Babson and international business community to convene for premier global summit April 20-22

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Babson College, the preeminent global leader in entrepr­eneurship education, will host its fourth annual Babson Connect: Worldwidein Madrid, Spain April 20-22, 2018.

This year’s premier global business summit will bring together renowned figures in the international business community, as well as Babson alumni, faculty, parents, administrators, and friends, to celebrate the ways in which Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® positively transforms businesses, societies, and lives worldwide.

“Babson Connect: Worldwide is an unmatched opportunity to gather, celebrate, learn and inspire one another in a different global entrepreneurial hub each year,” said Babson College President Kerry Healey. “We invite the Babson community to join us this year in Madrid—a leading European financial and technological center rich in culture and history, and a natural next step in Babson’s trip around the world.”

Among this year’s impressive list of speakers are fashion industry icons, Tommy Hilfiger, Elle Macpherson P’20, and Lawrence Stroll P’17, executives from some of the world’s largest corporations, including Carlos Torres Vila, CEO of BBVA, and Ferit Sahenk P’20, Chairman of Dogus Holdings, and leading humanitarians, including Paul Farmer, Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health.

Highlights also include the presentation of Babson’s newest Lewis Institute Community Changemaker honorees—Leila Janah, “Give Work” Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, and María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Permanent Member of the Spanish Council of State and President of the Women for Africa Foundation.

Babson will also name its 2018 Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs® Inductee—Juan Roig, President of Mercadona, who will be honored at a private event in Valencia this April.

According to the latest report from the Babson-sponsored Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), more than 50 percent of adults in Spain see entrepreneurship as a good career choice, and 60 percent are undeterred by fear of failure when deciding whether or not to start a business. Regionally, Europe demonstrates the second highest rate of entrepreneurs driven by opportunity rather than necessity (75 percent), just below North America.

Launched in 2015 in historic Cartagena, Colombia, Babson Connect: Worldwide has since traveled to Dubai, UAE the international hub of entrepreneurial activity, and then Bangkok, Thailand, one of the great economic success stories of Asia.

Babson Connect: Worldwide Madrid

Featured Events

  • Keynote speeches from:
    • Raj Sisodia—Babson’s F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc.
    • Arthur C. Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute
  • Panels on Family Entrepreneurship and BusinessGlobal FinanceThe Business of Fashion,Global Healthcare EntrepreneurshipA Glimpse into the World of Luxury Brands, and more

  • Social events that feature the best of Spanish cuisine and entertainment, and valuable networking opportunities

Friday, April 20, 2018

Welcome remarks will feature Babson College President Kerry Healey.

The day’s sessions will begin with a Conversation on Family Entrepreneurship and Business, moderated by William Gartner, Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship, featuring Francisco J. Riberas P’13’15, Executive Chairman of Gestamp, and Susana Gallardo P’13.

Global Finance panel will follow, featuring Ferit Sahenk P’20, Chairman of Dogus Holdings, Carlos Torres Vila, CEO of BBVA, Matias Pedro Rodriguez Inciarte, Presidente de Santander Universidades, and Claudio Aguirre, CEO and Co-Founding Partner, Altamer Capital Partners. The session will be moderated by Bruce Herring, former President, Fidelity Strategic Advisors, Inc.

The Business of Fashion conversation will follow, moderated by Dianne Sahenk P’20, and will feature Elle Macpherson P’20, entrepreneur, supermodel, and mother of two sons, Tommy Hilfiger, Principal Designer, and Lawrence Stroll P’17.

The afternoon will include a keynote speech given by Raj Sisodia, F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

President Healey and Babson Undergraduate School Dean Ian Lapp will then present the Class of 2018 Global Scholars—Cassiano Dos Santos ’18, Lizaveta Litvinava ’18, Rosine Ndayishimiye ’18, and Salome Mosehle ’18.

