On Monday, September 24, Babson College became the first college or university to sponsor the new Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce at its official public launch.
This unique opportunity was championed by Babson’s Chief Administrative Officer Katherine Craven, well-known for her years of professional and personal commitment to education in the Greater Boston community.
The new charter’s mission is “to create an inclusive economic growth state by promoting opportunities among LGBT-owned and allied businesses, corporations, and professionals.”
It is an affiliate of the national LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the launch featured keynote speaker Governor Charlie Baker, corporate sponsors, and partners.
As a strategic partner, Babson will join Boston Pride, Pride in Our Workplace, The Boston Foundation, and others to educate, advocate, and collaborate around efforts that enable LGBT businesses to flourish.
At the launch, Babson was represented by Chair of the Babson Board of Trustees Marla Capozzi MBA’96, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Sadie Burton, Vice President for Programming and Community Outreach Jane C. Edmonds, Senior Director of Boston Campus Management Terry Marroquin, and alumni Mark Mettler ’83, Eileen Burkhardt Rivera ’98, Tom Boudon ’98, and Dan Wheelock MBA’15.
Babson College prides itself on its diversity and inclusion efforts, including ongoing programming designed specifically to ensure a community of inclusion where LGBTQ+ individuals feel welcome, affirmed, and supported.