Gloria Cordes Larson

2017 Speaker

GLORIA CORDES LARSON 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 on the content and value of a business education in the 21st century marketplace. President Larson 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 nonprofit 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. Larson has been named among Boston Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People in 2015, the Boston Business Journal’s Power 50: Influential Bostonians, and Boston Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston. She 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. She was also recently honored with the Region I President’s Award from NASPA, the leading association for student affairs administrators in higher education.

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