BABSON’S AWARD-WINNING COACHING FOR LEADERSHIP & TEAMWORK PROGRAM CELEBRATES 15 YEARS; OCEAN SPRAY COO KEYNOTES

Since its inception 15 years ago, CLTP has held more than 10,000 coaching sessions focusing on building students' self-knowledge and empowering them to help shape their personal development.

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​Babson will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of its award winning Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program(CLTP) on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in Knight Auditorium.

CLTP provides undergraduate students with constructive developmental coaching on their leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills early in their careers. Developed by Babson Professors James Hunt and Joseph Weintraub, the program is closely tied to Babson’s undergraduate curriculum, with a focus on building self-knowledge and empowering students to help shape their personal development. Student sessions are broken down into programs for first-year students and advanced students (third and fourth-year students). CLTP brings business professionals including alumni, parents, and MBA students together for an all-day training session in developmental coaching. Students work through cases together while being observed, then they meet one-on-one with the coaches to receive confidential feedback. No grades. Just real-world awareness, connection, and networking. The program helps Babson students make an immediate impact and contribute valuable leadership from day one in professional environments. The sessions sharpen the skills of undergraduate students and help the alumni and other professionals who serve as coaches. The result is a new generation of leaders and talent developers who make their businesses more competitive.

CLTP now holds approximately 1,000 coaching sessions per academic year. Since the program’s inception 15 years ago, more than 10,000 coaching sessions have been held. CLTP was recognized in a Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching report as an example of an ambitious and rare program that stands out for its intentionality in assessment that “not only provides experience and direction regarding important skills and personal qualities, but it also helps students learn how to coach their employees when they become managers, addressing performance in concrete, positive, and nonjudgmental ways.”
Ken Romanzi, 1982 Babson alumnus and Chief Operating Officer at Ocean Spray, will offer the keynote address. 
Romanzi is Chief Operating Officer of the North American business for Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., the largest division of the $2 billion firm. He has spent his career in the food, beverage, and consumer goods businesses—at such firms as Frito-Lay, Nabisco, and Cadbury-Schweppes—and is former president of Hasbro’s United States toy division. He also has spent time in several entrepreneurial ventures. He has served on Babson’s Graduate Advisory Board and was the chairman of the Board of Overseers from 2008 to 2011, serving on the Alumni and Development Committee and Governance Committee. In addition, he was co-chair of the Trustees Marketing Task Force. Romanzi is one of the 2008 Distinguished Service to the College Award recipients. He earned his BS from Babson College in 1982 and was the recipient of the Roger W. Babson Award upon graduation.
  • 6:00 p.m. – Registration and networking; refreshments served
  • 6:45 p.m. – Keynote address, Ken Romanzi, Chief Operating Officer, Ocean Spray
  • 7:30 p.m. – Networking and celebration
A CLTP 15th Anniversary commemorative booklet will be distributed to all who attend, and will be available to coaches during the following academic year. Donations of any amount are welcome; inclusion of an ad is optional. Please contact coachingprogram@babson.edu for details.

By Nancy Sullivan, | 04/18/2012 04:00