Promoting Unusual Partnerships
A PhD research scientist earning her MBA at Babson. Paired together through an experiential learning program from the Lewis Institute. The scientist joins their board and is introduced to unique challenges. She proceeds to reinvigorate a business model with impactful, hybrid thinking. Attendance is boosted. Experience is gained. A full-time offer is extended. Babson Board Fellows. Connecting MBAs with nonprofits, for the benefit of both.
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Through global campaigns, campus partnerships, or sponsored ventures, the Lewis Institute helps power a diverse variety of programs that embrace social innovation.
There are countless ways to alter the status quo, and the many initiatives and events we support provide us with fresh avenues to pursue innovative solutions to social and economic challenges.
Check out some of the ways that students, faculty, Fortune 500 companies, local nonprofits, food entrepreneurs, and more can get involved with us to create sustainable value in the world.
Babson Board Fellows is an experiential learning program that places Babson MBA students and alumni as non-voting members of nonprofit boards. The nonprofits benefit from fresh insight as well as from student contributions to board committees and special projects. Students benefit from exposure to board-level decision making, mentorship, and through working on projects. The goals of the program are to support local nonprofits, to build a culture of service within the Babson MBA community, and to give Babson students another opportunity to put their MBA skills into practice.
Food is big news these days. Questions of nutrition and health, food safety, supply-chain ethics, energy, sustainability, and access are ever-increasing concerns. On Babson Food Day, we’ll acknowledge and explore these grave dilemmas, but always with an eye toward the “bite-sized” action step that the attendee can take now to begin to make a difference.
Babson College is one of the founding members of the Clinton Global Initiative University Network, a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. For more information and to apply, visit CGI U or the Babson CGI U program.
Food Sol Community Table meets Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. For more information, email Suzy Costello or visit the Food Sol page.
This annual event, held the day before the start of classes, turns the Babson campus into a marketplace of social innovation. Creating economic and social value is serious business at Babson, and providing expertise, resources, ideas, and entertainment around making a difference is the focus of this day.
Join The Lewis Institute every Friday between Noon and 1 p.m. 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!
The Lewis Institute Changemaker Award is designed to recognize members of the Babson Community who have set something in motion in order to create positive change. We invite all members of the Babson Community to nominate an individual who exemplifies the idea of creating positive change. This annual award is presented each April to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff members (one per category) who are working hard to make Babson--and the world--a better place.
This new venture is led by Babson College and IO Sustainability, with the support of lead sponsors Verizon and Campbell Soup Company. Together, we are placing a rigorous business lens on the value of work in CSR and beyond as we develop a common language and set of tools to quantify the link between CSR and ROI.
The first Lewis Institute Social Innovator Award was given in May 2013 to Dr. Kwabena Darko who exemplified the qualities, attributes, and impact that we believed would be so powerful for students to learn from and, as a result, would be influenced to activate real and lasting change in the world. This award serves as the marker for extraordinary achievement and a benchmark for how one sets in motion large scale change and impact.