Shoney Yakubjanov ’12 / Tashkent, Uzbekistan

“Babson emphasizes that business has a role to play not only in generating profits, but also in uplifting people and protecting the planet. I definitely have a strong interest in issues of social justice and environmental sustainability, which started at a young age.

“I am originally from Uzbekistan and my father worked in the Uzbek embassy in Washington, D.C. When I was 11 years old, I flew with my family home to Uzbekistan. On the flight, I sat next to a 5-year-old Russian orphan who had flown to the U.S. with a number of other orphans in search of parents. He was among those who were not adopted. He told me horrible stories about how he had been beaten and malnourished in the orphanage. I decided I would dedicate my life to helping children who are vulnerable.

“When I arrived at Babson, I realized that through Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®I could make a difference. As a participant in the United Nations Development Programme, I was able to advocate for the rights of the disabled in Uzbekistan, where they are denied equal access to education and employment.

“During my time at Babson, I worked two jobs on campus: an intern at the Office of Undergraduate Admission; and the eco-rep coordinator at Babson’s Office of Sustainability. There, I managed a group of students to create projects aimed at building a more eco-friendly culture. I was also the president of the Babson Green Tower, a living and learning community devoted to a sustainable way of life and doing business.

“I graduated from Babson in May 2012 and I am now working at Sequoia Technologies IMS. It’s a small software company in the San Francisco area devoted to helping businesses grow through the power of internet marketing. I do consultative sales, marketing, and business development—and I even work with green businesses. It is exactly what I imagined myself doing after college. I am glad that Babson showed me I can do well by doing good.”

Shoney Yakubjanov ’12