Sarah Fisher M’10
Entrepreneurship, Fast Track MBA Program
Global Group Product Director, Johnson & Johnson
Prior to my experience at Babson, I was a corporate entrepreneur (CE) with a lack of an identity. I was not keenly aware of the fact that internal entrepreneurship was not only well recognized, but also of growing interest to the entrepreneurial community. Since that time, I have remained passionate about my contributions to the identification and understanding of CEs like myself. The foundation that Babson gave me through the Fast Track MBA program permeates the global CE work I do every day, and provides me with the continued confidence I need to face the most ambiguous and obscure challenges with fervor. I possess a relentless sense of curiosity about what could be, and I can now translate that from experiments into substantial outcomes.
Words that Changed My Life
When I was faced with a very challenging and risky decision at the age of 18, a mentor of mine sent me this speech and I have carried it with me ever since. Ironically, it was the theme used by the keynote speaker during my graduation ceremony at Babson.
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. — The Man in the Arena Speech, Theodore Roosevelt, Paris, 1891
What You Need to Know about Babson
There is no place else like Babson for planting the seeds of entrepreneurial growth and experimentation. Approach the community like a sponge and soak up everything offered to you. Push yourself to take risks in an environment that expects you, to, and you’ll have no regrets.
My Personal Brand
A change agent in heels, bringing the right people together to capitalize on opportunities and deliver on outcomes, creating new paths for others to follow.
How I Define Entrepreneurship
Knowing oneself, and then not being afraid to go after the things you know you were meant to do; contributing the best of yourself in the time that you have.