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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…

Rachel Greenberger

Teaching Food Entrepreneurship

The Class of 2017 had more food-focused students than I’d yet seen in 6 years at Babson. This sudden uptick fueled my desire to teach them and boosted my confidence that if I offered a course in food entrepreneurship, it might have a shot at running. Run it did. Last September, twenty-five MBAs signed up…

Office of Faith and Service

Summer Corps Week 1

Going into the Summer Corps program I had very little knowledge on what I was going to be doing or what this summer was going to look like. What I knew for certain was that I was going to help teach entrepreneurship and business skills to high school students. During our few days of training,…

The Lewis Institute

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…

Rachel Greenberger

Summer Fancy Food Show 2017

As we have for the past three years, next week Food Sol will bring a cohort of Babson MBAs to the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, the largest specialty food industry trade show in North America. Through our relationships at Specialty Food Association (organizers and hosts of the Show), we are able to…

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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…

Emily Weiner

Summertime and the Living is Abundant

By Emily Weiner, Associate Director of The Lewis Institute and the Babson Social Innovation Lab. There’s a big misconception that staff and faculty in academic institutions slow down over the summer. The reality is, nothing could be further from the truth at Babson, and that’s certainly true here at The Lewis Institute. Things are heating…

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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,…

Erika Buckley

Meet Babson Summer Study’s New Faculty Director

By Erika Buckley, Communications and Development Associate for Youth Entrepreneurial Leadership Programs Angela Randolph wants high school students to understand that none of us, including herself, know what we don’t know. Angela sees her role as Faculty Director of Babson Summer Study as helping students widen the lens of their current perspective. “I help students…