Kelly   McDonald    ’09

Kelly McDonald ’09

VP of Human Resources and Culture, Fashion Project

“Thinking entrepreneurially allows leaders to move their organization forward through innovation and change.”
Current Location
New York, United States
Class Year
Social Entrepreneurship
Consumer Products – Retail

What Words Have Changed Your Life?

If you can’t change the situation, change your attitude.

How Do You Want to Change the World?

I want to help people support the causes they love through small, everyday acts—like cleaning out your closet.

Why Does the World Need More Leaders with an Entrepreneurial Mindset?

Nobody—no company, country, or individual—ever got ahead by doing the “same old thing” over and over. Thinking entrepreneurially allows leaders to move their organization forward through innovation and change. We’re in a fast-paced world obsessed with the latest and greatest, and we all need to adapt or be left behind. Leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset will plan for the future by building on the past and we’ll all be stronger for it.

What Is Your Proudest Moment in Business?

Donating $400,000 and counting to amazing charities across the country. This money will do everything from giving a family in Boston warm coats for the winter, helping a puppy in L.A. find a forever home, teaching a woman in Uganda how to read and start a business, and keeping a child in Miami out of the justice system and in school. Our work changes someone’s life every single day, and there’s absolutely no better feeling than that.

What Do Others Need to Know about Babson?

Babson is what you make it. You could be a champion baseball player, a vegan out to save the planet, a fashion blogger, or a hip-hop dancer and you’ll find a home at Babson. You’ll learn how to make an impact at any company from day one, meet friends from all over the world, challenge your thinking in all aspects of your life, and have a really good time while doing it!

How Do You Define Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship is taking the risk to build a venture that could change your life or change the world.