Social Innovation MBAs

Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track

Launched in 2017, the Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track provides MBA students with the resources, networks, skills, knowledge, and real-world experience in creating social innovation. It’s a focus and foundation that allows our graduates to be relevant, responsive, and proactive to the changing role of business in society. These changemakers learn to deftly use Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® to create positive impact in any sector and any role.

Why Business and Social Innovation

“Businesses can no longer only focus solely on business issues,” says Cheryl Kiser, executive director of the Institute for Social Innovation. “It’s impossible to ignore the social and environmental contexts in which business operates and impacts. People are challenging leaders to reimagine the purpose of business, approaches to CSR and ESG, and economic models in the social sector. Now more than ever, we need entrepreneurial leaders who can create economic, environmental, and social value simultaneously.”


of S&P 500 companies and 81% of Russell 1000 companies published ESG reports

source: Governance & Accountability Institute’s 2022 Sustainability Reporting in Focus


of CxOs said climate change will have a high / very high impact on their organization’s strategy and operations over the next three years

source: Deloitte’s 2023 CxO Sustainability Report 


of Gen Zs and 46% of millennials say they and their colleagues are pressuring businesses to take action on climate change

source: Deloitte’s 2023 Gen Z and Millennial Survey 

Cohort of Social Innovators

Each cohort of purpose-driven, impact-first leaders comes from a variety of backgrounds. Some are entrepreneurs or corporate leaders who want to understand how to scale solutions that advance the UN Global Goals. Others are social sector leaders, public sector leaders, educators, and engineers looking to learn new business models for creating sustainable impact.

Some students are passionate about the circular economy or regenerative agriculture. Some are relentless about creating equitable access to quality education or jobs. Others are impatient to innovate new ways of setting CSR and ESG strategies, disrupting philanthropy, or creating transformative multisector partnerships.

What they all share is the desire to hone the mindset, skills, and competencies needed to effectively create economic, social, and environmental value simultaneously.

And if we may brag: Since launching this intensity track, five of our graduates were Poets & Quants Best & Brightest winners: John Kluge MBA’17, Ross Chesnick MBA’17, Ravish Majithia MBA’18, Asini Wijewardane MBA’19, and Martha Buckley MBA’23.

Martha Buckley

I wanted to get an MBA because I was at a crossroads in my career. I really wanted to unpack and get really intentional about how I could make a meaningful impact on our most pressing social challenges. I wanted to und­erstand how I could learn to use Entrepreneurial Thought & Action to transform organizational behavior and mindsets through social innovation because I believe there is no greater asset than the private sector to solve some of our most pressing issues.

Martha Buckley MBA'23
Poets&Quants Best & Brightest MBA for 2023

Social Innovation Pathways

Here are some of the career paths that our Intensity Track graduates have embarked upon:

Our intensity track graduates have founded businesses and nonprofits including:

  • Andorra – a B Corp offering SaaS solutions for sustainable, responsible, and impact investing markets
  • Fihri – a community approach to ending period poverty sustainably
  • Growing Hands – a platform for Black and Brown people’s hair journeys
  • Magnomer – printable magnetizable inks for better packaging recyclability without changes to manufacturing
  • Refugee Investment Network – the first impact investing and blended finance collaborative dedicated to creating long-term solutions to forced migration
  • Unmute – the first teletherapy platform focused on therapy completion rates for patients of color
  • plus executive and business consulting practices
Aly Massoud

One of the reasons I came to Babson was the emphasis on entrepreneurship and social impact—that business isn’t just about accumulating wealth and profit. It’s about how you give back and help the world... There are so many different ways to incorporate social impact and sustainability into your business, and it actually ends up benefiting you and helping you be more profitable and more impactful.

Aly Massoud MBA'20
2023 intensity track graduates

Social Innovation Designation

MBAs who complete the intensity track will receive a special blue-and-white cord to wear at Commencement. The blue represents the “blue sky” of ideation and possibility. White, the presence of all color wavelengths, represents the presence and connectivity of all people within the social fabric.

Meet these social innovation leaders

Read stories about our intensity track graduates who are using the power of business and entrepreneurship to positively create economic, environmental, and social value everywhere.

JerDrema Flynt

JerDrema Flynt M.Ed., MBA’22 Earns Fulbright Grant

“My background is in education, nonprofit, and activism.... One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned at Babson is I have more power within myself than I thought I did, and that there are skills that I have that just have different names.” JerDrema (Dreme) Flynt M.Ed., MBA’22

Preshika Jain

Babson MBA Graduate Takes Uncommon Path to Education Equity

“People always ask me, ‘Why a business degree rather than a master’s of education?’ But, I knew that if you don’t have a sustainable business model, the impact you create in education can disappear in a few months.” - Preshika Jain MBA’21

Ravish Majithia

The Problem Solvers

“We don’t want to keep making new plastic. Why can’t we design packaging to be more sortable? To have bottle-to-bottle recycling, getting rid of labels is essential.” - Ravish Majithia MBA'18

Evadne Cokeh

What Is the Most Effective Way to Make a Difference?

“I really wanted to push forward social impact, and having that on top of a more sustainable financial structure. I don’t think the nonprofit model is wrong, but using business as a vehicle to forward change—that resonated with me.” - Evadne Cokeh MBA'17

Ceylan Rowe

Menstrual Equity Comes to Babson

“We’re really passionate about health and wellness and making sure that students have access to these [menstruation] products, which means they’ll have equal access to education. I want students to thrive.” - Ceylan Rowe MBA'22

Jogn Kluge Jr

“I wanted a place that lived and breathed value creation for itself and for others...”

- John Kluge Jr. MBA'17

When a group of MBA students called the Usurpers approached Cheryl Kiser looking to improve social innovation education and opportunities at Babson, they all worked together with the Graduate School to co-create the Social Innovation Intensity Track.