To close out Global Entrepreneurship Week, GEN and Babson College hosted a discussion featuring three powerful and well-known figures who are leveraging their business experiences to empower the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders:
- Jeff Hoffman, Chairman of the Board, Global Entrepreneurship Network;
- Elle Macpherson, supermodel and co-founder, WelleCo; and
- Armando Christian Pérez aka "Pitbull", GRAMMY award winner and co-founder and President, Mr. 305.
Moderated by Debi Kleiman, executive director for the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson, the conversation focused on how Hoffman, Macpherson and Pérez are uplifting underrepresented entrepreneurs through their work. The three business leaders also shared advice for young entrepreneurs and discussed the importance of mentorship, community and values in business.
"Empowering the youth of tomorrow to solve the problems created by the systems of today revolves around giving them the sort of freedom to think openly," said Macpherson. "You have to have the courage to lead and to explore new possibilities and new ideas; and then you have to develop that courage within yourself."
"Entrepreneurship is a mindset, and it's a lifestyle of understanding that failure is the mother of all success," said Pérez. "Mistakes need to happen in order for you to grow, in order for you to learn, in order for you to help others. The biggest risk you take is not taking one."
The session followed a series of virtual events at Babson to celebrate the week, including a student and alumni Rocket Pitch, Disruption Dinner, as well as new programming including The Power of Family Start-Ups panel and a World Climate Negotiation Simulation for Entrepreneurial Leaders. The week kicked-off with a discussion on entrepreneurial leadership in uncertain times, led by Donna Levin, CEO of the Blank School, Babson College President Stephen Spinelli and Scott Taylor, the inaugural Arthur M. Blank Endowed Chair for Values-Based Leadership at the Blank School.
"Not everyone will be an entrepreneur, but we believe everyone has to be an entrepreneurial leader," said Levin. "There are a lot of challenges in the world right now, and a lot of opportunities for leaders to create positive change. At the Blank School, we're committed to helping these leaders use their values to examine problems, find solutions, bring people together and create value for the company, the customer and the community."
The week also marked the launch of Babson ELTV, a curated on-demand video channel that features entrepreneurial leaders from all parts of the College's community sharing insights and ideas. All recorded content from the week is available through the channel.