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IDEA Partnerships

Larinda Cole

Senior Associate Director, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Partnerships & Advising

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Larinda leverages her expertise and passion for retail, fashion and marketing alongside inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in career development programming by building partnerships with faculty, student organizations, alumni and employers and has been sharing with her students while living the motto: Love What You Do!

In addition to her role in the center for career development, Larinda also serves as adjunct faculty in the Marketing Division, teaching Retailing Management, an advanced experiential course designed for students to engage real life problem solving with retail professionals and businesses. Furthermore, she supports the undergraduate college as liaison to the National Retail Federation Foundation, encouraging Babson business students to leverage this national career development program to seek fulfilling careers within the retail industry.

Before her employment at Babson College Larinda advanced her career from corporate merchandise planning, and operational management roles to a full-time faculty teaching position at Virginia State University, a local HBCU near her hometown in Chesterfield, VA in 2008. Thereafter, she moved into a faculty role at Newbury College, a minority serving institution in Brookline, Massachusetts as Assistant Professor for Fashion Merchandising within the Roger A. Saunders School of Business.

Larinda Cole completed her Master of Science in Apparel and Business Analysis from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University, School of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in Blacksburg, VA and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.


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