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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.
A Veteran Helping Veterans
A Veteran Helping Veterans » Vietnam veteran and life coach Richard Battista jumped at the chance to earn his MBA at Babson. The 73-year-old hopes Babson’s entrepreneurial mindset can be used to help prevent veteran suicides.
First Health Hackathon in Rwanda Highlights Babson-UGHE Collaboration
First Health Hackathon in Rwanda Highlights Babson-UGHE Collaboration » Wiljeana Glover, founding faculty director of Babson’s Kerry Murphy Healey Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship, discusses the successful hackathon and the value of collaborating with the University of Global Health Equity.
Expanding Minds and Opportunities at Babson’s Summer Study for High School Students
Expanding Minds and Opportunities at Babson’s Summer Study for High School Students » Two Babson undergraduates who attended Babson’s Summer Study for High School Students say the monthlong program opened their eyes to opportunities and careers they had never considered.
Refurbishing Computers Turns from Side Hustle to Helping Hand
Refurbishing Computers Turns from Side Hustle to Helping Hand » Dylan Zajac ’25 has been refurbishing computers and donating them since high school. At Babson, he has continued to grow his charity, develop his network, and expand his opportunities.
Cheryl Kiser Selected as Judge for 2022 Meaningful Business 100
Cheryl Kiser Selected as Judge for 2022 Meaningful Business 100 » 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).
Ela Gokcigdem ’24 Addresses United Nations on Protecting Our Oceans
Ela Gokcigdem ’24 Addresses United Nations on Protecting Our Oceans » Ela Gokcigdem ’24 represented Turkey as a youth delegate at the UN Ocean Conference Youth and Innovation Forum last month in Cascais, Portugal.
A Gym That’s Inclusive of All
A Gym That’s Inclusive of All » A Boston gym co-founded by Babson MBA graduates, Inclusive Fitness is dedicated to the needs of individuals who are neurodivergent, an often overlooked population.
Sustainability Key to Babson Collaborative Global Student Challenge Winners
Sustainability Key to Babson Collaborative Global Student Challenge Winners » Students from across the globe—including Norway, Lebanon, and Chile—visited Babson’s Wellesley campus last week after winning the 2022 Babson Collaborative Global Student Challenge.
Babson WIN Tulsa Draws Inspiration from Historic Roots
Babson WIN Tulsa Draws Inspiration from Historic Roots » A group of Babson staff and faculty visited the College’s new Women’s Initiative Now (WIN) Lab in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as Babson seeks to boost growth for women entrepreneurs and the local economy.
Babson Brings Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Health
Babson Brings Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Health » Branded with a new name and renewed focus, Babson’s Kerry Murphy Healey Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship focuses on equity in medicine.
First-Year Babson Student Isn’t Waiting to Make a Difference
First-Year Babson Student Isn’t Waiting to Make a Difference » With a focus on social entrepreneurship and motivating people in his community, Thomas Thermidor ’25 already is shaping his long-term legacy.
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.
Babson MBA Graduate Takes Uncommon Path to Education Equity
Babson MBA Graduate Takes Uncommon Path to Education Equity » Preshika Jain MBA’21 used her experiences and connections through Babson College’s Uncommon Table to develop an ed tech product that would improve equity in education.
What Is the Most Effective Way to Make a Difference?
What Is the Most Effective Way to Make a Difference? » After a stint in the nonprofit sector, Babson alumna Evadne Cokeh MBA’17 came to the corporate world of ButcherBox, intent on making a social and environmental impact.
Under a Big Sky, Entrepreneurial Leaders Focus on Their Promise
Under a Big Sky, Entrepreneurial Leaders Focus on Their Promise » Gathering for a Babson program among the beauty and quiet of Montana’s West Creek Ranch, leaders in the social sector reflect on how they can make a difference in the world.
Babson Collaborative Students Provide New Life for Afghan Refugee
Babson Collaborative Students Provide New Life for Afghan Refugee » Afghan refugee Fatema Jalaly escaped Taliban rule thanks to a network of student peers connected through the Babson Collaborative for Entrepreneurship Education. Members of the Babson Collaborative Student Network successfully coordinated Jalaly’s 10,000-mile relocation to Chile.
Taking His Expertise in Environmental Justice to the White House
Taking His Expertise in Environmental Justice to the White House » Recently appointed to a White House Environmental Justice Council, Kyle Whyte ’01 has brought his unique perspectives to the federal level.
How Can We Teach Coding to Kids from Underserved Communities?
