Meet the Team

Don’t go it alone. Let the CCD team put their decades of experience in corporate recruiting, relationship management, consulting, career advisory, and industries to work for you. With teams dedicated to enhancing employer relationships and preparing students for success, CCD relationship managers serve as subject matter experts.

The Graduate Center for Career Development is located in Olin Hall, Suite 320.

Babson Graduate CCD is committed to upholding and advancing the college’s commitment to diversity as a core value. We hold ourselves accountable for fostering an inclusive community through educating ourselves, engaging in self-reflection about our social identities, examining our biases, and taking action when injustices arise. 

We recognize and value the diversity of the Babson community both domestically and globally, and are dedicated to empowering students and alumni to achieve career success. This includes partnering with employers who create environments that cultivate respect, inclusion, and equity. As career educators, we recognize the lived experiences that inform professional goals, ensuring that our approaches are inclusive, and support diverse representation. We are steadfast in our goal to deliver programs promoting a universal and equitable approach to career readiness and professionalism.

As we maintain strong relationships with valued partners, we embrace and celebrate the diversity of our Babson community and beyond.

Jessica Chance, Director, Graduate Center for Career Development

Jessica Chance

Director, Graduate Center for Career Development

Jessica Chance provides vision, direction, and strategies that guide the work and initiatives of the Graduate Center for Career Development.

Jessica began working in career development as Assistant Director of the Career Development Center at Boston College. There she focused on student development, career readiness, and resources and programming for historically underrepresented students. This work included alumni and employer engagement focused on diversity recruiting. At the Emerson College Career Development Center, she provided leadership for career education and programming geared towards creatives and entrepreneurs at all stages of their careers.

As both a writer and performer, her collaborations with new and accomplished artists has informed her work helping individuals explore and actualize goals. This includes course development, and guiding career professionals working with the whole student around core competencies and building strong career communities.

She received her BFA in Performing Arts from Emerson College, and her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University.

Lily Awad, Grad CCD

Lily Chryssis Awad

Senior Associate Director, Relationship Manager for Technology, Energy, Manufacturing, and Transportation

Lily provides corporate outreach to firms from the Technology, Energy, Manufacturing, and Transportation verticals.

Lily’s career began as a legislative researcher in Massachusetts and then in Washington D.C. where she covered foreign policy hearings on Capitol Hill. Prior to Babson, Lily worked at Northeastern University where she launched new academic programs abroad, led international recruitment efforts, expanded co-op offerings by tripling Northeastern’s book of business overseas, and provided crisis management and solutions during emergency situations abroad. Lily has experience working with both undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines including political science, law, international affairs, engineering, architecture, and business. She enjoys curriculum design and teaching. As an adjunct lecturer at Babson College, Lily launched three courses, which she currently teaches to MBA students titled Inventing Your Career.

In her spare time, Lily does international and domestic volunteer work around arts and culture, and civil and human rights. She is especially passionate about advising international and first generation students. Lily earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & International Affairs from Northeastern University, a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University. She has lived in four cities worldwide and speaks four languages.

Margaret Jones

Margaret Jones

Senior Associate Director, Relationship Manager for Financial Services, Real Estate and Non-Profit and Education

Margaret Jones works with students interested in and corporate partners from Financial Services, Real Estate, Non-Profit and Educations sectors. She also engages employers and supports events to increase employee diversity and enhance business models that embraces equity and inclusion.

Margaret brings a broad range of staffing and career management experience to Babson, specifically in the corporate accounting and financial services industries. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she left her native Chicago roots to work as an auditor in the Boston office of Grant Thornton, a top public accounting firm. She later gained recruitment experience at Positions Inc., a boutique staffing firm and subsequently returned to public accounting as Director of Recruiting for Management Consulting at Ernst & Young.

As the Director of the Graduate School of Professional Accounting at Northeastern University, Margaret leveraged her combination of accounting and recruiting background. In this role, she truly enjoyed her interactions with the graduate students and building relationships with organizations. Most recently, Margaret was a Director at Fenway Search Group, a staffing firm specializing in the recruitment and placement of Accounting and Finance professionals.

