Two Babson College MBA Students Named Poets & Quants ‘Best & Brightest’

David James and Ravish Majithia selected among the leading graduates from the nation’s Class of 2018

David James and Ravish Majithia

David James MBA'18 and Ravish Majithia MBA'18

Poets & Quants has selected graduating Babson College students David James and Ravish Majithia as two of the country’s Best & Brightest MBAs from the Class of 2018.

The list is the fourth annual “celebration of students who have made a lasting impact on their business schools,” according to Poets & Quants.

The business education news outlet goes on to say: “The 2018 Class is composed of change agents who champion causes. They have heeded the call to tackle big issues, applying business tools to pursue the greater good … Armed with a Ph.D. in materials science, [Babson College’s Ravish Majithia] has already published ten research papers in his field. Not to be outdone, his classmate, David James, opened a middle school that emerged as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ fastest improving school in just its second year.”

David James

David James launched his career as a founding member of Teach For America—Greater Boston. He then helped restart a low-performing middle school in South Boston and later co-founded and led UP Academy Oliver, a sixth-to-eighth grade neighborhood public middle school in Lawrence, MA.

Upon graduating this May, James plans to continue in a role supporting and improving K-12 education.

While at Babson, James was a 2017 semi-finalist in Babson’s B.E.T.A. Challenge, as well as a recipient of the President’s MBA Scholarship and the Ralph Z. and Charlotte R. Sorenson Scholarship Award for Meritorious Achievement. He also served as a graduate assistant specializing in human and social capital research and as a mentor in Babson’s Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork program, in addition to being a participant in Babson’s international consulting experience in Santiago, Chile.

“Competing as the only first-year student in the semi-finals of the annual Babson B.E.T.A. Challenge was a blast,” said James. “The competition is different from a traditional business plan competition in that it recognizes and rewards major milestones Babson businesses have achieved by taking action … Between the Entrepreneurship and Opportunity course in my fall semester and the New Venture Creation course in my spring semester, I was able to actively plan and then start building my business, K12 Landing, that I presented in the B.E.T.A. Challenge.”

“When I think of David James, the words 'better teachers for a better world' come to mind,” said Babson College Professor Heidi Neck. “It is so exciting to see a former K-12 teacher enter an MBA program, immediately engage in entrepreneurship, and start a business to improve the education system by helping teachers become better at their craft.”

Read David James’ full profile on Poets & Quants »

Ravish Majithia

Ravish Majithia is an R&D Engineer turned entrepreneur.

At Babson, he worked on his startup, Magnomer, through the College’s annual Summer Venture Program as part of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. He intends to launch Magnomer into market and serve as Founder and CEO after graduation.

Majithia is a recipient of a Babson Fellowship for MBA studies and the 2018 Ralph Z. and Charlotte R. Sorenson Scholarship Award for Meritorious Achievement. He also served as president of the Babson Energy and Environment Club.

When asked about why he chose Babson, Majithia shared: “I wanted to pursue my passion for entrepreneurship. I’ve always had ideas which could turn into businesses. I came up with a few during my Ph.D. years, but never did anything about it out of the fear of failure. I applied to Babson after being inspired by its entrepreneurial culture and an innovative but systematic approach of thinking about the process of taking an idea and turning it into a business. Babson is truly one of a kind in this respect.”

“Ravish is an entrepreneur—mind, body, and soul,” said Debi Kleiman, Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson. “While a scientist by training, his curiosity and passion have resulted in a huge amount of progress on his startup while still a student … With his company, Magnomer, he is tackling a very difficult problem that requires aligning multiple large stakeholders and capital expenditures. Yet, he is able to connect and enroll these organizations and people in his mission because of his passion and smarts. These are the kinds of entrepreneurs we strive to create at Babson. He is a poster child for Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®, Babson’s methodology for teaching entrepreneurship. When faced with an obstacle, he simply learned something and took action to figure it out.”

Read Ravish Majithia’s full profile on Poets & Quants »

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Brianna Radicioni, bradicioni@babson.edu, (781) 239-4548 | 5/14/2018 8:00 AM