Kate Lapierre ’24

Kate Lapierre ’24

Kate Lapierre ’24 dreams of a more sustainable future.

She is passionate about sustainability, and recognizes the responsibilities that come with entrepreneurial leadership. “The world needs people who can think in new and creative ways to solve problems, and they can do that through entrepreneurship,” she said.

In fact, she’s already on a path to ignite change. In high school, she started Twin Skin, selling eco-friendly and all-natural lip products in biodegradable packaging. Twin Skin was recognized as one of the top 29 innovative businesses in Rhode Island.

What are you most proud of?

The proudest moment in my life was when Twin Skin was recognized as an “Inno on Fire” recipient by RI Inno in 2020. This award was given to the top 29 innovative businesses in my home state, Rhode Island, who represent the local innovation community’s cream of the crop—those who are doing extraordinary work to drive change for the better.

It was an honor to be chosen among such well-established businesses and entrepreneurs who were twice my age, especially since it was only about a year after Twin Skin started selling its products. Being recognized made all the late nights my sister and I perfected our recipes or made hundreds of products worth it.

The world needs people who can think in new and creative ways to solve problems, and they can do that through entrepreneurship.“
– Kate Lapierre ‘24
on Entrepreneurship

What drew you to Babson?

I chose Babson College because the more I looked into it, I knew it was the perfect school for me. I am able to get an amazing business education from the top entrepreneurship school while pursuing my other passions in liberal arts classes.

What does being a Blank School Scholar mean to you?

The Blank Leadership Scholarship means I am able to use business and entrepreneurship to have an impact on the community around me.

Why does the world need entrepreneurial leadership?

The world needs people who are willing to take risks while being flexible in the ever-changing business environment. In addition, I feel it is also equally important to use your business to positively affect your community. 

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

Lead By Example. When creating my business, Twin Skin, my goal was to encourage others to become more environmentally-conscious and switch to alternatives that were better for the environment. 

Give Back to Others. I think it’s important that no matter what you’re doing, whether it’s starting a business or something else—that you do it in a way that comes back to your community and society as a whole.

What do you like to do for fun outside the classroom?

Normally, you can find me just hanging out with friends or family or my two pets. And, during quarantine, I picked up painting and new crafts, which is something I did when I was younger.

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