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Diane Hessan ADE ’14, Linda Pizzuti Henry ’00, Among Boston Magazine’s ‘Most Influential’

Boston magazine has named Linda Pizzuti Henry ’00 and Diane Hessan ADE ’14, along with several others with connections to Babson, as some of the most influential people in Boston. 

“Who really runs this town? That’s the question we asked ourselves—and dozens of insiders—when we sat down to put this delightfully subjective list together,” Boston magazine wrote in its May 2018 issue.

Most Influential

Linda Pizzuti Henry ’00, Managing Director, The Boston Globe

“She has this amazing quality where she doesn’t have that neurotic desire for perfection that holds a lot of people back. She’s willing to put in the time and will ask everybody she can think of for help. And even though she wants to have a great plan, she doesn’t hold off because there’s a chance that it won’t be perfect—it’s always ‘How do we make things better?’ That’s why everybody wants her on their board, as their leader, and in their corner—she is our most extraordinary civic entrepreneur.”

Diane Hessan, Chairman, C Space
2014 Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs® (ADE)

“‘Diane Hessan is everywhere,’ the Globe declared last year, and it sure seems like it. She chairs her game-changing market-research company, C Space, invests in Boston’s most innovative startups, and sits on boards of corporations, universities, and charities. Now immersed in voter-attitude research, Hessan is also leading the charge on increasing women’s seats on local corporate boards and giving women-run businesses a leg up.”

Betty Francisco, General Counsel, Compass Working Capital
Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab® 2015-2016 Fellow

“A fitness-industry manager and entrepreneur now working for the Compass antipoverty entity, Francisco also cofounded Latina Circle, an organization that aims to increase the number of Hispanic women in leadership positions.”

Other “Most Influential” with Babson Relationships

Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston
Boston Mayor Walsh Celebrates Babson’s Global Entrepreneur Program
Babson Establishes Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program

Charlie Baker, Governor
Babson College President Kerry Healey Appointed to Governor Baker’s Massachusetts Digital Healthcare Council

John Fish, Chairman and CEO, Suffolk Construction
Influencing Social Enterprise in Boston: A Conversation with Local Business Leaders (John Fish)