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Good Business Fridays

Join The Lewis Institute every Friday between Noon and 1:30pm in the Reynolds Global Lounge for open and casual discussions about creating and maintaining a business in today’s world.

Some discussions feature guests with insights on a key topic, while others are open forums for students, alums, staff, and faculty to support and advise each other about their business concerns, ventures, and ideas. Come when you can, there is no such thing as late!

Good Business Fridays

Good Business Fridays gather people together who have an interest in combining social impact and profit, and provide a forum to start cultivating their community.

These weekly conversations are a way to accelerate your journey around social value creation and amplify your impact in the space.  There’s something very special and almost counter-intuitive about the model. So much of our work at Babson is about purposeful, strategic action. It’s easy to think: “who has time to sit around and just chat?” But the reality is, a carefully built community of like-minded people is one of the most important assets any entrepreneur can have.

I hope you’ll join us on Fridays at noon in the Reynolds Global Lounge as we explore what it means to create social value through business; what it means to be a social innovator.

Cheryl Kiser
Executive Director, The Lewis Institute

Fall 2015 Good Business Fridays Schedule:  

September 11: Businesses Cultivating a Culture of Health, featuring the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Note: At From Day One Fest in Reynolds Courtyard)

September 18: Beyond CSR: The New ROI for Business, featuring Chris Lloyd, ‎Executive Director - Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility at Verizon

September 25: Social Businesses: Changing Lives, Changing Communities, featuring Ariel Hauptman, Director of Business Development and Benefit Corp Committee Chair at Greyston Bakery (Note: Location change to Blank Center) 

October 2: Lessons for Creating Social Impact featuring Theresa Thandeka Tutu, eldest daughter of Desmond Tutu and founder of Tutu Desks (Note: Location change to Hollister Lobby) 

October 9: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Goverment with Paul Kruchoski, Deputy Director of the Collaboratory

October 16: The New Winning Strategy: Creating Social Value as a Competitive Advantage, featuring Craig Bida, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation, Author, and Consultant

October 23: Arts & Business Conversation: Madeleine Steczynski, Co-Founder and Executive Director (Note: starts at 12:30pm in Sorenson Upper Lobby)

October 30: The Link between Diversity and Business Innovation, featuring Dr. Sadie Burton-Goss, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

November 6: Social Value Creation Matters, featured guest TBD

November 13: In honor of Babson's annual Entrepreneurship Forum​, we invite you to join Cheryl Kiser’s session on Corporate Social Innovation.

November 20 & 27: No GBF (Thanksgiving Holiday)

December 4: Economic and Social Value: The Daily Table Business Model, featuring Fredi Shonkoff, Senior Director at The Daily Table

Past Good Business Fridays

View past Good Business Fridays (pdf) ​​​​​