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Bentley University and Swap. com CEO Jeff Bennett to host Collaborative Consumption Summit, September 30


Bentley University and Swap. com CEO Jeff Bennett to host Collaborative Consumption Summit, September 30



Bentley University and CEO Jeff Bennett host a Collaborative Consumption Summit on Thursday, September 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. in the Wilder Pavilion on the Bentley campus in Waltham. The keynote speaker is Rachel Botsman, an international authority on the topic of collaborative consumption -- the global sharing, swapping, lending, renting and gifting of information. The program will also include a panel discussion featuring Botsman and other leaders in the collaborative consumption movement.

Collaborative consumption includes larger marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist, and also emerging sectors such as peer-to-peer swapping (, auto sharing (RelayRides), renting (RentCycle) and more. 

“Massachusetts is home to many emerging organizations that are focused on the collaborative consumption movement and are forming leading positions in their respective categories, including, RelayRides and RentCycle,” notes Perry Lowe, senior lecturer in marketing at Bentley and event chairperson. “We are delighted to welcome these ground-breaking companies to the Bentley campus to share their vision and grow this important consumer movement.”

Keynote speaker Rachel Botsman writes, consults, and speaks on the power of collaboration and sharing and how it can transform the way we live.  She has consulted with businesses around the world on brand and innovation strategy. As a former director at the William J. Clinton Foundation, she spearheaded major public-private partnerships with Nickelodeon, Rachael Ray, and the NBA, and recently collaborated with Roo Rogers on the book What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption.  Botsman has lived and worked in the UK, USA, and currently resides in Sydney, Australia.

A Bentley alumnus, Bennett will open the program and moderate the panel. According to Bennett, “A large scale shift in consumerism is taking hold, and we’re excited to discuss how innovation taking place within the local start-up community is helping to pioneer this global movement.” Additional panel members are Shelby Clark, Founder and CEO of RelayRides; Tim Hyer, Founder and CEO of RentCycle; and Aleece Germano, Founder and President of non-profit The S.W.A.P. Team.

Following the panel discussion, invites all audience members to engage in an old-fashioned book swap and to meet Ms. Botsman and the panelists. Simply bring along a great book to participate.

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 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the country. The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges Guide names Bentley number one in the nation for career services and internship opportunities. 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.


by Meredith Mason  January 31, 2017

Princeton Review has ranked Bentley University the No. 1 college for internship opportunities in the United States as part of their 2017 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give you the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”