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Gearing Up Speaker Information

Gearing Up Speaker Information

Gearing Up Speaker Information

Lisa Sun
Lisa Sun
Keynote Speaker
National Bestselling Author of GRAVITAS
Founder and CEO of Gravitas New York

Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of GRAVITAS, electrifies audiences as she unpacks the transformative power of letting go of fear and embracing life's changes. Sun seamlessly blends stories from her personal journey with data and experience-driven insights from her 11 years at McKinsey & Company to offer talks that encourage audiences to choose self-confidence, work to harness their “superpower,” and use gravitas to advance personally and professionally.

Sun founded GRAVITAS in 2012, and its origin story dates to her first professional review. The feedback that changed her life? Being told that she “comes across as young and overly enthusiastic at times,” that she “lacked gravitas,” and “should go buy a new dress, big jewelry, and great shoes.” With those words in mind, an understanding of the transformative power of clothing, and a determination to create a game-changing company, Sun filed for a global patent to build shapewear directly into dresses. She launched GRAVITAS as a company with a mission to catalyze confidence. GRAVITAS offers innovative size-inclusive apparel, styling solutions, and content designed to makeover women from the inside-out. Two months after launch, her first collection was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, PEOPLE, and "TODAY" in the same month. Sun and GRAVITAS have not slowed down since; she has been featured on CNN and in Forbes, Fast Company, New York Magazine, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle, and more.

Lisa delves into the importance of pushing past potential, transforming ideas into movements, and betting on oneself daily. Recognized for her passion, Lisa has spoken for esteemed groups such as JPMorgan Chase, HSN, and Dress for Success Global Success Summit. Lisa graduated Magna cum laude from Yale University in Biology and Political Science. 

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Wiley Davi
Professor in English and Media Studies

Wiley Davi is Professor in English and Media Studies (EMS) at Bentley University. Previously, Wiley served as Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences and also as chair of the EMS Department. Wiley has published articles on leadership, on the value of liberal learning in a business curriculum, and on diversity in the classroom. In 2020, Wiley co-authored and published the book Leading with Uncommon Sense: Slowing Down, Looking Inward, Taking Action.  

Fully committed to diversity initiatives, Wiley has served as a facilitator of Bentley’s faculty and staff workshops on diversity, on being an LGBTQ ally, and on being a transgender ally. For this work, Wiley received Bentley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award. Wiley has also received numerous awards for their teaching, including Bentley’s Innovation in Teaching Award and the Gregory H. Adamian Award for Excellence in Teaching.   

Since 2015, Wiley has served as a Women in Leadership program facilitator for the Erasmus Center for Women and Organizations (ECWO) out of the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Through ECWO, they have worked with women in organizations such as ING Bank, TNO (a nonprofit that focuses on applied science), and the European Central Bank. Wiley received their PhD from Tufts University.   

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Kiana Pierre-Louis
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Kiana Pierre-Louis is an Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to Northeastern, Kiana was a Senior Law Lecturer, Pre-law Advisor, and a Course Coordinator at Bentley University in the Law & Taxation Department. In addition to being a Professor at Bentley University, Kiana is also an alumnus of Bentley University having graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Communications and a minor in English in 1999. She received a Juris Doctorate, from Suffolk University Law School in 2002 cum laude and passed the bar that same year.

Although, Kiana has a passion for teaching, she equally has a passion for Social Justice and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Her work at Bentley centers on social justice. Kiana serves on several committees across the Bentley Community; she is a Co-Chair of the Teaching and Scholarly Activities Committee and is an advisor to three student organizations. Kiana was the 2017 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, the 2017 and 2018 Innovation in Teaching Award, and the 2019 Joseph M. Cronin Award for Excellence in Academic Advising at Bentley University. She has also won awards for Exemplary Educator, faculty of the year and outstanding alumni through Bentley University.

Kiana also sits on the Board of Directors for KodeConnect, Inc. a non-profit organization helping marginalized youth to get access to STEM classes for little to no cost.

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Dr. Mateo Cruz
Mateo Cruz
Assistant Professor Management

Dr. Mateo Cruz is an award-winning teacher-scholar at Bentley University. His primary research focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), social justice, and change in groups & organizations. His research has been published in top management and psychology outlets including, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Research in Organizational Change and Development and presented to academic and executive audiences in the US, Europe, and South Africa.

As a scholar-practitioner, Mateo’s work is guided by one central goal: To design and deliver evidence-based interventions that advance change leaders at the intersection of identities. He holds 20+ years of experience as an executive coach and organization development & change (ODC) consultant & trainer specializing in inclusive leadership, group & team dynamics, and organizational change. Recent clients include: athenahealth, Beacon Pointe Advisors, Deloitte, Fidelity Investments, Harvard School of Engineering, HubSpot, John Hancock Financial, Northrop Grumman, NuMat Technologies, Strand Therapeutics, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Mateo views his academic work as an extension of his passion for teaching and training, leadership development, and community advocacy. He is a proud member of Bentley University’s Racial Justice Task Force and serves as a faculty advisor to The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business. In 2022, he was selected as Bentley’s inaugural Social Justice Faculty Fellow.
Mateo holds a Ph.D. in social/organizational psychology from Columbia University; an M.A. in organizational psychology from Columbia University; and a B.A. in social work/psychology from the University of Portland.

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Dr. Jahangir Sultan
Dr. Jahangir Sultan
Gibbons Research Professor of Finance and Founding Director, The Hughey Center for Financial Service

Dr. Sultan is the Gibbons Research Professor of Finance and Founding Director, The Hughey Center for Financial Services/Trading Room at Bentley University. He teaches Fixed Income and International Financial Management at the undergraduate and graduate programs at Bentley. Dr. Sultan has published articles in prestigious journals, including The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis; The European Journal of Finance; Journal of International Money and Finance; the Journal of Financial Engineering; the Journal of Financial Research; the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting; Journal of Applied Financial Economics; and Journal of Futures Market. He received the 1999 Bentley University Scholar of the Year award. He consults with banks and portfolio management firms and offers executive seminars on various topics including behavioral finance, foreign exchange trading and risk management, and international corporate finance. He is an advisor to RTM Alternatives, a startup CTA, specializing in trading commodity futures and options. He also sits on the board of a New York-based asset management firm.

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Dr. Laura Young
Dr. Laura Young
Associates Professor of Economics

Laura Jackson Young is an Associate Professor of Economics at Bentley University. She is the founder and co-advisor of WEB: Women in Economics at Bentley. WEB is a network of faculty, current students, and alumni with an interest in supporting women in the discipline of economics and expanding professional opportunities in the field. The mission is to reach out to women both within and not yet in the program at Bentley, with the hopes of advancing diversity of thought, background, and experiences in the field of Economics.

Laura frequently serves as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, after holding research fellowships at both the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston and Kansas City. She regularly collaborates with leading researchers on questions related to macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy, and business cycle dynamics. Her work has been published in top-ranked, international economics journals.

At Bentley, Laura teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in the Economics-Finance, Business Economics, and Quantitative Economics programs. She is co-advisor to Bentley’s Fed Challenge team, an undergraduate collegiate competition for students interested in monetary policy.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics from Bentley University and a Master’s and PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She now resides in Westford, MA with her husband and son.

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