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When the World is Your Classroom

By Janai Mungalsingh ’08, Manager of Youth Entrepreneurial Leadership Programs at Babson College. I’ve dedicated the last 15 years of my career to youth out-of-school-time programs. I describe my job as creating those “ah-ha” moments for young folks. While I have always understood and recognized the importance of classroom teachers in the learning process, I…

Cheryl Kiser

From Day One: Tradition Taking Root

In reflecting back to the first From Day One 7 years ago, I see it was the beginning of a tradition, the beginning of a way that we orient new members of the Babson community around values, purpose and intent. Traditions are so important because they locate us in a particular time, space and meaning.…

Rachel Greenberger

Eating, Educating and Entrepreneuring this October 25-26

It’s been another epic year for food. Concerns about food waste have finally reached the mainstream radar. Investments in new food delivery models continue to rollercoaster. Debates on the intersections of agriculture and technology persist. Big food brands are establishing food labs and investment arms. The battles over GMO labeling and turning the Farm Bill…

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A Doctor, An Engineer, and An Entrepreneur Walk Into A Surgical Suite…

By Wiljeana Jackson Glover, Assistant Professor of Technology, Operations and Information Management at Babson College and Co-Faculty Director of the Leonard A. Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship. “Most intellectual training focuses on analytical skills. Whether in literary criticism or scientific investigation, the academic mind is best at taking things apart. The complementary arts of…

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From Kosovo to Babson: Accidentally, Then On Purpose

By Monika Rodiqi, Undergraduate student at Babson College and Undergraduate Scholar at The Lewis Institute. If you had asked me two years ago where I’d be now, I am afraid to say I wouldn’t even know what the name Babson represented. At the time, I had just returned home to Prishtina, Kosovo, after a year-long…

Emily Weiner

The Young Entrepreneur’s New Business Value

I’ve had the great pleasure of being involved with Babson’s Summer Study for High School Students in some capacity for the last six years, ranging from co-teaching modules about social responsibility with Cheryl Kiser to helping design and manage the overall program. I beamed with pride as I watched members of our first high school…

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Advancing a Culture of Health

For the past two decades, health has been identified as the number one social issue affecting business management.  Premiums have doubled over the past decade while coverage has decreased.  At the other end of the spectrum, some highly successful companies have invested in new health, wellness, and fitness practices that might pay dividends if they…

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Stopping the Cycle of Incarceration

By Jon Feinman M’10, Executive Director and Founder of InnerCity Weightlifting Our brains are wired to quickly categorize people and situations, which helps us navigate a complex and dangerous world. For example, if we see a group of young people standing together in a so-called “rough” area of a city, who look different, dress different,…

Babson at the Summer Fancy Food Show

Last month, five Babson MBAs engaged in food startups had the chance to attend the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, marking the second year that Food Sol has arranged a cohort of students to attend the Show and its Education Sessions free of charge. Drawing 46,000 industry professionals and featuring 180,000 products…

Rachel Greenberger

Two Core Ingredients for Social Innovation

Earlier this year, in breakfast conversation with Social Innovator Award recipient Bill Bolling of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Mike Brady of Greyston Bakery, a small group of us shared theories of change-making. The stories that Bill and Mike shared threaded through the notion of connectivity and collaboration. One of Bill’s superpowers is his…