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Gloria Cordes Larson, JD, was elected to the presidency of Bentley University after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. She was drawn to Bentley because of its inventive approach to redefining business education—by fusing its core business curriculum with the arts and sciences, and its strong focus on ethics and social responsibility.
During her tenure, the institution has reached a number of milestones centered around the content and value of a business education in the 21st Century marketplace. President Larson also launched the Center for Women and Business at Bentley in 2011, with a mission to advance shared leadership among women and men in the corporate world and to develop women as business leaders. Currently, she serves on the boards of directors of two public companies, Unum Group and Boston Private, as well as a number of non-profit boards.
Before joining Bentley, Larson was co-chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag LLP. She led a business advisory cabinet for Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick and served as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Republican Governor William Weld. Larson also oversaw business and regulatory issues as Deputy Director of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington.
President Larson has been named among Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People” in 2015; the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: Influential Bostonians;” Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston;” and is the recipient of the International Women’s Forum “Women Who Make a Difference” Award (2015) and Associated Industries of MA “Next Century” Award (2015), as well as the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural “Collaborative Leadership Award” and “Academy of Distinguished Bostonians Award.”
Vice ChairPresident & CEO
Oxen Hill Partners
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Marian L. Heard is the president and CEO of Oxen Hill Partners, a Boston-based company specializing in leadership development programs and brand enhancement strategies. She lists Fortune 500 companies and privately-held entities among her clients. She retired as the president and CEO of the Boston United, (the #1 Major Gifts United Way in the country), and as the CEO of the United Ways of New England. She is the founding president and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation, which was formed to perpetuate President George Bush’s (#41) call for voluntary service to address the serious social problems in America. She recently retired from the board after serving two terms as the National board chair and remains active as a member of the advisory council. Heard is also she is a founding board member of MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership and served as a vice chair and national spokesperson. She is a former member of the boards of Fleet Bank, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Liberty Mutual Group, CVS Health, Sovereign Bank, Santander Bank and Santander USA Holdings and BioSphere Medical Corporation. She is currently a board member of the Friends Beverage Group and a trustee of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is a frequent commencement speaker and is the recipient of 21 Honorary Doctorate Degrees. She’s been honored with the Buckley Orator award, the Warren Bennis award for Outstanding Leadership, the National Public Citizen of the Year award and the Others Award, the highest civilian award presented by the Salvation Army, to name a few. She was recently notified that she will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Class of 2016, by the National Association of Corporate Directors, recognizing her many leadership contributions in the board room of some of America’s great companies. She is also a founding board member of the Massachusetts Conference for Women.
TreasurerChair, Global Corporate Practice, President, New England Region
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Micho F. Spring is the chair of Weber Shandwick’s global corporate practice and president of the New England region at Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading PR firms with a network of 126 offices in 81 countries. In both her regional and global role, Micho enables clients to use communications to support their business strategies, enhance and protect their reputations, and respond to public policy challenges. Spanning a wide range of reputational issues, Micho counsels clients at critical times. From CEO successions, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and regulatory matters, and corporate responsibility, she provides strategic leadership and guidance to companies and organizations as they navigate how to communicate issues to the public, employees and influencers. Micho has been a leader in Weber Shandwick’s New England office for more than 20 years and partners with the region’s most distinguished brands, including Liberty Mutual, Bank of America, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and MIT. During her tenure, she has played a central role in driving communications for many of Boston’s notable milestones, including the merger that created Boston Medical Center, the sale of the Boston Red Sox and the launch of the Commonwealth Connector. Micho is deeply committed to the civic life of Boston and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, is a director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and is founder and co-chair of Friends of Caritas Cubana. A member and past president of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, Micho was honored with the 2015 International Women’s Forum Women Who Make a Difference award. Weber Shandwick also ranked first on the Boston Globe Magazine and Commonwealth Institute’s 2015 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. Born in Havana, Micho is actively involved in current efforts to improve U.S.-Cuba relations.
