Employer Advisory Board
The Babson Graduate Center for Career Development’s Employer Advisory Board is a forum for information sharing and relationship building between company recruiters and Grad CCD with three overarching goals:
- Deepen relationships between employers and the Babson community
- Enhance student preparation to help them enter into and succeed in the workforce
- Have Babson become the obvious choice among employers who look to grow through innovation
University Relations Program Director, Fidelity Investments
Amy Branson is the university relations program director for Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans, and a leading online brokerage firm. Since joining the firm in 1996, Branson has been responsible for leading the MBA recruitment efforts and school relationships for multiple campus programs. This includes leadership development programs and consulting. Prior to her current position, she was a principal staffing consultant managing recruitment strategies for Asset Management, Investment Services, and Enterprise Operations. Branson earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Vice President of Human Resources, Instrumentation Laboratory
Tony Bretti is the vice president of human resources for Instrumentation Laboratory, a healthcare company that is a market leader in diagnostic instruments for critical care and hemostasis that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality invitro diagnostics products. Since joining IL in 2013, Bretti has been responsible for leading an HR team that oversees talent acquisition, leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, compensation, and benefits administration.
He has more than 25 years of experience as an HR professional, and has held a variety of positions in various HR disciplines, including training and development, employee relations, and business partnering roles. Prior to joining IL, Bretti worked for several Fortune 500 companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Target Stores, Schneider Electric, and Dunkin Brands. He also held the position of vice president of HR and corporate secretary for New England Confectionary.
Bretti earned his master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from The University of New Haven, and his bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State University.
Global Recruiting Manager, Innosight
Catherine Curtis is the global recruiting manager for Innosight, a global strategy and innovation consulting firm. Since 2011, she has been responsible for all lateral, fall, and winter recruiting for the firm’s three offices. She started her career at Robert Half International, New York, placing finance professionals in both temporary and permanent positions. Two years later, she joined Proskauer Rose LLP as a recruiting coordinator, assisting with lateral recruiting and the summer program. Curtis was recruited by a former manager to Ropes & Gray LLP, where she led the firm’s professional development initiatives. In 2010, she joined Baker Hostetler LLP as a recruiting manager. Baker is the court-appointed trustee of the Bernard L. Madoff liquidation, so her primary responsibility was staffing the litigation team for this matter. Curtis earned her bachelor’s degree from Providence College.
Christy Del Regno
Director, Diversity and University Recruiting, CVS Health
Christy Del Regno is the director of diversity and university recruiting at CVS Health, the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States dedicated to helping people on their path to better health. She has more than 15 years of experience as an HR generalist and specialist experience spanning Fortune 20 companies, including General Mills, Pepsi, Johnson and Johnson, and now CVS Health. Throughout her career, she has led the people agenda for acquisitions, mergers, and reorganization initiatives. Through her relationship efforts with Babson, CVS Health has been recognized as Employer of the Year for two consecutive years. Del Regno earned her MA in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota, and her SPHR and HR leadership certificate from the Corporate Executive Board.
Managing Director, University Relations and Entry Level Recruiting, State Street Corporation
Kim DiNicola is the managing director for university relations and entry level recruiting for North America at State Street Corporation. In this role, DiNicola is responsible for the strategic development of State Street’s on-campus recruitment activities that include professional development programs for graduates and undergraduates, internships, and co-ops. In addition, DiNicola serves as a subject matter expert in college workforce trends, and provides the firm with creative and innovative approaches to campus recruitment.
Before joining State Street, DiNicola was vice president of college relations for Fidelity Investments. In this role, she was responsible for leading Fidelity’s college recruitment efforts, and oversaw the management of the firm’s targeted school relationships at more than 90 colleges and universities nationwide. At Fidelity, DiNicola also served as a principal staffing consultant managing recruitment strategies for Fidelity’s marketing, branch office, and brokerage businesses. Prior to Fidelity, she spent 13 years as a senior human resource generalist at Putnam Investments.
