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Linda Smith '86 and Maureen Sullivan '85: Not by the Numbers

CPA Linda (Leggett) Smith ’86 (far left) has never spent a day in a corporate accounting office. Instead, her 9-to-5 time unfolds in church basements, orphanages and catering kitchens, balancing the books of nonprofits, small businesses and individuals. She and Maureen (Igo) Sullivan ’85 run a nine-person, all-female accounting firm in Westborough, Mass.

Smith launched the venture in 1993, upon leaving a small CPA practice whose owner was retiring. She ran a solo office in Framingham for four years before hiring her first employee.

Gary Druckenmiller ’95: New Wave

Gary Druckenmiller ’95 has two loves: boating and creating websites. So when he began to consider possibilities for launching a business in 2007, inspiration struck quickly.

His venture – – offers online social networking exclusively for the marine community, from weekend sailors to boat builders, suppliers and other industry professionals. Druckenmiller describes the web site as a hybrid of Facebook and LinkedIn, incorporating the best features of each.

Making Her Way Back: Tracy Taback '02

Tracy Taback was on top of the world in 2003. The summa cum laude graduate had a great apartment in Waltham, a rewarding job at a Westborough marketing firm, and plenty of friends.

Then, one October morning, misfortune struck. Taback parked her car at the office and found she could not move.

“I looked from my knees to the steering wheel, from the steering wheel to my knees,” recalls the alumna, who placed a panicked phone call to her mother, two hours away in Connecticut. So began a grueling five years of doctor visits, misdiagnoses, and a life on hold.

Smart Move: Hiep Nguyen '05, '07 MST

Hiep Nguyen knew it was time to go home.

The double Falcon (’05 BSA, ’07 MST) was working at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston when his father died in 2007. Leaving his mother alone in the family’s home neighborhood of Dorchester was not a viable option. Drawn both by family obligation and business opportunity, Nguyen moved back home and hung out a shingle. His accounting firm opened on Dorchester Ave. in December 2008.
The move quickly yielded positive results.

Head of the Class: Woody Benson '80

On Thursday nights last fall, Woody Benson ’80 couldn’t sleep. But it wasn’t new investments or business ideas stealing shuteye from the award-winning venture capitalist. It was residual energy from teaching Bentley MBA students in the Corporate Immersion program.

“Being in front of a class is really invigorating,” says Benson, an investor with Prism VentureWorks and high-tech industry veteran of 30 years. “To see the students who are the next generation is inspiring.”

Leading Lights

Thanks to a generous $1.125 million gift to Bentley, undergraduate women will be able to prepare for some of the toughest issues facing them in the workplace. Parent donors Pam and Jack Cumming have earmarked their support for pioneering programs to develop leadership skills in young women.


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