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Global Entrepreneurship Week

Values. Action. Impact 

Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 16–22, 2020

Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Week (November 12- 19) is Babson's moment to celebrate the power of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leadership.

Powered by Babson College’s Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership this weeklong series of virtual events, discussions, and initiatives will advance and amplify powerful new approaches to values-based entrepreneurial leadership. Our celebration, taking place simultaneously with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), an international event encompassing 35,000 events around the world, will engage the worldwide Babson ecosystem and inspire values-driven action for positive impact.  

GELW will also mark the launch of Babson ELTV, a curated on-demand video channel that features entrepreneurial leaders from all parts of our community, sharing insights and ideas to advance our learning and understanding of leadership. 

Register Today for Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Week 

Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Week is Babson’s moment to celebrate the power of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leadership worldwide.

2020 Schedule of Events 

From Values to Impact: Entrepreneurial Leadership in Uncertain Times 

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST

Join President Stephen Spinelli, Jr. MBA '92, Ph.D., Donna Levin, CEO, Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Scott Taylor, the inaugural Arthur M. Blank Endowed Chair for Values-Based Leadership, for a conversation exploring entrepreneurial leadership and Babson’s opportunity to disrupt the status quo. Learn why and how values-based entrepreneurial leadership can guide success for all kinds of individuals and teams and create outsized impact.

Featured Speakers:

  • Debi Kleiman, Executive Director, Blank Center for Entrepreneurship (moderator)
  • Donna Levin, CEO, Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • President Stephen Spinelli, Jr. MBA '92, Ph.D., President, Babson College 
  • Scott Taylor, the inaugural Arthur M. Blank Endowed Chair for Values-Based Leadership, Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Power of Family Start-Ups

Time: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. EST

Did you know that the majority of start-ups around the world are family businesses? Learn key tips for creating a successful family start-up through the inspiring story of the Amalean Family of Sri Lanka. Ajay Amalean and his two brothers co-founded MAS in 1987. Today MAS is a $2B revenue contract clothing manufacturer for leading brands such as Lululemon, Nike, Calvin Klein, and Victoria's Secret with 96,000 employees across 53 facilities. Thirty years after the company's founding, next-gen Kunal Amalean '12 founded Runway Kit, a new venture supporting emerging fashion entrepreneurs which is deeply connected to MAS and presciently positioned to impact the company and the industry at a time of rapid change. In this engaging interactive session with Ajay Amalean, Director MAS Holdings, and Kunal Amalean ’12, Co-founder of Runway Kit learn about best practices in family startups and engage with other family entrepreneurs. Join Lauri Union, Nulsen Family Executive Director of the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship, in this engaging interactive session with Ajay Amalean, Director MAS Holdings, and Kunal Amalean ’12, Founder of Runway Kit. Learn best practices in family startups and engage with other family entrepreneurs.

Featured Speakers: 

  • Ajay Amalean, Director, MAS Holdings
  • Kunal Amalean '12, Founder, Runway Kit
  • Lauri Union, Nulsen Family Executive Director, Institute for Family Entrepreneurship

Rocket Pitch

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Join the Blank Center for Entrepreneurship for one of Babson College’s most electrifying events - Rocket Pitch! 50 student and alumni entrepreneurs will have three minutes and three slides to pitch their innovative business ideas online to a live audience and receive real-time feedback. Please join us to hear about the next big thing and help provide feedback to Babson founders.

Impact Unplugged: Adapting to Climate Change

Time: 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. EST

What can communities do to become more resilient and adapt to climate change? What roles do residents, local, and state governments need to play in driving these efforts? And why are equity and inclusion crucial for developing sustainable prosperity and community resilience?

Join our open conversation with Camille Manning-Broome, president and CEO of the Center for Planning Excellence. All are welcome.

Investing with Impact

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Impact investors use the power of capital for good.  These investors integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into their investment decisions.  In doing so, they make a positive, measurable impact without compromising financial returns.  Our panel of experienced impact investors will discuss how they’re providing capital to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges and the opportunities for investors who want to make an impact in renewable energy, agriculture, housing, and healthcare.

Featured Speakers:

  • Brian Dixon, MBA ’13, Partner, Kapor Capital
  • Priya Parrish ’05, Managing Partner, Impact Engine
  • Scott Perry, CAIA, ’06, Partner, Endowments and Foundations, NEPC, LLC

World Climate Negotiation Simulation for Entrepreneurial Leaders 

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitated by Babson Professor Dr. Caroline Daniels, the World Climate Simulation is an online role-playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations. Participants can experience how their decisions as entrepreneurial leaders affect the global climate system. With World Climate, players learn more about the dynamics of global negotiations on climate change, and in turn, learn more about climate change in general. They become the world’s most important leaders and take on the responsibility for the Earth’s future. Through the simulation, participants get to explore the necessary speed and level of action that nations must take to address global climate change. At the heart of the experience is the use of the interactive computer model C-Roads, which is used to rapidly analyze the results of the gameplay.

Featured Speaker: 

  • Dr. Caroline Daniels, Entrepreneurship Faculty, Faculty Advisor, John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad

A Conversation with Ben Weiss, Beverage Entrepreneur and Category Disrupter, Founder of Bai Water and Bai Brands

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST

A lifelong entrepreneur, Ben launched Bai during the Great Recession in 2009 in the basement of his townhouse, disrupting the marketplace with a revolutionary beverage of five calories, no artificial sweeteners, and unprecedented taste.

