Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq.

GLORIA CORDES LARSON is a respected lawyer, public policy expert, Boston business leader, and former university president. She currently serves as a director on two public company boards, Unum Group and Boston Private, as well as on the board of reacHIRE. In addition, she is a member of the boards of several other national and regional non-profit organizations. In 2011, Larson launched the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University, which was named in her honor when she stepped down. While at Bentley, Larson also authored the book PreparedU: How Innovative Colleges Prepare Students for Success, published in 2016 by Jossey-Bass, a division of Wiley. Before joining Bentley, Larson had a wide ranging career in law, public policy and business. Larson served as president in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from July 2018 through June 2019. She was named to the Power 50 by the Boston Business Journal and Boston Magazine; listed on The Commonwealth Institute’s roster of the Boston Globe Magazine’s Top 100 Women-led businesses in Massachusetts; and awarded the 2018 Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership from Tufts Medical Center. In March of this year, she received a Woman of the Year Award from the Wentworth Institute of Technology. This past spring, Larson was also named one of the University of Virginia School of Law’s One Hundred Change Agents. Larson earned a BA with honors from Vassar College and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. She received honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from Northeastern University in 2005 and Wachusetts Community College in 2003.

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