Babson Magazine

Summer 2017

A Powerful New Tool for the Babson Community

As the president of Babson, I have the unique opportunity to interact with our students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni from around the world every day. I consistently am inspired by the intelligence, diversity, and entrepreneurial spirit of the global Babson community.

Babson President Kerry Healey

Photo: Webb Chappell
Babson President Kerry Healey

To make it easier for everyone to experience and connect with our incredible global community, we recently launched a new virtual resource to help you make the most of the Babson network. The Babson Connector is an online platform where our vibrant community can meet and support one another personally and professionally.

Using the Babson Connector, you can seek and apply for jobs and internships. You also can post jobs and recruit talent, participate in discussions on business trends and topics, connect with regional affinity and alumni groups, and stay up to date on Babson news and events here in Wellesley and around the world.

I think one of the most exciting features of the Babson Connector is that it allows members of the community to share and promote their ventures. You can seek feedback, funding, mentorship, and resources from the global Babson network. You also can share your wisdom and experience in support of a great idea or invest in a new and growing Babson startup.

Some of the most interesting Babson stories I have heard feature unlikely, often intercontinental, collaborations among former classmates, friends, and even students. When our community works together—connecting across industries, generations, and geographic boundaries—the results can have incredible and far-reaching impact.

Consider Tim DeMello ’81, P’18, who founded Gradifi, a student loan repayment solution that employers can offer as a benefit to their workforce. By drawing upon the resources of his vast Babson network, including some of his former rugby teammates, Tim launched and grew his latest venture, from finding early investors to locating office space to shaping company branding. Last year, First Republic Bank, led by trustee Jim Herbert ’66, acquired Gradifi. That is the power of the Babson network! (Learn more about Tim and Gradifi in the article Inside the Life, Times, and Napkin Sketches of a Serial Entrepreneur.)

With 40,000 alumni and friends in 114 countries, we can continue to amplify the strength of the Babson community if we all get involved. Your participation will make the Babson Connector a success. I encourage you to visit Connector.Babson .edu to log in and begin exploring the many ways you can stay connected to the Babson community. Together, we can create great social and economic value everywhere, have a positive impact on the world, and have fun doing it.


Kerry Healey