SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR, ASHOKA’S WILLIAM DRAYTON, IS COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AT BABSON, MAY 14

Will address audiences at both undergraduate and graduate commencement exercises at Babson College on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

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William Drayton, Founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, will address audiences at both undergraduate and graduate commencement exercises at Babson College on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Drayton will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the 10:00 a.m. undergraduate ceremony.

The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m.; both ceremonies will take place under a tent on the athletic fields, rain or shine.

As the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world.

Drayton has been a social entrepreneur since an early age--during his years as an undergraduate at Harvard and a law student at Yale, he launched a number of organizations, including Yale Legislative Services and Harvard’s Ashoka Table, an interdisciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences. In 1970, he began his career at McKinsey and Company in New York. From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Drayton served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he launched emissions trading (the basis of the Kyoto Protocol) and other reforms. In 1981, while working part-time at McKinsey and Company, he founded both Ashoka and Save EPA, the predecessor to Environmental Safety. With the support that he received when elected a MacArthur Fellow in 1984, he was able to devote himself fully to Ashoka. In addition to his current role as Chairman and CEO of Ashoka, Mr. Drayton is the chair of Youth VentureCommunity Greens, and Get America Working!

Mr. Drayton has won numerous awards and honors throughout his career. In 1996, he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of his leadership in public service. In 1999, Common Cause awarded him its Public Service Achievement Award. In 2005, he received the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Achievement Award and was selected as one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. In 2006, he was recognized as being one of Harvard University’s 100 “Most Influential Alumni.” In 2007, he received the Duke University Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship’s (CASE) Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award, the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s 2007 Honorary Fellow Award, and the Goi Peace Foundation’s Peace Award. In 2009, he was named Honorary Fellow at Oxford’s Balliol College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Yale University. And in 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from NYU, as well as the Essl Social Prize, for his work creating and building the field of social entrepreneurship. Visithttp://www.ashoka.org/

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit www.babson.edu.


By Michael Chmura, mchmura@babson.edu, 781-239-4549 | 03/18/2011 07:00