• Whitney Kippes

Getting Started in Business Development


As I rapidly approach 10 years out of taking on my first full-time business development role, I find myself looking back on how I got started and thinking about what I wish I could have told myself in retrospect.

I fell into this world. Coming out of graduate school at 24, I was hell bent on working in the field of international development. But I wanted to stay as far away from business development as possible. I'd already worked in a role through school that was part program management and part business development and I was convinced that I would be stepping into a full time program management role. I thought that was the way to what I really wanted - hands on work, lots of travel, continuous learnin