Illuminate and Babson College Collaborate with B-AGILE Program

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Bringing the Entrepreneurial Mindset to Life Sciences

In the current healthcare environment, we must not only continually envision new horizons and generate fresh ideas, but also anticipate and capitalize on every obstacle in order to grow and thrive – that’s what makes B-AGILE an excellent opportunity for our clients.
Shaun McMahon ‘90
President and founder of Illuminate

Babson College, ranked the number one college for entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report and Illuminate, an award-winning, Boston-based developer of innovative training programs for the global life sciences industry, collaborate to offer Babson’s forward-thinking B-AGILE (Babson Accelerator for Growth, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership) program to its life science clients for the first time.

This fully virtual program combines the entrepreneurial knowledge of Babson with the industry expertise of Illuminate to create a unique curriculum structured specifically for life science sales professionals and tailored to the unique challenges inherent to the industry. Learners will be able to apply new business skills to drive themselves to become future leaders of their organization.

What is B-AGILE?

B-AGILE (Babson Accelerator for Growth, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership) is a customizable, seven-week program consisting of seven, 90-minute interactive sessions designed to enhance an organization’s business acumen, professional growth, and inclusive and entrepreneurial leadership skills. Sessions are led by senior Babson faculty utilizing “Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®” —Babson’s trademarked solutions-focused teaching methodology–and can be customized to meet the needs of your organization. Through a combination of interactive case studies, class discussion, and team projects, participants will learn new ways of thinking to solve difficult problems, assess and mitigate risk, and learn techniques to lead with empathy and inclusivity.

Participants become an energized network within the organization, sharing a common vocabulary, innovation mindset, and set of practical tools to create new ideas, develop solutions, and advance them to become people with impact.

The program will be delivered virtually, with session topics that can be customized to best meet your organization’s specific learning objectives. Sessions are capped at 25 colleagues, to ensure each participant has the opportunity to have meaningful interactions with their peers.

Learners participate in one session per week for seven weeks. Each session is 90 minutes and focuses on a specific topic. Most sessions include an interactive case study and class discussion customized with organization-specific learning content. Many sessions also include team project work and incorporate break-out sessions with the opportunity to report-out findings. Organizations select the topics that best meet the cohort’s needs.

Customize your own curriculum to meet the specific needs of your organization.

Sample Program Schedules

Example 1: Leading with Authenticity
Week 1 Entrepreneurial Leadership
Week 2 Entrepreneuring Inclusivity
Week 3 Resonant leadership: Leading with Empathy
Week 4 Emotional Intelligence: Leading through Relationships
Week 5 Communicating like Aristotle: Story Telling and the Culture of Innovation
Week 6 Negotiations and Difficult Conversations
Week 7 Presentations of Projects to the Leadership Team


Example 2: Building Innovation
Week 1 Entrepreneurial Leadership
Week 2 Experiment to Scale
Week 3 Design Thinking
Week 4 Lean & Agile Operations
Week 5 Building Teams of Scientific Problem-Solvers
Week 6 Advancing Ideas
Week 7 Presentations of Projects to the Leadership Team


Example 3: Business Acumen
Week 1 Finance for Non-Financial Professionals
Week 2 Making and Implementing Strategic Decisions
Week 3 Entrepreneurial Leadership
Week 4 Emotional Intelligence: Leading Through Relationships
Week 5 Resonant Leadership: Leading with Empathy
Week 6 Lean & Agile Operations
Week 7 Presentations of Projects to the Leadership Team

Your organization can select six 90-minute sessions from any of the topics below. Depending on faculty availability, a specific topic can be customized to meet the needs of your organization. A Babson Faculty Director will work with you to select sessions and customize content to specific learning objectives. General topics include:

  • Business Models & Metrics
  • Business Acumen
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Operations
  • Personal Growth

This program is ideally designed for high-potential life science individuals and leaders who are seeking professional development opportunities to enhance their business acumen, professional development, and leadership skills. Senior-level managers are encouraged to lend support, select participants, and provide feedback on final presentations.

Client organizations are responsible for selecting individuals (up to 25) to participate in this program.

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Session Topics

Each topic below represents one 90-minute session. Client may select 6 sessions from any of the descriptions below. It may also be possible to customize topics dependent upon faculty availability and expertise.

Business Models, Metrics, and Communication

  • Business Models - Creating Value
  • Metrics that Matter
  • Communicating like Aristotle: Storytelling in the Age of Technology

Business Acumen

  • Finance for Nonfinancial Professionals
  • Making and Implementing Strategic Decisions
  • Negotiations and Difficult Conversations

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Diversity & The Bottom Line
  • Managing in a Diverse Workforce
  • Actionable Allyship: Part 1 & 2
  • Entrepreneuring Inclusion


  • Advancing Ideas
  • Design Thinking
  • Experiment to Scale
  • Creating Teams of Scientific Problem-Solvers


  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence: Leading Through Influence
  • Leading with Empathy: Resonant Leadership

Operations Management

  • Lean Operations
  • Agile Operations

Personal Growth

  • Controlling Your Career Brand
  • Enhancing Your Political IQ: Navigating Corporate Politics
  • Imposter Syndrome: Silencing Your Inner Critic
  • Tapping into Resilience through Personal-Mastery

About Illuminate

Based in Boston, Illuminate is a client-focused, full-service training and development firm that specializes in delivering customizable learning and development material for life science companies. Since 2004, we have worked to provide sales teams with custom learning solutions and complementary services designed to drive sales and deliver results. Find us at