With Korean and Irish influences, Aran Glynn ’25 has always followed the path of creativity—and pragmatism.
“My mom is an immigrant from Korea, and my dad’s parents were immigrants from Ireland,” he says. “While neither of them have any connection to business, they both gave me a sense of creativity, and the desire to explore business through entrepreneurship, by taking calculated risks.”
For the last four years, Glynn has done just that. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Glynn attended Regis High School, an all-boys Jesuit Catholic school. There, he pushed the envelope in everything he did, and notched up leadership accolades along the way.
“What I’ve enjoyed the most in terms of leadership is carving out this artistic space for future students,” he says. “I created the fashion club. I created our school’s first mixed-media, visual arts publication. I was also able to find students who have an artistic inclination, and collaborate with them. I lead Glee. I lead the Asian Cultural Society. I'm also leading the yearbook.”
These are the elements that form the backdrop for Glynn’s calling to combine art with entrepreneurship, with a focus on fashion and business.
You started your own fashion brand, what was the inspiration for that?
My interest in fashion started by going to The Met and seeing The Costume Institute Exhibition. I had never really looked at fashion as a form of art. After exploring the programs at The Met, I realized I wanted to start my own venture, and I started a small brand that I began by making couture pieces that are specifically made for the runway. As I started to gain an interest in entrepreneurship, I pivoted, and adapted my vision for fashion as a form of commerce.
What drew you to Babson?
I was interested in business, specifically entrepreneurship, because entrepreneurship is the most creative form of business, as it relies almost entirely on innovation.
As I started to look more into it, I realized that Babson differs a lot from other business schools in how personalized and individualized it is. The professors obviously put so much care toward their students, and really develop their business ambitions and their personal goals. Having a liberal arts environment in a business school, I thought was also incredibly unique. It perfectly encompassed how I viewed my education.
What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is embracing and understanding the different skills and the diversity of your team. And, then taking these different viewpoints and synthesizing them to arrive at a successful endpoint. Thinking creatively, and critically, and trying to see the connections that even maybe your own team members aren't able to—that is what really results in work that is not only truly inclusive, but also is truly collaborative, and the most compelling.
What does being a Blank Scholar mean to you?
Being a Blank Scholar shows the school's belief that I can have a platform, and I can use that platform wisely to lead in business and the arts. That recognition is such a crucial part of how I plan to create value in the world.