SecretaryPresident and CEO
The Partnership, Inc.
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Carol Fulp is president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of the region by attracting, developing, retaining and convening multicultural professionals. Prior to The Partnership, Fulp was senior vice president of corporate responsibility and brand management at John Hancock Financial. Here she led the company’s marketing and sponsorships departments, while directing the company’s $12 million philanthropic giving program. Previously, Fulp was the director of community programming and human resources for WCVB, the ABC-TV Boston affiliate. She also served as the corporate employee relations manager for the Gillette Company. Given her leadership in business and public service, President Obama appointed Fulp as a representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Governor de Jongh appointed her as a trustee of the University of the Virgin Islands, and Mayor Walsh appointed her as a trustee of the Boston Public Library and as a member of the City of Boston Compensation advisory board. Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg also appointed Fulp to her advisory committee on Wage Equality. Fulp serves on the board of trustees for Eastern Bank as well as the board of directors for American Student Assistance Corporation, where she chaired the search committee for their president. Her civic involvement includes the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s leadership board and trustee of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation. In addition, she is on the board of directors of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston University and Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE). She is also a founding co-chair of the Massachusetts Conference for Women.
DirectorSenior Advisory Committee
Harvard Institute of Politics
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Heather Campion has a diverse background with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, and in higher education. Campion serves on the board of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, where she is currently advising them on their Women’s Initiative in Leadership Program.
Most recently, Campion was CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, where she had spent over 10 years as a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to that, Campion spent 15 years in financial services. Through 2007, she was one of the top women at Citizens Financial Group, as a member of the Executive Management Committee, and served as EVP for Corporate Affairs. Later she co-founded and led the development of ableBanking, a successful direct online savings division of Northeast Bancorp, where she served as Chief Administrative Officer from 2009-2014.
For nearly two decades, Campion held key administrative positions at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, helping to build the School’s Center for Business and Government, serving as the School’s Director of Public Liaison, and later as Director of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum and Associate Director of the Institute of Politics.
Campion began her career in government and national politics, serving on the White House staff during the Carter Administration, and has held senior roles in several presidential campaigns.
DirectorGlobal Head of Communications and Corporate Responsibility
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Renee Connolly is the Global Head of Communications and Corporate Responsibility for MilliporeSigma, the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Her global responsibilities include: leading internal and external communications, corporate brand strategy, the business’ community affairs/corporate responsibility programs and oversight of events and programs. Over the past year, she led the communication strategy for the $17 billion acquisition of chemical giant, Sigma-Aldrich; the largest acquisition in company’s history, and one of the largest ever in the life science industry. During this time, Connolly also launched SPARK and its signature Curiosity Labs™, a program aimed at inspiring students to explore STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) careers. From its inception in early 2016, more than 5,000 MilliporeSigma volunteers have engaged 75,000 children in this exciting, hands on education program, all over the world.
Prior to joining MilliporeSigma, Connolly was Vice President of U.S. communications for EMD Serono, the biopharma business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, where she was responsible for external and internal communications, including public relations and community affairs.
Previously, Connolly was general manager for the Euro-RSCG public relations firm, where she led the life sciences practice. Connolly’s career in public relations began at the Noonan/ Russo agency in New York City where she led media relations and investor relations efforts primarily for global biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Connolly was named a recipient of a Working Mother of the Year award in 2011 by Working Mother magazine. Connolly sits on the board of the Massachusetts Conference for Women and is the chairperson of the Mass BioEd Foundation Board. She is a member of the Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism (broadcasting) from Ithaca College in New York.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Connolly lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband, three sons, and a future attendee of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, one sassy daughter.
Bank of America
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Anne M. Finucane is vice chairman at Bank of America and a member of the company’s executive management team. She is responsible for the strategic positioning of Bank of America and leads the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts. In addition, she oversees public policy, customer research and analytics, global marketing and communications.
