S​enior-Led Seminars

For Students, By Students

Made possible by a generous gift of the Donald W. White Sr. ’50 Family, Babson offers classes each spring semester taught entirely by students in their senior year. The classes are on topics that hold special meaning with their instructors, and this semester range from communicating business in a tech environment to business opportunities in the circular economy. By sharing their passion with their peers, the seniors are able to teach topics that aren’t currently offered in the standard undergraduate curriculum. These classes are very popular among fellow students whose desire for knowledge extends beyond the typical course load. 

2018 Senior-Led Seminars

Communicating Business in a Tech Environment 

Upasana Roy

Business students may find it challenging to communicate their value in a tech-fueled environment. However, even without proficiency in coding or computer science, students can succeed in a tech marketing or project management role with the help of this course. This seminar incorporates business analytics, design thinking, enterprise sales solutions and growth hacking. Students will learn methods to create business value and effectively communicate it in a high-functioning technology environment through guest speakers, simulations and articles.

Real Talk about College Entrepreneurship

Prabha Dublish and Derek Tu

Senior entrepreneurs Prabha and Derek share practical life lessons in this senior seminar. Students will learn how to build and scale ventures and be exposed to basic skills, from legally incorporating and opening their first bank accounts to raising capital and making that first sale. Students will be exposed to the Boston startup ecosytem, hear from other successful student founders, and be exposed to winning busines tactics and practical strategies for success that they can emulate with their own ventures. 

Business Opportunities in the Circular Economy

Reino Hyyppa

Economic development over the past century has been reliant on a linear model of "take, make, dispose" that requires a constant and inexpensive supply of materials and energy, which has contributed to climate change, pollution and environmental degradation. Entrepreneurs and business leaders are currently tasked with transitioning to a more sustainable economy, which decouples economic growth from finite resource consumption. A transition to a Circular Economy, which is both restorative and regenerative in design, will reduce our dependence on earth's finite resources. Students in this Seminar will analyze case studies on how circular economies have been successfully implemented into urban economies and businesses. Students teams will be challenged to identify an environmental problem facing Babson College and to develop a solution using circular economics.