How Can We Teach Coding to Kids from Underserved Communities? » Embracing entrepreneurial thinking in teaching STEM subjects could help solve the tech industry’s diversity and inclusion problem, says Google’s Calvin Pinney.
Vaidehi Tembhekar MBA’21 on Making a Social Impact in Kenya
Vaidehi Tembhekar MBA’21 on Making a Social Impact in Kenya » Vaidehi Tembhekar MBA’21, who co-founded the ride-hailing app Busy Boda in Kenya, is set to deliver the graduate student address as part of Babson's digital Commencement ceremony.
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.
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.
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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.
Planting the Seeds for Financial Empowerment
Planting the Seeds for Financial Empowerment » Through her nonprofit, Seeds of Fortune, Nitiya Walker ’14 seeks to empower young women of color through financial knowledge.
Her Hometown Is in Her Heart
Her Hometown Is in Her Heart » Her Brazilian hometown is often on the mind of Giullia Jaques Caldeira ’24, who works to support her mom there and founded an organization aiding women in an area prison.
The Fight Against Isolation in the Time of COVID
The Fight Against Isolation in the Time of COVID » To combat isolation in older adults, a student team from Babson’s FutureLab on Mobility explored how to improve access to technology.
Entrepreneurship Finds Roots in Families, Reveals GEM Report
Entrepreneurship Finds Roots in Families, Reveals GEM Report » Worldwide, 75% of entrepreneurs and 81% of established business owners are entrepreneurs, co-owning or managing their businesses with family members.
Babson, Family Foundation Partner to Build Economic Inclusion for All
Babson, Family Foundation Partner to Build Economic Inclusion for All » Angeli Tarsadia Reddy ’09 and her family foundation have partnered with a Babson-led venture to uplift underserved populations from financial fragility.
In the Saddle with Entrepreneurial Leaders
In the Saddle with Entrepreneurial Leaders » Against the backdrop of Montana’s West Creek Ranch, Babson’s Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership empowers organizations to address pressing social issues.
Studying Science at a Business School
Studying Science at a Business School » Assistant professor of Earth and environmental science Joanna Carey asked students to express their vision for a better future. Why? Because as entrepreneurial leaders, she believes they can ignite change.
Entrepreneurship with Law During COVID-19
Entrepreneurship with Law During COVID-19 » How Danielle Goldman, a Babson WIN Lab® alumna, is helping international students serve local communities.
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.
‘True Success Is Giving Back’ This article contains a video
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‘True Success Is Giving Back’ » In these courses, Babson students not only learn the significance of philanthropy and what it means to be a humanitarian but also put those lessons in action.
Their Mission: Empower Women Everywhere
Their Mission: Empower Women Everywhere » Savitha Sridharan MBA’14 and Angela Sanchez MBA’11 are two Babson entrepreneurs united by one extraordinary mission—to empower women everywhere .
Babson Entrepreneurs Converge on Miami
Babson Entrepreneurs Converge on Miami » Miami was home to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s annual meeting and Report Launch.
Entrepreneurs Worldwide Want Their Business to Make a Difference
Entrepreneurs Worldwide Want Their Business to Make a Difference » Forty percent of entrepreneurs in 35 economies want to use their business to make a difference in the world.
Entrepreneurs Don’t Go It Alone at Babson
Entrepreneurs Don’t Go It Alone at Babson » While she was launching Yad, her home decor business, Debbie Cohen ’19 took full advantage of the many resources that Babson offers budding entrepreneurs.
A Break to Serve Others This article contains a video
A Break to Serve Others » In honor of National Random Acts of Kindness Day, we’re recognizing Babson students who, every year, choose to spend their school breaks away from home, helping others.
The Growing Need for Sustainability in Business
The Growing Need for Sustainability in Business » How might humanity take action and confront climate change? Sustainability in business offers one source for ideas and inspiration.
5 Ways to Be a Good Board Fellow
5 Ways to Be a Good Board Fellow » The Babson College Board Fellows program allows MBA students and alumni the opportunity to become integral nonvoting members of nonprofit boards.
Empowering Young Women Entrepreneurs, Empowering Communities This article contains a video
Empowering Young Women Entrepreneurs, Empowering Communities » Ten young leaders returned home from Babson College’s Summer Study program ready to amplify their impact, all thanks to a SheaMoisture initiative that believes in empowering communities by empowering women through entrepreneurship.
How Gen Z Is Preparing to Tackle Global Challenges
How Gen Z Is Preparing to Tackle Global Challenges » These bright minds have big feelings about big problems. They emphasize authenticity and values-driven action. But, how can that passion get channeled into sustainable, positive social impact?
