​​​​​Sheetal Birla

Alumna Celebrates Milestone

Sheetal Birla ’92

Sheetal Birla ’92 celebrated a milestone birthday by making a $25,000 gift to Babson. “This donation was more than a gift to Babson. It was a gift to myself!” Birla says. “I wanted to mark my 40th year by supporting my alma mater, a place that taught me so much.”

Birla, who operates her own investment firm in India, says she uses the principles she learned at Babson every day. She also stays in touch with some of her most influential professors. When she was on campus last summer, she called Professor John Marthinsen, Distinguished Chair in Swiss Economics, who taught her macroeconomics and international finance. “Professor Marthinsen has been a pillar of inspiration for me all these years,” she says. “When I was at Babson last year, I remembered his extension and gave him a call. He picked up, and it was wonderful to catch up.”

Birla tries to visit campus whenever she is in the U.S. “Babson was a wonderful experience for me, and it always feels so welcoming to visit. Coming to Babson feels like coming home.”