Jay Robie

Jay Robie

Senior Associate Director, Relationship Manager for Health Care & Life Sciences, Consumer Products/Retail, Sports and Hospitality

Jay Robie joins Babson with extensive Relationship Management expertise across a broad range of companies from start-ups to Fortune 500 within multiple industries including Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Education to name a few. With an MBA from Boston College in Marketing & Entrepreneurship, he has spent a majority of his career at the intersection of business and education.

Jay was formerly the VP of Business Development for the Corporate and Education channels of the SmartTrack™ Toolkit online programs and Director of Student Services & Admissions programs for College Planning Strategies. Jay has worked as an Admissions Counselor for Beaver Country Day School, St. Lawrence University, and in the Graduate Admissions office at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. These experiences involved recruiting prospective students, interviewing candidates, building external industry relationships and providing recommendations to the admissions committee.

Additionally, Jay spent four years placing students into paid internships as the Director of the Corporate Internship Program at Notre Dame High School—a member of the Cristo Rey Network. He helped to develop the curriculum for the summer training program to better prepare students for their job assignments and recruited companies throughout the Merrimack Valley region to become strategic corporate partners. Jay has also consulted for Road to College as an Admissions Consultant, helping college bound families with the admissions process including: essay brainstorming and editing, mock interviewing, and the strategic selection and analysis of colleges for the application process.

Since 2007, Jay has been a volunteer coach in his hometown of Holliston across a wide range of sports including, soccer, lacrosse and, basketball and actively participates in various fundraising events throughout the year including The Ride for Food, The Ride to End Alzheimer’s & SquashBuster’s Mash-Up tournament.

Kivelitz Schneider

Susanne Schneider-Kivelitz

Associate Director, Alumni & Working Professionals MBA Career & Engagement Manager

Susanne Schneider-Kivelitz is a senior career services professional with comprehensive experience in career development and transition coaching with leading international HR consulting companies and US business schools. In her current role at Babson, she provides career coaching for graduate working professional students and manages the alumni career coaching and engagement program.

While living in Germany and working with von Rundstedt & Partner GmbH, the German market leader in outplacement and career management consulting, Susanne advised professionals and executives across industries on their career success for several years. Eventually, she led all consulting operations at two major company locations and oversaw international outplacement operations. Prior to these roles, she worked as a senior consultant with Odgers Berndtson, an international top executive search firm.

Susanne continued her career in the U.S. as a senior career coach with Keystone Associates, a leading New England career transition firm advising diverse professionals and executives. Prior to Babson, she provided career coaching for MBA students at Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Susanne earned a dual German and French master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources. She is a trained banker, a certified MBTI practitioner and business coach.

Erica Debiase

Erica DeBiase MS’15

Associate Director, Relationship Manager for Consulting & Market Research

Erica is a Babson MSEL’15 alum who upon graduation began her career as a financial recruiter at Robert Half International, partnering with job seekers at all levels, to assist them in achieving their career goals. In her most recent position as Director of Academic & Career Development at the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Erica’s focus was overseeing a statewide career development program to connect students with career opportunities and to fuel the pipeline of professional services firms.

Erica managed relationships with over sixty public accounting firms for all student related and recruiting initiatives, serving as the main point of contact with human resources professionals and as a liaison between the academic community and business world. Erica advised students with an interest in pursuing a career as a CPA and coaching them in their career development, resulting in placements at top mid-size, national and international firms. She also played a role in the MSCPA’s strategic initiative to increase diversity in the professional services industry, developing and hosting programs to introduce underrepresented students to career opportunities.

Erica brings experience in all aspects of career development as well as professional services industry knowledge. She enjoys working with students to assist them in growing professionally and cultivating the skills necessary to succeed in their careers. She is passionate about relationship building and helping students do what they love.

Maribeth Kelley

Maribeth Kelley

Part-Time Career Advisor

Maribeth joins Babson after an extensive career in Human Resources at fortune 100 and 500 companies. With a focus on Talent Acquisition, she has led recruitment teams in the development of college recruitment programs in addition to supporting senior leadership in identifying talent to fill their hiring needs. Through out her career she has mentored, guided and coached entry level to senior managers in their career journey helping them to navigate the corporate world and advance their careers.

