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Hello, My Name Is: Liz Webster


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Liz Webster

February 14 is Liz Webster’s favorite day of the year. But it’s not because she’s a hopeless romantic. “Valentine’s Day is about telling people how you feel about them and that you appreciate them,” says Boston College’s executive director of campaign strategy. Care for others is an important theme at BC, and it’s also something Liz has practiced throughout her career, which spans more than 20 years in advancement across several higher education institutions. Read on and get to know Liz a little better.

What does an executive director of campaign strategy do?

LW: It’s an evolving role, but the three main components are to work with our Soaring Higher campaign volunteer committee, to manage leadership engagement initiatives like Board of Regents and Presidential Consultation Programs, and to help support our relationships with many of BC’s top donors.

What excites you most about Soaring Higher?

LW: It provides an opportunity for people to understand the various ways that BC can and does impact the world through what the students are doing, through faculty research, and all the ways formative education can create a positive difference in how people see the world and relate to one another. I’m excited about continuing to learn and share with others what makes BC so special.

What makes BC special?

LW: Reflection, community, hard work, and fun all rolled into one. The reflection piece is really unique in how faculty and administrators help students approach their educational experience, and it will serve them well throughout their life. I had a great college experience, but I don’t think I ever used the word reflection until six years ago when I started at BC. And now I feel like I use it all the time.

When did you first learn about BC and what were your initial impressions?

LW: In my twenties I had roommates who were BC grads, and then my husband and I became friends with a great group of BC alumni. Everyone I met was caring, smart, fun, and gave me the sense that they deeply care for other people, which I thought was really special.

What did you want to be when you “grew up,” and how does what you’re doing now align with your dreams?

LW: I wanted to be everything from a flight attendant to a gastroenterologist (that was very short-lived), a senator to a teacher. So it ran the gamut. As I reflect on my dream jobs, it was always about helping people and giving voice to the needs of others. I feel like I have landed in the perfect place to do just that and have the opportunity to do it on a larger scale. Boston College gives me the opportunity to work with great colleagues and volunteers and to do something that is greater than myself and, through my small part, make a bigger impact on others.

Do you have a mentor or someone who has influenced your professional journey?

LW: There are way too many to name. For me, it’s about the lessons that I’ve taken away from them: being thoughtful, slowing down, and understanding all sides before coming to some sort of decision. You know, just being a good listener and being present in conversations. That, plus bringing positivity and energy into my work.

Is there anything else our audience should know about you?

LW: I love talking to people, getting to know them and their experiences. Any chance I have to speak to alumni, students, and other members of the BC community, I will take it!

Getting to Know Liz Webster

Liz Webster sitting in a chair by a window.

HOMETOWN

Pownal, Vermont

DEGREES

BA, University of Vermont; MEd, Harvard Graduate School of Education

YEARS IN DEVELOPMENT

20+

PREVIOUS ROLE

Director of Annual Giving Programs

HOBBIES

Watching her boys Billy (9) and Jimmy (7); play sports; reading; walking; hosting backyard BBQs; and doting on her three cats: Donny, Martin, and Gracie

FAVORITE BC TRADITION

The Mod500 tricycle race for seniors. “It’s this perfect blend of being student-focused and community-centered, and the foundation is philanthropy [because students must make a senior gift to participate]. Plus, it’s 21-year-old kids on tricycles!”


Beacon Staff

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