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Notes from the Case Files: A Perfect Match

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. Last month, I described how Sy Friedland invited the Hay Group to create a position profile of his role at JFCS in preparation for his departure after 18 years. With a strong candidate in mind…

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Notes from the Case Files: Succession Planning

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. We never know exactly what we’re getting into when we start a new case study. When Les Charm, Ed Marram and I started writing about Sy Friedland and Boston’s Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS),…

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Notes from the Case Files: Everyone Has to Worry About the Money

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. Every entrepreneur tells a powerful story. In case interviews, they often describe concepts and changes they put in place which ended up completely transforming their business, or even their industry. When we interviewed Sy Friedland,…

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Notes from the Case Files: Mission Accomplished

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. After spending six months writing our case on Year Up, I really wanted to be there when Gerald Chertavian attended Ed Marram’s Managing a Growing Business class as a guest speaker. Ed and I were…

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Notes from the Case Files: Learning by Doing

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for The Lewis Institute at Babson College. In the fascinating six-month process of writing a case on Year Up, we learned Year Up is very different from most other organizations which focus on inner city youth. Unlike Teach for America or City…

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Notes from the Case Files: The Opportunity Gap

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for the Lewis Institute at Babson College. Meeting social entrepreneur Gerald Chertavian, founder of Year Up, opened my eyes to an issue I had been only vaguely aware of: the nationwide “skills gap,” which he also describes as the “opportunity gap.” Gerald,…

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Notes from the Case Files: The Passion Behind Year Up

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for the Lewis Institute at Babson College. Meeting amazing entrepreneurs—whether they are born social entrepreneurs such as Adam Braun, innovative “intra-preneurs” like Sy Friedland (who I will write about soon) or grassroots founders with truly astounding instincts and drive, like Jon Feinman—is…

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Notes from the Case Files: What Happened Next

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for the Lewis Institute at Babson College. The end of a teaching case is never really the end. Part of what makes the case method fascinating is finding out what an entrepreneur did next—or where they are today. When Mary Gale and…

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Notes from the Case Files: The Most Extraordinary Thing About Adam

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for the Lewis Institute at Babson College. Meeting entrepreneur Adam Braun in person had an enormous impact on how the Pencils of Promise case was positioned, developed and written. After talking to Adam on WebEx, Mary Gale and I wanted to hear…

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Notes from the Case Files: Meeting Adam

By Jesseca P. Timmons, a case writer in Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for the Lewis Institute at Babson College. Last fall, Professor Les Charm told Associate Professor Mary Gale he had a fantastic new case for us: New York-based Pencils of Promise (POP), founded by 27-year old Adam Braun.  Les, whose son had attended…