Monday, October 7, 2019; 8:30AM - 11:30AM; Olin 310
Tuesday, October 8, 2019; 9:00AM - 12:00PM; Olin 310
Wednesday, October 9, 2019; 9:00AM - 2:00PM; Olin 310
Friday, October 11, 2019
Student Commitments Due
Thursday, October 17, 2019; 11:59 PM ET
Mandatory Course Dates
No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.
Pre-Travel Academic Session #1
Thursday, October 24, 2019; 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Location: Olin 202
Pre-Travel Academic Session #2
Tuesday, December 3, 2019; 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Location: Olin 120
Pre-Departure Orientation Session #3
Tuesday, December 10, 2019; 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Olin 120
Course Travel: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - Saturday, January 18, 2020 Class Dates: Friday, January 10, 2020 - Friday, January 17, 2020
January 2020 - April 2020
The International Consulting Experience takes the consulting experience global by providing 3-4 students teams the opportunity to work on project assignments with international corporate sponsors. The program begins with pre-departure sessions focused on consulting methodology and intercultural competencies during the fall semester. Travel to the company site will take place over the winter break at which time students will develop the engagement contract and begin on-site primary research. Project work will be completed over the spring semester ending with the team presenting their findings and recommendations to their sponsor company in a written report and an oral presentation.
Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for the duration of the course.
Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by the time of travel.
All students must have completed Babson Consulting Experience (MBA 7800); or BCE core course.
Click here to access the Information Session Presentation slides.
Students will stay in 3-4 star hotels in Lisbon, Portugal during the course, in double occupancy rooms.
Students are housed in double rooms based on the same gender/gender identity.
Students interested in requesting housing accommodations for the International Consulting Experience should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.
International Flight (Not Included in Program Fee)
Students will be responsible for booking their own international flight to/from Lisbon (LIS). Students are responsible for booking their own flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum number is reached). The international flight cost is not included in the program fee.
The program fee includes the following transportation:
Coach bus transfers and site visits/cultural excursions
Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation to points of interest that are related to their specific consulting project.
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner and farewell dinner.
Students are responsible for paying for lunches and dinners on their own.
Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Estimated Total Cost: $3,500 + Tuition (3 credits)
Program Fee: $1,900
Included: Accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation for group activities, program planned meals, and cultural excursions.
Not included: Tuition, international airfare, visa costs, additional meals, and personal expenses.
Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the International Consulting cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.
Babson Tuition: 3-Credits
Tuition is paid directly to SFS and billed at the 2019-2020 credit rate. NOTE: This course is a spring semester course with travel over winter session.
To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.
Travel & Meals: $1,600
Estimated Airfare: $800
Estimated Additional Meals: $600
Estimated Incidentals: $200
Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on the US Department of State Foreign Per Diem Rates (as of September 4, 2019) and reflect corporate rate estimates. Note: these estimates are generally higher than students' needs.
Expenses may be higher or lower depending on students' meal preferences and personal spending habits.
Visa (if applicable): cost dependent on nationality
All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Portugal (including countries transited through) before committing to the course.
Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.
Dwight Gertz teaches courses on strategy, leadership, and executive decision making in the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs at Babson. He is particularly interested in the challenges of global management and cross-cultural decision making.
Immediately prior to joining the Babson faculty full time, he was a member of the Executive Management Team of Celerant Consulting, where he was President of Celerant Americas and was responsible for the firm’s global human resources, leadership development, and executive education functions. His service at Celerant was the culmination of a career in management consulting in which he was a partner of Bain & Company, head of the Boston office of Mercer Management Consulting, and Chief Executive Officer of Symmetrix, Inc. His 1995 book Grow to be Great: Breaking the Downsizing Cycle was published by Simon & Schuster and released in fourteen printings in six languages. In addition to working in the private sector, Professor Gertz served as an active and reserve officer in the United States Navy, where he retired with the rank of Captain.
Professor Kim Sawyer
Kim Sawyer founded and grew award winning, innovative organizations in the financial services and nonprofit sectors in the U.S. and Europe. For her achievements, she has received numerous accolades including the Silver Stevie Award, a Women’s Business Enterprise Star by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and was named an Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women magazine. In 1994, Kim created and served as President of The locator Services Group Ltd. (TLSG), an industry leader in corporate asset recovery. By combining disruptive innovation with novel technology, TLSG recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed funds for Fortune 500 companies. Twice, Fortune identified TLSG as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Urban Businesses in America and was named Women’s Business Enterprise of the Year by the Center for Women and Enterprise. In 2017, Kim sold TLSG to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) for whom she now serves as a consultant. She provides overall strategic and marketing direction and assists in developing new technologies for creating process efficiencies.
In 2014, while leading TLSG, Kim brought the concepts of entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and gender equality to Portugal by creating Connect to Success (C2S) in partnership with the US Embassy. This unique initiative filled an important void for Portuguese women by providing mentorship, training programs and business networking opportunities for women owned businesses. In less than 4 years, C2S had more than 1,100 women participants. In 2015, C2S received the European Diversity Award in London as the Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program of the Year. In 2016, the European Business Angels Association honored Kim for her work developing women entrepreneurs. Kim served as C2S Executive Director until 2018. She submitted a proposal to expand C2S to West Africa, which was accepted by the Prime Minster of the Republic of Cape Verde.
Prior to founding TLSG, Kim was a practicing attorney in both the public and private sector. She has a BA from Clark University, a JD from Boston University School of Law and received a certification from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College –WBENC Executive Program.
Elise Beaudin MBA’10 provides operational and budgetary oversight for the office as the associate director of the Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education. As the director of Short-Term Programs, Beaudin leads the team in development and administration of the undergraduate and graduate electives abroad & away and international consulting projects. She is the program manager for the International Consulting Experience. Beaudin also teaches in the First-Year Seminar program, serves on the Undergraduate Awards Committee, and the Advisory Committee on Education Abroad.
"The International Consulting Experience course to Chile was a highlight of my MBA program. It was a phenomenal opportunity to put into practice many of the ideas and skills I had picked up in my previous coursework at Babson. My team conducted a rigorous market analysis for an international software company looking to expand its presence in Latin America and ended up presenting our findings to senior leadership in the firm. The experienced helped confirm my interest in consulting more generally and was a 'go to' talking point in my interviews with consulting firms." ~ David James, MBA '18