Kendall Garvey ’25—thinker, tinkerer, and entrepreneur—turns ideas into action.
“I keep a running list of my ideas that l plan to eventually sell as products or offer as services,” says the AP Scholar.
During the summer going into her senior year, Garvey started a venture called Kendall’s Sweet Serenity that combined her passions for games and baking. Her idea was to sell innovative baking games—picture a choose-your-own-adventure meets delicious baking recipes—and treats on the side.
She promoted her venture on Etsy and Instagram, and the orders started flowing in.
Garvey experienced that moment when every entrepreneur faces a crossroads. “We were having more success selling custom-baked goods,” she says, “than actual baking games.” Looking at the numbers, Garvey pivoted to ensure the business’ success and growth.
The venture was so successful, she elicited help from her mom to keep up with demand. “Now it’s a partnership for sure.”
Garvey donates a portion of the profits to Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks. She aims to nurture her natural ability to turn ideas into action during her four years at Babson.
What will you be studying at Babson?
Entrepreneurship. My grandpa and dad started their own business and invest in other businesses, and they have influenced me a lot. I’ve also taken an entrepreneurship course at my school, and developed an interest in starting my own business.
What drew you to Babson?
I was really drawn to Babson for its entrepreneurship. I’m looking forward to the Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) course, the entrepreneurial curriculum, and the many resources for entrepreneurs on campus.
I’m also excited about the small school feel, and the global community. I feel like I can learn a lot from all the people from different backgrounds.
What does being a Blank Scholar mean to you?
It’s a huge opportunity for me to learn more about entrepreneurship and values-based leadership, and to work toward my dreams and apply what I’ve learned into my future business practices.
If you could change one thing in the world through entrepreneurship, what would it be?
I’d change how people are so obsessed with technology and screens and social media, especially in my age group. The obsession with Instagram and Snapchat in society has made things a lot more complicated socially, and it's caused a lot of mental illness. Social media definitely has benefits to it, but I would try to address some of the negative aspects.