Babson Board Fellows
Give back, gain experience.
Babson Board Fellows is an experiential learning program that places Babson MBA students and alumni as nonvoting members on nonprofit Boards. The nonprofits benefit from fresh insight as well as from student contributions to Board committees and special projects. Students benefit from exposure to Board-level decision-making, mentorship, and project experience.
The goals of the program are to:
- support local and national nonprofits
- build a culture of service within the Babson MBA community
- give Babson students another opportunity to put their MBA skills into practice
- help maximize Board performance through community events
Applications for 2020-2021 will open in the spring.
- February 11: Diversity in the Boardroom (open to the public)
- February 13: Info Session for Babson Board Fellows
- April 2: Advisory Committee for host nonprofit partners
- April 28: Experiencing Babson Board Fellows (open to the public)
Babson Board Fellows is delighted to partner with the following nonprofits during the 2019-2020 program. Nonprofit partners are subject to change year to year.
2019-2020 Babson Board Fellows
Prospective Babson Board Fellows are evaluated based upon their skills, work experience, passion, and commitment to meeting the expectations of the program. The selection committee is made up of Babson staff and Babson Board Fellow alumni who screen each candidate for the best fit for the program. Nonprofits receive copies of the selected Babson Board Fellows’ resumes to help determine the best way to utilize their skills and strengths based on the organization’s needs.
Nonprofits are asked to submit an application detailing how they could benefit from a Babson Board Fellow and must commit a Board Member to mentor and support the Fellow(s).
Typically, two Babson Board Fellows are matched with each nonprofit Board to further the shared learning aspect of the program. However, there are some instances where only one Babson Board Fellow will participate with a nonprofit Board.
- Invite Babson Board Fellows to attend all Board meetings, events, and/or functions as a regular, albeit non-voting, member.
- Assign a mentor from the Board to be the primary “point person” for the Babson Board Fellow(s). This person will be responsible for making sure that the Babson Board Fellows have all documents and information necessary to complete their service.
- Work with Babson Board Fellows to identify a Board committee, project team, or small project, to which they can meaningfully contribute. Respect that the Babson Board Fellows are participating as volunteers and may have heavy academic or other work commitments.
- Raise any issues or questions regarding the Fellow to Pam Martin, Babson Board Fellows Manager, immediately.
- Attend all Board meetings that do not conflict with classes or work requirements.
- Complete a Babson Board Fellows training/orientation on nonprofit management and Board service (early Fall Semester).
- Work with the Board mentor to identify a Board committee, project team, or small project to which you can meaningfully contribute.
- Maintain communication with Board mentor between Board meetings.
- Successfully complete agreed-upon obligations by the end of term.
- Attend Babson Board Fellows training and cohort meetings—a total of four (4) meetings per academic year.
- Represent yourself and Babson in a professional manner.
- Understand that the Babson Board Fellows is a not-for-credit activity.
Students should expect to commit an average of 2-4 hours per month, including attending Board and committee meetings. Board mentors should expect to spend an average of 1-2 hours each month supporting students. As each nonprofit Board is structured differently, time commitments may vary according to schedules and peak demand times. Babson Board Fellows should be in an open dialogue with their nonprofits to ensure that any demands on their schedules are well communicated and that a strategy or work-around is determined.
Babson Board Fellows Manager
Pam Martin serves as Babson Board Fellows program manager and is available to students, alumni, and nonprofits at all times during the program. If you have questions or are interested in getting involved, please email Pam.
5 Ways to Be a Good Board Fellow
What makes a good Board Fellow? Our Babson Board Fellow program manager, Pam Martin, shares advice from over two decades of experience in working with nonprofits.