MBA Impact Hour 

MBA Impact HourJoin The Lewis Institute for this event series catalyzing real and relevant conversations about issues influencing business and society.
MBA Impact Hours provide a space for Babson MBAs and Alumni in the Boston area to deep dive into issues of importance that will amplify the impact of their careers. They are typically held over light snacks at Space X inside The Lewis Institute (Olin 240-249 suite) from 5 to 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

These conversations are open to Babson Graduate students and alumni, but registration is required and attendance will be capped at the first 15 people to register. To register, please email Jennifer MacDonald at Come prepared to join us for a good conversation.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Designing for Social Systems
with Nan Ives, Social Innovation Fellow

Family, Philanthropy, and Enterprise
with Steve Shayer of J&B Medical

Disruptive Innovation
with Craig Wing, MBA'10, FutureWorld

UN Global Goals
Combined event with Good Business Fridays
with Cheryl & Emily

Previous MBA Impact Hours

September 14, 2017: Daniel Dalet’03, Founder of SoloCoco and  2017 Alumni Rising Star

September 26, 2017: The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Why it Matters (required for The Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track)

October 19, 2017: Dave Stangis, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer at Campbell Soup; Co-Author of "21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business"; and Babson Entrepreneur in Residence 

October 24, 2017: Tyler Gage, Founder of Runa Tea

November 8, 2017: Lessons from Net Impact: Trends in CSR/Sustainability

November 14, 2017: Lessons from the Field with Neil Smith, Co-founder and Managing Partner at SmithOBrien

February 8, 2018: Special Impact Hour with Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine, 5-7pm Winn Auditorium (formerly Olin Auditorium).
*please note extended time and location change. This event is open to the entire Babson community and the first 50 Babson attendees will receive a free copy of Stephen's book.

February 13, 2018: The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Why it Matters (required for The Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track)

February 21, 2018: Steve Fox, CEO of Think Impact

April 11, 2018: Babson Board Fellows Give Back and Share Experiences, 5-7pm Needham/Wellesley Room, Olin Hall
*please note extended time and location change. This event is open to the entire Babson community and current Babson Board Fellows will share their learnings from the last year with us as well as their nonprofit partners. 

April 12, 2018: Unleashing Sustainable Innovation with Jay Friedlander, 3-5:30pm, a special opportunity for the Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track applicants to engage with Jay Friedlander and the Abundant Cycle with credit toward the Track
*please note special, extended time. Advance RSVP required to secure a space in this session.

April 25, 2018: The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Why it Matters (required for The Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track)

Business as a Net Asset to Society with Manoj Fenelon, Director of Foresight & Innovation at PepsiCo

Manoj Fenelon helps PepsiCo imagine and work towards desirable futures. This MBA Impact Hour will focus on one of the things Manoj does well inside a Fortune 50 company – ask good questions that catalyze and channel collective imagination. Guided by a purposeful view of business' place in the world, and a focus on integrated bottom-lines, Manoj works as an entrepreneur inside. And in true Babson spirit, he embraces creating economic and social value simultaneously, not sequentially. Manoj will talk about the challenges facing large organizations in today's increasingly unpredictable and ambiguous world, and the value of foresight in addressing them.

Social Value Creation and Change Decoded with Deborah Leipziger, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation

What do Codes of Conduct and language have to do with driving social value creation and change ? Deborah Leipziger has helped move the field of corporate social responsibility with her book The Corporate Responsibility Code Book,  as well as her contribution to Creating Social Value: A Guide for Leaders and Changemakers. Deborah will share her journey and experiences as an influencer inside large multinationals and social businesses.

Pedro Arce, Vice-President Eastern Bank Business Banking Group

Pedro Arce is a Vice President at Eastern Bank. Since arriving there he has used the power of Eastern Bank’s brand to invest in small business owners and communities to accelerate both economic and social value.  Hear how Pedro has helped his organization with its social mission and brought folks like Calvert to the table to invest in low income and distressed communities for economic revitalization. 

Reimagining Capitalism with Higher Consciousness with Raj Sisodia, FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

Conscious Capitalism builds on the foundations of Capitalism - voluntary exchange, entrepreneurship, competition, freedom to trade and the rule of law. These are essential to a healthy functioning economy, as are other elements of Conscious Capitalism including trust, compassion, collaboration and value creation. Join Professor Sisodia in a discussion about the four principles of Conscious Capitalism: Higher Purpose, Conscious Leadership, Stakeholder Orientation, and Conscious Culture. This event will be in Olin 240-249 suite .

Bob Massie: The Role of Capital Markets in Transforming the Purpose of Business.  

Bob Massie has been one of the most successful U.S. social entrepreneurs of the last two decades, having built and led four organizations that have each had a major impact on corporations and capital markets. As president of Ceres, Bob brought together environmental leaders, corporate executives, and pension fund trustees to improve the environmental and energy performance of firms; he created and led the Global Reporting Initiative, which established the current international standard for corporate sustainability disclosure; he founded the Investor Network on Climate Risk, which coordinates the work of more than 100 pension funds worth $11 trillion; and he built the New Economy Coalition, an alliance of more than a hundred US, British, and Canadian groups working on new models of finance and enterprise. In 2002, he was named one of the top 100 most influential leaders in the field of finance by CFO magazine. 

MBA Impact Hour

Lynnette McIntire: Positive Disruption: Entrepreneuring for Social Value Inside a Global Company 

Today’s top CEOs indicate that their key focus needs to be driving innovation and fostering more entrepreneurial thinking and acting inside their organizations. Yet, the structures of these large organizations are inoculated to reject some of the best ideas and disengage the majority of their workforce. Creating social value inside a large organization takes a shift in mindset and a shift in behavior in order to activate real innovation that creates economic and social value simultaneously.
Lynnette will share lessons from 20 years of bringing big ideas to corporations for changing the planet and offer up some doable ideas that can inspire others to action. Lynnette is convinced that morals, values, and social consciousness should lead business strategy. At logistics giant UPS, she was part of a small leadership team that established corporate responsibility as a strategic platform and elevated the company’s reputation as a global sustainability leader. Find out how Lynnette came to be known by her CFO as a Positive Disruptor and ended up co-authoring an HBR article with him titled Sustainability A CFO Can Love

Deana Becker: B Corps: How to use Business as a Force for Food
This week, we’re delighted to feature a pop-up MBA Impact Hour, created in response to a panel discussion at last week’s Babson Entrepreneurship Forum. Deana Becker M’10, Director of Stakeholder Operations at Preserve discusses “B Corps: How to Use Business as a Force for Good.” In this conversation, we’ll explore new business models for social innovation and impact, and understand why Preserve chose to join hundreds of other companies in choosing this particular path.