Babson College will host “From Day One”, an active marketplace of social innovation designed to connect students to the many ways they can make a difference.

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On August 28th, Babson College will host “From Day One”, an active marketplace of social innovation designed to connect students to the many ways they can make a difference in the world from the moment they first step foot on campus.

Students will be asked to think about how they will make social innovation an important part of their educational experience at Babson and beyond. “From Day One” offers them the opportunity to discover their own definition of social innovation and asks them to consider how they will make a difference while making a living.

Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of Babson’s Lewis Institute for Social Innovation, the organization staging the celebration, says “From Day One” shows students how to become change makers. “Understanding how to simultaneously create social and economic value is serious business at Babson, and we introduce that intention From Day One,” affirms Kiser.


 • Students will have a chance to listen, learn, and connect with inspiring peers as well as successful Babson staff and organizational partners as they share their stories of Making a Difference

 • Eat, Drink and Be Sustainable! Join the Babson Sustainable Kitchen starting at 5:00pm for a dinner 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.

 • Discover Babson’s newest partner, YouthTrade, a social movement aimed at creating markets and unleashing youth entrepreneurship. Visit some of these social entrepreneurs to experience their products, and participate in a moderated panel as they share their stories of success and failure.

From Day One activities and events are free and open to the entire Babson College Community. Hashtag : #BabsonFD1; Website:

From Day One Schedule:

1:30 pm - From Day One Kickoff

Check-in here first to get the most out of your day: Get your passport, ice cream and meet your guides. Define Social Innovation and set up your AltruHelp Social Impact Profile. (Reynolds Patio Rain Location: Reynolds Info Desk)

1:30 – 3:30 pm -  Babson Storytellers

Learn the paths your peers have taken to make a difference during their time at Babson. (Campus Center Reynolds, Sorenson Theatre, Glavin Chapel)

 3:00 – 4:00 pm -  YouthTrade

Young entrepreneurs whose products are in major retailers like Whole Foods. (Reynolds)

4:00 – 5:00 pm -  Conversation with Julie Engel

Idealist to Realist: 3 Tips for Doing Well by Doing Good (Reynolds Global Lounge)

5:00 – 7:00 pm - The Babson Sustainable Kitchen Dinner

Music by Jamie Kent ‘09; YouthTrade Entrepreneur Showcase. (Park Manor Lawn Rain Location: Trim Dining Hall)

7:30 – 8:30 pm -  Conversations with YouthTrade Entrepreneurs

This panel discussion is designed for all Grad students to participate. Please note that Fast Track San Francisco students will be able to participate virtually. Check back for a web link prior to the event. (Olin 101)

By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 08/24/2012 06:00