March Newsletter
March 2012

Are you the CEO, Founder or Owner of your Business?
Submit your business to The Babson Alumni Directory which now encompasses both People and Alumni Businesses! It is an integrated directory that allows our alumni to connect with one another, network, promote Babson Alumni owned businesses and offer each other discounts.
All Alumni who are the CEO, President, Founder, Co-founder or Owner of their own company are now able to incorporate their business into the Alumni Directory and promote it to the alumni population.  The business directory and alumni profiles are connected for ease of use and will allow you to include business descriptions, contact information and exclusive discounts.  For assistance to log onto the Babson Alumni Directory, please contact


Featured Alumni Business - March 2012
Chuckle Hounds
Owner: Sarah Dyer '95 M'07

Makers of beautiful, creative dog collars and accessories to put your dog ahead of the pack!   

Receive 15% off any purchase as a Babson Alumni!   

Enter your business to be our next Featured Alumni Business!

What do you do when you don't know what to do?  Just Start.
Join Babson President Len Schlesinger for a Harvard Business Review (HBR) Tweetchat next Thursday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Based on his new book, Just Start, the #HBRchat will focus on achieving your most important goals in a world where you can no longer plan or predict your way to success. In today's environment, where change is the only constant, successful serial entrepreneurs conquer uncertaintyby taking action,learning from what they find, and acting again. What works for them will work for all of us.  To join the conversation, log on to Twitter, follow @lschlesinger and @HBRexchange, and search for the #HBRchat.
Visit to download a free chapter or order your copy of Just Start.

Job Placement in 2012 for Babson MBAs Babson MBA students of the Class of 2012 have already started to land some exciting jobs! Hear about the great companies they will be working for and how Babson's Graduate Center for Career Development helped prepare them for the job process and success in their careers. View the video on the Babson MBA Life YouTube page. Graduate CCD also offers services to alumni, connect with CCD by emailing  


FME Businesses - Still Going Strong What started as a pilot program in 1994 is still going strong today. While it is best known as FME, this required course for all first-year students has had several name changes over the years from General Management to Freshman Management Experience and is now known as Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship.  Since 1999 over 170 businesses have been started and have donated over $400,000 and 450,000 hours of community service.  As of today, the top four profit makers are Slick Stick (2009, $19,190), Band-Ed Marketing (2005, $18,631), Babsonopoly (2004, $15,586) and Freshmynts (2007, $14,873).  Find out more information about this year's FME.


2012 Women Who Make a Difference Awards Announced Each year Babson College honors women who have made a difference in our community. The Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award is presented annually to students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty and staff of the college, who have made a difference to the lives of people on the Babson campus. Congratulations to all of the 61 community members who were nominated and to this year's Women Who Make a Difference Award Recipients: Kuorker Dzani M'12, Amy Mon '12, Mary Godwyn, Associate Professor, History and Society, Linda Kean, College Registrar and Lisa Thomas, Director, Community Engagement and Multi Faith.   
Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day
The ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day was held on February 29 at Babson.  The entire campus community was invited to attend a keynote and book signing by writer, activist and entrepreneur Rinku Sen . The event also recognized this year's Martin Luther King Legacy Award Recipients: Elizabeth Goldberg, Associate Professor, Arts & Humanities and Rayshawn Whitford '12.  The winner of the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Creativity Contest for the poem "Global Rebirth" was Ali Khan '14.  The winner of the Martin Luther King Speech Contest was Christian Lewis '13.  Watch Christian deliver his speech.


Define a Word.
Redefine the World.Enter your definition 
In an effort to help individuals think of entrepreneurship as a mindset, rather than a job description, we are empowering people everywhere to share their definition of entrepreneurship, and thus help shape the new definition.
Featured Alumni Definitions
"Entrepreneurship is seeing opportunity where and when others do not, and taking action. It's determination and courage to go after something you believe in, and the spirit to make things just simply better." - Lindsey, Alumna
To enter your definition, please visit
Learn more about the Define Entrepreneurship campaign.


Babson Granted 10 Year Full Accreditation from New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Earlier this month, President Schlesinger shared the great news that Babson had been granted 10 year full accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Last fall a NEASC peer review team of 8 educators from colleges and universities in the region came to campus. Over a 72-hour visit, the review team met with faculty, staff, students and governance. This process represented a full assessment of Babson College from a team of educators who are not part of our community. The accreditation outcome was very positive for Babson and confirmed that our reputation continues to grow on many fronts. In particular they pointed to our curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level was recognized as strong and aligned with our mission and learning goals. The engagement of students in experience-based learning was regarded as deepening the learning experience and building community.
Read the full report [pdf] and President Schlesinger's letter of response [pdf]. 
President Schlesinger's February Strategy Update
In his February strategy update, President Schlesinger is joined by Provost Shahid Ansari and Carolyn Hotchkiss, Dean of Faculty.  To view their conversation about the rapidly changing environment for higher education and to learn more about Babson's 'faculty of the future" please watch this video.
Submit your Class Note
Eric W. Chan '07 recently started working at the Boston Public Schools as a data analyst, helping to analyze non-academic barriers to achievement, as part of the Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship. See more!
JOIN US for Founder's Day, Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Celebrate Roger W. Babson's passion for entrepreneurship, education, and philanthropy wherever you are-

