In April, Babson Connect: Worldwide convened in Madrid, a city rich in culture and history. More than 400 Babson alumni, faculty, and friends gathered to share ideas and insights. During the summit, Babson named Juan Roig, president of Mercadona, to its Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs. Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, and Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, permanent member of the Spanish Council of State as well as founder and president of the Women for Africa Foundation, were honored with the Lewis Institute 2018 Community Changemaker Awards. President Kerry Healey also announced the launch of the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship, a hub for teaching, research, and innovative programs dedicated to advancing entrepreneurial families around the world. —Jillian Erdos, associate director, advancement communications
Enjoying a welcome dinner at The Jungle Jazz Club by Amazonico are (from left) Eduardo Barco ’82, P’18, ’20, global advisory board member; Mariana Melhem, P’15, ’20; Patricia Suarez de Sola; and Gail and trustee emeritus Joseph Winn, MBA’74, P’15.
Marla Capozzi, MBA’96 (far left), chair of Babson’s Board of Trustees, and President Kerry Healey (far right) pose for a photo with the Class of 2018 Global Scholars after engaging them in a lively panel discussion. Global Scholars include (from left) Lizaveta Litvinava, Salome Mosehle, Cassiano Dos Santos, and Rosine Ndayishimiye.
The first day of the conference included a high-profile panel, “The Business of Fashion,” hosted by trustee Dianne Sahenk, P’20 (far left). Featured speakers were (from left) Tommy Hilfiger, principal designer, Tommy Hilfiger; Elle Macpherson, P’20, entrepreneur and supermodel; and Lawrence Stroll, P’17, fashion executive and investor.
All attendees, including more than 25 current Babson students, were invited to the gala reception and dinner, which took place at the Casino de Madrid.
To see more photos and learn about Babson Connect: Worldwide, visit www.babson.edu/connectworldwide.