Influencing Social Enterprise In Boston: A Conversation With Local Business Leaders

The latest installment of At the End of the Day, a four-part interactive forum, will feature John Fish, Suffolk Construction Company Inc., Robert A. Glassman, Wainwright Bank & Trust Company, and Alan Lewis, Grand Circle Corporation.

The latest installment of At the End of the Day, a four-part interactive forum, will feature John Fish, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Suffolk Construction Company Inc., Robert A. Glassman, Co-Founder and Board Co-Chairman, Wainwright Bank & Trust Company, and Alan Lewis, Chairman, Grand Circle Corporation. It will take place on Wednesday, March 31, 6–7:30 p.m., Olin Auditorium, Babson College.

This forum will address:

  • How three Boston CEOs have embedded social values into their organizational structures
  • Why these organizations made the commitment to social responsibility as a key driver to success in their business and their bottom line
  • What the power of philanthropy does to magnify social leadership in the Boston community
  • The impacts to both business and society as a result of leadership around social responsibility

The conversation will be moderated by Professor Phyllis Schlesinger. Refreshments will be served following the discussion. To register, visit http://lewisforum2.eventbrite.com/

At the End of the Day, a four-part interactive forum

“At the End of the Day,” what will be the net value of all you have learned, lived, and created?

Today, leaders must think beyond the bottom line to how their enterprises impact society. As the visionary behind the Lewis Initiative, Alan Lewis is a passionate champion of equipping students with a keen sense of the relationship between business and society. With this effort, he hopes to increase the number of social entrepreneurs providing solutions for the extraordinary challenges—human, financial, and environmental—the world faces today.

The first forum, held on February 9, addressed key challenges, opportunities, and the creative tensions that arise when a founder is committed to creating an enterprise that embeds purpose into its DNA. Building on the lessons learned, the second forum will look at how three Boston CEOs have successfully embedded social values into their organizational structures and the resulting impact.

In 2007, The Lewis Family Foundation established the CEO Social Leadership Award, which honors a CEO who supports the corporate citizenship/social responsibility/social entrepreneurship philosophy. This forum features three such CEOs, two of whom have received the Lewis $100,000 award.

The Lewis Initiative

The Lewis Initiative at Babson College examines the role of business in society, and supports the creation and continued growth of enterprises for purpose and profit. The initiative is instrumental in incorporating concerns for people and planet at Babson to educate leaders to create economic and social value everywhere.

Founded with the bold vision of Alan E. Lewis, chairman of Grand Circle Corporation, the initiative connects teaching, action, and research, and encourages and enables leaders with a social mission to provide solutions for the extraordinary challenges facing the world.

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit www.babson.edu.

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit www.babson.edu.

 

 

 

By Michael Chmura, mchmura@babson.edu, 781-239-4549 | 3/20/2010 12:00 AM