Michael Agard ’24

Michael Agard ’24

Raised in an entrepreneurial environment, Michael Agard ’24 knows leadership.

Propelled by a wide range of experiences and accomplishments, he gains inspiration from his family.

“My parents are small business owners and I saw them go through the process of creating a business and sustaining one, and to see them do that, and take care of me and my brother, that’s pretty amazing to me,” he said.

Born in Chicago (ask him about his Chicago sports loyalty), Agard currently lives just outside of Atlanta. His high school experience was defined by leadership and experiences that set him on the path to the No. 1 school for entrepreneurship.

What drew you to Babson?

I did an internship at Mercedes Benz Stadium, which is owned by Arthur Blank. I got to see the kind of business that he ran, and how people admired him, and I wanted to learn more. Once I realized he’s a Babson graduate, I started thinking that this might be the school for me.

And, when I took part in Access Babson—an overnight experience on campus with other students—I was able to see firsthand what the experience was like, and from there, I could definitely see myself going to this school.

Every great idea stems from some sort of entrepreneurial leadership. The ability to solve a problem in a way that includes a team ... the ability to lead a team to accomplish that idea—I think that’s what drives the world forward.“
– Michael Agard ‘24
on Entrepreneurial Leadership

What does being a Blank School Scholar mean to you?

As a metro Atlanta resident and former Atlanta United intern, I am honored to be one of the first Blank School Scholars. Mr. Blank is an icon in the worlds of business and sports, and he is larger than life in Atlanta. It means a great deal to me to have this connection with a hometown hero. As an intern at Atlanta United Soccer, I experienced the organization’s passion for excellence that is a reflection of Mr. Blank’s leadership principles and are the foundation of this scholarship. I am excited to collaborate with the other Blank Scholars on initiatives for the school that will benefit the entire Babson community.

Why does the world need entrepreneurial leadership?

Every great idea stems from some sort of entrepreneurial leadership. The ability to solve a problem in a way that includes a team. And, not only the ability to solve something, but the ability to lead a team to accomplish that idea—I think that’s what drives the world forward.

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

Include everyone. I’ve been in sports my entire life, so working with a team is definitely something that I love doing. I think that it’s better to create solutions together than to try to do something alone.

What are your hopes for your Babson career?

Be as successful as I can be here, and make the most of it. There’s some great people and great professors here, so I hope to do my best to reach out to people, to understand the world more, and get as much knowledge as I can to better myself. I’m really interested in experiencing how to actually create a business and sustain one and lead a team. 

Who inspires you?

My parents. They are small business owners, and I saw them go through the process of creating a business and sustaining one. It was really inspirational to me that they could do something like that. And, to see them run a business and take care of me and my brother, that’s pretty amazing to me.

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