Jon Feinman M'10, Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of the Lewis Institute, and Professor Heidi Neck to join impressive group of speakers

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Entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the world will converge at Babson College on September 24, 2015 for the first-ever U.S. Global Entrepreneurial Leaders (GEL) Summit. Launched in the UK in 2013 by WildHearts, a renowned British group of social businesses, this Babson event follows the success of the inaugural GEL Summits in Edinburgh and London in showcasing the power of social innovation for business and societal prosperity.


The GEL Summit brings together business leaders, founders, corporate practitioners, and social innovators to demonstrate the power of entrepreneurship in creating economic and social change. It fosters an exchange of diverse perspectives on how social innovation can be harnessed for business performance and talent development in a variety of organizations. Speakers include British business leaders such as Bob Keiller, CEO of the Wood Group, and Claire Burton, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Deloitte; innovative social entrepreneurs including Jon Feinman M’10 of InnerCity Weightlifting, Gavin Armstrong of Lucky Iron Fish, and Brandon Arbiter of TidePool; and global experts on entrepreneurship such as Babson College Professor Heidi Neck. The event will be hosted by WildHearts Founder Mick Jackson, recipient of the Babson Social Innovator Award in 2014.


Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab says, “The GEL Summit provides a powerfully engaging experience for business leaders who believe that business is a force for good. This day-long summit addresses critical aspects around the changing role of business in today’s society. A must attend event; you will leave with insights, connections, and relationships for partnering around the notion of creating economic and social value simultaneously not sequentially.”


To celebrate the launch of the GEL Summit in the U.S. and to further its vision of ‘Business For Good,’ WildHearts is delighted to offer complimentary attendance to business people, aspiring entrepreneurs, and students.


Learn more and register to attend ​​​​»


About The WildHearts Foundation


The WildHearts Foundation is a charity registered in Scotland that launches and runs social business to fund its work. To date, WildHearts has funded $3,000,000 of micro-loans in 37 developing countries and taught entrepreneurial thinking and business skills to more than 25,000 young people in the UK via its Micro-Tyco​ program. Micro-Tyco will launch in the U.S. at the Babson GEL Summit.


About the Lewis Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College

The Lewis Institute illuminates pathways for students, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporate partners seeking social innovation solutions. By drawing upon Babson's core methodology of Entrepreneurship of All Kinds​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​® ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​we activate unexpected and fruitful collaborations and integrative designs for action. The result is business prosperity and societal improvement. We extend our impact through the Babson Social I​nnovation Lab, an action tank powered by Toyota that incubates people and ideas in the world of social innovation.

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 and Action​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​®​ as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. ​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​


By Brianna DiPietro, bdipietro@babson.edu, (781) 239-4548 | 08/28/2015 10:00