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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…

Office of Faith and Service

Summer Corps Week 5

As I sat in the front seat of a classroom watching the students of Verizon Innovative Learning program present their business ideas, I couldn’t stop thinking about the how each and every one of them have changed from the beginning of the program to who they are now. When I walked into the program on…

The Lewis Institute

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…

Office of Faith and Service

Summer Corps Week 4

From turkey sandwiches to ice cream cookie sandwiches, it truly has been the summer of sandwiches. The Verizon Innovative Learning Program this summer has been one heck of a ride, that’s for sure. Trust me, taking the commuter rail is always an adventure. The first week was a bit rough though. We discovered that our job was…

The Lewis Institute

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…

Office of Faith and Service

Summer Corps Week 3

Working in the Verizon Innovative Learning program has been both taxing and rewarding. Not only do I have the opportunity to teach something I am passionate about but I have the opportunity to learn as well. The program has taught me how to improve my communication skills. I’ve learned how to describe things in various…

The Lewis Institute

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.…

Office of Faith and Service

Summer Corps Week 2

The Verizon Innovative program has been very different from what I thought it would be. When I accepted the job I imagined working with my co-mentors to put an entrepreneurship-focused curriculum together and then teaching the lessons to a set of eager kids interested in business. However, this is not quite what I experienced my…

The Lewis Institute

ET&A in War-Torn Syria

By Gyda Sumadi ‘18. A piece of Syria visited Babson this spring, as Dr. Mahmoud Hariri, a trauma surgeon on the ground in Syria, visited campus to share with students, faculty, and community members his first-hand experience of the tragedies to date in the now six-year long war in Syria. Syrian myself (my father was…

Rachel Greenberger

Teaching Food Entrepreneurship

The Class of 2017 had more food-focused students than I’d yet seen in 6 years at Babson. This sudden uptick fueled my desire to teach them and boosted my confidence that if I offered a course in food entrepreneurship, it might have a shot at running. Run it did. Last September, twenty-five MBAs signed up…