BBPShow featuring Mark Babbitt
The CEO & founder of YouTern.com
Youtern enables young talent to become highly employable by connecting them to high-impact internships and mentors – and through contemporary career advice found on their blog, The Savvy Intern.
Part 2 due to power outage thanks to the heavy wet snow!
Mark Babbitt was always the man behind the curtain. He was the engineer in back that figured out how to get stuff done. But then his role changed. He had to blog and be vulnerable. He had to take a stand. As the guy who would vomit before public speaking. Mark had to get over the hump fast.
Mark was born in the Eugene area of Oregon. His parents, who have been married for nearly 60 years now, raised him, his older sister and younger brother, in a series or lumber towns throughout Oregon and Northern California.
Mark has always had an entrepreneurial spirit – his parents will tell you he’s been an entrepreneur since the age of 8 – he’s been blessed to have a diverse career path. He joined the US Air Force at 17. He spent 8+ in Silicon Valley leveraging his skills as an engineer in the semi-conductor industry.
He returned to his entrepreneurial roots by running an advertising agency for high-tech companies from 1990 to 1999. He then dove head first into the start-up world in 2000, and – after four start-ups and a fifth on the way – he hasn’t looked back.
Throughout, his one constant has always been coaching and mentoring. He’s coached football, basketball and baseball at every level – from t-ball and rec league to high school and national programs. Coaching and working with our future leaders keeps him grounded, no matter where life seems to take him.
When people think about Mark, he hopes they see one thing more than any other: a mentor. He wants to be known for making a difference, one young life at a time.
His tombstone will read simply: “Kids and dogs loved him.”
Mark currently serves as CEO and Founder of YouTern – a site that enables college students, recent graduates and young professionals to find their first or next internship or job.
He’s also President of Switch+Shift, a leadership community dedicated to helping leaders embrace the Social Age while leaving Industrial Age “best practices” behind.
He serves as CMO of ForwardHeroes.org, a community that helps U.S. military veterans and their families’ transition successfully into civilian careers.
Mark contributes to Huffington Post, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Monster, and many other publications. He the co-authored A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive – an Top 10 Amazon best-seller in six business categories.
He’s also been listed by Inc.com as a “Top 100 Leadership Speaker.” His speaking engagements have taken him all over the world, from Hong Kong to Europe and to 48 out of our 50 United States.
Mark currently lives in the mountains of Colorado between Denver and Colorado Springs. He and his wife Deb have raised 5 children, ages 29 to 9. They have two grand-daughters, ages 8 and 1. And they have two more grandkids on the way!
They also share their home with two other children: a chocolate lab named Cinder and a lab-retriever mix named Cash.