Learning the Art of a Stock Pitch » As part of the Babson College Fund, students commit two semesters to develop their investment research skills while managing a portion of the College’s endowment. While presenting a stock pitch in class is common, pitching to legendary investor Peter Lynch is a rare opportunity.
How Balancing a Career and Motherhood Makes You Better at Both » Professor Danna Greenberg and alumna Jamie Shapiro Ladge ’95 are co-authors of Maternal Optimism: Forging Positive Paths through Work and Motherhood. Together, they’re helping women navigate the complexities of being a working mother to find joy, success, and perspective.
From Secretary to CEO: For Jan Singer, One Call Changed it All » At an on-campus event with Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), former Victoria’s Secret and Spanx CEO Jan Singer zeroed in on our underestimated and undervalued ability to choose, to take control, and to change our perspectives about what it means to go to work.
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Marla Capozzi, Urges Students to Never Stop Learning » Fundamentally, academia and business are two very different industries. Babson student Jess Chartier ’20 sat down with Babson Board of Trustees Chair Marla Capozzi MBA’96 to discuss the differences and similarities of leading a college and a management consulting firm at the same time.
Entrepreneurship in Her Family Dates Back to 1844. Today, Cathy Hughes Runs the Largest Black-Owned Broadcast Company in the Nation » At the 21st annual Black Affinity Network Conference, the Babson community awarded Cathy Hughes with a Pioneer Award for her unique contributions in changing the entertainment industry.
Advice from Married Entrepreneurs Sara Blakely and Jesse Itzler » Sara Blakely and Jesse Itzler are an entrepreneurial power-couple. She founded Spanx and is a self-made billionaire, he has sold multiple businesses, authored best selling books, and is a former rapper. Together they have four children and say marrying one another has been the best decision they ever made.
All About Angel Investors » Angels are private investors who want to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. And they are a critical component of thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems, providing the necessary financing to help founders get moving. Kevin Colleran ’03 and Babson Professor Zach Zacharakis share their insight into the world of angel investing.
Care.com’s Sheila Lirio Marcelo’s Advice for Entrepreneurial Women » In the early 2000s, the Yellow Pages just weren’t cutting it. At least not for Sheila Lirio Marcelo, who was struggling to find care for her newborn child and her ailing father. Her struggle to find suitable care inspired her to develop a better solution for families everywhere.
Big Business, Startup Mentality » The oft-told story of a small startup innovating to greatness stands in contrast to the narrative of a large company caught in the innovator’s dilemma: protecting its current business by ignoring opportunities that could disrupt the status quo. In corporate environments, intrapreneurs fight bureaucracy, outdated processes, groupthink, and sheer inertia.
Got a Great Idea? Prove It » Entrepreneurs by temperament are gushing wells of inspiration—new businesses, new solutions to old problems, and new approaches. In those first bursts of imagination, an opportunity appears suddenly obvious, even if the path to success will be long and full of false starts. And, then, another idea might manifest, seeming as brilliant as the first.
The New Rules of Mentoring » One mentor is not enough in today’s career environment. All professionals should create and maintain a developmental network—a set of people at different levels both within and outside of your workplace that assists you in your personal and professional development. E-mentoring is not only a viable tool to help you do this, but it also could be your most effective one.