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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 chief executive officer 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 Way (the No. 1 major gifts United Way in the country) and as the chief executive officer of the United Ways of New England. She is the founding president and chief executive officer of the Points of Light Foundation, which was formed to perpetuate President George Bush’s call for voluntary service to address the serious social problems in America. She remains a board member and has served two terms as the national board chair. She has had the rare privilege of working with the last six United States presidents on volunteer and/or youth development projects and also led a strategic planning meeting at Camp David. In addition, she is a founding board member of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, which was organized to support advocacy efforts and expand mentoring across America. She remains a board member and vice chair and has served as the national spokesperson. She is a former member of the boards of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Liberty Mutual Group and CVS Health. She recently retired as a director of Santander Bank and Santander Holdings USA. She is the recipient of 21 honorary doctorate degrees and received many local, national and international awards for her business and leadership contributions as well as her creative initiatives for children, including the Buckley Orator award, the Warren Bennis Award for Outstanding Leadership, the National Public Citizen of the Year and the Others award, the highest civilian award presented by the Salvation Army.
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. During its 28-year history, The Partnership has collaborated with nearly 300 corporations that have sponsored more than 4,000 multicultural executives and professionals in the organization’s innovative leadership development programming. Fulp has expanded offerings by creating the C-Suite Program for multicultural executives at the highest levels of corporations. The program was launched last summer at the home of former Gov. Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick, and subsequently, they have become co-chairs of this program.
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. Under her leadership, the company created the largest corporate summer jobs program of its kind in the country and received the Points of Light Foundation’s Corporate Excellence Award. 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. At the Kennedy Library, she co-chaired the Profile in Courage Awards Dinner and was a panelist at the JFK Library Symposium in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and keynoted by President Bill Clinton. 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), where she serves as the chair of the Strategic Communications Committee. She is also a founding co-chair of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, the largest professional women’s conference in the country, attracting 10,000 attendees annually.
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.
DirectorHead of Communications and Corporate Responsibility
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Renee Connolly joined MilliporeSigma Corporation in September 2013 as head of communications, where she oversees the global strategy, internal and external communications, branding and the division’s corporate responsibility and employee engagement initiatives for Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany’s life science business. She also oversees trade shows, events and graphic design for Merck Millipore. Prior to joining MilliporeSigma, Connolly was vice president of U.S. communications for EMD Serono, where she was responsible for all external and internal communications, including public relations and community affairs. Under Connolly’s leadership, EMD Serono received prestigious community and employee awards, including the Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work,” The Scientist magazine’s “Best Places to Work,” Science Top Employer, the Boston Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy award and the Mass High Tech Citizenship award. Previously, Connolly was general manager for the Euro-RSCG public relations firm, where she led the life sciences practice. Connolly was named as 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 from Ithaca College in New York. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Connolly lives in Salem, Mass., with her husband, three sons and a future attendee of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a sassy daughter.
Bank of America
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Anne M. Finucane is vice chair 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 oversees the public policy, customer research and analytics, global marketing, communications and corporate social responsibility efforts for the company.
Finucane chairs Bank of America’s global Environmental, Social and Governance Committee and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, including its 10-year, $2 billion charitable giving goal. 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. 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, and Special Olympics. She also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Finucane has won many professional and public service accolades, including the 2013 New York Women in Communications Matrix Award, which recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement in the communications industry, and the inaugural 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”.
DirectorSenior Manager, Americas Global Customer Success
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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 A. Quirk is executive vice president and chief human resources and citizenship officer at State Stree Corporation, where she is responsible for all aspects of global human resources and corporate citizenship companywide. She 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.
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 senior vice president of human resources and corporate administration, and at FleetBoston Financial as director of business planning in the Wealth Management Division.
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 its Trusteeship Committee. She is a board member of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a member of the Compensation Committee of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. She serves as a Corporate Advisory Board member for ALPFA, the largest Latino professional organization in the country. Quirk is also a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University. She volunteers as a reader through The Big Cheese Reads program run by Boston Partners in Education.
Quirk often presents on topics related to career management, inclusion and diversity, 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 was named to the YW Boston Academy of Women Achievers. She is also an executive sponsor to the State Street Black Professionals Group. 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. Lynn and her team drive collaboration between Riverbed’s best partners and their sales teams to improve business performance for their 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. Her 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 Women of the Channel and Power 100 – Most Powerful Women in the Channel executives. 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 corporate marketing, and also oversees the human resources and training departments and “People and Culture” initiatives. Vaughan also serves on Suffolk’s executive management team. Vaughan serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, which is committed to supporting the organization’s mission to help young people build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and also serves of the board of trustees of Milton Academy. Vaughan has led Suffolk’s community efforts for numerous causes and philanthropic organizations, including the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, American Red Cross, and Presidents at Pops for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), and Anti-Defamation League “Torch of Liberty” event, among others. Vaughan has been named a Banker & Tradesman “Women of FIRE” and “New Leader.” She was also honored with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) award. In 2008, she received the prestigious Pinnacle award presented annually by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 2006, she was 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 media relations, public relations and brand management, internal communications, executive communications, corporate contributions, special events and digital social media platforms. Wickham is a member of Raytheon’s executive diversity leadership team and serves as executive champion of RAYBEN, Raytheon’s Black Employee Network. Wickham is the 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. She also serves as a member of the Corporate Leadership Board of the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Wickham serves as the corporate champion for Raytheon’s Political Action Committee and is the former chairperson of the Communications Council of the Aerospace Industries Association. She was recognized by BusinessNext Social on Forbes.com as among the Top 20 Most Social CMOs in the Fortune 100 for 2012. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Wickham is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and Marketing 50. She is an active supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, DonorsChoose and the Wounded Warrior Project.