Event Features Michelle Brooke-Marciniak, Former WNBA Player and Co-Founder of Sheex
BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College Department of Athletics and Recreation is partnering with the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) and the Undergraduate Center for Career Development (CCD) to host From Athlete to Entrepreneur featuring former WNBA player Michelle Brooke-Marciniak in Knight Auditorium on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
The event speaking program features a keynote address and fireside chat with Brooke-Marciniak, who was a member of the 1996 University of Tennessee women's basketball national championship team under legendary head coach Pat Summitt and is the co-founder of SHEEX, Inc. SHEEX is the world's first performance fabric bedding company with globally patented technology.
Brooke-Marciniak will share how she has leveraged skills, perfected in her sport, to succeed in her career, and the opportunities and challenges she faced as she transitioned from an athlete to an entrepreneur – a move that forced her to step out of her comfort zone. The fireside chat will also touch upon her work with the Pat Summitt Foundation, encouraging students to make a positive impact on the world around them.
The speaking program will be followed by a career networking reception, which will allow students to connect with the guest speaker and alumni athletes in attendance. Approximately 25 alumni athletes, including men's ice hockey head coach Jamie Rice '90, will be stationed at tables around the room and be prepped with conversation starters for the student-athletes.
Companies represented will include Brightcove, Dell, EMC, Ernst & Young, Northwestern Mutual, Partners Healthcare, PwC, Salesforce, Staples, TJX Companies, and many others.
Babson Senior Director of Athletics and Athletic Advancement Mike Lynch will kick off Sunday's event with welcoming remarks and an introduction of CWEL Executive Director Susan Duffy, who will serve as the evening's moderator.
"This inaugural department-wide career-based event in coordination with CWEL and CCD is a tremendous way to celebrate the Babson spirit of entrepreneurship and National Women's History Month," said Lynch. "It's a great opportunity to come together as an athletics community to learn from one of today's true entrepreneurial leaders, and to meet and network with other employers who have taken their Babson degree and turned it into a very successful career."
Brooke-Marciniak serves on the board of directors of the Pat Summitt Foundation and voluntarily performed many of Summitt's speaking engagements while her former coach battled early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.
Additionally, she volunteers her time as a co-founder of the charity, Pedal for Alzheimer's, Ltd., and serves as the co-chair of Pedal for Pat, a 1,098 mile cycling event that raises funds for and awareness of Alzheimer's disease on behalf of the Pat Summitt Foundation and the Pat Summitt Alzheimer's Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Brook-Marciniak also serves as an advisory board member of EY's Women Athletes Business Network and is a member of the 2014 Class of Henry Fellows at the Aspen Institute, which seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders.