About The Lewis Institute

The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation is the GPS for navigating social innovation and redefining expectations for business by moving from social responsibility to social relevance.

Through action research, case development, webinars, convening working sessions with business leaders, and collaborating throughout the Babson community—particularly with the Babson Social Innovation Lab—the Lewis Institute serves as an integrated, objective, and accessible resource of ideas, perspective, and practical knowledge for how to make social innovation work.

Social innovation is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing areas where Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® can make a real difference. This field is so diverse and dynamic that new ideas and technologies are cropping up faster than anyone can capture, evaluate, or understand them.

The Lewis Institute illuminates a path for students, faculty, and corporate partners seeking entry into the field of social innovation. By drawing upon Babson’s core competencies, methodologies, and commitment to creating economic and social value everywhere, we help create unexpected yet fruitful collaborations and design knowledge tools that result in business prosperity and societal improvement.

Founded in July 2010 with a generous gift from Alan and Harriet Lewis of Grand Circle Corporation, the Lewis Institute’s activities include:

  • The Babson Social Innovation Fellows program, where we recruit experts from industry to work with students and faculty.
  • An MBA Intensive Elective called Social Value Creation Matters, and we continue to work with the Dean of Faculty in identifying new teaching cases in social innovation and social entrepreneurship.


Executive Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab

Cheryl Yaffe Kiser »

Associate Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab

Emily Weiner »

Director, Food Sol

Rachel Greenberger »

Communications Manager, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab

Leah Hurley »

Youth Entrepreneurial Leadership Programs

Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship

Genevieve Barnard »
Kate McKone Sweet »

Office Administrator

Jennifer MacDonald »

Graduate Assistants

Suzy Costello
Lukas Donado
Macarena Escudero
Zichen (Zay) Xu

Undergraduate Scholars

Katie Hendrickson
Ryan Lupberger

Learn more about our Entrepreneurs in Residence & Social Innovation Fellows »