Executive Brief

Advancement Opportunities
Babson College

About Advancement

The Babson Advancement team is an entrepreneurial, ambitious and success-oriented one which has experienced transformational growth during its Centennial Campaign. Comprised of nearly 55 full-time professionals, the team has elevated its annual fundraising from an average of $16M per year to exceeding $60M annually by applying an innovative, business-oriented methodology that remains flexible, donor-centric and bold. The Campaign has also effectively doubled undergraduate alumni annual giving from 16 to 32 percent, defying declining trends in annual giving at colleges and universities throughout the country.

The team is deeply committed to integrity, collaboration, diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, innovation and success. Quite simply, Babson Advancement is a thoughtful place of excellence.

Babson’s Centennial Campaign began with a goal of $300 million which was achieved three-and-a-half years early, but with true entrepreneurial spirit, the team and the Babson community they serve raised the goal to $500M, without adjusting the time schedule. Today, Campaign fundraising has exceeded the $500M goal and a new target of $750M has been set. The team’s success has led to a transformation of Babson’s physical campus, unprecedented growth in its endowment, enhanced offerings for students, research and program development, and has created scholarship opportunities for deserving entrepreneurial leaders around the world.

These results do not happen by chance. They happen because of people like you.

Boyden is proud to partner with the leadership at Babson Advancement to add to their team to continue to achieve unprecedented results for the College. To learn more about opportunities with the Babson Advancement team, please contact Lindsey Gale, Executive Search Consultant, lgale@boyden.com, Lisa Vuona, Managing Partner, lvuona@boyden.com, or Wendy Wilsker, Managing Partner, wwilsker@boyden.com.

About Babson College

On September 3, 1919, with an enrollment of 27 students, the Babson Institute held its first classes in the former home of Roger and Grace Babson on Abbott Road in Wellesley Hills.

Today, Babson College is an independent, not-for-profit institution, that holds accreditation from NECHE, AACSB International, and EQUIS. Their campuses in Wellesley, Boston, and Miami attract more than 2,350 undergraduate and nearly 1,000 graduate students, representing more than 80 countries. Additionally, each year more than 2,000 leaders from around the world attend executive education courses, certificate programs, and custom training.

Babson prepares and empowers undergraduates, graduates, and executives to create economic and social value in their organizations, their communities, and around the world. Entrepreneurial leaders convene on campus, sharing ideas and insights that allow their community to exponentially increase its impact.


Babson's Mission Statement:

Babson College prepares and empowers entrepreneurial leaders who create, grow and steward sustainable economic and social value—everywhere.

Babson's Core Values:


“We do the right thing. Regardless of visibility or with whom we are interacting, we take ownership of our behaviors, hold one another accountable, and practice social and ethical responsibility.”


“We work and learn across constituencies. We nurture our relationships both inside and outside of Babson to achieve better ideas and outcomes.”

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

“We feel we belong. We have equitable access to opportunities; our voices are considered; and we are welcomed, included, acknowledged, and rewarded for our differences.”


“We resiliently learn through action. We are curious and take initiative to both discover and implement ways to add value.”


“We rise to the challenge. We are lifelong learners who grow intentionally to be the best versions of our holistic selves and achieve our collective best.”

Babson’s purpose is to empower learners anywhere to create lasting economic and social value for themselves, their communities, and the world. They do this through a market-driven, community-developed strategy: One Babson Delivering Entrepreneurial Leadership Anywhere, Impacting Communities Everywhere.

“Entrepreneurial leadership is a mindset that focuses organizations on turning problems into opportunities that create economic and social value.”

Stephen Spinelli Jr., Babson College President

One of the first institutions in the world to teach entrepreneurship, Babson recognized that entrepreneurial leaders are made – not born.

Entrepreneurship education started at Babson more than 100 years ago and they’ve been perfecting it ever since. Their faculty, who have a mix of research expertise and practical experience, are the leading minds on entrepreneurial leadership and prepare entrepreneurial leaders at every level—undergraduate, graduate, executive, and even other educators—to create economic and social value everywhere.

Babson's Entrepreneurship Ranking

#1 for Entrepreneurship (MBA) – U.S. News & World Report / 29 consecutive years

#1 for Entrepreneurship (Undergraduate School) – U.S. News & World Report / 26 consecutive times

#1 for Entrepreneurship (Northeast Graduate and Undergraduate Programs) – Entrepreneur magazine / The Princeton Review / 2023

#1 for Business Majors (Undergraduate School) - Money magazine / 2022

#1 Business School for Salary Potential (Undergraduate School) – PayScale / 2015–2021

#1 Private Business School for ROI (Undergraduate School) – PayScale / 2014–2020

#1 for International Students (Undergraduate School) – Forbes / 2017–2018

#1 for Percentage of Alumni Who Start a Business after College (MBA) – Financial Times / 2018

#1 for Number of Education Abroad Students on Short-Term Programs for 2019–20 – Institute of International Education / 2021

The Leaders and Scholars

Babson’s leadership is responsible for the strategic vision for the College.

Babson faculty and experts in residence are more than just educators.

They are lawyers, artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and executives. They are leaders in their fields, with deep insight into their respective industries. And, they disseminate their insights to help the entire Babson community and beyond create economic and social value.

Open Opportunities

The Babson Advancement Team has the following exciting opportunities available. Additional positions may be created based on candidates’ skills and talents. 


Director of Development (Regional & International), Multiple Positions:



Associate Director, Leadership Giving:


Associate Director, Annual Giving Marketing:


Associate Director, Affinity Programs & Annual Giving:


Associate Director, Student-Alumni Engagement:


Assistant Director, Regional Programs:



Contact Information

To learn more about opportunities with the Babson Advancement team, please contact:

Lindsey Gale
Executive Search Consultant, Boston

Lindsey Gale has nearly 25 years of experience in recruiting, fundraising, and non-profit consulting. She has raised millions of dollars through her development roles with several higher education and non-profit organizations. Lindsey is a skilled relationship-builder, communicator, and community influencer and thrives on making a difference in people’s lives.

Lisa Vuona
Managing Partner, Boston

Lisa Vuona has decades of experience in executive search and human resource management, primarily in the non-profit, healthcare and education sectors. She is distinguished by her track record and network, and by her approach, which combines the strategic power of data with a finely tuned ability to understand the client’s organization and identify high-caliber leaders who fit the culture.

Wendy Wilsker
Managing Partner, Boston

Wendy Wilsker has dedicated her entire career to the non-profit sector, serving in leadership roles within charitable organizations and working alongside them as an executive recruiter and consultant. She excels at identifying the unique challenges and opportunities non-profits face, and partners with senior leadership to build successful organizational structures, teams and advancement programs.
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