Leadership Award Winners
The Enduring Impact of MLK Leadership Award Winners » Alumni winners of Babson’s Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award continue to honor his legacy and share their thoughts on fulfilling his vision.
Expanding Academic Toolbox Keeps Babson on Cutting Edge
Expanding Academic Toolbox Keeps Babson on Cutting Edge » A strong partnership between the Academic Technology Innovation Center and faculty continually enhances the online classroom experience.
Back at Babson, Shay Brings Unique Perspective
Back at Babson, Shay Brings Unique Perspective » Jeffrey P. Shay ’87, MBA’91 returns as the new executive director for academic operations at Babson College's The Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Taking Action on Diversity and Inclusion
Taking Action on Diversity and Inclusion » As U.S. chair and senior partner at PwC and co-founder of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, Tim Ryan ’88 uses his entrepreneurial skills to raise awareness and effect change.
People of Babson: Grace Carew ’16
People of Babson: Grace Carew ’16 » As an alumna, staff member, and even occasionally the mascot, Grace Carew ’16 knows all about keeping the Babson community connected, especially online.
When Making Masks Proves Purposeful and Personal
When Making Masks Proves Purposeful and Personal » For Babson-built Mighty Well, expanding into the production of face masks was no pivot. It was purposeful and personal.
Lessons from Training 10,000 Small Businesses
Lessons from Training 10,000 Small Businesses » As Babson marks a milestone with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, National Academic Director Richard Bliss reflects on the lessons and its impact.
Black Student Union at 50: Its Impact, Meaning, and Future
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Black Student Union at 50: Its Impact, Meaning, and Future » Fifty years after Eric Johnson ’72, P’08 founded Babson's Black Student Union, current student leaders reflect on its impact, its meaning, and its future.
Office Hours: Defining and Developing Entrepreneurial Leadership
From Babson Magazine
Office Hours: Defining and Developing Entrepreneurial Leadership » As endowed chair for values-based leadership, Scott Taylor is helping set the course for The Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
The Network Effect
The Network Effect » At this Class of 2020 startup, a pair of students from different graduate programs take advantage of dynamic and unexpected opportunities.
The Blank Blueprint for the Future of Entrepreneurial Leadership
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The Blank Blueprint for the Future of Entrepreneurial Leadership » With his core values as the cornerstone, Arthur M. Blank ’63, H’98 and Babson College —thanks to a game-changing $50 million gift—are laying the groundwork to inspire and shape the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.
People of Babson: Larinda Cole
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People of Babson: Larinda Cole » The associate director in Babson’s Undergraduate Center for Career Development discusses students’ career readiness, racial justice, and, of course, her love for fashion.
People of Babson: Lawrence P. Ward
People of Babson: Lawrence P. Ward » The Vice President for Learner Success and Dean of Campus Life reflects on the trying times caused by the pandemic and social injustice, as well as a pair of recent honors recognizing his successes.
Celebrity Entrepreneurs Inspire Young Entrepreneurial Leaders
Celebrity Entrepreneurs Inspire Young Entrepreneurial Leaders » Pitbull, Elle Macpherson P’20, and Jeff Hoffman share their experiences and their advice to motivate and empower young entrepreneurial leaders.
Why Is Leadership Important?
Why Is Leadership Important? » Why is leadership important? Babson faculty offer their expertise on the value of leadership skills, especially for emerging entrepreneurial leaders.
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The Johnson House Opens for the 50th Anniversary of the Black Student Union » Named for BSU founder Eric Johnson ’72, P’08, Babson's new special-interest housing focuses on creating solutions to close the wealth gap.
Office Hours: Always Moving Forward
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Office Hours: Always Moving Forward » From women’s entrepreneurship to digital education, Professor of Management Nan Langowitz is constantly creating opportunities for students and faculty.
People of Babson: Caitlin Capozzi
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People of Babson: Caitlin Capozzi » Caitlin Capozzi, Babson's new dean of students, reflects on the upheaval of the spring semester, and why working closely with students is so rewarding.
Top-Ranked Babson Accelerates Momentum with Appointment of Blank School Leadership
Top-Ranked Babson Accelerates Momentum with Appointment of Blank School Leadership » As Babson marks its No. 1 ranking, the College accelerates its leadership with major appointments at The Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
The Class of 2020 Is Made for This Moment
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The Class of 2020 Is Made for This Moment » With their strength and resilience, the members of Babson's Class of 2020 prove they're ready to shape their futures and make their mark on the world.
Summer Study Success Creates Long-Lasting Impact
Summer Study Success Creates Long-Lasting Impact » In re-envisioning a popular high school program online, Babson faculty provide a promising glimpse of the future—for students and themselves.
20 Reasons We Love the Class of 2020
From Babson Magazine
20 Reasons We Love the Class of 2020 » There are countless other examples of inspiration and achievement, but here we offer just a small sample of 20 reasons we love Babson's Class of 2020.
‘We Are a Remarkably Resilient and Supportive Community’
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‘We Are a Remarkably Resilient and Supportive Community’ » Lawrence P. Ward, the new vice president for learner success and dean of campus life, discusses how Babson is adapting its student support systems and offers his advice to returning students.
‘We’re Equipping Our Students to Thrive Amid Uncertainty’
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‘We’re Equipping Our Students to Thrive Amid Uncertainty’ » Ken Matsuno, the new vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college, explains how Babson is ensuring its high academic standards and what he's learned about the community.
Office Hours: Opportunity Knocking
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Office Hours: Opportunity Knocking » Professor of Finance Richard Bliss, Babson’s first Posse mentor, serves as the national academic director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
Embracing an Agile Mindset
Embracing an Agile Mindset » Juggling school, work, and family, part-time MBA student Kristina Feasey MBA’21 embraces an agile mindset in her full-time role with College Marketing.
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Thankful for a Facilities Team Hard at Work » As Facilities staff members keep the Babson campus clean and safe, students express their appreciation.
‘Superheroes’ Joining Forces in Digital Experience Initiative
‘Superheroes’ Joining Forces in Digital Experience Initiative » An interdisciplinary team of Babson faculty is researching the importance of responsible and ethical digital transformation.
Feeding the Frontlines by Supporting Local Business This article contains a video
Feeding the Frontlines by Supporting Local Business » Members of the Babson community have launched initiatives large and small to provide meals for hospital workers and bolster struggling restaurants.
Virtual Reality: How the Babson Community United in the Face of Crisis
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Virtual Reality: How the Babson Community United in the Face of Crisis » The College completed a remarkable transformation to a virtual campus over spring break—with an eye on the future.
People of Babson: Lisa Thomas, Director of Service and Justice Programs
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People of Babson: Lisa Thomas, Director of Service and Justice Programs » Lisa Thomas, the director of Service and Justice Programs, reflects on the importance of service, and how it relates to entrepreneurial leadership.
Office Hours: 5 Provocative Films about the American Dream
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Office Hours: 5 Provocative Films about the American Dream » Professor Julie Levinson, who has been exploring themes related to the American dream her entire career, recounts five provocative movies that resonate today.
Interdisciplinary Research Takes Center Stage
Interdisciplinary Research Takes Center Stage » Babson Faculty Research Day highlights interdisciplinary approach and accelerates connections and collaborations for further research opportunities.
How Babson Dining Could Help Save New England’s Dairy Farms
How Babson Dining Could Help Save New England’s Dairy Farms » By winning the New England Food Vision Prize, Babson College is helping a local farm expand to making mozzarella cheese to increase locally sourced food and engage faculty and students.