Babson Alumni Newsletter
MARCH 2014
Babson MBA Ranked #1 for Entrepreneurship for 21 Consecutvie Years

Babson MBA: Still No. 1 in Entrepreneurship

U.S.News & World Report has published its annual business school rankings and, for the 21st consecutive year, Babson's MBA program is ranked No. 1 in entrepreneurship. Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and the University of California, Berkeley round out the top fiveLearn More

2014 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients
Tory Burch, CEO and designer of Tory Burch will address graduating undergraduates, and Bobby Sager, noted entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist, will speak at the graduate ceremony. Babson President Emeritus Leonard Schlesinger, Burch, and Sager will receive honorary degrees. 

Get Involved with Reunion and Homecoming 2014

Calling all undergraduate 4's and 9's... It's YOUR year and we need your help to shape Reunion Weekend. Please join your Reunion Committee! Volunteers are needed to plan the class dinner celebration, identify class activities, and help classmates reconnect. Sign up to volunteer today to ensure the best reunion weekend yet.


First Year Undergrads Launch 28 Businesses

At the beginning of the semester the first-year students in the Class of 2017 launched this year's Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) businesses. Teams invent, develop, manage, and liquidate a business during the course of the academic year. Get to Know the 2014 FME Businesses  
FME Businesses

Join Us for an Elder Caregiving Discussion

The Alumni and Friends Network invites you to an informative panel discussion focusing on the choices, challenges, and resources for those caring for elderly loved ones. Join us on campus from 7:30-9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, or participate online via the webinar. Learn More and Register

Introducing Babson168

Babson168 The Office of Undergraduate Admission is excited to announce the new name of Babson's admitted student day: Babson168. Why the new name? Because there are 168 hours in a week, filled with classes, Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship businesses, first-year student advising, new friends, and more. At Babson168, students and their families will learn about all the opportunities they have to define their Babson experience and understand what it is like to be a part of the Babson community. Congratulations to the admitted students in the Class of 2018! Learn More  

Webinar on Informal Mentoring and Career Advancement
Blended Learning Studies have shown that informal mentoring relationships are more effective than formal ones and, if you proactively create a wider, deeper network of mentors, the benefits of having a mentor - quicker promotions, greater productivity, and increased job satisfaction - can be even greater. Join us on Wednesday, April 23, from Noon-12:30 p.m. EDT for a short webinar with Associate Professor Wendy Marcinkus Murphy on informal mentoring. Learn More and Register

The Babson Alumni Association Wants You!

The Babson Alumni Association (BAA) is announcing a last call for nominations for the BAA board of directors for two-year terms beginning July 1, 2014. If you can make a strong contribution or if you would like to recommend someone, please submit a nomination. The deadline is tomorrow, Friday, March 28, 2014, at 5 p.m. EDT. The election will take place online and all materials will be available in May via the alumni website. Contact the BAA with any questions about this process. 
Entrepreneurs Break Barriers
San Francisco WallscapeWatch Babson's newest billboard come to life in downtown San Francisco, created in partnership with Colossal Media. 
Like barriers, some definitions are meant to be broken and reinterpreted. Don't limit your definition. Live it.  

Resources for Women Re-entering the Workforce

Jumping back into the job market after a multiyear hiatus can be intimidating for women, but noted career coach Pamela Weinberg recently shared strategies for success with Babson Trustee Amanda Strong '87. View a recording of her interview, in which she shares tips for updating skills, defining career objectives, leveraging social media, and more. You also may download her resource handout (PDF) for a list of helpful re-entry websites.

Meet Babson's Business Competition Finalists
BETA Challenge The Blank Center's B.E.T.A. Challenge recognizes major milestones businesses have achieved, and is excited to include alumni participants for the second year. Register to meet the semifinalists on April 2 and the finalists on April 10 to see who will take home the $20,000 cash prize. Contact the Blank Center for more information.

Nominate an Alumni Leader

The Babson Alumni Association (BAA) is proud to honor alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends who have actively given their time and talent to the Babson community. Help us recognize these deserving individuals by submitting a nomination for the 2014 Alumni Leadership Awards. The deadline is Monday, April 7, 2014, at 5 p.m. EDT, and awards will be presented during Reunion and Homecoming Weekend, September 19-20, 2014. Submit a Nomination

Get a MassChallenge Fee Refund from Babson

MassChallenge Babson is an academic sponsor of MassChallenge, a global business competition that provides entrepreneurs with resources to launch their ventures successfully. The Blank Center has limited refund codes available for application fees. Please email the Blank Center with the name of your venture as it appears on the MassChallenge applicant site to receive a code. Visit the MassChallenge website for more application information. The final deadline is Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Athletes, Entrepreneurs, and the Competitive Drive
Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Competitive Drive This spring, Richard Ford '84 and his daughter, Kendall Ford '15 will compete for Babson's Escape from Alcatraz triathlon team in San Francisco. See how these athletes share the same competitive drive as entrepreneurs. Read More
Featured Alumni Career Story
Shaun Steingold Shaun Steingold M'08 landed his job after graduation thanks to networking and a Babson introduction. Today, he pays it forward by volunteering with current students and alumni. See why Shaun compares Babson to a family, and why he'll never hesitate to hire a Babson grad.
Featured Alumni Resource
Babson Executive Education Alumni have a great opportunity to reconnect with Babson while driving growth and change for their organizations by taking advantage of our top-ranked Executive and Enterprise Education programs. Alumni are eligible for a 20% discount off the price of open enrollment programs (10% off Entrepreneurship Toolkit programs). Email us or call 781-239-4354 for a registration discount code.
Featured Alumni Business
AmpleOwner John "Andy" Johnson M'11 founded Ample in 2010 around the notion that fresh, approachable, well-made modern furniture can be designed and produced in the United States. Babson alumni receive a 10% discount
Class Notes
Matthew R. Muller '13:
"Since graduation, I've been working at Inflection, a Silicon Valley big data company. I'm not the only Babson alum here - I work alongside Tiffany Lien '10, Jake Brady '12, and Hiba Haider '13, and I can't wait to see which members of the Class of 2014 join us!" 
Do you have a new job? A promotion? Had a baby? Did you get married? Start a business? Post a class note and let us know (photos accepted)! 
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Blended Learning MBA Ranked No. 1 for Salary

Financial Times' first online MBA ranking brought more good news for Babson, with our Blended Learning MBA ranked No. 1 worldwide in salary and No. 7 overall. Three years after graduation, the average salary of Blended Learning MBA alumni is $146,636. Learn More

Read Stories of Women in the C-Suite
Despite the glass ceiling and surveys showing a disproportionately small percentage of women in leadership positions, Susan Elliott M'86, Kimberly Post '98, and Deborah DiSanzo M'89 weren't thinking about how their gender might affect their careers. Instead, they were thinking "I can do that job, and I can make a difference."

Homecoming Reunion