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Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs®

In 1978, Babson College, established the world’s first entrepreneurship hall of fame, the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.


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Since its inception, the academy has recognized and honored entrepreneurs who have contributed significantly to the development of free enterprise throughout the world.

Nominations of world-class entrepreneurs who have created great economic and social value are solicited from the Babson community as well as from outside the institution. Through the years, Babson has celebrated entrepreneurs of all kinds as illustrated by the impressive list of inductees. Collectively, the 98 members of the academy have created millions of jobs and improved societies around the world.

Many of the most successful and visible entrepreneurs in the world are members of the academy. They represent companies that are some of the most highly regarded in their industry and household icons in their culture. These members have capitalized on the need for change, accepted the associated risk and responsibility, and made an impact on the world. The energy and innovation embodied by these individuals will be appreciated and applauded for many generations to come.

2015 Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneur Inductees

Dorothy Cann Hamilton

Founder & CEO of the International Culinary Center

Dorothy Cann Hamilton

Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Founder & CEO of the International Culinary Center (ICC), is one of the most respected culinary leaders in the world today. Thirty years ago, Hamilton founded the school in Manhattan as The French Culinary Institute. Today, it has grown to be one of the world’s leading centers for culinary education with additional campuses in California and Italy. ICC has world-renowned chefs as its deans including Jacques Pépin, José Andrés, Jacques Torres, as well as more than 15,000 notable alumni hailing from more than 80 countries, including chefs Bobby Flay, David Chang, Wylie Dufresne, Dan Barber and Christina Tosi. Read more »


Doug Rauch

Doug Rauch

Past President of Trader Joe’s, Founder of Daily Table, and CEO of Conscious Capitalism

Doug Rauch spent 31 years with Trader Joe’s Company, the last 14 years as a president, helping grow the business from a small, nine-store chain in Southern California in 1977, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story. He developed their prized buying philosophy, created their unique private label food program, and wrote and executed the business plan for expanding Trader Joe’s nationally. In 1995, Rauch was promoted to the new position of president, Trader Joe’s East (to compliment the new position of president, Trader Joe’s West). Executing on the business plan for expansion, he brought Trader Joe’s to the East Coast, with the first stores opening in Brookline and Cambridge in June 1996. Read more »