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Finding My Way In

By Angelica Vazquez ’19, Undergraduate Scholar at The Lewis Institute. “Good Business Friday is tomorrow, you should come!” exclaimed my friend Monika who was working as an Undergraduate Scholar at The Lewis Institute. “What is that?” I inquired. As I tried to stay involved on campus, I wondered how I hadn’t heard about this before.…

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ET&A in War-Torn Syria

By Gyda Sumadi ‘18. A piece of Syria visited Babson this spring, as Dr. Mahmoud Hariri, a trauma surgeon on the ground in Syria, visited campus to share with students, faculty, and community members his first-hand experience of the tragedies to date in the now six-year long war in Syria. Syrian myself (my father was…

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Regenerative Business

We’ve talked repeatedly on this blog about the importance of relationships to all of us here at The Lewis Institute, and we’re particularly grateful for the time, talent, and expertise that our Senior Fellows in Social Innovation share with the entire Babson community and beyond. And we’re always excited when our Fellows have new and…

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An Open Letter to Fortune 500 Companies

As part of Emily and Cheryl’s Leading for Social Value course this spring, students were asked to write closing blogs with reflections from the seven weeks of the course. We’ll be sharing some of these posts periodically, starting with this open letter to Fortune 500 Companies from Evadne Cokeh, MBA’17. Dear Fortune 500 Companies, I…

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Flourish Prizes Shine a Light on Businesses Impacting the UN SDGs

By Claire Sommer, Communications Director for AIM2Flourish, a movement to change business education for the better by helping students discover, report on, and be inspired by world-benefiting business solutions. They recently awarded 17 Flourish Prizes honoring businesses innovating toward each of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Below, Claire shares some of her favorites, and we’re…

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The Growing Field of Corporate Social Innovation

Earlier this year, Senior Fellows in Social Innovation Bradley Googins and Philip Mirvis released a white paper for The Conference Board looking at the growing field of Corporate Social Innovation (CSI). This white paper, The New Business of Business: Innovating for a Better World, identifies three interlocking challenges businesses face today: “shareholder demands for growth,…

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Entrepreneurial Opportunity Amidst One of the World’s Largest Challenges

By Rebecca Obounou, Assistant Director of The Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship & MBA’17. I had the privilege of attending the Boston Global Surgery Symposium held at Harvard Medical School on March 4th with a few of Babson’s curious and bright students. The Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship (GHE) sponsored their attendance. As…

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Blue Sky Resolution: Recognizing Companies Combining Profits and Ideals

Recently, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation Lynnette McIntire launched the website Blue Sky Resolution. We caught up with her about the inspiration behind this process and what defines a “Blue Sky” business. Q. You’ve started a new website that features companies combining profits and ideals called Blue Sky Resolution. Why? A. I’ve seen a lot…

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What Do Regenerative Organic Farmers and MBA Students Have in Common?

By Evadne Cokeh, Andrew Franks, Maureen O’Brien, Amanda Roosevelt and Ty Thiele (MBA’17). Each year Patagonia and The Hass School of Business at UC Berkeley host The Patagonia Case Competition that challenges graduate students from across the US to solve one of the company’s real-life sustainability issues. This year’s competition asked students to propose methods for Patagonia to accelerate…

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Why This Doctor Went to Business School

By Sthuthi Jebaraj MBA’18. As the sole medical doctor in my cohort, I frequently get asked why I’m in business school, and why I chose Babson in particular. To answer this question, I must describe the journey that brought me here. In 2007, I graduated from Christian Medical College in Vellore, one of the best…

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