In just seven years, Bai grew from Ben’s basement to a $1.7 billion acquisition by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Ben's new book, Basementality*, provides important lessons for entrepreneurial leaders of all kinds. Bring your questions for Ben, and buckle up for a fun conversation, as he'll share his wild entrepreneurial journey and what he learned along the way.

Join us for this session and you will receive a 30% discount off the hardcover copy of Ben's book, Basementality, with your registration confirmation email.

Featured Speaker: 

  • Ben Weiss, Former CEO and founder of Bai Brands, Author of Basementality

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Meet an Entrepreneur: Speed Networking Event

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST

Join the Entrepreneurial Leadership Village (ELV) for a virtual networking event hosted on IceBreaker where you’ll be able to connect with 5-6 other entrepreneurs from across the globe! The conversation in each 1:1 session will be curated to help you and your match creatively problem solve and innovate your project, work, or business. Register to receive login information.

EdTech Space: Future of Learning and Work

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

How can education systems help us develop resilience and workplace-ready skills for a rapidly changing world? How is Artificial Intelligence (AI) transforming teaching, learning, and work? And how are entrepreneurial leaders changing education?

Join us as we welcome Charles Fadel, founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, to explore these questions and more. Charles is a global education thought leader, futurist, author, and inventor whose work spans the continuum of schools, higher education, and workforce development/lifelong learning. All are welcome.

The 8th Annual Disruption Dinner

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. EST

Inspiration is served!

Grab your favorite dish and join us for an evening of empowerment as we celebrate women who act boldly to break barriers, blaze trails, and launch movements!

Come to our virtual table and join entrepreneurial leaders from across the Babson community, as we kick off with a networking “dinner” hosted by the mother/daughter dream team, Ashlee Ammons and Kerry Schrader, co-founders of Mixtroz. Stay seated to hear from a champion for inclusivity, Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, as she shares how you too can elevate your brand, your industry, and our world through inclusive entrepreneurial leadership!

Featured Speakers: 

  • Anjali Bal, Associate Professor of Marketing, Babson College 
  • Ashlee Ammons, Co-Founder, Mixtroz
  • Kerry Schrader, Co-Founder, Mixtroz
  • Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor in Chief, Teen Vogue

Thriving as a Teenage Entrepreneur

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST

This Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Week panel highlights the newest members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Our panelists will discuss their biggest mess-ups and what they learned; how they draw inspiration from the world around them; what’s holding young people back; what’s keeping them up at night and what they are doing about it. We’ll talk about what young people need to know and how they can get started solving the things they care about most.

  • Ela Gokcigdem '24; Founder, Youth Environmental Society; Founder, ePearl; Youth Leadership Council Member, EarthEcho International
  • Mark Music, Lincoln School (Costa Rica); Co-Founder, Zyndicate
  • Filippo Fonseca, Lincoln School (Costa Rica); Co-Founder, Zyndicate
  • Aria Mustary '21; Founder and President, Mai Soli Foundation
  • Sarah Little, Babson Youth Fellow in Social Innovation; Founder, More to Her Story

Be the Change

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. EST

Meet recent Babson alumni who have utilized their entrepreneurial leadership skills gained through their Babson education to create ventures working towards social justice.

Featured Speakers: 

  • Sedonami Agosa '20; Founder, ClearPath Foundation
  • Ryan Huynh '19; Head of Campaigns, thehidden company
  • Wesley Woodson '20; Chief Storyteller, thehidden company
  • Rebecca Jacobs '17; CEO, Anika Works
  • Ryan Laverty '20; Co-Founder and COO, Arist

Live from eTower: Tariq Cherif, Co-Founder of Rolling Loud

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST

eTower is Babson's premier entrepreneurship living community.

Join us to hear from Tariq Cherif, Co-Founder of Rolling Loud on how he built hip-hop's largest music festival and his advice for student entrepreneurs.

Featured Speaker:

  • Tariq Cherif, Co-Founder, Rolling Loud

Pursue Your Passion with Project W

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST

Project W is a community of doers. Doers turn their innovative ideas into thoughtfully executed and meaningful action.

Meet three incredible Project W Doers from Babson, Olin, & Wellesley, who will share how they turn their passions into high-impact projects while still in school.

Project W, is a student-led organization dedicated to inspiring and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration among women innovators and entrepreneurs across the BOW colleges.

Featured Speakers:

  • Karen Hinh ’23, Olin College
  • Alicia Sibole ’23, Babson College
  • Bella Stewart ’23, Wellesley College

Babson Connect: Online | Empowering through Entrepreneurship

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

As we close out Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Week, join Debi Kleiman, executive director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, for an exclusive conversation featuring three powerful and well-known figures who are leveraging their business acumen to empower the next generation of entrepreneurial Leaders.

Coming virtually to our Babson communities around the world, Babson Connect: Online offers engaging keynote speakers and panels to address emerging trends in entrepreneurial leadership, family business, global investing, social enterprise, global healthcare, and more.

Featured Speakers: 

  • Jeff Hoffman, Chairman of the Board, Global Entrepreneurship Network
  • Debi Kleiman, Executive Director, The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College (moderator)
  • Elle Macpherson P’20, Co-founder, WelleCo
  • Armando Christian Pérez aka "Pitbull", Co-founder & President, Mr. 305

Watch ELTV 

Entrepreneurial leaders from all parts of the Babson community share their stories and insights on our on-demand video channel.