Charlotte Cole ’24

Charlotte Cole ’24

For Charlotte Cole ’24, creativity and entrepreneurship go hand in hand.

Growing up in New York City and attending a performing arts high school, Cole learned firsthand how the two intersect. “I think that problem solving takes creativity, and what I’ve learned from acting, I can now apply to entrepreneurship,” she said.

As an inaugural Blank School Scholar, she hopes to take those lessons—specifically listening and responding—and apply them toward creative problem solving.

What drew you to Babson?

My decision was solidified at the Women’s Overnight event. Seeing the extent to which Babson uplifts women in business meant a lot to me and said a lot about the community’s values.

The biggest factor in my decision was the fact that I want to study Entrepreneurship. Babson is a no-brainer for that reason alone. The idea of creating value in the world through iterative, efficient, and creative thinking makes me really excited and being at a place that not only thoroughly teaches how to do that, but has a whole entrepreneurial culture ingrained in it.  

The idea of creating value in the world through iterative, efficient, and creative thinking makes me really excited and being at a place that not only teaches how to do that, but has a whole entrepreneurial culture ingrained in it.“
– Charlotte Cole ‘24
on Creating Value

Of Blank’s six leadership qualities, which one do you most identify with?

Listening and Responding. That was actually one of the first things I was taught in drama class. It’s a fundamental key to acting and it’s also fundamental to leadership. When I saw that it was one of the core leadership principles, it made me so excited because listening and responding is word for word what I’ve been taught for the past four years, and the fact that I get to continue exercising that in a different form for the next four years is very cool. 

What does being a Blank School Scholar mean to you?

We’re the first ones to do it. It means forging a path for future scholars. It means taking those six core principles and rolling with them. Using them to dictate what we do, how it’s going to be. And, it represents hard work. We all worked so hard and we’re going to continue to work hard. We’ve got a really special community. We’re going to be really tight-knit and hopefully do some amazing things over the next four years.

Why does the world need entrepreneurial leadership?

The world needs entrepreneurial leadership because it’s an effective way of leading and working toward solutions that emphasize bringing value to the work that one does. The world is continually being faced with new and old problems that take empathy, creativity, and persistence to work toward solving, which is what entrepreneurial leadership brings. 

What’s something that concerns you about the world today? What can be done about it?

People don’t tolerate differences. That lack of tolerance translates to homophobia, racism, and sexism. Changing that really starts with education; educating people on tolerance, on accepting those who are different than you. Incorporating those lessons into schooling is very important.

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