To say Len Schlesinger is full of life is an understatement, and he expects the same liveliness from others. The huge smile and breathless pace he brings as President of Babson College are only outmatched by the tenacity with which he adheres to the motto: The Educator for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds. Enjoy his tale of entreprenuership as he shares his experiences as Babson President and their partnership with BIF!
Leonard A. Schlesinger became the 12th president of Babson College on July 1, 2008. He came to Babson from Limited Brands, where he served in executive positions since 1999, most recently as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. Earlier in his career, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Au Bon Pain. His academic career includes twenty years at Harvard Business School. President Schlesinger is well-known for his pioneering research and publications on the “service profit chain.” He is the author or co-author of nine books, including The Value Profit Chain, The Service Profit Chain and The Real Heroes of Business…and Not a CEO among Them, and has written over 40 articles for academic audiences as well as for The New York Times, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review.