Alumnus Connection Helps WIN Lab Go Global
Alumnus Connection Helps WIN Lab Go Global » For the first time in program history, and in partnership with alumnus Marvin Tarawally ’17, Babson’s Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab® is taking its expertise abroad to provide Liberian entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills, and mindset they need to accelerate their ventures.
One Student’s Quest to Transform Africa
One Student’s Quest to Transform Africa » Jacob Fohtung MBA’19, MS’20 is using his Babson degrees to move him closer to his ultimate goal of transforming the continent of Africa.
Helping Professors Thrive with Custom Coaching
Helping Professors Thrive with Custom Coaching » Through customized coaching, David James MBA’18 helps professors achieve their classroom goals and become better teachers.
Accelerating the Future of Mobility
Accelerating the Future of Mobility » New partnership leverages Toyota Mobility Foundation’s know-how and Babson’s entrepreneurial management expertise to develop mobility models aimed at solving real-world problems.
Babson Startups Win Big at B.E.T.A. Challenge
Babson Startups Win Big at B.E.T.A. Challenge » More than $300,000 in cash and prizes was awarded at the esteemed Babson Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® (B.E.T.A.) Challenge.
Fulbright and the Pursuit of Global Citizenship
Fulbright and the Pursuit of Global Citizenship » Julia Dean ’19 has been awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to improve access to entrepreneurship education in South Korea. She is the latest in a line of Babson students who have decided to take advantage of their opportunities to better the lives of others around the world.
Pursuing Purpose and Profit
Pursuing Purpose and Profit » The leader of Babson’s Lewis Institute, Cheryl Kiser, believes companies can both make money and make a difference.
From Commander to Student to Fellow to CEO
From Commander to Student to Fellow to CEO » As graduation approached for Prakash Veenam MBA '18, he took advantage of a summer fellowship offered through the Leonard A. Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship. That fellowship paved the way for Veenam to become CEO just three months later.
Storytelling for Social Justice in Flint and Beyond
Storytelling for Social Justice in Flint and Beyond » Melissa Denizard ’20 fell in love with filmmaking in high school. Her latest project? A documentary on Flint, Michigan's water crisis.
Can Entrepreneurship Reduce Recidivism? This Babson Professor Says Yes
Can Entrepreneurship Reduce Recidivism? This Babson Professor Says Yes » How can we reduce the exorbitant rate of recidivism in the United States? Babson Professor Elizabeth Swanson believes entrepreneurship is the answer.
For Kingston Creative, Revitalizing a City Relies on Entrepreneurship
For Kingston Creative, Revitalizing a City Relies on Entrepreneurship » Kingston Creative is an initiative whose stated goal is no less than the revitalization of an entire city. But it’s all in a day’s work for Jennifer Bailey, assistant professor of technology and operations management.
In the Classroom, Students Design for Sustainable Social Impact
In the Classroom, Students Design for Sustainable Social Impact » Through a collaborative class, students at Babson, Olin, and Wellesley Colleges learn to use design and entrepreneurship to address the well-being of people living in poverty.
Breaking Down Language Barriers with Entrada ESL
Breaking Down Language Barriers with Entrada ESL » Social entrepreneur Erin Janklow MBA’14, founder of Entrada ESL, is working with companies such as Rent the Runway, Vail Resorts, and the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance to teach English as a second language to labor workers.
What is Social Impact?
What is Social Impact? » How do you create economic and social value simultaneously? It takes a culture that sees differently, thinks differently, and acts differently. It requires a mindset that cultivates breakthrough interactions to activate and scale positive social impact.
The Future of Sustainability is in the Hands of Entrepreneurs
The Future of Sustainability is in the Hands of Entrepreneurs » In seeking to understand adoption rates of environmentally friendlier buildings, Siddharth Vedula found a riveting case for sustainability entrepreneurs everywhere.
Caryl Stern’s Lessons on Life and Leadership
Caryl Stern’s Lessons on Life and Leadership » In the story of Caryl Stern’s life, there’s a theme prevalent in each and every chapter: putting children first.
Growing Plants to Grow Students with Stephen Ritz
Growing Plants to Grow Students with Stephen Ritz » Stephen Ritz's Green Bronx Machine uses the power of a plant to transform communities that are fragmented and marginalized into neighborhoods that are inclusive and thriving.
Scaling and Sustaining Healthcare Innovation
Scaling and Sustaining Healthcare Innovation » How can an entrepreneurial mindset and model lead to healthcare innovation?
After the Storm
After the Storm » Entrepreneurs are putting their own unique spins on hurricane recovery efforts in the U.S.
