RaghuOn April 10-11, we held the first Babson Global Forum in Shanghai. It was an exciting event and a major step toward building a sustained Babson-China relationship. The 250 participants included Chinese CEOs, prominent business school deans, and high-level government leaders, as well as our Global Advisory Board, Babson alumni from China, and global entrepreneurs.

There was an extraordinary level of support for entrepreneurship in China and the opportunities this presents for Babson. You will be hearing more from Provost Shahid Ansari and me as we explore potential partnerships in greater depth.


Commencement, May 14, 2011
Both ceremonies will be broadcast live via Babson's main homepage beginning at 10 a.m. EST for the Undergraduate School and again at 2:30 p.m. EST for the Graduate School. Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone, will deliver the undergraduate Commencement Address. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, will address audiences at both Commencement exercises. Drayton will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.  

2011 Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and Rising Star Award
Nominate fellow Babson alumni or yourself for the fourth annual Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Award and/or the Rising Star Award. Honorees will be inducted at a dinner ceremony on October 19 on campus. Established in 2008, the Hall of Fame welcomes alumni who distinguish themselves in entrepreneurial endeavors in all types of enterprises. Nominations will be accepted through June 1>> 


Grand Opening on April 21 of New Babson West Coast Location in San Francisco
Babson College celebrated the grand opening of its new home in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood. This new 7,000-square-foot facility, equipped with the latest classroom technologies and telepresence capabilities, houses Babson's Fast Track MBA program. The facility is home to the 53 new students just beginning the program in addition to the 32 who started in March 2010. 


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative  
President Schlesinger's strategy update video this month focused on Babson's role in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) was designed to unlock the growth and job-creation potential of small businesses across the United States. Babson alumni will serve as mentors along with Goldman Sachs employees.   


Spring MBA Forums:
5 MBA Forums were held on campus this spring, with more than 1500 people attending. Alumni speakers included Garrett Goggin '92, Associate Editor at the Gold Stock Analyst, Catherine Friend White M'86, Founder and Senior Portfolio Manager, FinArc, LLC, Ken Anadu M'10, Fixed Income Analyst, Pension Reserve Investment Management, Mark Donohue '88, Babson CleanTech Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Alberto Perlman '98, CEO and Co-Founder, Zumba Fitness. 


Featured Faculty Blogs and Websites
Please take a moment to visit the following faculty blogs and websites: Michael Goldstein, professor of finance, shares his experiences last year in the Arctic. Frederick Douglass Opie, visiting associate professor of African and African diaspora history and foodways, is currently blogging at My Foodways, where he does "Daily Musings on Culture, History, and Food with Related Recipes." You also can follow him on Twitter: DrFredDOpie.


Alumni Events
Babson events continue online, on campus, and around the world. See all events listed here: www.babson.edu/alumni/events

2011 Alumni Service Learning Projects - Ghana and Rwanda
Join us this July/August for the first Alumni Service Learning Projects in Ghana and Rwanda! Selected participants will teach basic business skills, with current Babson students, to high school teenagers while learning about a new culture and making friends for life. Applications are due May 2 and selected participants will be notified by May 9. For more information, click here>> 

Babson Gives Back Day, Saturday, May 7
The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business is excited to announce BABSON GIVES BACK DAY, a community service event for alumni and current students. Five opportunities were chosen based on where we think YOU can make the greatest difference: Teach budgeting skills to rising leaders at the Boys & Girls Club of Allston; Help run the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day in Needham; Lend a hand at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in West Roxbury; Walk for Multiple Sclerosis in Natick; Renovation work with Friends of the Homeless in North Weymouth. Please contact Daniel Zolnierz '05, M'11 for additional details and sign-up. 

Center for Information Management Studies (CIMS)
Celebrating 25 years at Babson, CIMS serves the Boston IT management community through educational programs, executive courses, and a valuable network of IT professionals. Register now for the CIMS workshop on May 10 on "Update on Enterprise Mobility." Learn more about our upcoming executive courses>>   


Babson Executive Education (BEE)
From June 27-29, business leaders will gather for the second offering of BEE's Social Media Management: Strategies and Practices for the New Social World to learn how social media can transform the way their organizations create, collaborate, and compete in today's dynamic business environment. The program will feature in-depth case studies, experimentation with social media tools, discussions with leading practitioners, and an action-learning project for your organization. Learn more and register>> 



Babson Alumni Association Meeting - May 7
The BAA will hold a board meeting on the Babson campus from 9 a.m. to noon in Malloy 201. This is an opportunity for you to meet other alumni, share your ideas and hear what the association is doing to foster engagement in the alumni community. This meeting is open to all alumni via conference call and in person. To RSVP, please email Kate Bellaud at bellaud@babson.edu. Seating is limited.


2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women
Ernst & Young LLP is calling for applications for its fourth annual Entrepreneurial Winning Women competition, a national leadership program designed for women entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of their businesses and help them realize the potential they envision for their companies. Learn more about Babson's collaboration and involvement with this program. The application deadline is June 30.
Click here to obtain an application form, or to nominate a deserving woman entrepreneur>>

Congratulate our 2011 Business Plan Winners!
SkyCrepers LLC and Redeemr Inc. won the Douglass Foundation Graduate Business Plan and John H. Muller Jr. Undergraduate Business Plan competitions, respectively. As part of Celebrating Student Venturing, six finalists competed for more than $100,000 in cash and services in kind. Other business plan finalists included ATIKEN Renewables, Golden Health Guide, Down to Earth Waste Solutions LLC, and Nodes. Access recordings from the final presentations>>

Student Business of the Year Award 
Congratulations to John Xie '12 for winning the 52nd Annual Student Business of the Year Award during Celebrating Student Venturing Day on April 14.  John's business, Minus, is a free and simple sharing platform that allows users to drag/drop to share files across desktop, mobile, and browser applications.  The prize of $5,000 was generously sponsored by the Babson Alumni Association.

2011 Douglass Business Plan Winner Opening First Location
SkyCrepers, LLC, winner of the 2011 Douglass Foundation Graduate Business Plan Competition, is opening its first location in early May on the ground floor of the Emerald Square Mall in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Started by former New England Patriot-turned-entrepreneur Matthew Chatham M'11, SkyCrepers is an innovative new fast-serve crepe franchise model that bridges the gap between the street cart and the foo-foo café
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