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4 Lessons Learned from Competing with Giants

written by Khanh-Linh Ha ’21   One question for all of the entrepreneurs out there: How many of you would say “no” and walk away from billions of dollars offered for your business? That was exactly what Tân Hiệp Phát (THP), the leading beverage company in Vietnam, did after receiving an acquisition offer at the evaluation…

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How Will We Finance Our Future?

When Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest money-management firm, put the challenge to the business community to contribute to society or risk being left out of their portfolio, he struck an important nerve. It’s a critical challenge, but the roadmap has been unclear. Most of us would agree that the traditional models of…

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Launching the First Women’s Hackathon in Vietnam

Last spring, Tien Mai ’20 (Babson College Global Scholar and part of the Babson’s 2017 CGI U cohort) not only participated in the Wearables Hackathon, but her team took top honors for their product design. This spring, she approached The Lewis Institute about the Social Innovation Inventureship program—a paid or credit-bearing Fellowship that allows students…

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Developing Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Social Sector

Next week, Cheryl will be headed to the West Creek Ranch in Montana as part of a new offering in partnership with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Babson Executive Education, and School of Visual Arts to work with the social sector. The Lewis Institute has created a new certificate program through Babson Executive Education…

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Classes Come to Life as a Babson Board Fellow

Kaitlin McCafferty, MBA’18, shares her Babson Board Fellows experience working with CommonWealth Kitchen.   What impressed or inspired you most about the Board? When I heard about the Board Fellows program I knew I had to be a part of it. As a student, I was interested in how boards work and how they affect businesses.…

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AI for Social Good: A Conversation with Jake Porway

by Alex Corindia, MBA’19, Graduate Student Fellow at The Lewis Institute   Jake Porway is the founder and executive director of DataKind, a nonprofit that uses data science and AI in the service of humanity. DataKind brings top data scientists together with leading social impact organizations, corporations, and governments to tackle their toughest challenges together. Engagements…

Rebecca Obounou

Creating Change in Haiti through Tech and ET&A

  Last spring, I was in full semester swing, wrapping up my last final exams and projects for my Babson MBA degree. I was eight months into my role as Assistant Director of The Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship (GHE). For my nonprofit organization, CHES, I was organizing a special event in Boston while…

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Summer Reading for Changemakers and Social Innovators

Below are a few selections from The Lewis Institute bookshelves for anyone wanting to bathe in brilliance while soaking up some sun this summer. For Changemakers • For Social Innovators • For Youth   Books for Changemakers & Leaders Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action If you haven’t yet read Simon Sinek’s…

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Give, Gain, and Grow as a Babson Board Fellow

The Babson Board Fellows program pairs Babson MBA students and MBA alumni with local nonprofits. The program allows you, the Fellow, to put your MBA skills and Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® (ET&A™) methodology to practice. The job of a Board is to ensure the sustainability of the corporation. The job of a nonprofit Board is…

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Honoring the Changemakers on Our Own Campus

Each year, The Lewis Institute honors members of the Babson Community who have set out to create positive change, presenting each with The Lewis Institute Changemaker Award. These individuals embrace the qualities of empathy, teamwork, entrepreneurial leadership, and a changemaking mindset. In other words, each Changemaker honoree stands out and influences our community because they…