As the Center for Women and Business Executive Director, Deborah Pine sets and leads all external and internal strategic efforts, including corporate engagement, student initiatives, faculty collaboration, and research.
Deb joined Bentley from Harvard Business School, where she served as a consultant and advisor as well as a student career coach and mentor for start-up teams. Previously, she served as COO of thegrommet.com, a curated online e-commerce site that was acquired by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten. She also co-founded PreVision Marketing, a customer marketing and technology firm which developed breakthrough customer loyalty marketing programs for Fortune 500 companies. Under her leadership, PreVision was ranked on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies and the Software 500 representing leading technology providers.
Deb’s wealth of experience includes positions as head of business development for ADVO, a leader in direct-to-consumer print advertising, where she spearheaded M&A initiatives, and head of major accounts for Epsilon, a pioneer in database development and loyalty marketing. She has served as an investor and advisor to early-stage ventures and as a non-profit board member, and currently sits on the board for T1DExchange, a nonprofit organization that builds patient and community research platforms dedicated to eradicating chronic diseases.
Deb is an internationally recognized speaker in the customer relationship management field and is a member of the Harvard Business School Women’s Association and The Boston Club. She is committed to furthering progress toward corporate gender equity and is an active mentor and advisor to several women led businesses.
Deb earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Senior Program Director
As the Center for Women and Business Senior Program Director, Trish Foster oversees the center's work with corporate partners, students and faculty, and speaks frequently to student and business groups on issues impacting women’s advancement. Since joining Bentley in 2008, she has worked in a range of cross-functional roles with Academic Affairs, International Education, and most recently the Center for Women and Business. She has managed U.S. Department of Education grant-funded projects to support international student education, development, and exchange in Brazil and Europe and directed a grant-funded initiative to support advancements in faculty retirement programs.
Previously, Trish served as vice president of Ogilvy & Mather Public Relations and senior vice president of FleishmanHillard Public Relations, where she managed a team of 90 consultants and provided public relations counsel to businesses, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations.
Trish is a member of the Alliance for Business Leadership and the Boston Steering Committee for 2020 Women on Boards, the national campaign to increase the number of women on US company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020. She also serves on Bentley’s Gender Equity Committee, and she has been an active advocate for public education in Massachusetts, organizing several voter-support campaigns and serving on education advocacy and grant-awarding boards.
Trish’s personal experience in the corporate world, her dedication to students, and her birds-eye view of the complex work environments younger people are entering fuel her passion for and commitment to achieving gender balance and diversity in the workplace.
Trish holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Delaware.
Anna Babbi Klein
As the Center for Women and Business Associate Director, Anna Babbi Klein focuses on developing and delivering leadership programs that engage and empower Bentley students. She is also responsible for driving the center's communications strategy to effectively communicate with corporate partners, students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
Anna began her career in higher education at MIT, where she served as the Communications Manager for the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education. Most recently, she was at Simmons College School of Management, serving as the Director of Communications and Academic Programs.
While a passion for working with students brought Anna to higher education, she worked in the software industry for over 10 years as a project manager and developer. She also had the unique experience of owning and operating an ice cream shop in Boston for several years.
Anna earned a Master of Higher Education Administration and a MBA from Boston College. Her undergraduate work at Rochester Institute of Technology was focused on computer science and business.
As the Center for Women and Business Event Manager, Becky McDougal develops strategy and executes details for the center’s corporate events, including an annual signature conference, Gearing Up, designed to provide skills-building support for women in the first decade of their careers.
She joins Bentley from Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where she supported and managed events for four years on a wide portfolio of forums including programs for Professional Networks, Women’s Philanthropy, and Planned Giving, to name a few. Prior to CJP she worked as an Event Coordinator at CBI/Advanstar Communications, planning domestic and international conferences for the life sciences.
Becky earned her degree in Marketing from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. With experience in planning both corporate programs and non-profit events, she brings the right blend of skills, energy, and professionalism to the center.
Student Program Coordinator
As the Center for Women and Business Student Program Coordinator, Dorothy Polatin develops CWB student-focused programs and events. This includes managing the CWB Fellowship Program, supporting the Women’s Leadership Program, and advising the Women’s Leadership Community, Men of Alliance, Bentley Women’s Network and Dresses to Dreams. As the key liaison for student groups, she counsels students on programs and assists in management and implementation of communications. She also drives cross-campus collaboration on student-focused programs with other Bentley centers and programs.
In her previous role at Cambridge Computer, she coordinated marketing and events for sales representatives nationwide and throughout the company itself. Prior to Cambridge Computer, she worked at TrU2U Communications, where she managed PR and special events for a diverse group of clients.
Dorothy earned her MBA from Bentley University and graduated from University of Massachusetts at Amherst with dual bachelor’s degrees in business management and communications, minoring in women’s studies.
As the Center for Women and Business Program Assistant, Janelle Gee provides administrative and technical support for the team. This includes front desk operations, data and information management, website and social media support and research. She also sets meetings, supports special events, coordinates travel arrangements and supervises work study students in the department.
Janelle joins the Bentley community from YMCA Greater Boston, where she served as Membership Director. She directed internal branch marketing strategies, including the development of program guides, social media and Constant Contact. Additionally, she managed branch external marketing strategies including Corporate Partnerships. Her passion for Healthy Living was displayed during her tenure as a Lifestyle Coach for a Diabetes Prevention Program.
Janelle earned her BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Framingham State University.
Student Team Members
Alex Page '18
Majoring in Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship
Jackie Martin '19
Majoring in Information Design and Corporate Communications with a minor in Computer Information Systems
Holly Fiscus '19
Contact Database Assistant
Majoring in Marketing with a minor Management
Katherine Hughes '18
Majoring in Corporate Finance and Accounting