Calliope   Desenberg   MBA’18

Calliope Desenberg MBA’18

Graduate Student, Two-Year MBA

“I really value the friendships I’ve formed with my classmates from all over the world.”
Hometown Location
Current Location
Massachusetts, United States
Class Year
Graduate Two Year MBA

What is your pre-Babson experience?

After college, I first worked as an extended day educator at a middle school. I then moved on to operations and program management at Girls on the Run of the Bay Area, an afterschool running and social-emotional empowerment program for girls across 100+ schools. Among my main tasks was recruiting, training, and supporting more than 500 volunteers each year to coach the program.

Why did you choose Babson for your graduate education?

I heard about Babson first because Susan Roberts, one of the former executive directors of Girls on the Run, left our organization to come do her MBA here! Susan put me in touch with almost 10 different alumni who couldn't sing the praises of Babson more loudly. I was most drawn to Babson’s entrepreneurial focus, the collaborative environment, and all the neat activities of the Lewis Institute (center promoting social and economic value simultaneously, not sequentially).

How has Babson helped advance your career?

Being at Babson has helped me to extend my skills in finance, operations, and data analysis so that I can help organizations better use and understand their data.

As a Babson student, what do you do when not in class?

During the first year of my MBA program, I was the First-Year class representative to the Graduate Student Council and the VP of events for Net Impact, a club that mobilizes MBAs to use their skills and careers to drive transformational social and environmental change. This year, I am the president of Net Impact and co-president of OutNetwork, an LGBTQ+ grad student organization. I am also a Babson Board Fellow with Sociedad Latina, a Latinx youth development nonprofit based in Roxbury, MA.

What is your favorite part of the Babson student experience?

Being in such an international community—76% of my class is international!—has been fun, educational, and also sometimes very challenging. Overall, I really value the friendships I've formed with my classmates from all over the world.