Eleni Vokas MBA’19
Graduate Student, Two-Year MBA
What is your pre-Babson experience?
I worked at Civic Hall, a community center, as a community coordinator. Civic Hall focuses on bringing technologists, social entrepreneurs, hackers, government employees, and other individuals across sectors together to collaborate and problem solve. I joined a 10-person team to build a community center from its early stages in order to connect large, established technology companies, such as Uber and Microsoft, with local social-impact, technology-focused entrepreneurs. As the community coordinator, I was the voice, eyes, and ears of the organization. I facilitated member engagement and managed community programming. Also, I took the initiative to create Civic Hall's first scholarship program, granting startups and change makers three-month scholarships to connect with and flourish at Civic Hall.
Why did you choose Babson for your graduate education?
I really enjoy working for startups. I feel like the global economy is shifting and a traditional business school wouldn't give me the right skill set for this change. Babson’s focus on entrepreneurship really stuck out to me. I believe it will give me the tools to deal with this uncertain economic climate and also the skills to one day start my own business. Also coming from a political science background (I previously attended George Washington University), I always felt like I was missing the hard quantitative and strategic thinking a business degree provides its students with.
What are your career goals?
In the longer run, I hope to create a venture that unites technology, entrepreneurship, and social innovation in order to augment the impact of female entrepreneurs. My goal is to create a network and space that brings together people, their organizations, resources, and media aimed at advancing women's rights globally. Babson is giving me the tools to learn more about the process of being an entrepreneur and what entrepreneurs need. It is almost like a test sample of future clients of mine.
As a Babson student, what do you do when not in class?
I am a section representative and also director of events for the Marketing Club. I decided to get involved as a representative because I wanted to help foster the MBA experience for my fellow classmates, especially the international ones since I was in their shoes back in 2009. I got involved with the Marketing Club because I wanted to learn more about marketing and use it as a way to network at the school.
What was your favorite part of the Babson student experience?
I really enjoy the teamwork, it has really taught me a lot about myself as a student and an employee. I have learned a lot about my strengths and weaknesses. I really enjoy the tightknit community Babson fosters with its MBA students. It has been so much fun so far!