The third Babson Connect: Worldwide event, the College’s premier entrepreneurship summit held in Bangkok this March, brought together the global Babson community to celebrate Entrepreneurship of All Kinds. More than 350 alumni, parents, and friends attended the sold-out event, which included panels and sessions presented by renowned Babson faculty, local entrepreneurs, and business leaders from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and beyond. President Kerry Healey announced that Babson Connect: Worldwide 2018 will be held in Spain.—Lindsay Magoon, associate director, advancement communications
On Friday night, attendees enjoyed dinner and dancing on a river boat cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Upon boarding the boat, attendees received jasmine leis.
Roommates during their undergraduate years at Babson, Yodjin Uahwatanasakul ’60, H’94, P’99, and Richard Snyder ’60, H’94, P’93, ’01, reconnected in Bangkok. They enjoyed the variety of panels, sessions, and networking opportunities throughout the summit.
At the Babson Connect: Worldwide Awards Gala, Harry Susilo, P’96, chairman of the Sekar Group, was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs. Earlier that day, Harry and his daughter, Finna Huang ’96, participated in a “Conversation on Family Business,” which was led by Randel Carlock, Berghmans Lhoist Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Insead international graduate business school.
Members of the Babson community enjoyed the best of the region’s cuisine during a buffet lunch at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation and executive director and CEO of HCL Corp., participated in a “Conversation on Global Women-Led Entrepreneurship,” which was moderated by President Kerry Healey. Later that evening, Roshni was presented with the 2017 Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award.