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Honoring 2017 Babson Rising Stars

Each year at Babson’s Celebrating Achievements in Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® ceremony, Rising Star entrepreneurs are recognized for their accomplishments in creating economic and social value. These individuals have founded or co-founded businesses that are less than 10 years old, are making an impact in their marketplace, and are generating significant media attention. We could…

Cheryl Kiser

Qualities of a Changemaker

By Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute and the Babson Social Innovation Lab. As we prepare to go to the Ashoka U Exchange this week at Miami Dade College, I find myself reflecting on nearly 8 years of being a member of the Ashoka U network of Changemaker Campuses. Over that time, I…

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Silicon Savannah

By Marcos de Matos M’17. “The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.” Saint Augustine I arrived at Babson in mid-May 2016, ready for the One-Year MBA. In 3 months, I managed to navigate 15 courses along with my new 37-member family of fellow one-years. I had no…

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The Intersection of Design Thinking, Climate Action, and Aging

We are continuously inspired by the contributions our Senior Fellows in Social Innovation bring to the world of social impact. Hailing from a diverse set of backgrounds, industries, and trainings, they all share one thing in common: the belief that profit and purpose are not opposing choices. Dr. Mick Smyer has a gift for breaking…

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Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track

The Graduate School has launched a new Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track for MBAs focused on developing the mindset, skills, and competencies needed to create economic and social value simultaneously. The role of business in society has significantly shifted, and business leaders are increasingly challenged with the complexities of “doing well” (economic value), while…

Emily Weiner

Leading for Social Value: Dave Stangis Puts Theory into Practice

By Emily Weiner, Associate Director of The Lewis Institute and the Babson Social Innovation Lab. One week ago, we kicked off our seven-week intensive elective MBA course, Leading for Social Value. This co-created journey with The Lewis Institute, our students, and our featured guests focuses on understanding how to create economic and social value simultaneously,…

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Catalyzing Impact: Playing with the Heavy Hitters

By Nathan J. Burke, M’17. Since 2010, The Lewis Institute has run the Babson Board Fellows program which places MBAs and alumni as non-voting members on nonprofit boards throughout Greater Boston. Living into Babson’s mission to create economic and social value simultaneously, not sequentially, the program strives to create value and impact by activating entrepreneurial…

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Becoming Comfortable with Ambiguity

By Lauren Mariano ‘19. When I first began interning at The Lewis Institute, Emily Weiner, The Associate Director of The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab, said that part of the working culture is “being comfortable with ambiguity.” Upon hearing that, I was nervously excited. Before coming to Babson as a GAP student in…

Emily Weiner

SoloCoco: Utilizing Fair Trade to Create Economic and Social Value

Following the 2016 Lewis Institute Changemaker Award reception, I had the chance to sit down with our Alumni award winner Daniel Dalet ‘03. I was interested in learning more about Daniel’s path: from Babson to the hedge fund industry to co-founding a business in the socio-economic space. Daniel co-founded SoloCoco, a value-added production company, with…

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Addressing Poverty Through Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship

By Rebecca Rosemé Obounou, Assistant Director, Leonard A. Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship. I am first generation Haitian-American, born right here in the city of Cambridge. Reverse of how most Haitian-Americans experience Haiti, my parents returned to the country with our family (urban city kids) during my adolescence. We settled in Northern Haiti in…