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The Cutler Center hosts and sponsors a wide variety of conferences and events throughout the academic year. These events allow Babson students, faculty, and alumni to learn, network, and innovate in a collaborative setting. 

Our various events on the Wellesley and Boston campuses also bring together leading figures in finance to share their experiences, provide perspective, and identify the areas of greatest opportunity and risk. These speakers, who present cutting-edge research, market outlooks, and insights from their real-world experience, have included:

  • Sarah Biller, Executive Director, Vantage Ventures and CoFounder, FinTech Sandbox
  • Tim Chae, General Partner, 500 Startups
  • Karina Funk, CFA, Portfolio Manager; Chair of Sustainable Investing, Brown Advisory 
  • Peter Lynch H'96, Investor, Mutual Fund Manager, Philanthropist



Featured Events 

Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance Lab Grand Opening

While most people are worried about the economy and forecasting, well-known investor Peter Lynch says it's more important to have a "finger on the pulse now, not in the future." Lynch joined Babson for the opening and celebration of its reimagined finance lab in the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance.

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Investing for Good: Examining the Surge in Sustainable Investing

As part of Sustainable Investing Day, this virtual panel featured local ESG thought leaders for a discussion on integrating ESG into the investment process, current and emerging trends, and how ESG investing will continue to alter investing across the institutional landscape. Recently, Babson’s Board of Trustees voted to integrate ESG factors while making investment decisions for its endowment.

SEC Chairman Clayton’s Discussion of the Standards of Conduct for Financial Professionals

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) passed a new rule that will require brokers to act in the best interest of investors and disclose more about potential conflicts of interest that could impact their advice. Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, visited Babson Boston to share his insights on the new regulation, which has been a decade in the making.

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Previous Events

Women in Finance Panel Discussion

Now, more than ever, finance needs more women. The Cutler Center was proud to welcome an accomplished group of women professionals to talk about their career choices, experiences and offer advice to Babson students. 

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Founders Summit: From Entrepreneur to Investor

Cutler Center Advisory Board member Catherine Friend White MBA ’86 joined a panel at the Founders Summit, hosted by the Blank Center. The session focused on making the transition from entrepreneur to investor. White was joined by Tim Chae ’13, General Partner of 500 Startups, and Angelo Santinelli, lecturer on entrepreneurship at Babson College.

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Entrepreneurship in Finance 

In partnership with MassChallenge FinTech, the Cutler Center hosted a panel of industry experts to discuss what they've learned as fintech entrepreneurs, investors, and partners. From the collaboration between fintechs to emerging technologies and key trends, this impressive group of panelists discussed the evolution of fintech and what’s ahead for the industry. 

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Investing with Impact

In partnership with Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Week, the Cutler Center hosted the session, Investing with Impact. The panel discussion, featuring Brian Dixon, MBA ’13, Priya Parrish ’05, and Scott Perry, CAIA, ’06, discussed 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.

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Finance Career Panel & Networking Reception

In partnership with the Center for Career Development, undergraduate and graduate students were given the opportunity to hear from our panel of Babson alumni discuss what finance jobs entail on a day-to-day basis, the skills needed to succeed in their respective sectors, and how they broke into these competitive fields. 

Women in Investment Management: Choosing a Career in Investment Management

Now, more than ever, finance needs more women. The Cutler Center hosted the CFA Society of Boston, which welcomed an accomplished group of women professionals to campus who spoke about their career choices and investment management experiences.

Fireside Chat with Bill Cummings

Bill Cummings, real estate mogul, entrepreneur, and philanthropist sat down with Lecturer Paul Griesmer to offer keen insights, cautionary observations, and the pioneering thinking that produced great prosperity and a multibillion-dollar enterprise.

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Conscious Capitalism Distinguished Speaker Series: Ron Shaich, Founder and Chairman, Panera Bread

After decades of building Panera Bread into the most successful fast-casual restaurant chain in the industry, Ron Shaich shocked many when he announced that he was taking the company private in July 2017. He explains why he took this step, and what we must do to counteract the extremely damaging short-termism and narrow agendas that now permeate our capital markets.

