About The Lewis Institute

Breakthrough interactions powering social change

Founded in July 2010 with a generous gift from Alan and Harriet Lewis of Grand Circle Corporation, The Lewis Institute is the GPS for students, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporate partners seeking social innovation solutions. We employ Babson’s methodology of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as an accelerator for change. We create unexpected and fruitful collaborations between those who believe that business is a force for good and that societal dilemmas can lead to powerful market opportunities.

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Our Mindset for Action

We are living in a world where the expectations on business have shifted and increasingly, the lines between business, government, and the social sectors are blurred. Each sector is now expected to address societal dilemmas in new and expanded ways, but it will take sophisticated combinations of each sector’s unique designs to produce common good outcomes.

While traditionally each of these sectors focus on breakthrough innovations, at The Lewis Institute we hyper focus on breakthrough interactions as the starting point that yields powerful new social innovations. What we do is intentionally introduce and reconfigure relationships in such a way that new and expanded social impacts and innovations come about.

Here at The Lewis Institute, we say that Social Innovation takes form when we are:

  • Promoting Unusual Partnerships
  • Steering Nonlinear Journeys
  • Cultivating Relationships
  • Activating Changemakers
  • Igniting Breakthrough Interactions
  • Fostering Social Value in Business
  • Building “teams of teams”

We invite you to explore how both The Lewis Institute and our action tank, the Babson Social Innovation Lab, are helping social innovation take form.


Executive Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab

Cheryl Yaffe Kiser »

Associate Director, Thought Leadership & Strategic Engagement

Kristen Yngve

Babson Youth Impact Lab

Beth Goldstein
Drew Mendes

Office Administrator

Jennifer MacDonald