Capitalism That Works For All
Capitalism That Works For All » Ten characteristics of Conscious Capitalism: a system serves the interests of customers, employees, investors, communities, suppliers, and the environment.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra on Building India’s Future
Roshni Nadar Malhotra on Building India’s Future » Roshni Nadar Malhotra has spearheaded a multitude of initiatives and programs that prepare India's next generation of women leaders, and the next generation of nation builders in India’s classrooms.
Turning Leftovers into Bestovers
Turning Leftovers into Bestovers » This food entrepreneur is using pulp-based snacks to transform the way we think about—and use—food waste.
People, Planet, Profits: A Recipe for Triple Bottom Line
People, Planet, Profits: A Recipe for Triple Bottom Line » Why Ramon Mendiola, CEO of FIFCO, merged the company’s business strategy with corporate social responsibility.
Disrupting the Status Quo
Disrupting the Status Quo » Social innovators Rosanne Haggerty and Michael Sorrell are challenging traditional models of doing business, using entrepreneurship to reshape and reimagine the communities—and the world—we live in
Tackling Sustainability Goals with Social Innovation in Liberia
Tackling Sustainability Goals with Social Innovation in Liberia » Taylor Quinn and Marvin Tarawally are using entrepreneurial thought and action to tackle combat malnutrition and advance education in Liberia.
Fighting Global Iron Deficiency, One Lucky Iron Fish at a Time
Fighting Global Iron Deficiency, One Lucky Iron Fish at a Time » Sets of three are lucky in Cambodia. But when Dr. Gavin Armstrong incorporated his company Lucky Iron Fish on 12/12/12, he wasn’t thinking much about luck. Rather, he was launching an innovative solution to one of Cambodia's biggest problems; iron deficiency.
Corporate Social Responsibility from the Bottom Up
Corporate Social Responsibility from the Bottom Up » How can companies empower citizens of the world’s war-torn economies? For Shainoor Khoja, the answer includes bringing those citizens into the organization’s business model.
Can the Collaborative Economy Fix Climate Change?
Can the Collaborative Economy Fix Climate Change? » How collaborative economy ventures, including car-sharing platforms such as BlaBlaCar, Lyft, and Uber, are helping combat climate change.
Helping Teen Mothers Step Out Of Poverty
Helping Teen Mothers Step Out Of Poverty » Rocked by the painful loss of her toddler, Catalina Escobar channeled her grief into action.
Writing the Book on Creating Social Value
Writing the Book on 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.
Running a Business Rooted in Mission
Running a Business Rooted in Mission » What happens if an organization’s business side conflicts with its mission? In some cases, this struggle can lead to mission creep—a term used in the nonprofit world to describe a migration away from the original purpose to a new direction entirely.
Slow Money Investing Takes Root
Slow Money Investing Takes Root » An emerging cadre of enterprising investors and entrepreneurs is committed to turning this situation around, and making money in the process. Food entrepreneurs are revitalizing dozens of old businesses, and starting hundreds of new ones, based on sustainable farming and food production methods.
Becoming a Conscious Capitalist
Becoming a Conscious Capitalist » Professor Raj Sisodia, chairman and co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Institute, is the co-author (with Whole Foods Founder John Mackey) of business bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. In addition to helping companies around the world adopt the mindset of Conscious Capitalism, Sisodia also is the F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business…
Amplifying Impact with AltruHelp
Amplifying Impact with AltruHelp » Mathew Paisner is not your average social innovator. He heads AltruHelp, an organization that helps businesses and colleges increase volunteerism by connecting their people to personalized volunteer projects.
Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part II
Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part II » Social investment platforms are as diverse as the challenges they seek to address. They share a common goal of having a positive effect and supporting social causes, but approach community engagement and fundraising differently.
A Profile of Omidyar Network
A Profile of Omidyar Network » Instead of simply giving money to accelerate social good, Omidyar Network behaves like a venture capital firm, investing in global businesses whose result is public good.
Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part I
Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part I » Crowdfunding is an Internet-powered evolution of an age-old activity, and it’s providing social entrepreneurs with access to capital, customers, and ideas.
Social Intrapreneurship: A Conversation with Cheryl Kiser and Kevin Thompson
Social Intrapreneurship: A Conversation with Cheryl Kiser and Kevin Thompson » The term Social Intrapreneurship has been cropping up lately. The Ashoka Changemakers announced a League of Intrapreneurs in September, universities are studying the practice, and intrapreneurs at companies as diverse as Ford, Nestle, Intel, Dell, and Kraft have attracted attention in the business press.