The day will conclude with a cultural reception and dinner at Fortuny.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Chair of the Babson College Board of Trustees, Marla Capozzi MBA'96, will welcome attendees to the second day of Babson Connect: Worldwide Madrid. 

President Healey will follow with the presentation of Babson’s 2018 Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Awards, designed to recognize persons who have set something in motion in order to create positive change. This year’s honorees include Leila Janah and María Teresa Fernández. She will also present a video from this year's Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs® awards in Valencia, honoring Juan Roig, President of Mercadona. Established in 1978, the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs is the world’s first entrepreneurship hall of fame.

The Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship conversation will commence, featuring Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University and Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health; Carmella Kletjian, President and Co-Founder of The Kletjian Foundation; and Mack Cheney, Director of the Kletjian Foundation. The panel will be moderated by Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab.

Organizational psychologist and transition coach, Esther F. Rosa P'21, will then moderate a Conversation with Cayetano Rivera Ordonez, bullfighter and entrepreneur.

The next panel will be A Glimpse into the World of Luxury Brands, featuring Pierre Halimi Lacharlotte P'21, General Manager of Montres Journe America, Count Charles Faber-Castell, Managing Director Premium of Faber-Castell, Assunta Jimenez-Ontiveros, PR and Communications Director of Chanel Spain and Portugal, and Leila Janah, "Give Work" Founder and CEO of Samasource. It will be moderated by Cyril Camus ’91, Chairman of Camus Cognac and Babson Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductee.

Arthur C. Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, will then lead a keynote on How to Live a Startup Up Life.

A final panel discussion will follow about Leveraging the Babson Network, featuring prominent members of the Babson Class of 2004 and 2006, Alexander Thomson ‘06, President and Founder of TGI Group, Adam Said ‘04, CEO of ACE & Company, Charles Lorenceau ‘06, Managing Director of ACE & Company, and Melissa Arostegui ’06, Co-Founder of One Dominican. Professor Emeritus Jean-Pierre Jeanette will moderate.

The evening will conclude with a Gala Reception and Dinner at the Casino de Madrid.

BCW 2018 Advisory Committee:

  • Paloma Botin P’12
  • Cyril Camus ’91, Babson Global Advisory Board
  • Marla Capozzi MBA’96, Chair of the Babson Board of Trustees
  • Said and Mariana Darwazah P’15 ’20, Trustee
  • Angel De La Fuente P’21
  • Harish Fabiani P’17, Trustee
  • Susana Gallardo P’13, Babson Global Advisory Board
  • Jean-Paul Gut P’19
  • Muhammad Habib ’81, P’09, Babson Global Advisory Board
  • Markus Krautli ’81, P’12, Babson Global Advisory Board
  • Pierre Lacharlotte P’21, Babson Global Advisory Board
  • Suchitra Lohia P’06 ’15, Trustee
  • Narender Madnani ’91, Trustee
  • Ignacio Mora-Figueroa MBA’00
  • Francisco Riberas P’13 ’15
  • Dianne and Ferit Sahenk P’20
  • Adam Said ’04

BCW 2018 Host Committee:

  • The Carabias Family ’14 ’14 ’17
  • Simran H. Fabiani ’17
  • Ricardo Gomez-Acebo Botin ’12
  • Vasana Jantarach MBA’07
  • Pablo Kuszelewski MBA’15
  • Francois Nuyts MBA’96
  • Maria Pereda Ehrlich ’15
  • The Perez Olivera Family ’16
  • Martin Restrepo ’17, Trustee
  • Monica Riberas ’15
  • Patricia Riberas ’13
  • Samuel Soria Santos MBA’11
  • Alexander Thomson-Payan ’06

Dean’s Student Ambassadors:

  • Elia M. Innamorati ‘20
  • Defne Sahenk ‘20
  • Rayhaan Surve ‘20
  • Alvaro De La Fuente ‘21

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-rankedcollege for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Brianna Radicioni,, (781) 239-4548 | 03/07/2018 03:00