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Two Babson MBAs Among Poets & Quants 2017 MBAs to Watch

Babson MBA alumna Flora Ekpe-Idang and Courtney Wilson have been named among the 100 MBAs to Watch in the Class of 2017 by Poets & Quants.

Poets & Quants has collected a list of the most influential MBA graduates in the Class of 2017. When talking to future MBAs they state, “these days, your section mates are more apt to be social advocates, platoon commanders, artists, and global citizens. For them, an MBA is more than a degree. It is a time to pursue passions, find purpose, and devise new life plans.”

FloraFlora Ekpe-Idange

“Advocate for the upliftment of girls of color and the intersection of activism and business.”

Ekpe-Idange is currently the Senior Cultural Marketing Manager for Target and the founder of Corage Dolls, a multicultural doll company that helps to elevate, educate, and encourage girls of color to shatter societal barriers and be unafraid to embrace their full potential.

On why she chose Babson, “I chose Babson College because I wanted to build strong business acumen skills as I knew that I wanted to become an entrepreneur and Babson was my top choice. The women entrepreneur focused accelerator program, the amazing collaborative spirit, access to strong networking connections, and overall the support of professors, staff, and administration that indisputably want their students to thrive and achieve success on their own terms.”

Her best piece of advice for incoming students, “Cherish the art of storytelling. Everyone has a story and that’s what resonates with the Babson community the strongest. I’m not saying boast about yourself, but share a story about what makes you passionate in your convictions and why a school like Babson is the right place to be in.”

CourtneyCourtney Wilson

“Wellesley Woman. Combat Veteran. Babson MBA Candidate. Personal Trainer. Marathoner. Founder of DropZone for Veterans.”

Wilson was a U.S. Army Engineer Officer for seven years as well as a personal trainer at her first fitness company, Bronze Star Fitness. She is now working full time as the founder and CEO of DropZone for Veterans.

On why she chose Babson, “Because every interaction I had with Babson was so authentic and enjoyable that I felt like it was a community I would not only be lucky to be a part of, but proud of as well.”

Her best piece of advice for incoming students, “The most impressive version of you is the authentic one. Don’t try to fit into some cookie-cutter mold.”

Both Ekpe-Idange and Wilson participated in Babson’s accelerator, Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab®.