Josuel Plasencia '17

Josuel Plasencia '17

Hometown: New York, NY

Bio: Josuel is a social entrepreneur, youth advocate, and community leader. He has been featured on NBC, ABC, PBS, C-Span and in The Wall Street Journal. At Babson, he co-founded Project 99, a startup focused on inclusive entrepreneurship, which piloted its first program in the Dominican Republic. Project 99's summer 2015 program brought together 20 students for four days, which was sponsored and made possible by Delta Airlines, Deloitte Dominican Republic, Grupo Rica, Grupo Corripio, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, ALPFA, and the Clinton Global Initiative.

He currently sits on the Alumni Leadership Council of the National Academy Foundation, an organization that turned around the course of his life in high school. He also public speaks about the impact non-profit programs have on young people's lives, such as ALPFA, Junior Achievement, the National Academy Foundation and Virtual Enterprises International. He has spoken at Gotham Hall, The Museum of Finance, Rooftop at Tribeca, and Cipriani Wall Street.

He was raised by a single mother, in a family where he was the first to graduate high school. He is the recipient of the 2012 Junior Achievement Student of the Year, the 2013 New York City Board of Education Mentee of the Year, and ALPFA's 2015 Student of the Year, where he rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Josuel accredits his entrepreneurial experience as being instrumental in unlocking his potential. He has interned with the KPMG United Nations Desk, Ernst Young, and BNY Mellon. During the summer of 2015, he was a Summer Analyst in Goldman Sach's Private Wealth Management group.
 
He is currently participating in the Babson BRIC: Cornerstone of The New Global Economy Program, where he is studying abroad in China, Russia, and India during his first semester as a junior.
 
Concentrations: Strategic Management

Interests: Running, cooking, dancing merengue, listening to Soundgarden, blogging too much, traveling, using a dry sense of humor.


Clubs/Organizations: Babson SGA, Ya Si for Change, Babson Latin American Club, Moneythink Babson, ALPFA​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​