Babson College Alumni Newsletter
January 2012

Carol HackerNew Year's Resolutions
By now, if you were one of the 40-45% who made a New Year resolution, you are 64% likely to have stuck with it.  Congratulations!  If you are like me (the other 55-60%) it is not too late to make some.  It is noted that people who explicitly make a resolution are 10 times more likely to attain a goal than those who don't do so.  So I have some easy ones we can do together - committing as a group also enhances our likelihood of accomplishment.
Resolve to contact at least 3 people you have lost touch with since your Babson days in the next month.  Go to our enhanced on-line directory and update your profile and look for others.  Looking to reconnect with a faculty member or staff?  Try our new Babson mobile app available for iOS, Android and Blackberry which features a Faculty and Staff Directory.

Resolve to follow @babsonalumni on Twitter starting today.  It will keep you updated with all the latest news on the amazing things your alma mater is doing.  Join our group on Facebook (Babson College Alumni) or on LinkedIn (Babson College Community).  A list of all other active Babson accounts can be found here. You can also find news on the Alumni & Friends Network section of the Babson web site. Finally, submit your own news that is posted on-line.

Resolve to make plans now to attend Back2Babson (B2B) September 28-29, 2012.  All alumni welcome with a special invite to undergraduate and MBA alumni from years ending in 2 and 7.  Reunioners can volunteer to help make it a special event by contacting Judy Curley.

Resolve to become a Babson promoter this year.  Attend an event, over 160 held around the world last year alone, post an internship or job for a student or graduate, volunteer or lead an effort, give to the Fund for Babson  by the end of our fiscal year (June 30th) to help us meet our financial obligation to the students of today, and wear your Babson attire with pride! 
New Resources for Alumni Entrepreneurs!
The John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program - Spring 2012 Alumni Pilot
Alumni looking to start or advance an entrepreneurial venture are invited to participate in the Venture Accelerator Program.  Tailored support based on one of three venture stages -explore, pursue, launch & grow, includes a network of entrepreneurs, access to faculty advisors, participation in peer mentoring, and workshop offerings.  The pilot program has limited space.  Complete the Intake Form.  For questions, please contact the Blank Center for Entrepreneurship.
For alumni looking for individualized advising with your business venture, please visit the Babson Alumni Supporting Entrepreneurs (formerly BARN).


Define Entrepreneurship Define a Word.
Redefine the World.
In an effort to help individuals think of entrepreneurship as a mindset, rather than a job description, Babson is empowering people everywhere to share their definition of entrepreneurship, and thus help shape the new definition.
This ad will appear in the February 6th issue of People Magazine (Boston and San Francisco subscribers only) and features shoes designed by Babson Alumna Ruthie Davis M'93.
To submit your definition of entrepreneurship, visit
Learn more about the Define Entrepreneurship campaign.

Babson Rising Campaign Results
Thanks to the generous and loyal support of more than 17,500 Babson friends and family, the Babson Rising campaign raised an unprecedented $216 million, exceeding its goal by $16 million! Babson Rising is the largest fundraising effort in our College's history and we thank everyone in the community who contributed to the incredible success of this campaign. The funds raised already are positively impacting our community and our ability to make a difference in the world by funding the development of academic and research activities, providing scholarships to deserving students, strengthening our renowned entrepreneurship-infused curricular and co-curricular offerings, and positioning Babson to lead in the 21st century. Learn more about the priorities the campaign is helping to advance.

I Won't Sell You on Entrepreneurship, I'll Make You Realize You Have No Choice: A Chat with Len Schlesinger
BostInnovation, 12/16/11
To Schlesinger, those at Babson don't just teach entrepreneurship, they live entrepreneurially, as well.

January Strategy Video:  A Conversation with Mary Gentile
The first strategy video of 2012 features Mary Gentile, Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Lecturer at Babson.  The Giving Voice to Values (GVV) curriculum which Mary developed has had a tremendous impact at colleges and universities, as well as companies and other organizations, in the U.S. and overseas-and this impact just keeps growing.  In the video with Dean of Faculty Carolyn Hotchkiss and President Schlesinger, she describes Giving Voice to Values, why it is such a practical and effective tool for acting on one's values, and how it is closely connected to Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®.  