Finucane chairs the global ESG Committee at Bank of America, which directs all of the company’s ESG efforts. She stewards Bank of America’s $125 billion environmental business initiative, including its $10 billion Catalytic Finance Initiative to mobilize market capital to deliver new investment into high impact clean energy projects. She oversees the company’s $1.2 billion Community Development Financial Institution portfolio and helps manage Bank of America’s 10-year, $1.5 trillion community development lending and investing goal – the largest of its kind ever established by a U.S. financial institution. She also chairs the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, including its 10-year, $2 billion charitable giving goal.
Active in the community, Finucane serves on both corporate and nonprofit boards of directors including Carnegie Hall, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the American Ireland Fund, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, CVS Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Partners Healthcare, and Special Olympics. She serves on the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy board and also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Finucane has won numerous professional and public service accolades. Most recently, she was named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List, AdWeek’s 2016 Power List: Top 100 Leaders in Marketing, Media & Tech. In 2013 she received the New York
Women in Communications Matrix Award, and the International Women’s Media Foundation Leadership Award. She was named 2013 Advertising Woman of the Year by Advertising Women of New York, and American Banker magazine annually names her one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.”
DirectorDirector, Value Management Office
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Kelli Kirkin is senior manager for Americas global customer success with Cisco. She is responsible for enabling the Americas partner ecosystem to deliver value realization and consumption of the Cisco subscription portfolio to their clients. This highly visible and strategic role is to oversee the strategy and execution of the Americas adopt and expand selling motions through invested channel partnerships across 27 countries. Previously, Kirwin was senior manager Americas services sales specialist team, and was responsible growing the business from zero to over $1 billion in three years with an average annual growth rate of 55% year on year. She is passionate about talent development, mentorship and inclusion of the team she leads and those of which she collaborates. Kirwin is a director on the Massachusetts Conference for Women board, and Cluny School in Newport, RI.
DirectorFormer Dean, School of Management
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Cathy E. Minehan is the retired Dean of the School of Management at Simmons College having served from August 2011 to June 30, 2016. The Simmons MBA program has been rated #1 in opportunities for women by the Princeton Review, #5 “Green” MBA and ranked in the top 20 MBA programs internationally for integrating social responsibility and sustainability by the Aspen Institute, Business and Society Program. In 2016, the MBA program transitioned to a fully virtual format, ([email protected]) the first AACSB accredited MBA program to do so.
Ms. Minehan retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in July 2007 after 39 years with the Federal Reserve System, having served as the President and Chief Executive of the Boston Bank and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee from July 1994 on. She is considered an expert in the U.S. payment system and was a key figure in the operation of and policy setting for the key payment and securities systems operated and regulated by the Federal Reserve System. Ms. Minehan is a graduate of the University of Rochester and is an Emeritus member of the University’s Board of Trustees. She holds an MBA from New York University and was named a distinguished Alumna from New York University in 1995. She also serves as Managing Director of Arlington Advisory Partners LLC, an entity she uses to house her various profit and non-profit positions.
Ms. Minehan is a director of VISA Inc., the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, and Bright Horizons Family Solutions LLC. She is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a Board Member of Partners Healthcare System, and she is co-chair of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council. She serves on a number of other non-profit boards in the areas of health care, education and public broadcasting. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was named the Public Company Director of the Year (New England NACD 2012); NACD Top 100 Directors in 2013; 2015 Shattuck City Champion (Boston) and is a recipient of many other honors and distinctions.
DirectorExecutive Vice President & Chief Human Resources & Citizenship Officer
State Street Corporation
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Alison Quirk is executive vice president and chief human resources and citizenship officer at State Street Corporation, where she is responsible for all aspects of Global Human Resources and Corporate Citizenship company-wide.
Ms. Quirk is the driving force in the development of State Street’s culture, ensuring that employees feel engaged, valued and committed to the markets and clients they serve. She is also a member of State Street’s Management Committee, the company’s most senior strategy and policy-making team.
