Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. SME Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55 (as per WES paid service)
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Military Quant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Kellogg | Mr. Maximum Impact
GMAT Waiver, GPA 3.77
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Ms. Interstellar Thinker
GMAT 740, GPA 7.6/10
Harvard | Mr. Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Female Sales Leader
GMAT 740 (target), GPA 3.45
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Ms. Gay Techie
GRE 332, GPA 3.88
INSEAD | Mr. Product Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 63%

Meet the Babson Olin MBA Class of 2018


Blake Chanowski

Babson College, F.W. Olin School of Business

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Non-profit operations expert who wants to find a way to sell “joy” to consumers.

Hometown: Newton, MA

Fun Fact About Yourself: I have a “see the change,” jar. I taught public speaking and every time I saw an immediate and impactful change in one of my students I put their name and the date in the jar.

Undergraduate School and Major: Emory University – Political Science

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Improper Bostonian – Marketing Intern (6 months)

Charley’s Saloon – Bartender (2 years)

Swim Across America – Senior Vice President of Operations (9 years)

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Tripling the size of Swim Across America’s (SAA) revenue. SAA is a non-profit that raises money for cancer and I was able to meet some of the physician scientists whose research wouldn’t be able to continue without our support.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? Pick a program that doesn’t define success as immense wealth only. Spend your MBA learning not only to be efficient and strategic, but also impactful. A program that values social and environmental change will attract the kind of people you want to be in the trenches with.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? Babson was the only school I applied to. If I didn’t get in, I wasn’t getting my MBA. I felt that I could probably fill the gaps in my institutional knowledge on my own, but Babson would change my state of mind and mold me into the kind of entrepreneur I want to be.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? I came to Babson with the value proposition that I want my business to provide, but without the actual business idea, which seems strange to say. My dream is to provide instantaneous joy at an affordable price. I want to share a product or service that causes an immediate and apparent change in mood.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? After I graduate, I would want my peers to say that I was brave, and that I took appropriate risks. Coming from a non-profit background, risk is generally avoided, so moving to the private sector requires something of a change in attitude.