May 2012
Commencement 2012

Commencement ceremonies took place at the Wellesley campus on Saturday, May 19. Both ceremonies honored Reid Hoffman, Executive Chairman of LinkedIn and partner at Greylock Partners, and Maria Eitel, President and CEO of the Nike Foundation. The perfectly sunny day only made welcoming the newest members of the Alumni & Friends Network more enjoyable. View a recap of the photos, videos, tweets, status updates, and more.

GapingVoid Cartoon

Babson's official cartoonist, Hugh Macleod of Gapingvoid, created this cartoon as a complement to President Schlesinger's message during the 2012 Commencement exercises. As students, they were empowered to move outside their comfort zones, to do something different, to enroll others in their ideas, to take a step and, when the path is not straight and clear, to pivot. With rapid change as the norm, they will find that learning how to pivot will be of value for the rest of their lives. 

Featured Alumni Business - May 2012

Forest Lake Camp
Forest Lake Camp is often described as one of America's great sleepaway camps. Children participate in a wide range of life-enhancing activities on 823 beautiful acres in the Adirondacks. A week of Family Camp is also offered every August.
Owned by: Geoff M. Blanck M'98 and Tobin Kelly M'99
$500 off enrollment for Family Camp for all Babson Alumni.

Enter your business to be our next Featured Alumni Business!

2012 Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and Rising Star Award
Nominate fellow Babson alumni or yourself for the fifth 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 29>> 

Financial Times Ranks Babson Executive Education Among Top In The World

Babson Executive Education custom programs are ranked among the world's best by Financial Times.
Financial Times has released its 2012 rankings of the top 70 global custom executive education providers. Babson Executive Education (BEE) ranks #5 in the U.S. and #13 in the world for its custom programs.

"Financial Times' rankings are recognition that our unique expertise in Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® helps drive growth and value creation for organizations of all sizes and types," said Dr. Elaine J. Eisenman, Dean of Babson Executive Education. "Amidst ongoing environments of change and uncertainty, BEE partners with our clients to address their diverse needs by innovating through new programs and leadership development solutions." Read more about this ranking.

Babson Faculty Retirements
Congratulations to 5 of Babson's faculty members who have recently announcement their retirement. Together they have given 158 years of service to the College. We wish Elaine Allen, Associate Professor of Statistics, Arthur Bayer, Professor of Economics, John McKenzie, Associate Professor of Quantitative Analysis, Gordon Prichett, Professor of Quantitative Methods and John Saber, Professor of Mathematics all the best!

Babson Businesses in MassChallenge Round Two
14 Babson student and alumni businesses are in Round two of MassChallenge, a global business competition that provides entrepreneurs with resources to launch their ventures successfully. Find out about the semifinalists here. The 125 finalist companies will be announced on May 29th.  

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, Babson is empowering people around the world to share their definition of entrepreneurship, and thus help shape the new definition. To read definitions submitted by people from your state or country, please visit our new interactive map >>

To enter your definition, please visit

Learn more about the Define Entrepreneurship campaign.
Submit your Class Note
Stephanie Rogers '09 and Justin Brooks '09 are excited to announce their engagement! They will be coming back to campus to tie the knot where they first met, holding their ceremony in Glavin Chapel. See more!

The BabsonQuest

Have you registered to play the BabsonQuest yet? Do not miss your opportunity to win a trip back to Babson or a private party at Roger's pub (up to $2,000 in value!). More than 90 alumni have already joined the Quest: check out specifics and register to play today!  (See official Terms and Conditions [pdf])


Back to Babson 2012

Join us for Back to Babson, our largest alumni event of the year, September 28 & 29, 2012.
Weekend highlights include Alumni College educational sessions with Babson faculty, Celebrating Volunteers and Reunioners at the Leadership Awards Dinner under the Tent, family barbeque, the Homecoming Competition, an All Class Cocktail Reception, and more. You won't want to miss this fun-filled weekend.  Check our site for the schedule of events and registration coming in June!


Buying a Small Business 

Small business ownership presents a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue a dream, create new forms of value, and generate personal wealth. To make it happen, you need the right tools, knowledge, and perspective. Buying a Small Business is a full-day intensive open enrollment program that explores the process and peculiarities of purchasing a small business. The program is offered at the Babson Executive Conference Center on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Learn more and register>>


Save the Date - 2012 Demo Day
Undergraduate and MBA students from the Summer Venture Program will be presenting their businesses and progress to date on Thursday, July 26 at 2 p.m. This 10-week intensive experience is designed to accelerate the development of student entrepreneurial ventures. Learn more about Demo Day.


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.



Babson's official cartoonist, Hugh Macleod of Gapingvoid, created these original cartoons to complement Reid Hoffman and Maria Eitel's message during the 2012 Commencement exercises.


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