November 2011

ADEDear Alumni,


I have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, especially for being part of this exciting community. Babson continues the tradition of innovation with a new "Redefining Entrepreneurship" campaign. Babson has always been defined by its focus on entrepreneurship and now we need your help to expand its context and meaning. I'm sure you can provide examples from your own experiences of the power of entrepreneurship.  Share your definition now by submitting it here.


I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!  



Babson Strategy Update
View President Leonard A. Schlesinger's latest strategy update with Daymond John, host of ABC's "Shark Tank" TV show and founder and CEO of FUBU (For Us By Us), an innovative and distinctive sportswear line. Daymond John first came to Babson last spring at the invitation of an undergraduate student from One Tower. He was so impressed by Babson students that he agreed to be an entrepreneur in residence. Hear what he has to say about his Babson experience.


Evening MBA among Top Part-Time MBA Programs of 2011

The Evening MBA program at The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business was ranked among the nation's top part-time MBA programs in Bloomberg Businessweek. Babson College was ranked No. 2 in the Northeast. Visit Bloomberg Businessweek's website to view Babson's ranking profile.

Babson Executive Education Ranked No. 13
Babson Executive Education is once again ranked among the top executive education providers in the world. Bloomberg Businessweek has just released its biannual rankings for business schools and Babson was ranked No. 13 for customized executive education programs. We continue to be in good company and are ranked ahead of many top business schools including Stanford, MIT, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

MassChallenge Award winner Sara Gragnolati
Congratulations to Sara Gragnolati M'10 on her recent win at the 2011 MassChallenge Startup Competition and Accelerator. Sara received a $50,000 Gold Prize for her company, Cocomama, which was created to provide food that features energy-inducing super proteins such as quinoa and amaranth. To learn more about Cocomama and MassChallege, visit the Babson website.

Babson Executive Conference Center Opens Doors Even Further for Alumni
Recognizing that local alumni and those traveling to the Boston area may need a place to work outside of an office, home, or even the local coffee shop, the BECC, in conjunction with the Babson Alumni and Friends Network is piloting a new program this year to help meet your needs. Get more information!

2012 Black Alumni Achievement Award
The Black Alumni Affinity Conference Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 7th annual Black Alumni Achievement Award until Wednesday, December 13.  The Honoree will be inducted at the Black Alumni Affinity Conference on March 31, 2012. Established in 2004, the Black Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni who distinguish themselves in their given field as well as support the college community around issues of diversity. Get additional information on the award, view past recipients and submit your nominations today.

Babson 25-Year Club Inductees
Congratulations to the following faculty and staff who were inducted into the 25-Year Club at Babson for their years of service to the College: John Anderson, Athletics, Gerry Bonnett, Facilities, Nick Bowen, Facilities, Carolyn Hotchkiss, Dean of Faculty, Steve Gordon, Information Management, Anne Krueger, Purchasing, Melissa Shaak, Student Financial Services, Stephen Schiffman, Entrepreneurship, Wendy Silverman, Development, and Steve Sullivan, Public Safety. These newest inductees to the 25-Year Club also will be recognized at the Babson Annual Service Award Luncheon on January 19.  

Babson's Real People/Real Stories
Mary Mazzio, Babson's filmmaker in residence, created video profiles of successful Babson alums as part of Babson's Real People/Real Stories website feature showcasing entrepreneurs of all kinds. To view the videos and other profiles of alumni, current students, and faculty, visit the Babson website.

Babson Athletics
A big congratulations goes to the Babson College Men's Soccer team for advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. An exciting 1-0 game on November 19 in Canton, New York, against Rutgers-Camden left the Babson College Beavers short by one goal. With an overall record of 16-3-4, the Babson Beavers have lots to be proud of this season!   


Bringing Babson to You in New York City and Miami in January
BabsonConnect gathers current and prospective students, alumni, parents, and friends of the College for an information-rich experience that demonstrates our commitment to making a difference in global business through Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®. Join President Leonard A. Schlesinger and local prominent entrepreneurs in New York City and Miami!
Get more information about the upcoming BabsonConnect in NYC and Miami.