Ms. Quirk joined State Street in September 2002, initially responsible for the human resources work stream for the acquisition and integration of Deutsche Bank’s Global Securities Services business. She began her career in 1983 at Boston Financial Data Services, Inc., where she moved through multiple roles in human resources to a senior-level capacity responsible for human resources, corporate marketing and communications, reporting directly to the president and chief executive officer. She later worked at Liberty Financial Companies as the senior vice president of human resources and corporate administration, and at FleetBoston Financial as director of business planning in the Wealth Management division.
Ms. Quirk is a director of Boston Financial Data Services, a joint venture of State Street Corporation and DST Systems, Inc. She is the vice chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Boston Ballet and chairs it’s Trusteeship Committee. She also is a board member of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, and a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University. She previously served as a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for ALPFA, the largest Latino professional organization in the country; and the Compensation Committee of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. She also volunteers as a reader through The Big Cheese Reads program run by Boston Partners in Education.
Ms. Quirk often presents on topics related to career management, diversity and inclusion, and talent management, and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. She is a recipient of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award, the Massachusetts Political Caucus Abigail Adams Award and the Strong Women, Strong Girls Phenomenal Woman Award, and was named to the YW Boston Academy of Women Achievers. She also is an executive sponsor to the State Street Black Professionals Group. Ms. Quirk graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.
DirectorVP Channels, Americas
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Lynn D. Tinney is the Vice President of Americas Channels at Riverbed Technology. Tinney and her team drive collaboration between Riverbed’s best partners and our sales teams to improve business performance for our mutual customers.
Prior to Riverbed, Tinney served as the director of strategy and planning at Cisco Systems where her team authored the business plan and tracked performance against strategic priorities. She began her career at IBM Corporation before moving to Compaq, Enterasys Networks and Siemens AG.
Tinney’s sales, marketing and operational background are foundational to success in consistently delivering against plan. Tinney’s leadership style is one that fits in well with Riverbed, as she strives to keep her teams ahead of market changes by developing people, identifying business requirements, leveraging resources and measuring against aggressive targets.
Tinney earned her M.B.A. at Bentley University’s McCallum School of Business and was recently selected as a CRN 2015 and 2016 Women of the Channel and Power 100 – Most Powerful Women in the Channel. Tinney and her husband, Jim, live just west of Boston with their two amazing sons.
DirectorChief Marketing Officer and Chief People Officer
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Kimberly Steimle Vaughan is the chief marketing officer and chief people officer at Suffolk Construction, where she is responsible for the overall management of Suffolk’s branding platform and oversees the human resources, training departments and “People and Culture” initiatives. Vaughan serves on Suffolk’s executive management team and has led the organization’s community efforts for numerous philanthropic organizations, including the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, American Red Cross, Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), and Anti-Defamation League “Torch of Liberty” event, among others.
Vaughan serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and serves of the board of trustees of Milton Academy. She is a member of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Vaughan has been named a Banker & Tradesman “Women of FIRE” and “New Leader,” and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has recognized her with the “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL)” award and the prestigious Pinnacle award. She has also been ranked on the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list. Vaughan earned a B.A. from Holy Cross.
DirectorVP, Corporate Affairs & Communications
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Pamela A. Wickham is vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Raytheon Company. As a member of the Raytheon leadership team, she is responsible for the company’s global media relations, public relations and brand management, internal communications, executive communications, corporate contributions, special events and digital social media platforms. She is also a member of Raytheon’s executive diversity leadership team and serves as executive champion of RAYBEN, Raytheon’s Black Employee Network. Outside of Raytheon, Wickham serves as a member of the Corporate Leadership Board of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, the Arthur Page Society, and the Communications Council of the Aerospace Industries Association. She is a former chair of the board of directors of MATHCOUNTS®, a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Wickham is a frequent contributor to Fortune Insider and has been honored as one of PR News’ Top Women in PR and one of ExecRank’s 50 Top CMOs and Marketing Executives. In 2015, the Publicity Club of New England awarded her the John J. Molloy Crystal Bell Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an active supporter of DonorsChoose, the Wounded Warrior Project® and Project Bread.