Before The Home Depot, before the packed stadium, before the best-selling book and the tremendous success of The Blank Family of Businesses, Arthur M. Blank ’63, H’98 was a Babson College student. This October, it was our pleasure to welcome him home.
Mr. Blank described his visit as both intellectual and emotional. Although things look different this year—with COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place throughout the day—our visit was an important reminder that the value and impact of the Babson experience extends far beyond graduation day.
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Mr. Blank visited his old residence hall and stopped by the Babson World Globe in its new location. One of the most inspirational parts of the day was our lunch with The Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership Scholars. We talked about educational opportunities, Mr. Blank shared stories from his days as a student, and—because Babson students are trained to seize opportunity—several students pitched their business ideas directly to Mr. Blank.
The day was anchored by two virtual events attended by 1,200 members of the Babson community. Our conversations centered on Mr. Blank’s new book, Good Company, and the six core principles that have guided his life, career, and the success of The Blank Family of Businesses—values that also serve as the founding principles of Babson’s Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
I have long been inspired by Mr. Blank’s vision and leadership. He is an icon of business and entrepreneurship, a strategic philanthropist, and a dedicated Babson College champion and benefactor. I am energized by our collaboration and the unparalleled momentum it generates for Babson’s continued innovation and leadership.
Our shared vision for The Blank School will amplify entrepreneurial leadership on a global scale and inextricably link values-based leadership and entrepreneurship education. Together, we are connecting social and economic value and building leaders who will improve the human condition and change the world.
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