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Heading to Clinton Global Initiative University

By Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute and the Babson Social Innovation Lab. This weekend, Emily and I are so excited to join and support a robust team of Babson and Olin College students at the 2017 Clinton Global Initiative University Annual Meeting. As a CGI U Network member for 5 years, we’ve…

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Becoming a Teacherpreneur

By Kara Falcone (Ms. Falcone to our students!). Kara received her Master’s of Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2016 and has been teaching High School Special Education in Boston since. Her passions include teaching, reading, working with people, putting honey mustard on everything, and a newfound love for entrepreneurship and social innovation.…

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Activating the UN Sustainable Development Goals

As an Entrepreneur in Residence here at The Lewis Institute, Carol Atwood has been a tremendous force in integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into experiential learning opportunities at Babson. She recently led what we hope will be the first of many MCFE (Management Consulting Field Experience) projects focused specifically on activating businesses…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Finding My Way In

By Angelica Vazquez ’19, Undergraduate Scholar at The Lewis Institute. “Good Business Friday is tomorrow, you should come!” exclaimed my friend Monika who was working as an Undergraduate Scholar at The Lewis Institute. “What is that?” I inquired. As I tried to stay involved on campus, I wondered how I hadn’t heard about this before.…