“From Day One…Make a Difference” on August 30th will turn the Babson campus into a marketplace of social innovation.

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“Over the course of a Babson educational career, students will have enormous opportunity to act and learn how to create social value. Babson has committed to embedding social, economic, environmental responsibility, and sustainability into its curriculum. As one of the few US business schools to sign the UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education, Babson is committed from day one to its students understanding that no one has to make a choice between making a profit and seeking purpose. Whether students choose to create a new venture, go into a business that already exists, or start a social enterprise, creating social value is essential to sustainable business success,” said Lewis Institute for Social Innovation Executive Director, Cheryl Kiser.

From Day One” is a campus-wide set of activities to introduce students to resources and opportunities that can influence thinking and acting around how they make a difference at Babson and beyond. “You do not have to wait. Take action…small or large steps…however you are oriented…Start NOW.”

The day is aimed at exposing students from all class years, faculty and staff to social innovation and what it means to be a change maker. (Follow on Twitter@ #BabsonFD1)

Highlights of From Day One include:

  • Video podcasts of selected 15 minute conversations on social innovation and making a difference in all sectors. These podcasts will be playing on a continuing reel in the following locations starting at noon: Global Lounge in Reynolds, Panini’s in Olin, and Horn Library.
  • 15 options for workshops and roundtable discussions with social entrepreneurs and leading corporate social responsibility (CSR) leaders inside Fortune 1000 companies.
  • Eat, Drink and Be Sustainable! Join the Babson Sustainable Kitchen starting at noon for a lunch locally sourced and sustainably created. Under the culinary magic of Chef Gary Symolon and the Sodexo team, we will be using recycled materials, sustainable cooking methods, locally grown vegetables, and free range meats to provide you with a sustainable dining experience.
  • Hear from Rachel Greenberger, Director, Food Sol, about what Babson is doing to address the global food dilemmas through Entrepreneurial Thought & Action.
  • Music throughout the lunch will be provided by Babson graduate and entrepreneur, Jamie Kent.


12:00 – 5:00 p.m. - From Day One Film Festival (Reynolds Global Lounge, Pandini’s in Olin, Horn Library)

12:00 – 3:00 p.m. - From Day One Social Innovation Marketplace

    • Lunch at The Babson Sustainable Kitchen (noon-3 p.m.) 
    • Entertainment: Jamie Kent will perform (noon-2 p.m.) 
    • Social Enterprises & Experiences

12:30 – 12:45 p.m. - Remarks by Undergraduate Dean, Dennis Hanno, and Lewis Institute Executive Director, Cheryl Kiser

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Off-Campus Community Service Opportunities

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. - First set of roundtable discussions with corporate executives and social entrepreneurs (see choices of workshops & roundtables below)

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Workshops

    • Down to Earth: Doing Diversity for the Future 
    • Discovering Your Passions

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. - Campus Sustainability Tour curated by Dallase Scott, Babson Sustainability Office

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Second set of roundtable discussions

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Campus Sustainability Tour curated by Dallase Scott, Babson Sustainability Office

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. - Social Entrepreneurship Panel in Olin Hall featuring:

    • The Bamboo Bike Studio,
    • Runa Tea, and

Workshops include:

  • “Down to Earth: Doing Diversity for the Future,” Katrina Fludd, Coordinator, Student Diversity & Inclusion, Babson College
  • “Discovering Your Passions,” Janice Caillet, Founder & Chief Catalyst, iSTARTUP Community Centers Roundtable

Discussions include:

  • Jennifer Brown, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Fidelity Investments
  • Perry Allison, Vice President of Marketing, Bidding for Good
  • Lee Kane, EcoCzar & Forager, Whole Foods Market
  • Amma Sefa-Dedeh, Executive Director, One Hen, Inc.
  • Lew Karabatsos, VP Corporate Philanthropy, Workplace Communications & Community Engagement, Monster Worldwide
  • “Living Social Entrepreneurship” panel with Marty Odlin, Founder, Bamboo Bike Studio; Caroline Turnbull, Sales & Operations Manager, Runa Tea; Zachary Kysar, Co-founder,
  • “Made by Survivors: A Business Solution to a Human Rights Problem,” Professor Elizabeth Goldberg
  • Rachel Greenberger, Director, Food Sol at Babson
  • "Social Innovation in an Unpredictable World," Professor Bradley K. Googins
  • “StartUp Scramble: Scaling Social Impact,” Stephen Douglass, Chief Impact Officer, Young Impact
  • "Living Change: 21st Century Competencies," Julie Manga, Lewis Institute Social Innovator in Residence
  • “The Lewis Institute: GPS for Social Innovation at Babson,” Cheryl Y. Kiser, Executive Director
  • Caitlin Fenn, CEO & Founder, MySuperMe

From Day One Community Service/Volunteer Opportunities

Friends of the Homeless

Babson College and Friends of the Homeless have partnered for over 15 years. They are dedicated to helping homeless families by providing shelter, advocacy, food, clothing and furniture. The goals of the organization include helping to build stronger individuals and families; helping to secure education and employment opportunities; helping to find safe affordable permanent housing; and working toward functional self-sufficiency. Babson volunteers will contribute by participating in renovation projects that will increase and reinforce the welcoming and friendly nature of the shelters.

Elizabeth Peabody House

The mission of Elizabeth Peabody House is to support families in our community in reaching their full potential through early childhood education, youth development and enrichment, and family services. Babson volunteers will contribute by participating in renovation projects on site that will increase and reinforce a welcoming environment for the children.

By Nancy Sullivan, , 781-239-4623 | 08/26/2011 05:00