Blank Center Team

Debi Kleiman

Executive Director
The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

As the Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Debi works with students, alumni, and faculty, as well as the broader entrepreneurial community, to accelerate the practice of entrepreneurship. She leads the Blank Center’s strategy, new initiatives, and team to help develop the programs of the Butler Launch Pad and Babson’s highly-rated entrepreneur experiences, such as the B.E.T.A. Challenge and the Summer Venture Program. In addition, she has oversight of three of Babson’s major entrepreneurship academic research initiatives: the BCERC Conference, STEP and GEM.

Before coming to Babson, Debi was the Managing Director and Executive Vice President at Havas Media in Boston. Formerly, she was president of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX), and an executive at C-space (formerly Communispace) for five years before its’ sale to Omnicom DAS. She has been an advisor to startups and an advocate for Boston’s innovation community for over 10 years and has mentored entrepreneurs at MassChallenge, Harvard’s iLab and TechStars Boston. Earlier in her career, she held marketing leadership roles at Procter & Gamble, Welch’s, and the Coca-Cola Company. Debi has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Valerie Duffy

Assistant Director
STEP Project

Valerie Duffy, Assistant Director of the STEP Project has been at the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College since September 2004. She was engaged in several different responsibilities for the Entrepreneurship Division team including administrative assistant, teaching case coordinator, and budget coordinator. In January 2010, she assumed responsibility for the college-wide case-writing/production initiative. As Manager of the Babson Faculty Pedagogical Fund (BFPF) and Babson Teaching Center, she created, developed, implemented, and oversaw all of the operational activities of new initiatives at Babson to encourage and facilitate the development of new pedagogical materials. Val has her undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts.

Alexandra Dunk

Assistant Director of Outreach, Marketing, and Communication
The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship


As Assistant Director of Outreach, Marketing, and Communication, Alexandra is responsible for driving awareness of the Blank Center’s mission and brand and for developing marketing communication plans around its programs, initiatives, and signature events. Before joining the Babson team, Alexandra spent five years as the marketing director for national and regional restaurant chains, as well as three years in operations. She brings a passion for entrepreneurial environments to her position, having also had the opportunity to work with a food startup in the Harvard Innovation Lab. She has her BA in Political Science and French from Tufts University.

Antonette Ho

Associate Director
Entrepreneur Programs

As Associate Director of Entrepreneur Programs, Antonette is responsible for designing and implementing Babson’s signature entrepreneurship events (Rocket Pitch, B.E.T.A. Challenge, Summer Venture Showcase), marketing, communications and programming for student and alumni entrepreneurs through the John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad. Antonette graduated from Babson in December 2006 and was recipient of the Allison Carroll Global Leadership Award in 2006. While studying, Antonette was a student employee for the Blank Center. Prior to returning to Babson, Antonette worked in Shanghai and London managing events.

Cindy Klein Marmer

Associate Director
The John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad


In her current role as Associate Director of the John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad, Cindy manages the mentoring of student entrepreneurs. Cindy joined Babson’s Graduate School Center for Career Development in 2004, most recently working as Associate Director with students interested in technology, life sciences, energy and entrepreneurial careers. Cindy is an MBA from Babson College’s two year MBA program where she went through the Entrepreneurship Intensity Track (EIT) and co-launched AdvantageNet, Inc., a business and career management consulting firm. Prior to Babson, Cindy held several positions of increasing responsibility in the financial services and communications industries. She earned her B.S. in Accounting at University of Delaware, an MBA with honors from Babson College and is a former CPA.

Tammy Lamenzo

Assistant Director
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference

Tammy Lamenzo joined Babson College in 2012 as a program coordinator at Babson Executive Education and then served as a program manager. Currently, she is the assistant director for the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). She has many entrepreneurial skills, as she started Parent Talk, a nonprofit that has been going strong for 25+ years. She also spent some time in the liquor business as the part-owner of a store and as the operator of a beverage catering service. Currently, she is the staff advisor for the third cohort of graduate students working with TEDxBabsonCollege.

Nancy McCarthy

Administrative Coordinator/Executive Assistant
Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship


Nancy provides administrative assistance and facilities management to the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. In her role directly supporting the Executive Director of the Blank Center, she is responsible for providing logistical and budgetary support, and assists in the efficient implementation of the John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad and other entrepreneurial programs and events.