Maribeth was formally the Assistant Vice President of Talent Acquisition at The TJX Companies and Director of Talent Acquisition at Raytheon Technologies. Having managed recruitment teams, she knows first-hand what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for on a resume and in interviews. Her primary internal clients were leaders in Finance, Real Estate, Information Technology, Business Development, Purchasing and Human Resources.

Additionally, Maribeth has experience working for a market leader in career consulting and outplacement. In this role she provided one on one guidance to individuals seeking employment in a variety of industries including finance, retail, logistics and healthcare. Her clients ranged from young professionals to experience job seekers.

After leaving the corporate world Maribeth decided to take her energies and focus them in an area that she was passionate about, helping students navigate their career journey.

Maribeth has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College.

Nina Block

Nina Block MBA’19

Operations Manager and Business Analyst

Nina has worked at Babson’s Graduate Center for Career Development since June 2015. As the Operations Manager and Business Analyst, she is responsible for the hub of technology and data to drive successful operations for students, staff and company partners. Prior to Babson, Block worked as the externship coordinator at Lincoln Technical Institute, where she managed the student externship placement program within the Career Services Department.

Nina earned her BS in business administration with a focus in marketing from the University of New Hampshire in 2010. In 2008, she studied abroad with Semester at Sea, through the University of Virginia, where she had the opportunity to travel around the world visiting 10 countries, including nations in various parts of Asia, Africa, and South America, gaining a broader world perspective and knowledge of international cultures, history, economies, and societies.

Liz Canon, Communication Manager & Student Advisor, Graduate Center for Career Development

Liz Canon

Communication Manager & Student Advisor, Graduate Center for Career Development

Liz Canon has worked at Babson College in the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business since 2018. She brings her institutional knowledge to her role as Communication Manager and Student Advisor. Liz executes Grad CCD’s communication strategy, promoting Grad CCD services, resources, and events to the Babson community. She creates marketing materials for events, services, and social media that celebrates Babson’s commitment to entrepreneurship and global diversity.

She is always looking for opportunities to partner with alumni, employers, faculty, and students so don’t hesitate to reach out to her if you are interested in partnering with Grad CCD!

Liz has a BA in Literature from Wheelock College (now part of Boston University) and an MA in Writing from Emerson College.

Courtney Dillon

Courtney Dillon

Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Center for Career Development

Courtney Dillon joined Babson’s Graduate Center for Career Development (CCD) in January 2022. She has always wanted to work in an academic environment such as Babson and is so pleased to be a member of the team. As the Administrative Coordinator, Courtney provides administrative support to the Graduate CCD staff and the Senior Director. She is responsible for assisting the team with planning and marketing career education events, scheduling appointments, multiple operational duties, and building a strong working relationship with the graduate students at Babson.

Courtney earned her BA in Psychology from Merrimack College in 2021. In 2019, she studied abroad in Sydney, Australia where she had the opportunity to intern with Starlight Children’s Foundation at Sydney Children’s Hospital. While in Sydney, she developed a broader global mindset and gained knowledge about the history and culture of Australia. During her undergraduate studies, Courtney worked with CAPA, The Global Education Network and the Global Education Office (GEO) at Merrimack, promoting study abroad programs to undergraduate students and providing assistance with the study abroad application process.

Interview Coaches

Larry Childs

Larry Childs

Interview Coach

Larry Childs has focused his career on developing and enhancing the abilities of executives and managers to lead their organizations by engaging the full talent and capabilities of their people, including themselves. As a consultant, his results include entire management teams who are better aligned, capable of delivering on ambitious strategic plans, and fully focused on achieving the impossible. His positions have included training management positions for Ford, Texaco, Liberty Mutual, and Raytheon, developing global leaders and performance management systems. In addition to Babson students, he has advised MBA and undergraduate students at MIT, Bentley, Northeastern, Hult, Dean, and Michigan to grow their abilities to lead organizational and personal change. He has taught psychology and management courses as an adjunct faculty member at Fisher College, Oakland University, and the University of Detroit. Childs earned his bachelor’s degree with honors with a dual major in psychology and sociology from Hartwick College, and his MA and PhD in social and industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Nancy Haslip

