Babson Alumni Newsletter
MAY 2015
Babson Commencement 2015  

Commencement 2015

On Saturday, May 16, Babson held our 96th undergraduate Commencement and 63rd graduate Commencement, featuring speakers and honorary degree recipients Kevin Colleran '03 and Richard Saul Wurman.
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Babson Among the World's Most Environmentally Friendly Colleges       
Babson is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the world, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings has featured Babson in the 2015 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges. Learn more

Retiring Professors Recognized   

Philip A. Dover, Robert Ng, Christopher P. Hennessey, Michael Levy, and Farshad Rafii were recently honored for their outstanding service to the College. Said Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law Carolyn Hotchkiss, "As active scholars, our retiring faculty made significant contributions to the world's knowledge of business and entrepreneurship, and we will miss their dedication to our students' success." Read more 
Babson Connect: Worldwide 2015 - A Great Success!  
The inaugural Babson Connect: Worldwide took place April 24-26. We welcomed more than 200 Babson community members to historic Cartagena, Colombia. We hope you'll join us in Dubai for Babson Connect: Worldwide 2016! View photos, presentations, and more from Cartagena

Survey Says . . . 

Reunion and Homecoming 2015: Register Today! 

Reunion and Homecoming Register Now Join us for Reunion and Homecoming Weekend September 25-27 and enjoy:
  • Receptions and class parties for undergraduate classes ending in 5 and 0
  • Reception at the Bottom Line Lounge for Blended Learning, Fast Track, and Evening MBAs
  • Comedian David Koechner from Anchorman and The Office
  • The Homecoming Tent, featuring specialty brews, gourmet food, our food truck, and an ice cream sundae bar
  • Kids' College sessions and activities, including a bouncy house, bucking baby bull, lawn games, pumpkin painting, face painting, balloon artist, and more!
  • Celebrations honoring these milestone anniversaries:  
    • Alpha Epsilon Pi (10th)
    • Chi Omega (10th)
    • The Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (15th)
    • Women's Swimming and Diving (30th)
    • Women's Cross Country (30th)
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma (35th)
    • Babson Free Press (40th)
    • Women's Volleyball (40th)
    • Black Student Union (45th)
    • Men's Soccer (60th) 
Early Bird Special Register by June 30, and you will automatically be entered to win two premier pavilion seats at the Red Sox game on Sunday, September 27, and a refund of your registration fee! Two runners-up also will win registration fee refunds.*
*Only alumni are eligible to win.
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Update from the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship
Janet Strimaitis M'81, has announced she will be stepping aside as the Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at the end of the summer. Under Janet's leadership the Blank Center expanded its offering to alumni entrepreneurs of all kinds seeking resources, support and guidance. The Alumni & Friends Network cannot begin to thank her for all she had done to help alumni entrepreneurs and for continuing to make the Blank Center the envy of colleges and universities across the globe for its impactful research, accelerator programs and business competitions. Janet will initially be spending time traveling and cycling and of course participating in alumni events.  We wish Janet only the best!

Featured Webinar

Coaching From the Inside: Developing Talent
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Noon-12:30 p.m. EDT
This short webinar by Dr. Joseph R. Weintraub will cover four key topics:

  • A model for developing the "Coaching Manager Mindset"
  • Ways to coach people effectively using existing talent as coaches
  • Suggestions on how to implement a coaching program given the existing culture of the organization
  • Benefits of developing an internal coaching capability
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Featured Action Star: Aaron Walton '83
Aaron Walton Creativity lives at the intersection of art and action.
He didn't like what he saw, so he built what he liked. 

"The planet's most interesting agency." Sounds simple, doesn't it? It was for Aaron Walton '83. He wanted to bring together a bunch of "angelic troublemakers" who would create work that is relevant and interesting to today's global consumer. So after starting and selling one agency, he decided to create one that stood for diversity. For Walton, there is no such thing as one size or solution that suits all. Which is why Babson was perfect for his way of thinking, doing, and creating. Walton wasn't content with the same-old way of doing business, so he began to do business in his own way.
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Career Spotlight:

Creating Jobs & Hiring Grads 

Dan Marques
Since graduating from Babson eight years ago,
Dan Marques '07
has worked at startups and billion dollar companies. Today, he is a senior director of eCommerce marketing at Adidas. Read on to see why Dan's proudest moment in business is the role he's played in creating more than 50 jobs, some of which were ultimately filled by fellow Babson alumni, as well as the memorable advice he received from former Babson president Bill Glavin.

Featured Resource:

Global Alumni Clubs
Babson's global presence encompasses alumni clubs and activities in more than 15 U.S. cities and 20 international locations. Alumni clubs and networks offer networking, professional development, social engagement, and community service opportunities. Alumni volunteer leaders are instrumental in all aspects of program planning, including topic development and speaker recruitment. Learn more
Featured Alumni Business 
ADEC Technologies Logo   
ADEC designs, manufacturers and sells precision detectors for traffic, parking, and people counting
Owner: Andreas Hartmann M'02 
Babson alumni receive a discount.
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From Founder to CEO: Podcasts Feature Babson Alumni

Five alumni entrepreneurs were interviewed by Todd Uterstaedt of From Founder to CEO during its Babson College Week. Read more   

CNN Hero Is an Angel to Colombia's Teen Moms  
Three of every 10 babies born in Cartagena, Colombia, have teen moms, but one amazing woman is fighting back. In the early 2000s, Catalina Escobar gave up her career running an international trading company and opened the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation as part of her mission to break Cartagena's cycle of infant mortality and teen pregnancy. Since 2002, the foundation has worked with more than 3,000 teen moms, and today 76 percent of them have professional jobs. Babson honored Escobar with the Community Changemaker Award during Babson Connect: Worldwide in Cartagena last month. Read an interview with Escobar on Entrepreneurship of All Kinds   
Benefit from the Talent of Babson Consultants
Would you like a group of eager Babson undergrads to review an area of opportunity in your organization? The Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) program offers them the opportunity to work as consultants with local companies. Application deadline is October 1, 2015. Learn more  
Babson Magazine: The Tao of Museums
More than buildings to store and display objects, museums serve as places to share stories, interact with ideas, and stimulate the senses. Just ask these alumni, who strive to keep these treasured communities flourishing. Read more  
Women Entrepreneurs: Apply Now to the WIN Lab
Develop your business idea in the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab, a nine-month, milestone-driven pathway for women entrepreneurs to test, launch, and grow ventures. Apply now   
Class Notes
John (JP) Reiner Jr. MBA '02 launched LogicalPromotions with one simple goal: Use technology to provide the best experience for purchasing quality promotional products. Read more  


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