Before joining the Babson team in the spring of 2015, she worked in interior design and previously was the Director of the Boston University Corporate Education Center. She earned her BS from the State University College at Oneonta, New York, with degrees in Psychology and Business/Economics.

Summer Venture Program Team

Bob Stringer

Summer Venture Program

Bob was the Founding General Partner of Sherbrooke Capital, LLC, a $100 million venture capital firm invested in health and wellness and food and beverage companies and based in Boston. Engaged and excited by the entrepreneurs in whose ventures he was investing, he now works with a portfolio of over thirty early stage technology, health and wellness, and consumer goods companies and their founders as the Founder and Principal Investor of Crimson Seed Capital.

Bob has an extensive career as an organizational consultant, author, and faculty lecturer at Babson and Harvard Business School. Along with George Litwin, he developed the concept of organizational climate and went on to write the McKinsey award-winning book Motivation and Organizational Climate. He is also the author of four other books on culture and business strategy, including the recently published How the Best Startups Make it Happen. His consulting experience included working with executives from a lengthy list of global companies, including PepsiCo and Bank of America, as well as assignments with early stage companies.

Eric Braun

Summer Venture Program

Eric Braun is an innovation leader, entrepreneur, writer, and community builder with over 20 years experience founding startups, advising and teaching. He is currently Innovation Director at Intralinks – a leading FinTech company supporting M&A deals – where he catalyzes ideas, leads POC projects, develops external partnerships, and runs an intern innovation program. His teaching experience includes courses on Entrepreneurship at Tufts University and Quincy College and guest lectures at MIT, BU, Tufts, Quincy College, and local high schools. Eric is a frequent blogger and thought leader on innovation, entrepreneurship, community, experiential learning, and digital storytelling. As an avid supporter of the arts, he has volunteered as Board Member, Finance Committee Chair, fundraiser, and theatre reviewer.

In his startup roles, Eric has served as CTO, CMO, CEO, Lead Developer, Product Manager, and Head of Professional Services. He has led his teams to develop innovative products in healthcare, financial services, education, and community, including

  • One of the first cost-justified, high volume document imaging systems for claims processing
  • The first high volume and adaptable web application for proxy voting
  • An award-winning and popular digital storytelling app for more engaged student learning and formative assessment and for teachers to create flipped classroom videos

As a mentor and advisor, Eric has worked with over 100 entrepreneurs with South Shore Innovation, MIT Enterprise Forum, MassChallenge, and Babson's Summer Venture Program and hundreds of students at universities in greater Boston. 

Eric completed a BA in German/English and a partial Masters in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. He has a certificate in French from the Sorbonne and has studied in Germany and Austria.

Clynton Caines

Summer Venture Program

Clynton is a serial entrepreneur and engineer with over 20 years of software development experience. He is a full-stack (front and back end) developer with expertise on both Microsoft and Open technologies. Clynton's broad experience allows him to use design patterns uncovered in one area to resolve challenges in others.

As a single founder or co-founder, Clynton has built companies in the government services and web consulting spaces. He typically serves as the CEO or CTO on startup teams and as technical lead or senior software engineer in larger organizations. 

Clynton has served as a mentor and engineering coach for several years and hopes to bring a high level of service and support to his role at Babson. Clynton holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UMASS - Lowell.

Beth Goldstein

Summer Venture Program

Author, consultant, coach, and educator, Beth has spent the last 30 years helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. Through her work as President of Marketing Edge Consulting Group, she shows business owners how to apply customer knowledge to create targeted sales and marketing programs that drive revenue while increasing profitability and customer loyalty. Beth is working on her third book on entrepreneurial marketing for the college market. She has authored two other books on business, The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Toolkit (McGraw-Hill) and Lucky By Design.

Beth teaches entrepreneurship and marketing courses at Babson. Prior to joining the college, Beth spent 13+ years at the Boston University School of Management where she taught entrepreneurial sales & marketing courses, ran their New Venture Competition and served as the Faculty Director for the university’s nationally ranked Online Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship Program.

In addition to her expertise in marketing and sales (with a focus on customer discovery and market research), Beth has expertise in the following sectors/industries: manufacturing/construction, healthcare and medical technology, financial services/banking, social impact and non-profit organizations.

Beth brings extensive practical work experience in marketing and sales to her teaching and her practice at Marketing Edge. She holds an MBA from Boston University and a BA in economics and sociology from Brandeis University. Beth is currently pursuing her doctorate in education from Johns Hopkins University with a specialization in entrepreneurial leadership in education.