Grad Impact Hour

Join The Lewis Institute for this Uncommon Table series catalyzing real and relevant conversations about issues influencing business and society.

Grad Impact Hours (previously called MBA Impact Hours) provide a space for Babson graduate students and alumni in the Boston area to deep dive into issues of importance that will amplify the impact of their careers. They are typically held over light snacks at Space X inside The Lewis Institute (Olin 240-249 suite) from 5 to 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Registration is required for most events, and attendance will be capped at the first 15 people to register.

Come prepared to join us for a good conversation.

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Spring 2019 Schedule

Our spring schedule is still in progress. Check back soon for more Grad Impact Hours!

Tuesday, January 29
5–6 p.m.
UN Global Goals
with Cheryl & Emily

This event satisfies requirement for The Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track.


Wednesday, February 13
5–6 p.m.
Driving Sustainability
with Mark Buckley


Thursday, February 21
5–6 p.m.
Project ROI
with Ken Freitas, MBA'87, executive-in-residence


Wednesday, March 6
5–6 p.m.
Impact Investing
with Ty Thiele MBA'17, founder of Andorra


Wednesday, March 13
5–6 p.m.
Leading in the Social Sector
with Pam Martin, Board Fellow alumni, and nonprofit Board leaders


Tuesday, April 2
5–6 p.m.
Creating Systems Change
with Cynthia McKinney Drayton


Wednesday, April 10
5–6 p.m.
The Incubation of You
with Cheryl Kiser


Tuesday, April 16
5–6 p.m.
ESG Reporting
with Bob Turner, Ginny Soybel, & Brigitte Muehlmann

Previous MBA Impact Hours

Fall 2018

  • September 25: Designing for Social Systems with Nan Ives, Social Innovation Fellow
  • October 25: Realities and Opportunities of Being a B Corp with Social Enterprise Greenhouse
  • November 13: Disruptive Innovation with Craig Wing, MBA'10, FutureWorld
  • November 30: UN Global Goals

Spring 2018

  • February 8, 2018: Special Impact Hour with Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine
  • February 13, 2018: The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Why it Matters
  • February 21, 2018: Steve Fox, CEO of Think Impact
  • April 11, 2018: Babson Board Fellows Give Back and Share Experiences
  • April 12, 2018: Unleashing Sustainable Innovation with Jay Friedlander, a special opportunity for the Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track applicants to engage with Jay Friedlander and the Abundant Cycle with credit toward the Track
  • April 25, 2018: The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Why it Matters

Fall 2017

  • September 14, 2017: Daniel Dalet’03, Founder of SoloCoco and  2017 Alumni Rising Star
  • September 26, 2017: The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Why it Matters
  • October 19, 2017: Dave Stangis, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer at Campbell Soup; Co-Author of "21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business"; and Babson Entrepreneur in Residence 
  • October 24, 2017: Tyler Gage, Founder of Runa Tea
  • November 8, 2017: Lessons from Net Impact: Trends in CSR/Sustainability
  • November 14, 2017: Lessons from the Field with Neil Smith, Co-founder and Managing Partner at SmithOBrien


  • Business as a Net Asset to Society with Manoj Fenelon, Director of Foresight & Innovation at PepsiCo
  • Social Value Creation and Change Decoded with Deborah Leipziger, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation
  • Pedro Arce, Vice-President Eastern Bank Business Banking Group
  • Reimagining Capitalism with Higher Consciousness with Raj Sisodia, FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.
  • Bob Massie: The Role of Capital Markets in Transforming the Purpose of Business.  
  • Lynnette McIntire: Positive Disruption: Entrepreneuring for Social Value Inside a Global Company 
  • Deana Becker: B Corps: How to use Business as a Force for Food