Abigail Whitbeck T’12 recently received The Tuck Class of 1976 Allwin Community Service Award for 2012. Each year, the award recognizes Tuck students or recent alumni for their nonprofit work benefitting society, both in the past and upon graduation.
Whitbeck is with with Teach For America, a nonprofit organization that addresses educational inequity by enlisting high-achieving recent college graduates and professionals to teach for at least two years in low-income communities throughout the U.S. As Managing Director of Strategy & Innovation for the Growth, Development & Partnerships team, Whitbeck is responsible for developing strategic initiatives in order to further the organization's pursuit of sustainable, collective impact.
When Whitbeck came to Tuck, she was looking for a way to join the national movement towards educational equity. “I wanted both to learn about and impact how we as a society value the role a teacher plays in creating opportunities for kids, and how we communicate that value to these classroom leaders. I hoped to find a role in a business-oriented, results-driven organization that created social change.” Whitbeck believes that her current role fulfills that aspiration. “Every day I’m using the skills I used before and at Tuck to work on projects that directly impact children in this country.”
In addition to her Tuck MBA, Whitbeck brings a background in consulting. She formerly worked for the Parthenon Group, an international consulting firm where she led client engagements focused on a range of strategic issues, primarily in K-12 urban and for-profit post-secondary systems. During two years spent based in Parthenon’s Mumbai office, Whitbeck worked with school system structures and governance models that would improve student outcomes, expand access, and increase teacher preparedness. “I had the fortune to meet many leaders who are passionate about creating educational opportunities for their communities. They consistently shared one primary challenge, irrespective of their differences: recruiting, supporting, and retaining teachers.”
The Tuck Class of 1976 Allwin Community Service Award is designed to honor the memory and service of Jim Allwin and to recognize Tuck students or recent alumni who embody his values of service. The Award is intended to remind students of how a successful businessman used his knowledge, skills, time and resources to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Allwin believed deeply that business students could make a difference by getting involved in their communities. The Tuck Class of 1976 counted Jim Allwin as one of its cherished members. Through this award, the Class honors and memorializes Allwin for his commitment to Tuck and to the ideals of community engagement.