Event and podcast series led by Babson San Francisco, alumni business Free Range, and Leiden University Centre for Innovation

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Babson San Francisco has launched THRIVE: a series of conversations with founders, leaders, and changemakers presented by Babson College, Free Range—a Babson alumnus business, and Leiden University Centre for Innovation.

The web, podcast and in-person event series explores the techniques and mindsets innovators have relied on to adapt and grow in an age of constant disruption. Each conversation digs deep into personal struggles, setbacks, and breakthroughs— revealing stories rarely heard from inside some of the world’s most admired purpose-driven companies.

THRIVE is steered by Phillip Kim, Babson College Professor; Randall Ussery MBA’16, CEO of Free Range, MBA Alumnus, and Adjunct Lecturer at Babson San Francisco; and Ulrich Mans, Leiden University Centre for Innovation and Co-founder of HumanityX.

“In conversations with executives over the last few years, there has been an inordinate amount of time spent pondering how to deal with disruption in today’s business landscape,” said Babson College Adjunct Lecturer and Free Range CEO, Randall Ussery MBA’16. “We are interested in capturing the techniques and exploring the mindsets used from startups to F50 to solve and thrive in this age of disruption.”

"THRIVE invites all of us, in the Babson community and beyond, to benefit from thought-leaders at the forefront of innovation and change,” said Babson College Professor Phillip Kim. “THRIVE offers new insights meant to be practical and actionable for students and managers alike." 

Upcoming THRIVE Events at Babson San Francisco

Empowering Growth in the Mobile Era
Sameer Patel '96, CEO of Kahuna
Thursday, July 20, 2017, 6-7 p.m.

Fighting Global Poverty with Business
William Warshauer, President and CEO of TechnoServe
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6-7 p.m.

More to be announced. Subscribe for updates » 

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About Free Range

Free Range is a purpose-driven design and innovation consultancy. We are brand builders, movement makers, problem solvers, and partners for organizations who need to innovate, grow and navigate change.

About Leiden University Centre for Innovation

Leiden University Centre for Innovation is a university do-tank that explores and creates enterprising projects at the juncture of education, technology, and society. One of its flagship projects is HumanityX, a new initiative that supports organizations in the peace and justice sector in designing data-driven innovations.

About Babson San Francisco

Babson San Francisco expands Entrepreneurial Thought & Action to the West Coast through an undergraduate semester experience, and custom executive education, while connecting Babson students, faculty, and alumni to the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Bay area.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college 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 | 03/21/2017 04:00