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Working Together for Positive Change

John Kluge MBA’17, Cheryl Kiser, and the student group The Usurpers have been featured in the most recent issue of Babson Magazine. The story, Working Together for Positive Change, dives into the students’ desire to see the role of business in society more intentionally integrated into the MBA experience, and shares the path that ultimately…

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The Power of Language

By Katie Rosario, Assistant Director of Youth Programs at The Lewis Institute. Six months ago, I didn’t even know how to spell entrepreneurship, much less interface with it daily. I started my position at The Lewis Institute as the Assistant Director of Youth Programs at the start of our busiest time of the year and was told…

Seventh Babson Food Day

Quite a lot has changed since Food Sol launched six years ago – both across the food industry (from field to fork it’s been interrupted and redesigned) as well as in food education (who teaches what and to whom). When we started, annual events that celebrated farming, food, access, sustainability, justice, animal welfare, and culture…

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Babson Summer Corps Activating Youth Entrepreneurship

Without a doubt, our Verizon Innovative Learning Summer Entrepreneurship Experience at Babson College program would not have been possible without our ingenious and dedicated Babson peer mentors. We’re so grateful for their contributions to the program and the learnings our students received from their leadership. It’s also such a joy when the knowledge transfer and…

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Micro-Tyco Excellence Award

Earlier this summer, we partnered with long time collaborator WildHearts to offer the Micro-Tyco Excellence Award from The Babson Social Innovation Lab, recognizing 6 secondary school students who demonstrated entrepreneurial excellence throughout their completion of WildHearts’ Micro-Tyco program. The Micro-Tyco program is a month-long challenge that enables participants to practice and learn fundamental business principles…

Office of Faith and Service

Summer Corps Week 5

As I sat in the front seat of a classroom watching the students of Verizon Innovative Learning program present their business ideas, I couldn’t stop thinking about the how each and every one of them have changed from the beginning of the program to who they are now. When I walked into the program on…

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How to Convince your Stringent CFO to Create Social Impact

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. This post from Andres Cohen, MBA’17 is the second in this series of posts we’ll be sharing periodically. “What is the return on investment of this…

Office of Faith and Service

Summer Corps Week 4

From turkey sandwiches to ice cream cookie sandwiches, it truly has been the summer of sandwiches. The Verizon Innovative Learning Program this summer has been one heck of a ride, that’s for sure. Trust me, taking the commuter rail is always an adventure. The first week was a bit rough though. We discovered that our job was…

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MBA Course: Closing the Corporate Connection Gap

By Craig Bida, an Executive in Residence and Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at the Lewis Institute. Most companies, particularly big ones, have gotten the memo by now: they’re taking steps—in some cases big, in others small—to leverage their assets in support of important social and environmental issues that they, their employees, and other stakeholders…

Office of Faith and Service

Summer Corps Week 3

Working in the Verizon Innovative Learning program has been both taxing and rewarding. Not only do I have the opportunity to teach something I am passionate about but I have the opportunity to learn as well. The program has taught me how to improve my communication skills. I’ve learned how to describe things in various…