Gloria Cordes Larson, JD, joined Bentley University as its president in July 2007 after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. She was drawn to the Boston area business school because of its inventive approach to redefine business education by integrating its core business curriculum with the arts and sciences, and its focus on ethics and social responsibility.
During Larson’s tenure, the institution has reached a number of milestones and established new programs focused on redefining business education. Larson has overseen Bentley’s most recent curriculum innovation – a new studio based, 11-month, global MBA program that places special emphasis on honing students’ individual leadership style and change management skills, while working on diverse teams and across cultures. Larson also recently announced the launch of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley which is focused on advancing shared leadership among women and men in the corporate world and developing women business leaders.
Before joining Bentley, Larson was widely recognized for her significant influence in economic policy at the state and federal level. She came to Bentley from her position as co-Chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag LLP. Prior to her life in private law practice, Larson worked in the public sector for several decades, serving as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Governor William Weld, and Deputy Director of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.
Larson is also well known for her significant corporate leadership and civic involvement. She serves as a director of Unum Group, chairing Unum's Regulatory Compliance Committee. She is also a director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where she is Vice Chair of the Board, and serves as President of the Massachusetts Conference for Women and the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. Some of her prior board posts include serving as Chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (where she still serves on the Board and the Executive Committee), the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, and the non-partisan think tank MassINC. She currently serves on the board of The Rose Fitzgerald Greenway Conservancy and the board of advisors for Rosie’s Place.