Submit your Class Note
Paul A. Doucette '89 M'95 moves to Charlotte, NC to pursue new job at Carlisle & Gallagher. See more!
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS  MassChallenge: 2012 Global Start-Up Competition & Resources
All alumni are invited to leverage Babson's partnership with MassChallenge, an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides entrepreneurs with resources to launch and grow their businesses.  Alumni are encouraged to submit applications for the annual global start-up competition in Boston. Deadline is early March.  For details, attend the on-campus info session on Thursday, February 2 from 5 - 6 pm or visit the MassChallenge web site.

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, Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration (Emeritus), Harvard Business School, as well as student business competitions, a community service Project, and The Beaver Bowl. 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 multiple locations around the world. For more details, visit

SAVE THE DATE Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork - Celebrating 15 years!

CLTP 15th Anniversary Celebration will be held on April 26, 2012  to thank our coaches who have helped make CLTP a huge success. The CLTP spring 2012 dates are March 8, 10, 29 and 31. You can register for the anniversary event and to coach at www.babson.ed/coach. CLTP gives you the opportunity to provide feedback on leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to undergraduate students and helps you gain coaching skills for your resume. New coaches are always welcome!

Business Competitions - Call for Alumni Evaluators
Formerly the Douglass Foundation Graduate Business Plan Competition and John H. Muller Jr. Undergraduate Business Plan Competition, the Blank Center's business competitions will be recognizing major milestones student businesses have achieved. Alumni volunteer evaluators determine the finalists who will compete during a venture expo in early April and in the business competitions (part of Founder's Day) on April 18. Contact the Blank Center for more information.

Undergraduate Center for Career Development

Do you know of a manufacturing or distribution center that Babson students could tour? The Organization for Effective Management classes participate in a guided company tour and management discussion focusing on production, manufacturing, and/or distribution and business processes. If your organization is interested in hosting a tour, please contact Assistant Director of Experiential Learning, Arline MacCormack.

Would you like a group of talented Babson students to review an area of opportunity in your organization?  Submit your project for consideration for our Fall 2012 Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE)! Do you know of a manufacturing or distribution center that Organizing for Effective Management students could tour and provide suggestions and insight? Please contact Arline MacCormack, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning

Boston Alumni Club at the Frozen Fenway

Over 250 alumni and friends watched the Babson Men's Hockey Team face-off against ECAC Division III rival Norwich University on Friday, January 13 at Fenway Park.  A 4-1 loss did not dampen spirits at the post-game reception hosted by President Schlesinger and Woody Lappen at Jillian's.  View pictures of the Frozen Fenway event.

Corporate Finance Alumni Networking Event

The Graduate Center for Career Development, in partnership with the student-run Babson Corporate Finance Association, held a Corporate Finance networking event last month called "TGIF (To Get In Front of) Babson Alumni in Corporate Finance." The event partnered ten alumni with nearly 50 graduate and undergrad students. To view pictures of the event, visit the Babson MBA tumblr page. Interested in participating in similar networking events? Email the Graduate Center of Career Development at



Call for BAA Board Nominations  The Babson Alumni Association (BAA) is committed to connecting more than 35,000 Babson Alumni with the College, faculty, students and each other. Nominations are now being accepted for the BAA Board of Directors term beginning on July 1, 2012. If you believe you can make a strong contribution or would like to recommend someone, please complete the nomination form by March 2, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Learn more about the BAA and other ways to contribute.   

BAA Meeting
On February 4, 2012 the Babson Alumni Association will be holding a Board meeting from 12-2 pm on the Babson campus.  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 but seating is limited.  To RSVP, please email Kate Bellaud.

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 third in a series of cartoons that will be released monthly in our Alumni Newsletter.

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