SAVE THE DATE Founder's Day, Wednesday, April 18, 2012
On campus activities will include discussions with the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs 2012 Honorees: Scott Cook, Intuit Inc., Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande, Sparta Group LLC, and Howard H. Stevenson, Harvard Business Publishing Company as well as a Community Service Project, and The Beaver Bowl - a Babson trivia contest. Off campus activities will include World Stage, a premier fundraiser for entrepreneurship education, featuring the induction of this year's honorees to the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and for the first time ever alumni Founder's Day celebrations will take place in locations around the world. For more details, visit

San Francisco Speaker Series
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Les Charm, will discuss why banks lend money to people who don't need it and other myths at the Babson San Francisco Campus on Thursday, December 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). The event also will be streamed live. To RSVP or request online access to the session, email

Call for Alumni Evaluators
The Blank Center's business competitions, formerly the Douglass Foundation Graduate Business Plan Competition and John H. Muller Jr. Undergraduate Business Plan Competition, will be recognizing major milestones that student businesses have achieved. Alumni volunteer evaluators select the finalists by reading and scoring randomly assigned submissions. Students with the highest scored submissions will compete during a venture expo in early April and the business competitions (part of Founder's Day) on April 18. Contact the Blank Center  for more information.

Center for Career Development
Do you know of a local manufacturing or distribution center that 20 to 25 Organizing for Effective Management (OEM) undergraduate students could tour? This would involve a two-hour time commitment that includes a tour of the facility, focusing on production, manufacturing, and/or distribution and business processes, and an opportunity for the students to meet with two to three managers who could respond to student questions about the challenges and opportunities of managing people, operations, and cost.
Please contact Arline MacCormack , assistant director of Experiential Learning, with recommendations!

Become an Entrepreneurial Leader  
The New Entrepreneurial Leader, authored by a team of 23 Babson faculty members, offers a radical new approach to management education, crucial, we believe, to succeed in today's complex and fast-evolving world. Whatever your sphere of knowledge-from accounting, analytics, and environmental sustainability to finance, innovation, and technology-The New Entrepreneurial Leader shows how you can transform your talents to become leaders who shape both social and economic value.

10,000 Small Businesses
Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses initiative is a national, multi-year investment to help small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing entrepreneurs with greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services.  Babson professors developed the national curriculum and have been instrumental in launching the program nationally. The program is free to accepted business owners with limited resources who have a business poised for growth.  Babson alumni are encouraged to apply or refer a small business owner.

Babson Bookstore
Have you visited the Babson College Bookstore recently? Learn more about our current product offerings and specials on our website, Facebook, or Twitter (@BabsonBookstore) pages! Receive 25% off all fleece sweatshirts, sweatpants, and blankets now-December 18th. Stop by and pick up some alumni gifts today!




Have you been looking for another way to give back?
The Babson Alumni Association (BAA) is committed to connecting more than 35,000 Babson alumni with the College, faculty, students, and each other. In January, the BAA will be announcing a general call for nominations for the BAA Board of Directors for the term beginning on July 1, 2012. Look for future announcements and nomination instructions in upcoming alumni e-newsletters. For more information, please contact
A cartoonist and a business school are an unlikely pair but Babson isn't a traditional business school and Hugh Macleod of Gapingvoid, our official cartoonist, isn't your typical artist. In partnership, Gapingvoid and Babson are helping entrepreneurs lead organizations, by better communicating stories through cartoons that can inspire and align. The cartoons make statements, spark conversations, and inspire action. They help us communicate our belief in the power of entrepreneurship in organizations of all shapes and sizes and our strategy to lead the advancement of Entrepreneurship of All Kinds® to make a better world. Featured below is the second in a series of cartoons that will be released monthly in our Alumni Newsletter.


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