Nancy Haslip

Interview Coach

Nancy Haslip spent her 30-year career as a global supply chain executive in the high tech and financial services industries. After earning her MBA at Simmons University, Boston MA, her career encompassed logistics, procurement, manufacturing, and marketing in a variety of operational and planning roles at both line and staff levels. She was the first woman chairman of the board of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the international supply chain professional organization. She has been a keynote speaker at Supply Chain conferences on five continents. Since retiring, she has worked with Babson MBA students on their résumés as well as conducting mock interviews to prepare them for internship and employment interviews and with Babson undergraduates in the Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program. She also volunteers at a local residential hospice.

George Lee

George Lee

Interview Coach

George Lee brings over 30 years of experience in technology research and management leadership to the Graduate Center for Career Development. He has a strong background in new materials research for the chemicals and electronics industry, coupled with extensive experience in new product and business development. In addition to these capabilities, he has led initiatives in intellectual property management, value chain analysis and strategies, and team development activities. He is a working consultant to Boston-area firms, providing assistance in the area of commercialization of advanced technology research ideas. George specializes in helping working professionals, particularly those with a science or technology background, develop career transition strategies. George holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Williams College and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Colorado.

Ron Lemke

Ron Lemke

Interview Coach

Ron Lemke has over 35 years of experience as a marketing and operating executive in consumer products, packaging, and office technology companies. He is currently an operating partner and adviser to a private equity firm focused on acquiring middle-market companies, and a working consultant in various industries. Most recently, he was the CEO of Power Container, Inc., a socially responsible venture-funded specialty packaging startup. His early experience includes senior-level operating and marketing roles with Fujitsu Limited and Dixie Consumer Brands. Ron serves as an adviser to students seeking career transition strategies in private equity, startups, and consumer and industrial products marketing and operations. Ron has a BBA in management from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Pace University.

Kristina Nowak-Bunce, Interview Coach

Kristina Nowak-Bunce

Interview Coach

Kristina Nowak-Bunce spent her 30+ year career as a Director of Relationship Development at Buyer Talent Solutions, a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) with over 55 years’ experience in the product/recruitment marketing communications area. During her time at Buyer, she partnered with HR and Talent Acquisition professionals across a broad range of industries including healthcare, retail, higher education, finance, life sciences, high tech and business services.

Kristina earned her M. Ed. in Leadership and Administration at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Over the past several years she has worked closely with Babson MBA students as a 1:1 coach through the Developmental Learning Partner (DLP) program, as well as with Babson undergraduates in the former Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program (CLTP). She also volunteers as an advisor for the Graduate Leadership Lab Program, which offers sessions on leadership topics and interactive workshops arranged by Graduate Student Life and Leadership. These sessions focus on strengthening and enhancing Babson leadership experiences.

In addition, for over ten years Kristina has been an advisor in a leadership and educational capacity for undergraduate women at Babson, who are active members in the “Zeta Alpha Chapter” of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a national sorority headquartered in Dublin, OH.

She is passionate about strengths-based leadership and helping others develop strategies for personal growth, self-awareness, self-discovery and leadership excellence.

Kristina’s Top 5 Clifton Strengths are: Responsibility, Learner, Individualization, Maximizer and Believer.

Shane Picciotto

Shane Picciotto MBA’14

Interview Coach

Shane Picciotto is a detective and engineer at heart. His experience ranges from corporate to startup, with time at Bose and the startup Mobee. He also advised the executive team at LogMeIn as chief of staff. He enjoys spending his working hours at Fusion Labs within Optum as a product experience manager. There, he’s excited about discovering customer pain points and solving them with healthcare technologies. Outside of work, he’s engaged in developing and coaching recent grads and building the product community in Boston through associations with BPMA and Launch It! Picciotto earned his mechanical engineering degree from MIT and his MBA from Babson College.