Kim earned her BA from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). She also serves on employer advisory boards at Universum and at The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
Talent Acquisition Leader, Forrester
Julie Kelly is the talent acquisition leader at Forrester, a global research and advisory firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that helps some of the world’s largest companies develop customer-obsessed strategies that drive growth.
Kelly and her team, based in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, are responsible for Forrester’s recruitment efforts, focusing predominately on research, consulting, data/tech, and sales talent. Kelly began her career at Forrester as a recruiter and soon moved into a business partner role, working with employees and senior leaders across all parts of the organization. Just last year, she moved back to talent acquisition to lead the practice and relies heavily on her business partner experience to do so. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree from Bentley University.
Vice President of Performance, Leadership and Culture; Interim Chief People Officer, Forrester
Sherri Kottmann is the vice president of performance, leadership and culture, and interim chief people officer at Forrester, a global research and advisory firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Forrester helps some of the world’s largest companies develop customer-obsessed strategies that drive growth.
Upon joining Forrester in 2009, Kottmann spent several years coaching the organization’s senior leadership team in an HR business partner capacity. Kottmann’s remit now includes leading Forrester’s culture and innovation initiatives across the business. Through these roles, she brings strong experience across all facets of HR, and a great balance between business, thought, and people leadership. Prior to Forrester, Kottmann had two stints at EF Education in both sales and HR. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Miami University.
Founder, Talent International
Anna Mella is founder of Talent International and currently senior partner in Grupo Criteria, a consulting company specializing in the management and search for talent. She is an expert and international speaker on talent management with 30 years of experience in banking, consulting, consumer products, and retail. Characterized by her talent for innovation, Mella has created and implemented diverse programs to attract, develop, and retain talent who have received global recognition and are now considered “best practices” worldwide in Kimberly Clark Corporation. She brings a strong international background with projects in the U.S., Asia, Eastern Europe, and in 20 countries in Latin America. Mella earned her MBA from George Washington University. In addition, she participates in continuous learning courses on leadership, project management, and human resources at INCAE, Northwestern University, Thunderbird University, and the University of Michigan. Mella also is active in the Alumni Admissions Program at Georgetown University.
Recruiting Manager, Altman Vilandrie & Company
Becca Pitman is the recruiting manager for Altman Vilandrie & Company, a strategy consulting firm focused on the telecom, media, and technology sectors. She is responsible for all campus (intern and full-time), lateral, administrative, and temp hiring for the firm. She also handles legal and compliance matters for the firm. Before joining Altman Vilandrie & Company, Pitman was the director of recruiting at Locke Lord, LLP, an international law firm, where she ran the summer associate program and handled attorney hiring at all levels. Prior to moving into recruiting, she practiced corporate law in the Boston office of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP. Pitman earned her BA from Boston University and her JD from Boston College Law School.
Director, Early Career and Diversity Talent Outreach, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Tara Place is the director of early career and diversity talent outreach for Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. Since joining Vertex in 2016, Place has been responsible for leading early career programs, establishing academic collaborations and diversity recruitment and outreach. This includes fellowship programs, early career development programs, internships, and diversity partnerships.
Previously, Place was the university relations lead at Biogen, where she established similar early career programs, and associate director of employer outreach at Babson College’s Undergraduate Center for Career Development. Place began her career at Fidelity Investments and was with the firm for more than 10 years, working in a variety of roles in human resources. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University and her MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management.
Executive Recruiter, SharkNinja
Lindie Wilson is an executive recruiter at SharkNinja, headquartered in Needham, Massachusetts. She leads engineering recruitment in the United States and supports global recruitment initiatives in the U.K. and in China. Prior to joining SharkNinja, Wilson was part of the Massachusetts biotech community, working for Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Biogen, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. She began her career in financial services and has worked across industries, including technology and professional services.
Wilson holds a BA from Lake Forest College.