Cheryl Kiser, executive director of Babson College’s Institute for Social Innovation, will serve on an expert global panel of judges for the 2022 Meaningful Business 100 (MB100). The award celebrates social entrepreneurs, sustainability leaders, corporate CEOs, and impact investors combining profit and purpose to help achieve the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“As a judge, I’m excited to be at the forefront of learning and influencing how we define what makes a good entrepreneurial leader,” Kiser said. “Whether it’s the head of sustainability at H&M or the founder of a Tunisian startup developing EVs for people with reduced mobility, the MB100 teaches us so much about new models, pathways, and partnerships for creating social and economic value—simultaneously and sustainably.”
Babson College is an academic partner for Meaningful Business. “Meaningful Business is not just a partner in name, but thought and action,” Kiser said.
In addition to engaging in open conversations with MB100 leaders from across the globe, Babson students have the potential to work with these leaders on special initiatives through Inventureships. Maria Kahale MBA’21 completed an Inventureship with Meaningful Business last summer, helping to develop and execute a communication outreach strategy for the 2021 MB100. “This role complemented my Babson experience because it showed me how different entrepreneurs are tackling the SDGs and how I can approach sustainability throughout my career,” Kahale said.
The Institute for Social Innovation also has provided Meaningful Business membership for some Babson faculty, connecting them to a wealth of new and expanded content for their classrooms. “The MB100 provides excellent teaching cases on how values-based leaders are driving social impact, sustainability, and good governance,” Kiser said.
Nominations for MB100 can be submitted until August 19, 2022. Now in its fourth year, the MB100’s year-long award program is supported by EY and Hogan Lovells.
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