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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. 

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, Pierre Cardin, 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.

Featured Speakers: 

  • Ajay Amalean, Director, MAS Holdings
  • Kunal Amalean '12, Founder, Runway Kit

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

Time: 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. EST

Details coming soon!

Impact Investing

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Details coming soon!

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 Weiss 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. 

Featured Speaker: 

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

Uncommon Table: EdTech

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

Details coming soon!

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 and 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: 

  • Ashlee Ammons, Co-Founder, Mixtroz
  • Kerry Schrader, Co-Founder, Mixtroz
  • Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor in Chief, Teen Vogue

Teenage Entrepreneurs: How passion and a belief in what’s possible are fueling young leaders to create social change

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.

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, ClearPath Foundation
  • Ryan Huyan, 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. Always a fan first, Cherif’s music career began in 2009 as an artist, producer, and intern at a recording studio. It took a year for him to realize that being creative was not his destiny. While in college figuring out his next move, he saw promoters booking EDM shows, but none of his favorite rappers were getting booked. So in October 2010, Cherif co-founded Dope Entertainment with partner Matt Zingler and grew it to become Florida’s leading hip-hop concert promotions company. After 5 years of establishing the company as well-respected promoters, Cherif and Zingler co-founded Rolling Loud in 2015. He is now focused on expanding the brand nationally and internationally, diversifying ancillaries including merchandising and media, and artist management. Cherif is a husband and father, with an eight-year-old son and two-year-old daughter.

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

Join an exclusive conversation with three powerful and well-known figures who are leveraging their business acumen to empower the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.

Panelists will include, Elle Macpherson P’20, the supermodel, co-founder of WelleCo, Armando Christian Pérez aka Pitbull, Grammy winner, co-founder & president of Mr. 305, Inc. and founding partner of eMerge Americas, and Jeff Hoffman, Chairman of the Board for the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

Food Sol Quick Service Incubator

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. EST

Food Sol presents the Quick Service Incubator (QSI), a fast-paced process using the power of a collective community to help solve real-world challenges faced by entrepreneurs. Five food entrepreneurs or organizations will pitch a specific challenge to an activated audience (that's you!), who then small-group ideate and pitch ideas back so that the entrepreneur/organization can take immediate, actionable steps in their business. Join us to become a part of the community and contribute your ideas to help move five food professionals forward. We look forward to having you!

*Please note that space is limited for this event.