As we enter the final weeks of the fall semester, Babson will shift all classes (Undergraduate and Graduate) online as of Friday, November 13.

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, programs, and team to drive impact through the Butler Launch Pad accelerator and Babson’s highly-rated entrepreneur experiences, such as the B.E.T.A. Challenge new venture competition, Rocket Pitch, and the Summer Venture Program. She is also an adjunct professor at Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business and Executive Education Programs for Entrepreneurs. In addition, she has oversight for two of Babson’s major entrepreneurship academic research initiatives: the Babson College Entrepreneurial Research Conference (BCERC) and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).

In addition to her passion for working with startups, Debi is a classically trained brand marketer and consumer products innovation expert. She held marketing leadership roles at Procter & Gamble, Welch’s, and the Coca-Cola Company and later was managing director of Havas Media Boston. She was also president of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX) and an executive at C-space (formerly Communispace) for five years before its acquisition by 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. Her book, First Pitch: Winning Money, Mentors, and More for Your Startup, is an entrepreneurship and venture capital bestseller. Debi has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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.

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.

Tamara Lamenzo

Assistant Director
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference

Tamara is the assistant director of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). BCERC, founded by Babson College in 1981 and considered by many to be the premier entrepreneurship research conference in the world, brings together entrepreneurship academics from all over the world every year. Tamara joined Babson College in 2012 as a program coordinator at Babson Executive Education and then served as a program manager. 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. She is the staff advisor for TEDxBabsonCollege, managed by Babson graduate students each year.

Nancy McCarthy

Program and Operations Specialist
The John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad

As the Program and Operations Specialist, Nancy is responsible for delivering events, programs, and initiatives related to the Butler Launch Pad and other Entrepreneur Programs such our signature events and the Global Entrepreneur in Residence (GEIR) Program. 

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.

Sue Nealon

Administrative Coordinator
The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

Sue 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 fall of 2019, Sue worked as the Office Manager and Facilities Coordinator at Saint Theresa Parish in Sherborn. Prior to to that position, Sue was the manager of the furniture department at Macy’s Furniture Gallery.  Sue graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.A. in Fashion Marketing.

Beth Peterson

Administrative Coordinator
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference

Beth provides administrative support for the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) and for the Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (FER), proceedings from the BCERC. In her role supporting the conference, she is responsible for providing logistical support and assists in the efficient implementation of the conference.

Before joining the Babson team in the spring of 2019, she worked in the Franklin Public Schools in special education, as a staffing manager for Robert Half, and in HR for Fidelity Investments. She earned her BS from the University of New Hampshire, Durham with a degree in Business Administration.

Summer Venture Program Team

Bob Stringer

Director
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 Culture.com: 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.

Beth Goldstein

Advisor
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.