Babson Alumni Newsletter
APRIL 2014
Vedavoo's Scott Hunter M'09 with Dennis Hanno and Janet Strimaitis

B.E.T.A. Challenge Alumni Winner & Semi-Finalists

Alumni startup Vedavoo, founded by Scott Hunter M'09, was the 2014 alumni winner of the B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action) Challenge. Congratulations to our other alumni finalists - Bombas' David Heath '05 and Andrew Heath M'12 and ZOOS, LLC's Niari Keverian M'12 - as well as the six alumni semi-finalists in the competition. Learn more  

Bloomberg Businessweek Ranks Babson No. 26
Babson has been ranked No. 26 in the Bloomberg Businessweek 2014 Ranking of Best Undergraduate Business Schools. This is an improvement of 10 positions from last year's ranking. Other high ratings included an A+ in Teaching Quality and No.17 among recruiters. Learn more 

Bloomberg Businessweek Ranking

PayScale Rates Babson No. 1 Business School for ROI

Babson was ranked No. 1 for 20-year net return on investment (ROI) among business schools, according to the 2014 PayScale College ROI Report. PayScale gives Babson a 20-year net ROI of $838,100 and an annual ROI of 11.8% (with financial aid). Learn more 

PayScale ROI Ranking

Babson Hosts First Alumni Day of Service in Six Cities

From Boston to San Diego, alumni came together in six cities to pack school supplies that will go with our students to Africa this summer. Thank you to all our hosts, sponsors, and the alumni who took time out of their weekend to participate. Can't wait for next year! Learn more 

Day of Service

Babson168 On April 11, the Babson community welcomed more than 350 admitted undergraduate students and their families to campus. The story behind Babson168 is that each week is made up of 168 hours. Each hour is a chance to pursue current interests, develop new passions, and connect with others. The event gave admitted students the opportunity to experience Babson firsthand and see what they could do with those 168 hours. View a Storify recap  

Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy
Have you thought of going on our annual trip to Rwanda? Join current students, alumni, faculty, and staff this summer as we return to Babson's Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy (BELA) in Kigali, Rwanda for our last trip with Provost and Senior Vice President Dennis Hanno! Applications are currently being accepted now through May 1, and we have a select number of spots reserved for alumni participants. Please visit our website to learn more, or submit your application.
March Madness Athletics Giving Competition
March Madness Athletics Giving Competition

In the first ever March Madness Athletics Giving Competition, the softball team took home the $5,000 grant, an alumni tailgate next season, and Nike Premier Fleeces for their current team with 61 percent of their former and current athletes participating. Director of Athletics Josh MacArthur expressed his gratitude to all alumni, student-athletes, and friends of Babson College. "We would like to thank the hundreds of former and current student-athletes for their amazing outpouring of support throughout the month of March. Together, we raised more than $77,000, had 16 percent alumni-athlete participation, had more than 66 percent current student-athlete participation, and truly exemplified the meaning of school spirit." Learn more 

BabsonQuest 2014: Spring Break Edition

Bridget Amani Thrash '12 won this year's spring break edition of BabsonQuest. She is taking full advantage of the prize, which covers her trip back to campus from Houston for Commencement on May 17, 2014. Bridget told us: "Participating in Babson Quest made me feel as if I were having a tremendous flashback. It was amazing to realize how much of an impact Babson has had on my life, from my career path, to my mentors, to my current friends. Learn more about the BabsonQuest 

Babson Thought Leadership Book:
Creating Social Value

Cheryl Kiser, Deborah Leipziger, and Janelle Shubert have authored Creating Social Value: A Guide for Leaders and Change Makers. The classroom discussions that came from a graduate course called "Social Value Creation Matters" three years ago laid the groundwork for the book. It is an essential strategy guide to help businesses and organizations of all kinds generate social value within their cultures. "This book provides much-needed insights on important global trends and how they affect the viability of private sector activities. As business has gone global and commercial activities are penetrating deeper into people's lives, the boundaries between the public and private spheres are blurring. Creating social value is no longer an externality; it is deeply connected to the long-term success of enterprises," said Georg Kell, executive director, UN Global CompactLearn more about the book  

Babson Alumni Association Elections in May

Voting for the Babson Alumni Association Board of Directors will begin on May 21 and run through May 30 for the term beginning July 1, 2014.  To learn about the candidates who are running for a term, please visit the BAA Elections website. Mark your calendars now to cast your vote in May (an email will be sent to all alumni when voting begins on May 21). If you have questions about the elections, please contact the BAA at
Stop Along the Way
Peter Hussey M'77 Artist Peter Hussey M'77 is quick to point out he's a frustrated architect who's also fascinated with New England architecture and American art. His watercolors bring those interests together through the details and play of light around windows and doors, eaves and roofs, and quintessential New England scenes. Read more 

Reunion & Homecoming

Save the date for Reunion & Homecoming Weekend, taking place September 19-21. If you graduated in a year ending in a 4 or a 9, this is your reunion year! We also invite all alumni to come back to campus for Homecoming, which includes fun up at The Tent, entertainment, affinity gatherings, varsity and alumni games, and family-friendly activities! Learn more 
Featured Alumni Resource: 24-Hour Access to Job Search and Career Strategies
Did you know Babson has developed a series of online-skills-based career workshops and maintains a small library of podcast/webinar recordings to provide you with information on a variety of topics designed to help you navigate the employment market? Get advice on how to brand yourself, use social media in your job search, change careers, and much more! These resources are non-password protected and can be accessed at your convenience via the Alumni Career Development website.
Featured Alumni Business: BoardLiving
BoardLiving Jason R. McDonald M'10 "Jay Mac" founded BoardLiving, which promotes a lifestyle of balance and adventure within a like-minded, positive, aware community.
How Do You Define Entrepreneurship?
Eric (Babson Alumnus, Wealth Coach, MA)
"Entrepreneurship is connecting your passion with a way of life."


Featured Alumni Career Story: Monica Ballin M'12
Monica Ballin M'12Monica Ballin M'12, North America Marketing Manager for Converse, Inc., has one piece of advice for getting a job: network, network, network! She talked with us about the kinds of networking emails that catch her eye, and what Babson can do for your professional reputation. Read Monica's story 
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Running a Business Rooted in Mission

What should a founder do when the business needs of a social enterprise conflict with its mission? For Jon Feinman M'10 and Professor Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, it all comes down to having a laser focus on finding funding and creating partnerships with strategic organizations. "We would never write a grant proposal or pursue a partnership that didn't have a 100% clear benefit to our core mission," says Goldberg. Read their stories on Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™ 

Class Notes
Jenna Kochen '09:
"After graduating from Babson, I continued my education at the University of Miami School of Law, where I graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 2012. I am currently working at Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A., a law firm in Miami, Florida that focuses exclusively on Management Labor and Employment Law." Read more  


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)! Submit a Class Note 

Research Survey Closes April 27

Based on random sampling, a number of alumni were recently sent an email to participate in a market research survey. If you have received it and have not yet responded, we appreciate your participation by this Sunday, April 27. Thank you for your time and your feedback!

Reunion & Homecoming: September 19-21