Justin Atwood MBA’18
Graduate Student, One-Year MBA
What is your pre-Babson experience?
I previously attended Hamilton College. I’ve worked at Cambridge Associates as an associate investment director, and as a manager at Wayfair.
Why did you choose Babson for your graduate education?
I chose Babson for three reasons. First, I was attracted to the one-year program's intensive schedule and the opportunity to accelerate my formal business education. Second, I understood that Babson's entrepreneurship orientation would sharpen my ability to translate ideas into action in a variety of circumstances. I was interested in understanding how to systematically recognize, test, validate, and structure good ideas into viable commercial enterprises. Third, Babson's emphasis on nurturing a tight-knit community coupled with a richly diverse student body and faculty were both appealing to me.
What are your career goals?
My ambition is to finance and develop business strategies for private, early-stage companies focused on problems that I care about: reducing climate risk, improving health and wellness, and expanding opportunities to underserved or overlooked parts of the United States.
As a Babson student, what did you do when not in class?
As an executive portfolio manager for the Babson College Fund, I can often be found at the Cutler Center working with classmates on sourcing investment ideas, analyzing our portfolio holdings, or discussing major market moving news. The Cutler Center is a fantastic resource for students interested in a career in investment banking or portfolio management and provides hands-on experience with leading investment research platforms, including Bloomberg, FactSet, Capital IQ, among others. Additionally, I will likely join Babson's Student Ambassador program and serve as a tutor for technically demanding first-year MBA courses.
What was your favorite part of the Babson student experience?
My favorite part of the Babson experience is that the institution lives and breathes business. There is a certain energy in Olin Hall; analytical thought complements creative, lateral thinking. Most classes, some in particular, including Strategy, Marketing, Economics, Operations, many others, readily challenge your creativity, problem solving ability, decision logic, and ability to lead.
What surprised you the most about Babson?
What surprised me the most was the depth and breadth of teaching talent at Babson. I certainly had high expectations going into my first year, but there are exceptionally bright and community-enriching leaders in its halls.