The Vantage Point: Office of Personal and Professional Development

The Vantage Point is designed to encourage and empower Mary Baldwin students with the knowledge, skills, and resources that enable them to find enriching opportunities while at MBC and beyond.  At The Vantage Point, students can receive career, leadership and transition coaching, attend original programming designed to engage students to live their best lives, explore majors, minors, internships and study abroad opportunities, and plan lives of meaning and purpose.

In addition to the services provided at The Vantage Point, a central component to the personal and professional success of Mary Baldwin students is the Baldwin Opportunities for Leadership and Development (BOLD) program, which includes a four-year curriculum plan that has been created to set students up for success while enrolled and after graduation.

Make an appointment with The Vantage Point and start your journey today!

Vantage Point Newsflash: Meet the Director

  Head ShotNell Desmond, comes to Mary Baldwin with over a decade of national and international experience in the fields of education, NGOs, politics, business, and personal growth and development. She has a BA in Integrative Studies with a focus on International Studies and a minor in Spanish from George Mason University, and a MA in International Relations and World Order from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, and is a 2014 graduate of UVA’s Sorensen Institute Political Leadership Program

Prior to joining Mary Baldwin College, Nell built a successful private coaching and consulting practice working with women and organizations, both domestically and internationally, in the areas of career transitions, leadership and business development.

Nell was a member of Mary Baldwin’s Advisory Board of Visitors (ABV), and currently serves on the Board of Project Grows, a non-profit whose mission is to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County through community farming, where she is the Fundraising Committee Chair.

She enjoys world travel, hiking and camping in the glorious Shenandoah Valley, cooking, yoga, playing music, spending time with her loved ones, and walking her dog Baxter-who visits The Vantage Point regularly.