Founding Director Betsy Myers
Betsy Myers is the founding director of the Center for Women and Business. Prior to her appointment, Myers was most recently speaking and leading corporate workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership and women's leadership, work that continues in her role with the center. Her new book, Take the Lead, was released September 2011.
Previously, Myers was a senior adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, as COO and as chair of Women for Obama. She traveled extensively in 2008, speaking to undecided voters, particularly on women's outreach. These efforts included a working partnership with the DNC's Women's Leadership Forum.
Prior to the campaign, Myers served as executive director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she focused the center's teaching and research around personal leadership and the fully integrated person. She also increased the center's efforts around women and leadership while working closely with the Harvard's Women's Leadership Board.
During the Clinton Administration, Myers was the President's senior advisor on women's issues. As deputy assistant to the president, she launched and was the first director of the White House Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach. She played a critical role in Clinton's re-election effort in 1996 and figured prominently in shaping the administration's legislative agenda on a number of important issues, including many with significant impact for women.
Myers also served as the associate deputy administrator for Entrepreneurial Development in the U.S. Small Business Administration. In a previous post, she was the director of the Office of Women's Business Ownership at the SBA. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Myers spent six years building Myers Insurance and Financial Services, based in Los Angeles. She specialized in the small business and women's market providing insurance and retirement planning.
Betsy received her undergraduate Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of San Diego, and a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School, where she was a Public Service Fellow.
Susan Adams, PhD
Senior Director and Professor, Management
Susan Adams publishes regularly in leading academic and practitioner outlets, focusing on changes needed for business success with rewarding careers for its employees. Her current studies concentrate on eliminating career barriers that women face and the careers, lives and leadership styles of CEOs. Additionally, she co-authors the annual Census of Women Directors and Executive officers of Massachusetts and supports the work of non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing women in business with data analysis.
Adams' academic insights, shared in and out of the classroom, are enhanced by her consulting work with more than 100 clients. She has taught a variety of management, research methods and statistics courses at Bentley, Chapman University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of California-Irvine. Currently at Bentley, Adams teaches leadership and management consulting courses. She has served on and chaired boards of companies and non-profit organizations.
Adams is a former Chair of the Management Consulting and Careers Divisions of the Academy of Management, a member of the American Psychological Association and member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She received her BSEd and MEd degrees in mathematics from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University, respectively. Her PhD in management is from Georgia Institute of Technology where she was the first woman to receive a PhD in her field.
Toni Wolfman joined the Center for Women and Business from Bentley’s Women’s Leadership Institute, which was incorporated into the Center in 2011. She has served Bentley since 2005 as Executive-in-Residence, working with faculty, students and alumnae on issues affecting women in business and the professions, serving as a liaison between the university and senior women executives and professionals, and participating in research and programming for current and future women leaders. Wolfman brings to her position nearly 30 years of legal practice, primarily at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, where she was a partner in its litigation department focusing on the resolution of complex commercial disputes. As an advocate for the advancement of women in business, Wolfman leads the corporate board search effort for The Boston Club, is Vice President of The Thirty Percent Coalition, and heads Women Corporate Directors-Boston. Wolfman is an alumna and former Trustee of Smith College, holds an MA from Columbia University, and earned her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Assistant to the Founding Director
Dee Speros joined the Center for Women and Business from Bentley’s Women’s Leadership Institute, which was incorporated into the center in 2011, in 2007 as the administrative assistant, working closely with the director. Speros administered and applied university policies and coordinated events, assuring the smooth operation of all. She has more than 15 years experience in academia - supporting executives, coordinating events for special projects, overseeing and training students, along with bringing a corporate style approach to the center. Speros is a graduate of the Boston School of Business.
Center for Women and Business Fellows
Opal Leung is the first doctoral student to be sponsored by the center. She is a Canadian national who holds an HonBSc in Physics and Philosophy from University of Toronto, BM in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music, ALMM in Management (with a concentration in organizational behavior and human resources) from Harvard Extension School, and a MS in Organization Studies from Boston College. Past occupational roles include English teacher (in Japan and Canada), Canadian naval reserve musician, and studio supervisor in Boston. Her current research interests are anchored in role transitions, with an emphasis on micro-role transitions, such as going from being a parent to company employee (or vice versa). While at Boston College, Leung co-wrote a book chapter with Jean Bartunek for Denise Rousseau's Handbook for Evidence Based Management (forthcoming). She presented her work on people who hold dual occupational roles, at the 2010 Academy of Management Conference in Montreal, Canada. Most recently, she received a Best Reviewer Award in the Careers Division for the 2011 Academy of Management Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Vasilia Vasiliou is a national of Cyprus. She earned her BS (Honors) in Mathematical Science from City University London, and holds an MBA from the Cyprus International Institute of Management. Past occupational roles include Research Assistant at the National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine: C - Change, at Brandeis University (U.S.), consulting in biotech (U.S.), and teaching Mathematics (Cyprus). Her current research interests relate to corporate culture and female advancement to leadership positions.