Monica Ballin M’12
North America Marketing Manager, Converse Inc.
How I Define Entrepreneurship
Create. Act. Rinse and Repeat.
My Proudest Moment In Business
Finding my way to Converse, the company where I've always wanted to work. I started building relationships the moment I set foot on campus, and ended up landing a job before I graduated. Looking at Converse's summer interns, I realized the importance of networking: only 2 of the 50 didn't have some kind of connection. My strategy was to network with current employees of Converse, as well as MBA students who worked there. Fortunately I got an intership through a Babson MBA's introduction to the company. I kept it up in my second year, inviting Converse's CMO to speak at a Babson event I helped organize. It was worth it; I still work there and love my job.
Advice For Current Job Seekers
Use the majority of your time at Babson to network. There's an art to doing it right, so work with CCD to understand how to appeal to the people you want to connect with. As an MBA student, you have two years to find what you want to do and to meet people who can help you get there. I do love to help people from Babson, and the emails that really catch my eye are from students who genuinely want help, have clear goals, and understand the purpose of networking and informational interviews.
What You Need To Know About Babson
Babson gives you the time and resources to really hone your goals and see them through, regardless of whether they consist of starting your own business or working for a large corporation. As an alum, I love being able to go anywhere in the world and know someone from Babson. Having a network of people ready to help professionally is one of the best parts about Babson. If I ever have business questions that aren't in my area of expertise, I know I have contacts that could help me.
Words That Changed My Life
When someone verbalized to me that the word but means that everything said before that is null. It's such a simple and obvious concept, yet very important. Communication is one of the most important tools in business, and in everyday life, so it's little things like this that I always keep in mind to try to be the most effective communicator I can be.
How I Want To Change The World
I'm always looking for ways I can contribute to my community - both immediate and removed. Changing the world is a big undertaking; something that happens one person at a time. Through volunteering and linking my professional work to create social benefit whenever I can, I hope to make at least a small footprint toward the goal to change the world for the better.
What The World Needs From Entrepreneurs Today
More active problem solvers - people who can look at the everyday issues going on around all of us, and find viable ways to improve them through active, profitable, and sustainable businesses.