Leadership Forum Overview

Since 2005 the Bentley Leadership Forum and its companion program, the Tomorrow25 competition, embodied the university’s work to advance the social good.  After six successful years of presenting a signature intellectual program that showcased conversations and dialogue on some of the most pressing issues in business and society today, and after recognizing 150 outstanding young Tomorrow25 leaders, Bentley has decided to discontinue the two programs to focus on new efforts that emphasize social responsibility.

We sincerely thank everyone who supported us and participated in these innovative programs. We hope that you will stay connected to Bentley and join us in our new endeavors to share these important principles.

Related programs at Bentley that illustrate these core values include our nationally ranked Bentley Service-Learning Center, the “give a year” initiative co-sponsored with City Year, the Raytheon Lecture Series, the Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium, and the Conscious Capitalism Conference. As initiatives like these continue to emerge, Bentley will explore and embrace the programs that best promote business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

The Leadership Forum
The Bentley Leadership Forum, in cooperation with TIME magazine, was launched on May 10, 2005 with a mission to create a signature intellectual program that would bring together leaders from the worlds of business, technology, arts and entertainment, and philanthropy to spotlight critical issues in business ethics, leadership and social responsibility. The event has grown into a compelling showcase of conversations and dialogue on some of the most pressing issues in business and society today.

The yearly themes have asked “Can social responsibility be profitable?” and explored topics including “Global Perspectives in Times of Dramatic Change,” “Science, Technology and Commerce United to Tackle Global Challenges,” “A New World of Business Through Service & Leadership,” “Leveraging Innovation, Social Enterprise and Service,” and this year’s theme, “The Business of Healing Our World: Accountable Leadership In Action.”

Co-hosted in 2010 by Bentley President Gloria Cordes Larson and TIME magazine President and Group Publisher, Mark Ford, the program featured dynamic conversations and panel sessions with a diverse range of speakers led by TIME editors and Bentley faculty.

Growing each year in size and stature, the Forum has welcomed leaders including renowned economist Jeffrey D. Sachs; Michael Brown, co-founder and CEO of CityYear; Van Jones, White House Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation and Founding President of Green For All; Ophelia Dahl, Executive Director of Partners in Health; The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation chief executive officer Patty Stonesifer; Nicholas Negroponte, founder/chairman of One Laptop per Child; Timberland President and CEO Jeffrey B. Swartz; Joseph Kennedy, President, Citizens Energy Corporation;  Noel Fahey, Irish Ambassador to the U.S.; Wyc Grousbeck, CEO; Managing Partner, Boston Celtics & Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation; Swanee Hunt, Founding Director of the Women and Public Policy Program for Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; and Charles Stith, former Ambassador to Tanzania and Director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center, Boston University.