About Beth Babcock

Elisabeth D. Babcock, MCRP, Ph.D.
Biographical Information

Elisabeth D. Babcock (Beth) is the President and CEO of the Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU), a Boston-based charitable organization dedicated to creating innovative new pathways to economic independence for low-income women and their families.  With an annual operating budget of over $11 million, and direct services to more than 2,000 women and children, CWU provides ground-breaking economic mobility housing, education and workforce-development programs, anti-poverty research, and public advocacy.  Beth’s role as CEO is to lead CWU in its strategy to be a research and innovations powerhouse consistently delivering new programmatic and public policy approaches that expedite pathways out of poverty.

Prior to her work at Crittenton Women’s Union, Beth was the President and CEO of Hearth where she developed the organization into a nationally-recognized model of supported housing, advocacy and research for homeless elders.   Before joining Hearth, she was the Vice President of Strategy for Northeast Health Systems, a $285 million-dollar vertically-integrated health care system, and Executive Director of the Lynn Community Health Center where she helped found the Elder Service Plan of the North Shore (PACE Program) and built a new main community health center campus.

Beth received her Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and her Ph.D. in non-profit strategy from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She taught non-profit strategy and implementation at the graduate level at Brandeis and Harvard for more than a decade, and has consulted on non-profit strategy with well over one hundred organizations including arts, human services, and health care organizations.  She is currently Senior Faculty teaching and overseeing the strategy and management curriculum of the Abreu Fellows program at the New England Conservatory of Music.

In 2008, an article she co-authored for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Achieving Breakthrough Performance”, was chosen its article of the year and she was profiled as a “breakthrough manager” in The Breakthrough Imperative:  How the Best Managers Get Outstanding Results, written by Bain authors, Mark Gottfredson and Steve Schaubert.


About Stanford Thompson

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the Founder and Executive Director for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! and the Chairman of El Sistema USA. He also serves on the boards of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum, and as Chairman of The Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Network. He regularly contributes to the communities of TED, League of American Orchestras, and El Sistema-inspired initiatives around the world. For El Sistema inspired programs he has implemented, Stanford has secured over $8.5 million in funding which has impacted the lives of hundreds of children in Philadelphia. Trained as a professional trumpeter, Mr. Thompson has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C and recorded on the Ondine label with Christoph Eschenbach. Stanford also appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the North Springs Philharmonic. He has lead residencies with Philos Brass in Milford, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia where they performed recitals and outreach presentations, presented master classes, and conducted clinics. In the jazz idiom, Stan has performed for the Berks Jazz Festival, performed on the Washington College Concert Series and presented for the opening gala of the Philadelphia Orchestra with the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program.
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