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Kathy Lynch, M.B.A.

Kathy Lynch, M.B.A.

University Executive Director, Corporate Strategy & Engagement
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Kathy is currently University Director, Corporate Strategy & Engagement for Yale University.  Kathy joined Yale in 2019 with more than 20 years of experience in industry partnerships, university-based research, cross cultural project management, training and development, and fundraising.  Her professional experience has been largely spent in academia building and sustaining effective multi-sector partnerships with lasting impact on the development of corporate policy, curriculum, research, and public policy.

Currently, in her role, Kathy collaborates with faculty and other campus stakeholders to grow and sustain substantial mutually beneficial corporate partnerships that support Yale’s mission to improve the world through exceptional research and scholarship.  Her team’s activities center around three strategies:  business development, strategy & policy alignment, and communications and collaboration.

Previously as Director, Global Partnerships for the Shared Value Initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort that aims to drive adoption of Shared Value strategies, Kathy successfully launched the Shared Value in Perspective Series to explore the ‘living adaptation”, of the shared value strategy around the world.  Lead partners included Nestle, Enel, Novartis, and GE.

Kathy was the inaugural Director of Corporate Relations at Boston University from 2011-2017 where she launched a holistic corporate relations strategy working with both the Office of Research and Office of Development.  During her tenure, the signature BU Greenhouse Series provided a forum for BU faculty and staff to engage directly with companies on topics as diverse as experiential learning to building successful research partnerships.  Kathy’s leadership contributed to the success of corporate engagements with the Massachusetts Open Cloud and Engineering Product Innovation Center.

Earlier at Boston College, she led the Global Workforce Roundtable and authored numerous papers and articles including Forgotten Families:  The Move to Provide Paid Leave to Adoptive Families, Exceptional Caregiving, and the Standards of Excellence in Work/Life Integration.  At the Boston College Center on Aging & Work, Kathy was a lead member of the Generations of Talent Research Team and managed the recruitment, on boarding, and data collection from seven multinational companies and more than 11,000 individuals working across 24 worksites in 11 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, North America, and Europe.  Kathy has also developed curriculum and led trainings for the Prism of Age Workshop Series, the Work/Life Certificate Program, and the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers Mastery Course.

Kathy is married with three adult children.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, cooking with family, and taking long walks.  Kathy received her BS in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts and her MBA from Bentley University.