Year Up Participants Pack Hours of Information Into a Morning at Babson
The Year Up group actively participated during presentations. Following Elizabeth Thornton’s presentation, John Carlos approached her for a candid one-on-one discussion that they both enjoyed!
Around 90 students and staff from Year Up, a non-profit organization that helps urban young adults reach their professional potential, spent the morning on campus. Hosted by Babson’s Center for Information Management Studies (CIMS) and co-sponsored by the Boston chapter of the Society for Information Management, Year Up students came to Babson to learn how to boost their business relationship and networking skills.
The morning session included a ‘rally’ for higher education by the dean of undergraduate admission, Grant Gosselin. He encouraged all attendees to complete their educations and gave good reasons – financial and emotional – to make that a priority. Grant offered his services and those of his staff to anyone interested in discussing college entrance to Babson or elsewhere.
They also heard from Elizabeth Thornton, entrepreneurship lecturer and Chief Diversity Officer, who gave an energetic and interactive pep talk on creating your own image rather than succumbing to others’ stereotypes of you.
Megan Houlker, director of undergraduate career development, talked about forming networks – both social and professional – to use them well, and to be a responsible partner with all of them. These relationships can be lifelong and life-changing.
The rest of the day included a welcome from Mary Mazzio, Babson’s filmmaker in residence, founder of 50 Eggs Productions, and producer of Lemonade Stories and Ten9Eight, and an interactive panel of Babson students including Posse Scholars who shared their personal experiences.
The Year Up group was joined by the student panelists for lunch at Trim Dining Hall before heading home.