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Fuel Your Learning at the Friday Leadership Breakfast Series

Join us one Friday each month for the Friday Leadership Breakfast Series, an inspiring event designed to foster innovation, networking, and empower leaders from all backgrounds and stages of their careers.

Leading and Designing for Health Equity

March 1, 2024

virtual program

Interactive Virtual Panel Discussion

Leading Strategically and Ethically into the Future

March 28th, 2024

virtual program

In-Person Networking Presentation

Managing Workplace Diversity for Inclusive Leadership

April 12th, 2024

virtual program

Interactive Virtual Program

Upcoming Breakfasts

Leading and Designing for Health Equity

Fostering more equitable care in your personal and professional environments 

Date: March 1st, 2024; 9:00AM-10:30AM ET

  • 9:00-10:30am | Interactive Virtual Panel Discussion with Q&A

Paradoxical as it may sound, achieving health equity benefits from a business and human-centered lens. Join a panel of Bentley University thought leaders to explore how businesses can work across sectors to expedite current efforts to achieve health equity locally and globally. The conversation will also explore how government, business, and academic institutions might work together to design and coordinate health equity efforts. Attendees will leave empowered with specific tools for creating more equitable care in their personal and professional environments.  

Panelists: Danielle Blanch Hartigan | Bentley University Center for Health and Business, Janelle Estes | Bentley University User Experience and Design Center, Yaro Fong-Olivares | Bentley University Center for Women and Business  

 

Danielle Blanch Hartigan (PhD, MPH) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences and Executive Director of the Center for Health and Business at Bentley University. She holds a PhD in Psychology from Northeastern University, an MPH from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute. Her interdisciplinary research in psychology and public health aims to improve the patient and provider experience and foster patient-centered care delivery through better communication. She has given workshops on clinical communication for academic institutions, hospital systems, and Fortune 100 healthcare companies. In 2020, she was named as one of the 40 Under 40 in Cancer.  Dr. Blanch Hartigan has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals across psychology, health communication, and medicine.   

Janelle Estes (M.S.), with over 20 years in the industry, has notably advanced customer-centric strategies, beginning her journey at Forrester Research and most recently holding the role as Chief Insights Officer at UserTesting. A respected figure in transforming global firms by applying deep customer understanding and insight, her career includes roles at Nielsen Norman Group and contributions across in-house and agency settings. An author, keynote speaker, podcast host, and a thought leader featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fast Company, Janelle's academic prowess is rooted in a M.S. in Human Factors and Information Design from Bentley University. 

 

Yaro Fong-Olivares (she/her), M.S. – is an Afro-Caribbean and Chinese immigrant from the island of Ayiti and Quisqueya (now known as the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Washington Heights, and now living in Massachusetts. Her most salient identity is as a priest of Yemaya in the Lucumi spiritual tradition. She serves as Executive Director of Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business at Bentley University, an organization dedicated to advancing intersectional gender equity from the classroom to the boardroom. Yaro is also an Organizational and Leadership Psychology PsyD candidate at William James College; she has an M.S. in Organizational Change Management from the Milano School of Management at The New School; and a B.A. Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University. As an Organizational development leader focusing on racial justice, equity, and inclusion, she has developed and delivered programs worldwide that focus on advancing an intersectional equity-centered approach to complex, often covert workplace dynamics. As part of her commitment to learning and to be of service, she is the Past President of the Executive Committee for the New York Center; a Member of the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems; a Co-Creator, of Group Relations International; and a Certified Consultant, at AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. As a former personal trainer, she is a big fan of High-Intensity Training and Yoga. 

 

Cost to Attend

  • Price: FREE

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Leading Strategically and Ethically into the Future

Date: March 28th, 2024; 8:30AM-10:00AM ET

  • 8:30-9:00am | Networking Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:00am | Interactive Presentation with Q&A

Successful leaders make hundreds of decisions every day, and many often presume that ethical considerations are part of all business decisions.  Rather than relegating ethics into a presumed operational norm, it becomes imperative for managers to consider ethics as an integral component of their strategic framework to help drive growth.   

Join local professionals along with Bentley alumni at State Street’s Boston headquarters to network and learn from Dr. Jill Brown as she provides an overview on Ethics and Strategic Decision Making. Dr. Brown draws on examples from contemporary events, demonstrating how ethical practices can shape strategic decision-making and add value to organizations.  

 

Throughout this session, participants will acquire insights into:  

·       Enhanced Decision-Making: Embedding ethical considerations into strategic decision-making processes facilitates the generation of well-informed and principled choices.  

·       Innovative Problem-Solving: Ethical considerations serve as catalysts for creative and innovative solutions. The program empowers leaders to confront challenges with a renewed perspective, fostering a culture of innovative problem-solving and adaptability.  

·       Prioritizing Ethics: Enables business professionals to earn and sustain trust with stakeholders, fostering stakeholder loyalty and engagement.  

Jill Brown (PhD), is the Hieken Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of management at Bentley University and the Director of the Executive PhD in Business program. Her scholarly interests include ethics, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, corporate governance and strategic leadership. Brown’s work has been published in Organization Science, Journal of Business Ethics (JBE), Business Ethics Quarterly (BEQ) Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Strategic Organization, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ET&P), Business & Society (BAS), Corporate Governance: An International Review (CGIR), California Management Review, to name a few. She is past Co-Editor of the Business & Society journal, and a former Associate Editor for JBE and CGIR. She is Past Division Chair of the Social Issues in Management Division (SIM) of the Academy of Management. She is also co-author of the 11th edition of the textbook Business & Society: Ethics, Sustainability and Stakeholder Management with Archie Carroll (2023; Cengage Publishing). Prior to her career in academe, Brown was a commercial banker and consultant.

