This April, GCSEN founder and CEO Prof. Mike Caslin was invited to Babson College in Massachusetts, where he met with many of the campus leaders and was given a VIP tour in an intensive campus visit. The trip was exciting for Mike, who earned his MBA from Babson, and was a lead faculty member at Babson's Blank Center for Entrepreneurship for twelve years, and recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his 1992 visit to campus for the prestigious Price-Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators.
Mike had ten meetings with campus leaders, including:
- Babson President Stephen Spinelli
- Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute
- Ed Chiu, Senior VP of Advancement
- Stephen Flavin, Executive Director, Executive Education
- D.R. Widder, Vice President of Innovation
- Sebastian Fixson, Associate Dean of Innovation
- Beth Bristol, Associate Dean, Graduate School
- Jonathan Griffiths, Director of the Weissman Foundry
The trip was an opportunity to forge deeper connections between GCSEN and Babson, whose missions share so much in common. As one of the nation's leading business schools, Babson teaches entrepreneurship as one of its core tenets. GCSEN, of course, specializes in the teaching of social entrepreneurship with 4P Impact for People, Planet, Profit, and Place, working with campus partners and adult learners to accelerate offerings of social entrepreneurship for courses, degrees, boot camps and internships.
Babson has many cutting-edge entrepreneurship initiatives, such as the Robert & Janet Weissman Foundry, an open-door design studio that fosters arts-based enterprises. Hosted by Babson college president Dr. Stephen Spinelli, Mike's goal was to listen, learn, and explore ways to collaborate. We at GCSEN hope that this visit results in meaningful partnerships and fruitful collaborations. Together with Babson we can "Make meaning, make money, and move the world to a better place!"