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Financial planning is critical, no matter when you graduated. Many people conduct an annual review of their financial affairs, and this year, investment market conditions and other economic factors make it especially important to explore all financial planning options. Bentley has much to offer.

Bleeding Green: Michael Connelly ’86

Michael Connelly has Boston in his blood. Born and raised in West Roxbury – where he still lives – the former Bentley baseball player also carries sports close to his heart. These twin passions jump off the pages of his two books: the marathon chronicle 26 Miles to Boston (1998) and Rebound! Basketball, Busing, Larry Bird, and the Rebirth of Boston, which hit bookshelves in December 2008. The latter chronicles life on and off the parquet during the 1970s, when court-mandated busing of Boston public schoolchildren polarized the city.

 

Taking the Long View

Steve Manfredi ’73 likes the big picture. Looking out from his condominium on Boston’s Atlantic Avenue, he enjoys a sparkling vista of the city harbor.

“It’s mesmerizing,” he says. “It changes all the time.”

The alumnus has gained a similar bird’s-eye view of Bentley during four years on the Board of Trustees. Elected in 2006, Manfredi currently serves as vice chairman of the board. He also sits on the Executive, Trustee Affairs, and Governance committees, and leads two others: Physical Facilities and Advancement. The latter is his particular passion.

Full-Service Enterprise: Jeff Weiss '09, MSA ’10

Two Celtics-Knicks tickets. A babysitting gig in Weston. Room for three on a car ride to New York City. A call for pick-up basketball players at the Dana Center.

These were among recent postings on FullDorm, the web-based brainchild of Jeff Weiss '09, MSA ’10. 

“Some schools just have a ride-share program. Some have campus forums. Some have classified listings,” says the alumnus, who researched the marketplace. “FullDorm has all of these features and more.”

Netting a Dream Job: Kira Tobar ’08

Navigating social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter can be a bumpy ride, but Kira Tobar ’08 is proof that they can also land you a great job.

Tobar’s climb to a first-class career began in 2009, while she was working at Target Corp., in Minneapolis, Minn. She enjoyed the challenges of her business analyst position, but was homesick for her native Yonkers, N.Y. She launched a job search despite the economic turbulence, with one company topping her list: JetBlue Airways.

Educational Value: Andrés Trujillo ’90

For Andrés Trujillo ’90, going to work is about more than getting it done: It’s about giving back. The 20-year corporate consulting and banking veteran is executive manager of the South America-based startup TuCarrera, which enables Colombians to earn cash toward a college education through everyday purchases.

The desire to make a difference in his native country prompted Trujillo to move back there from the U.S. with his family in 2005.

Courting Connection: Kate Kelley '06

When Kate Kelley ’06 took the court for her second season with the Bentley women’s basketball team, she was determined to bounce back from a disappointing freshman year.

“I had played less than a minute,” Kelley remembers. “Coach Stevens said, ‘Make me play you. If you’re good enough, you’ll play.’”

She stepped up to the challenge, and finished her career as co-captain of a Falcons team that was ranked nationally.

Determination and basketball are again in play for Kelley’s latest endeavor: helping youth in Rwanda to heal after a decade of genocide.

Equal Opportunity Success

With a firm belief in the importance of education, and unshakable confidence in their alma mater, Steven '73 and Christine '73 (Smith) Manfredi have given a generous boost to women’s leadership initiatives at Bentley.

The couple's $2 million commitment to the university supports women's leadership development programs that engage undergraduates and corporate leaders alike.

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