Workshop Speakers


Marketing You Workshop: Christopher Colbert

Director of Programming at Harvard Innovation Lab

As a Navy kid I grew up wandering around the world, which caused me to wonder about the world, a lot.   That led me to innovation.  My father was a naval officer.  That led me to leadership. Together they have resulted in what some say is a unique ability to help individuals and organizations realize their “arc of possibility”, to achieve their full potential and all that comes with it.

From the early 90s to 2012 I helped build and run several companies focused on brand innovation and optimization. After helping lead a revamp of Scholastic’s core Book Club business and its return to positive growth, I left in early 2014 to explore the world of higher education and innovations that might help improve its price/value equation while helping their students transition to the real world.  Along the way I learned that I loved working directly with college students and recent graduates on their business ideas and career paths.  That led me to the Harvard Innovation Labs, where I now serve as Director.

I received a BA in History from Connecticut College and an International MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.


Work Life Balance Workshop: Rachel Spooner

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Markets, Public Policy and Law at Boston University

Rachel Spooner is a Senior Lecturer in the Markets, Public Policy and Law Department and has been at Boston University since 2000.  Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. After clerking for the Honorable William C. Conner in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Rachel worked in the Trial Department of Goodwin Procter LLP for five years, working on commercial, securities, and bankruptcy litigation, as well as doing extensive pro bono work for prisoners, indigent criminal defendants, and on a death penalty case.   Rachel teaches Business Law and Ethics courses for both undergraduates and MBA students at Questrom School of Business. She is the Coordinator for the law courses at Questrom, and the Faculty Liaison for the Business Law Concentration. As the Ethics Lead for the MBA program, she developed the required Ethics, Responsibility and Values Course for MBA students, and is responsible for the integration of ethics across the MBA curriculum.  In 2014, Rachel was awarded the Beckwith Award for Undergraduate Teaching, chosen by student vote as the outstanding teacher of the year for the undergraduate program. In that same year, Rachel was awarded the Questrom Award for Faculty Excellence in Institutional Leadership for her work in Ethics at Questrom.


Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Kim Jackson

Senior Director of Brand Merchandising at Alex and Ani

Kim Jackson is the Senior Director of Brand Merchandising for ALEX and ANI who works every day with a diverse group of innovators creating meaningful eco-conscious jewelry that empowers and connects humanity.

Kim is an award-winning merchandiser who has led teams for stores and ecommerce.  Her extensive experience ranges from apparel and footwear to cosmetics and accessories and includes career stops at May Company, Talbots, and PUMA.  Kim is an alum of Syracuse University.

Kim is passionate about helping early career women build confidence and develop their resumes, and to that end is active on the college speaking circuit supporting young professionals with their job search.  Kim lives near the beach on the south shore of Boston with her husband and three children.