Commencement Student Speakers
Undergraduate Ceremony Student Speaker
Stela Maksutaj ’17
Stela Maksutaj ’17, an Albanian immigrant, moved to New Jersey at the age of 4 along with her parents and older sister. As a
Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership scholar, she took every opportunity to be involved on Babson’s campus while pursuing her passions. Preceding her role as vice president of leadership at CWEL, she traveled to Rwanda to teach entrepreneurship and English at a secondary school. In addition to achieving the Dean’s List and attaining academic excellence, Maksutaj served as the chair of the Honor Board for three years. She held multiple roles in the
Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, such as president, and was nationally recognized with an Excellence in Chapter Management Award.
Aside from organizational involvement, she also served as a peer career ambassador while mentoring and working in the
Undergraduate Center for Career Development. In July, Maksutaj will jump-start her career as a business development manager for Elevate Education, where she will be engaging with K-12 schools in the New York boroughs to introduce and develop an integrated study skills curriculum.
Graduate Ceremony Student Speaker
Joan Segura Oyamburu MBA’17
Joan Segura Oyamburu MBA’17 is a true entrepreneur who is passionate about technology and changing the world. He is the founder of
Play Business, an equity crowd-funding platform, based in Mexico, which has given innovative startups the opportunity to develop their ideas and transform the future. He is building the necessary infrastructure to create businesses and empower the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Latin America. After only two years of operations, he has funded 63 startups through the platform, increased the number of investors to 5,000, and helped to create more than 500 jobs.
Play Business was named one of the 30 most promising startups in Mexico by
Forbes in March 2017 and won the Best Technology Startup category. Oyamburu was the graduate winner of the 2016 B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®) Challenge and was elected as one of the entrepreneurs of the year by CNN Mexico in 2015. Prior to Play Business, he worked in sales as a key account manager at SCA (Fortune 500 company) for four years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechatronics engineering from ITESM in Mexico.