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Rick Broughton of Dunkin' Brands Headlines IT Seminar at Bentley on November 8

October 26, 2006

Bentley College, in collaboration with Microsoft and the Society for Information Management (SIM), will present a seminar exploring the importance of IT skills for future business professionals on Wednesday, November 8, from 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. in the LaCava Center Executive Dining Room.


Designed to encourage students to consider computing and technology skills as a fundamental component of their education plans, the seminar is targeted to high school seniors, and freshman and sophomore college students. A panel of high-level IT executives will discuss the significant demand for capable technology workers and the importance of integrating business and technology in one's education.


Rick Broughton '88 and '96 MSCIS, director of IT strategy at Dunkin' Brands, will be the event's keynote speaker. Panelists will include Mary Finlay, deputy CIO of Partners HealthCare; Tom Koulopoulos '82, president and founder of Delphi Group; and Derek Vachon '86, senior vice president of Fidelity Capital. The seminar will be followed by networking opportunities with representatives of technology companies.


"It is very important that students learn to understand how information technology enables business innovation and facilitates modern business processes," says Heikki Topi, the chair of the Computer Information Systems department at Bentley. "We are proud to organize this event with Microsoft and SIM to demonstrate to our students and visitors the significance of bringing business and technology together in higher education. This is one of our core strengths at Bentley."


The Future Potential in IT seminar series is a national program co-sponsored by Microsoft and SIM together with local colleges and universities.


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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