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Len Green Entrepreneur’s Playbook Speaker Series feat. Len Schlesinger

The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

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Please join Len Green and the Blank Center for another installment of the Len Green Entrepreneur’s Playbook Speaker Series. On Thursday, October 5, Len welcomes another Len! Former Babson President and current HBS professor, Len Schlesinger will be with us for a lively and instructive discussion around entrepreneurship and opportunity -- “Discovering and Building on Entrepreneurial Opportunities Right in Front of You….The Case of the Spin Brush.” Len S. will lead an interactive discussion followed by Q&A session.

After, Len G will bring his unique style of straight up honest talk about startups to an open forum for Q&A – bring your questions and challenges!

About Len Green

Len Green
During his 15 years teaching at Babson, Len Green’s highly rated class, The Ultimate Entrepreneur, was a student favorite. Len is now an Entrepreneur in Residence with the Blank Center. Len has been an advisor/founder of companies like SoBe Beverages, The Green Group, and Blue Buffalo dog and cat food.

He is also the author of a new book, The Entrepreneur’s Playbook, which includes over 100 tips, strategies and techniques of successful companies.

About Leonard A. Schlesinger

Leonard A. Schlesinger is Baker Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School.  He has served as a member of the HBS faculty from 1978 to 1985, 1988 to 1998 and 2013 to the present.  During his career at the School he has taught courses in Organizational Behavior, Organization Design, Human Resources Management, General Management, Neighborhood Business, Entrepreneurial Management, Leadership and Service Management in the MBA and Executive Education programs.  He has also served as head of the Service Management Interest Group, Senior Associate Dean for External Relations, and Chair of “Leadership and Learning,” the School’s 1993-94 MBA program review and redesign process.

Throughout his career Professor Schlesinger has transitioned between academic and managerial roles in educational and business settings.  He served as President of Babson College from 2008-2013, held a number of key executive and operating positions (ending as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer) at Limited Brands (now L Brands) from 1999-2007, was a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Senior Vice President and Counselor to the President at Brown University from 1998-1999, and was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Au Bon Pain from 1985-1988.
Schlesinger has lectured and consulted on strategy, service quality, customer satisfaction, entrepreneurship, human resources and organizational change for over 250 major corporations, non-profit organizations, governments, and international leadership organizations around the world.  He was an active leader in the design and development of the “Work-Out!” initiative at General Electric and the “Reinventing Government” process for the U.S. Government.

His writings on entrepreneurship, service management and organizational management have been widely published.  Along with his HBS colleagues, Profs. Jim Heskett and Earl Sasser, he has recently completed What Great Service Leaders Know and Do: Creating Breakthroughs in Service Firms (Berrett-Koehler, 2015).  Additionally, he is the author or co-author of 12 additional books, including Own Your Future (AMACOM, 2014), Just Start:  Take action, Embrace uncertainty, Create the future (Harvard Business School Press, 2012), Action Trumps Everything (Black Ink Press, 2010), The Value Profit Chain (Free Press, 2003), The Service Profit Chain (Free Press, 1997) and The Real Heroes of Business ... and Not a CEO among Them (Doubleday Currency, 1994), and has written numerous articles for academic audiences as well as for The New York Times, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review.  He has served on the editorial boards of five major academic journals and has published numerous management case studies that have sold well over one million copies.  He also has completed three video series on service management.

Schlesinger currently serves as a Director of Viewpost LLC, Next Level Pizza, Inc. and RH, Inc. (Chair of Compensation Committee), a Trustee of Wheaton College (MA), and member of the President’s Council of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.  He serves on the Advisory Boards of The College for Social Innovation, The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (Babson College), Datapoint Capital, Defy Ventures, Clip-File, the Global Business School Network, the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, and the Emory-Georgia Healthcare Innovation Program.  He also serves as an advisory council member of Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, and as a member of both the Council on Competitiveness and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Schlesinger holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, an MBA from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization from Brown University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Babson College.

Have questions about Len Green Entrepreneur’s Playbook Speaker Series feat. Len Schlesinger? Contact The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

When & Where

Babson College
Needham/Wellesley Room
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA 02457

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

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