On Campus - for business competitions, "Babson Mysteries: A Live Action Adventure Game," a business fair, a conversation with the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs™ 2012 honorees Scott Cook, Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande, and Howard H. Stevenson, and more
In Boston - for Babson's premier entrepreneurial education fundraising event World Stage
Around the world - for Founder's Day celebrations in multiple locations
On line - tune into live streaming of signature activities on April 18 at
Registration and details at #BabsonFD


SAVE THE DATE Lemonade Day - Boston, Saturday, May 5, 2012
For the second year in a row, Babson College is sponsoring Lemonade Day - Boston, a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches children how to start, own, and operate their own business-a lemonade stand. With the help of local businesses, the City of Boston, youth organizations, and engaged philanthropists, last year's event was a huge success, and this year promises to be even better. View a video of Lemonade Day's impact. Contact Laura Bucci to learn how to participate in your town.


Babson College Heads to Ghana and Rwanda this Summer
Here's the final chance to be a part of the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy in Ghana and Rwanda this summer! Join fellow alumni, students, parents and friends as they help live the mission of Babson College and spread economic value everywhere.  Application deadline for this program is April 1st.  To learn more about the program and apply please contact Laura Bucci.


Family Entrepreneurship: Growing the Family Business Across Generations
To achieve continued growth and continuity, family businesses must make strategic use of the entrepreneurial mindsets and capabilities that enable them to create more value. "Family Entrepreneurship: Growing the Family Business Across Generations" is a new Babson Executive Education offering that will explore key concepts of growth for family businesses. Discounts apply for Babson Alumni as well as multiple registrants from a single family business. Learn more and register.


Living Entrepreneurship - Apply to MassChallenge
Babson is an academic sponsor of MassChallenge, a global business competition that provides entrepreneurs with resources to launch their ventures successfully. Babson had 27 semi-finalists represented at MassChallenge in 2011. Applications for the 2012 competition are being accepted now April 11. For more information, visit 


Venture Expo - Meet the Semifinalists of the B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®) Challenge!
Meet and interact with the 12 graduate and undergraduate semifinalists of the B.E.T.A. Challenge on Wednesday, April 4 at 4:30pm in the Needham/Wellesley Room, Olin Hall. Semifinalists will present their progress to date to the community as they compete to move on to  the finals on Founder's Day on April 18. You could win a prize for attending! For more details and to register, visit  


Showcase Your Business to the Babson Community!
Join us for the Founder's Day Business Fair on April 18 from 12:30-1:30pm. In honor of the spirit and vision exhibited by our Founder, Roger Babson, we would like to showcase those businesses which exemplify the Babson tradition of entrepreneurship. Spots are limited so act now! Deadline is Monday, April 9

Coaches - It's time to celebrate!
Babson's Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork program is celebrating its 15th Anniversary on April 26, 2012. The longevity and impact of the program is due to the commitment of the alumni who have coached in CLTP. Join us as we thank you and all the coaches who have been part of 15 years of success. Visit to register for the event today!
Come Home and Play!
"I can't wait to return to campus for this year's Alumni Game Day. Babson Athletics always extends a warm welcome to returning alumni. In the past I've reconnected with former teammates and gained renewed respect for the progress of our athletic programs." -Brittany Stevens '08, Field Hockey
Join Brittany and your fellow varsity athletics alumni for Alumni Game Day on Saturday, April 14. Visit for more information, the day's schedule, and to register.
Energy and Environmental Conference
Join the Babson Energy and Environment Club on March 30 for the 6th annual Babson Energy and Environmental Conference. This day-long event will address the real challenges and the exciting opportunities in energy, alternative transportation, sustainable development, and several other topics within the energy and environmental space. This year's theme is "Energy, Environment & Entrepreneurship: Challenging Assumptions, Changing Perceptions."  To find out more and purchase tickets, visit the forum website.


Alumni Leadership Awards 2012
The BAA looks to reward alumni, parents, faculty and friends who have actively given their time and talent to the Babson Community.  Nominations are now open for the 2012 Alumni Leadership Awards.  The awards are presented by the Babson Alumni Association (BAA) annually in the fall, during Back to Babson reunion and homecoming weekend.  All nominations for the 2012 awards cycle must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, April 13, 2012.

Please nominate someone for their exceptional contribution.  


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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