Graduate Student Coaching

In Our Volunteer’s Words

“The training and coaching experience has added value in my professional and personal life. It’s wonderful to be able to help them contemplate the things most important to them.”

—Renee Chapman, VP, Professional Development Program Manager at State Street Global Markets


The Graduate Coaching Program is part of our required Entrepreneurial Leadership course in the MBA curriculum.

The Entrepreneurial Leadership course connects full-time MBA students with Developmental Learning Partners (DLP) to help students construct their individual personal development plan.

In this course, students learn about talent management concepts and frameworks, experiencing its value through self-applied concepts and the creation of a personal development plan. As a Developmental Learning Partner, you will help students explore options and put their drafted plans to the test.

Follow-up research conducted by Babson faculty demonstrates that the pedagogical approach makes a tangible difference in how individuals think about their leadership development and their ability to achieve learning goals and career milestones. Immersion in personal development planning in tandem with the framework of talent management also catalyzes for many their ability and desire to manage and develop the talent of others. Both outcomes benefit their current and future organizations.

Profile of a Developmental Learning Partner:

  • 10+ years of experience in an established organization, family business, or startup
  • Seeking an opportunity to pay his/her professional knowledge forward by coaching a student 1:1 on career exploration and development plan
  • Commitment to participate in a two- to three-hour advisory season