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2020 Women on Boards

National Conversation on Board Diversity


Thursday, November 15, 2018
Bentley's LaCava Conference Center

The Center for Women and Business hosted an evening of networking and insightful conversation aimed at building awareness on the importance of board diversity. Our goal is to urge companies to increase the percentage of women on corporate boards. We host a dynamic panel discussion, filled with diverse experiences and perspectives on board experience. Stay tuned for details regarding the 2019 event. 

Becky McDougal, Assistant Director, Events 
Phone: 781-891-2789

Bentley faculty, staff, and students, please register via Bentley-only registration.

2018 Event Details:

2018 Panelists 

Abbie Celniker
Partner, Third Rock Ventures

Abbie Celniker joined Third Rock in 2016, bringing 30 years of experience in R&D and senior leadership roles. Prior to joining the firm, she served as president and CEO of Eleven Biotherapeutics (now Sesen Bio) since 2011. Previously, Abbie was the president and CEO of Taligen Therapeutics from 2008 to 2011, when Taligen Therapeutics was acquired by Alexion Pharmaceuticals; following the acquisition, she served as Alexion’s executive vice president, translational medicine. She has served as the global head of biologics of Novartis AG, the senior vice president of R&D strategy and operations of Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda) and the vice president of protein technologies of the Wyeth Research facilities.

Abbie is a member of the MassBio board of directors, a member of the board of ImaginAb, where she was previously the chair, and a member of the scientific advisory board for Adimab. She is also a member of the board of directors of the nonprofit Unitio and T1D. She sits on the board of Cedilla Therapeutics, chairman of the board and interim chief executive officer of Rheos Medicines, and serves as a board member and former interim chief executive officer of Goldfinch Bio. She has a B.A. in biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Arizona.

Valerie Mosley
CEO of Valmo Ventures 

Valerie Mosley is CEO of Valmo Ventures, which invests in and advises companies and organizations that add value both to investors and to society. Valerie was a Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager Partner, and Investment Strategist at Wellington Management Company, LLP during her 20-year tenure at the firm (1992-2012). As a senior member of several investment strategy groups, Valerie helped established key investment parameters to which all team portfolio managers adhered. Interested in Alternative Investments, Valerie joined Mass Ventures, a VC firm, became Treasurer (2013-2017) and helped decide which start-up tech companies were worthy of early-stage investments.

Valerie serves on Eaton Vance’s Mutual Fund board. She serves also on NYSE-listed Dynex (DX) board, and privately-held Progress Investment Trust’s board. She is a member of the investment advisory board for New York State Common Retirement Fund, the Risk Committee for the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, and New Profit, a philanthropic venture fund that helps social entrepreneurs scale impact businesses.

Valerie enjoys teaching and sharing parallels between Managing Money and Managing, created financial fluency courses for high school teachers and students. Valerie has received several awards: Founding Tiffany Member of Boston’s Red Cross, The International Person of the Year by The UK’s Power List, one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and one of the Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street by Black Enterprise Magazine and more. She especially enjoys being mother to her three children.

Valerie received her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business in 1986 and graduated in 1982 with a BA in History from Duke.

Barry Nearhos
Independent Director at Eastern Bank and Virtusa

Barry Nearhos is a corporate director on the boards of Eastern Bank and Virtusa and has over 35 years of experience providing global corporations with services ranging from audit and assurance to strategic business advisory on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, finance department organizational effectiveness, and global operations. Prior to his retirement from PwC in 2015, Barry was Northeast Managing Partner, responsible for directing the strategy and operations of the firm’s Boston, Hartford and Albany offices. He is a graduate of Boston College and lives with his wife in Boston. He is an active member of the community, both personally and professionally.



Linda Whitlock
Principal of The Whitlock Group

Linda Whitlock is the Principal of The Whitlock Group, which provides governance consulting to boards of directors and CEOs. She is the immediate past Nicholas President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. Linda has served on more than 20 corporate and non-profit boards, including the boards of two venture capital portfolio companies; the Boston Stock Exchange; the Government Land Bank; and other leading companies in the real estate, financial services, arts and culture, biopharmaceutical, and education sectors.

Currently, Linda is a Director of Cambridge Bancorp, one of two independent Directors of the Red Sox Foundation and serves on the President’s Advisory Committee at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she was a Trustee for 9 years.

Linda has been inducted into the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Academy of Distinguished Bostonians, She taught at MIT, Tufts, and the University of Michigan. She served in the administrations of Governors Dukakis and King, and has been appointed by Democratic and Republican Governors and Mayors to an array of boards and commissions. 

Linda is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Michigan, and has been awarded honorary doctorates by Babson College, Suffolk University, and Pine Manor College.


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2018 Women on Boards Sponsorship

For sponsorship opportunities contact Melissa Spiers, Partnership Development; Phone: 781-216-7136

Alumni Discounted Rate: $50
Contact Becky McDougal, Assistant Director, Events, for details
Phone: 781-891-2789. 

About the Women on Boards Campaign:

The 2020 Women on Boards campaign aims to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020. Founded in Boston in 2010, the consumer-oriented, grassroots campaign is redefining good corporate governance, gender diversity standards and creating a cultural imperative for corporate action.


Bentley University
LaCava Conference Center
Executive Dining Room
175 Forest Street
Waltham MA 02452

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Attendees can find parking in lots 1,2, or 6. See our Campus Map for parking lot information.