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Babson Connect Worldwide: Innovation in FinTech

Innovation through financial technology has flourished in recent years, as companies like Square, Venmo, and Credit Karma have changed the way we manage our money. What role will these types of startups play in the next wave of innovation? Industry professionals weigh in during Babson Connect Worldwide. 

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Boston FinTech Week 2019

To kick off the academic year, students and alumni joined the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance, and Babson Boston, for Boston FinTech Week 2019. The focus? How technology will affect the future of financial services.

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FintechWomen: Let's Start with Allies

FintechWomen’s inaugural program, Let’s Start with Allies, featured leaders from Boston’s fintech community to participate in an honest and candid discussion on the state of gender diversity, the need for allies, and as male leaders, what they see as their role in bringing about change. Constance Armstrong chaired the discussion with Dan New, Paul Brassil, and Vasilios Roussos. The panelists and guests facilitated an energized breakout session to ideate practical solutions to enable gender balance in fintech.

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Babson Finance Conference: The Future of FinTech

Hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the sold-out conference included a keynote address and breakout sessions that allowed students, alumni, and industry practitioners to interact with fintech leaders who discussed the future of fintech, including the latest in artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cryptocurrency.

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The Finance Fridays series is for the Babson community, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, which covered various finance topics featuring Babson faculty, alumni and industry thought leaders.

Finance Fridays

4/9/21 - Navigating the Real Estate Markets | Lecturer Erin Degnan Escobedo and Stephen Congel ‘91 | Recording » 

3/26/21 - Private Equity Explained | Professor Angelo Santinelli and Jim Milbery ‘85 | Recording »

2/26/21 -  Career Perspectives & Market Insights From a Successful Family Office Founder | Assistant Professor Jasmina Hasanhodzic & Elliot Dornbusch MBA’98

2/12/21 - Pioneering Computerized Trading | Professor Erik Sirri & David Whitcomb ’63

11/6/20 - Finance Industry Overview: Investments | Edward Ciancarelli, CFA, ’00, Tim McDonough, MBA '09, Kristoff Nelson, CFA, ’08, MBA ’09, Brad Weafer, CFA, MBA ’11

10/30/20 - Finance Industry Overview: Corporate Financial Management | Edward Ciancarelli, CFA, ’00, Bob Eddy ’95, Chris Malone ‘00 MBA ‘07, Megan O’Neill, CFA ’11, Erin Schaffner ’98 

10/23/20 - Finance Industry Overview: Corporate Advisory | Eric Crawley MBA’09, Kathryn Hersey, CFA, MBA '10, Yan Katz ’00, Jason Nicastro, '03, MBA '10

10/9/20 - Investment Banking, M&A, and Private Equity | David B. Ragins ’94 | Recording »

9/25/20 - Financial Planning | Craig DuVarney, CFP '99

9/11/20 - Machine Learning and AI: An Intuitive Introduction | Sri Krishnamurthy, CFA, CAP MBA '11 | Recording & Slides »

The Financial Impact of COVID-19

This weekly webinar series focused on the financial impact of COVID-19. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni tuned in each week to hear from faculty and alumni thought leaders as they discussed and answered questions on various topics amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. 

5/01 - Equity Market Turmoil: Finding Opportunities while Mitigating Risk | Lecturer Patrick Gregory, CFA | Recording & Slides

4/24 - Current Crisis and the Impact on Real Estate | Lecturer Paul Griesmer | Recording & Slides

4/17 - Hedge Funds, Price Volatility, and the Career Ending Margin Calls | Lecturer Glenn Migliozzi, CFA |  Recording & Slides

4/10 - Equity Market Volatility in the COVID-19 Era | Assistant Professor Luke Stein | Recording & Slides

4/03 - Lawsuits: Securities Litigation Precipitated by the COVID-19 Crash |Associate Professor Steven Feinstein | Recording & Slides

3/27 - Past and Present Crisis: The Policy Response | Professor Jerome Taillard | Recording & Slides