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Bentley Names 2007 Tomorrow25 Winners

March 27, 2007

Bentley College has named 25 outstanding high school juniors to be the 2007 Bentley Tomorrow25. The international leadership competition was launched by Bentley to identify exemplary leaders of tomorrow.


Chosen from hundreds of nominations from around the world, the 25 winners will receive national recognition and interact with high-profile leaders on April 25 at the third annual Bentley Leadership Forum in cooperation with TIME Magazine. Tomorrow25 students will also appear in a national ad in TIME as part of Bentley's national campaign.


The 2007 Bentley Tomorrow25 winners are:


Samuel Avery: Managua, Nicaragua - Nicaragua Christian Academy


Enes Ayaz: Istanbul, Turkey - The Koc School


Amanda Becker: Vero Beach, FL - St. Edward's School


Patrick Blute: East Harwich, MA - Harwich High School


Lauren Boldon: Minnetonka, MN - International School of Minnesota


Mariana Cobo: Cali,Columbia - Colegio Bolivar


Jordana Confino: Westfield, NJ - Westfield High School


Paige Davis: Lake Charles, LA - Sulphur High School


Douglas Gee: San Francisco, CA - Mission High School


Milena Grgas: San Pedro, CA - Rolling Hills Prep School


Lorna Hadlock: Sarasota, FL - Pine View School


Perla Jimenez: Monterrey, Mexico - ITESM Prepa Tec Campus Santa Catarina


Sharon Kim: Fort Lee, NJ - Bergen County Academies


Kendra Kline: Queensbury, NY - Academy of the Holy Names


Kathryn Leonnig: Dallas, TX - Ursuline Academy of Dallas


Amanda Martin: Calabasas, CA - Viewpoint School


Aseel Najib: Clifton, NJ - Al Ghazaly


Claudia Nieuwoudt: Wichita, KS - The Independent School


Carla O'Connor: Wollaston, MA - North Quincy High School


Melissa Oppenheim: Southwest Ranches, FL - Pine Crest School


Brenton Partridge: Califon, NJ - Voorhees High School


Warner Lee Phipps: Kearney, NE - Kearney Public High School


Erika Solanki: Castro Valley, CA - Castro Valley High School


Michael White: Atlanta, GA - Westminster


Tornike Zurabashvili: Albuquerque, NM - Highland High School


The Tomorrow25 winners were chosen through an international nomination process and selected by an International Advisory Board established by Bentley.Board members includeTony Buono, professor of management and coordinator of the Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, Bentley College; Joann McKenna, vice president for enrollment management, Bentley College; Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, president, Racing Engineering; Chris Salamone, executive director, Lead America; and Marina Paige Bartley, executive director, Waltham Partnership for Youth. . Nominations were accepted from business and community leaders, teachers, school administrators, and guidance counselors.


The Bentley Leadership Forum, in cooperation with TIME magazine, will be held on the Bentley campus in Waltham, Mass. This year's theme is "The Business of Healing Our World: Science, Technology and Commerce Unite to Tackle Global Challenges. The dynamic half-day symposium will feature a far-reaching discussion of the powerful forces that are shaping the future of our world -- forbetter or worse. Keynote speakers will be Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; Jeffrey B. Swartz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Timberland; and Nicholas Negroponte, PhD, Founder and Chairman, One Laptop Per Child.


The featured panelists, an international group of organization leaders, will share how they and their organizations have taken action to impact global challenges including economic development, environmental issues, healthcare and education, including:

· Vikram Akula, Founder and CEO, SKS Microfinance, India

· Reverend Gloria White-Hammond, MD, Co-Pastor of the Bethel AME Church and Founder, My Sister's Keeper, Sudan

· Dean Kamen, Founder and President, DEKA, Research and Development Corp.

· David J. Refkin, Director of Sustainable Development, TIME, Inc.

Moderators will include James Kelly, managing editor, Time Inc.; and Tony Buono, Bentley professor of management and coordinator, Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility.


BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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