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This Semester at the Babson Center

Babson Center activities for the Spring Semester are under way, with opportunities for learning new skills, networking with business leaders and fellow students, and gaining new perspectives. Here are some highlights for the coming months.

Learning from business leaders: This semester's Graham Executive in Residence will bring Claude Nielsen, C ’73, chairman of the board of directors of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, the largest privately-held bottler of Coca-Cola products. Nielsen recently retired as CEO, a position he held for 25 years. Mr. Nielsen will be giving a public talk on Tuesday, February 28.

Jumpstarting your business career with summer scholarships: The deadline is fast approaching to apply for a summer scholarship to attend a business “bridge” program at top-ranked business schools at Dartmouth, Stanford, the University of California-Berkeley, or the University of Chicago. Completed applications due by February 3. To learn more about how to apply for a Beecken Scholarship, follow this link.

Exploring careers in entrepreneurship and social enterprise: Invest four hours to attend this semester’s Smith Career Conversation on February 10. You’ll meet and network with entrepreneurs whose successes include the areas of web commerce (Blake Ellis), cable and broadband (David Vozzola), healthcare software (Elizabeth Yarbrough), beauty products (Jennifer Purnell), social enterprise management (Matthew Bourlakas), and commercial real estate (Terry S. Brown). Learn more about the panelists, check out the schedule, and sign up to participate here by February 7.

Understanding corporate valuation: How much is a company worth? it’s one of the most basic questions that anyone who wants success in finance needs to know how to answer. Learn how to find the answer by signing up for a one-day workshop on February 25. You’ll get high-quality training to prepare you for job interviews in the financial services industry. Learn about this workshop here, and sign up by February 13.

Personal Finance Seminar:  This one-hour lunch-n-learn opportunity will be held at McClurg on March 3, and will start with basic banking, move on to budgeting, and address college debt. Bring your questions and get answers to everything you wanted to know about personal finance but were afraid to ask.

Making a better world through social entrepreneurship: The three-day Ignite Retreat is a unique opportunity to learn how to turn your ideas for a better world into practical action. You’ll travel to Durham, N.C., with fellow students and come back with a new skill set and the confidence to become a social entrepreneur. To get more information about the retreat, contact Stephanny Hopkins at the Babson Center.

Getting into the spirit(s): Take a “Go For It!”road trip to the Short Mountain Distillery, one of Tennessee’s newest whiskey-makers. The founders, four brothers, are owner-operators of the distillery, located on a farm not far from McMinnville. You’ll learn about how the Kaufman brothers are building a business that supports local agriculture and brings jobs and revenue to the area. The trip is scheduled for March 10. For more information, contact the Babson Center.