Cost to Attend

  • Price: FREE

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Managing Workplace Diversity for Inclusive Leadership

Date: April 12th, 2024; 9:00AM-10:30AM ET

  • 9:00-10:30am | Interactive Presentation with Q&A

Diversity isn't just a buzzword—it's a cornerstone of innovation. Professor Mateo Cruz's session emphasizes the importance of inclusive leadership. In a world rich with differences, unlocking the power of diversity isn't just a moral imperative; it's a strategic advantage. Learn how inclusive leadership fosters a culture where every voice is not only heard but celebrated.

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

In conjunction with his research, Mateo holds 20+ years of experience as an organization development and change (ODC) consultant & trainer specializing in inclusive leadership, group & team dynamics, and organizational change. He currently serves as a Faculty Advisor to the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University and is a proud member of the Executive Board of Directors for GLSEN National, a leading LGBTQ+ education organization in the US

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  • Price: FREE

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Past Breakfasts

Leading with Emotional Intelligence to Support Change

Date: February 16th, 2024; 9:00AM-10:30AM ET

  • 9:00-10:30am | Interactive Presentation with Q&A

Change is inevitable, but how leaders navigate it makes all the difference. Bentley University Senior Lecturer of Management, Susan Vroman, will delve into the critical role of emotional intelligence. By understanding and managing emotions effectively, leaders can inspire teams through transitions, driving successful change initiatives.

Prof. Susan Vroman Susan Vroman (EdD, EdM), is a Senior Lecturer of Management at Bentley University.  Her research interests include the impact leadership enactment has on organizational culture and employee engagement, authentic leadership, leading teams, and inclusive leadership, with specific focus on supporting flexible work arrangements. 

Prior to her academic career, Susan spent over 20 years as an organizational effectiveness and strategic people and culture executive and advisor both internally and in a consulting capacity. Susan’s passion and expertise lie in values-based leadership development and profit-centered culture development. She has demonstrated superior results in designing and creating engaged workforces with direct business results.

Susan has engaged with companies ranging from 8 to 50,000 employees. Her consulting niche is in entrepreneurial businesses that are “coming of age.” Susan has served as Executive Coach (specializing in high potential emerging leaders), designed and used 360 degree questionnaires to help leaders achieve greater success, and has facilitated retreats to foster better results. Susan has also led Change Management initiatives ranging from organizational re-engineering to culture and human resource assimilation preparing for and in the aftermath of leadership changes, mergers, and acquisitions. Susan’s work facilitating troubled teams has also helped them to overcome obstacles.  Susan has been the architect of corporate universities and has designed and developed programming for leadership development, upskilling, and soft-skills effectiveness.

Susan holds her undergraduate degree in Communication and Human Resource Development from James Madison University; a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from Harvard University; and her doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University.  She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Predictive Index (PI), Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), ExperiencePoint Change Management, Emotional & Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), Hogan’s Derailers, and in DiSC. 

 

Ethics in Action: Integrating Ethics into Strategic Decision-Making

Date: Friday January 26th,  2024
9:00-10:30am ET | Virtual Presentation with Q&A

In an era of rapid change, leaders must go beyond day-to-day operations. Rather than regarding ethics as an assumed mode of operation, it is necessary for managers to consider ethics as an crucial part of their strategy. Dr. Brown utilizes examples from current events to illustrate how ethical practices can inform strategic decision making and vice versa, for overall added value to an organization.

During this session, participants will learn: 

  • Enhanced Decision-Making:  Integrate ethical considerations into strategic decision-making, yielding informed and principled choices.
  • Innovative Problem-Solving: Ethical considerations lead to creative and innovative solutions. The program will empower leaders to approach challenges with a fresh perspective, fostering a culture of innovative solutions and adaptability.
  • Risk Mitigation: Identify and mitigate potential ethical risks, which protect the organization's reputation and minimizes legal and financial liabilities.
  • Stakeholder Trust and Loyalty: Gain and maintain trust of stakeholders by prioritizing ethics, which cultivates shareholder loyalty.   
Professor Jill Brown

Jill Brown (PhD), is the Hieken Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of management at Bentley University and the Director of the Executive PhD in Business program. Her scholarly interests include ethics, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, corporate governance and strategic leadership. Brown’s work has been published in Organization Science, Journal of Business Ethics (JBE), Business Ethics Quarterly (BEQ) Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Strategic Organization, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ET&P), Business & Society (BAS), Corporate Governance: An International Review (CGIR), California Management Review, to name a few. She is past Co-Editor of the Business & Society journal, and a former Associate Editor for JBE and CGIR. She is Past Division Chair of the Social Issues in Management Division (SIM) of the Academy of Management. She is also co-author of the 11th edition of the textbook Business & Society: Ethics, Sustainability and Stakeholder Management with Archie Carroll (2023; Cengage Publishing). Prior to her career in academe, Brown was a commercial banker and consultant.

 

Leading and Empowering Individuals through the Change Curve

Date: Friday September 8th, 2023; 8:30AM-10:30AM ET
Breakfast will be served

Join emotional intelligence expert Veronica Barber at Bentley University for a seminar on change management. Learn to use empathy and self-awareness to inspire teams during transitions. This is a must-attend seminar for executives, managers, and those driving organizational change.

Veronica Barber
Veronica Barber (MS, EdD), is a lecturer and assistant chair of the management department at Bentley University.  She is a promoter of presence-based leadership, life-enriching work, and healthy organizational change. 

Her professional career spans over 30 years in the healthcare and aging services fields, in which she has worked as a Chief Operating Officer for a health system in New York, a Senior Vice President of Human Resources for a national assisted living company, and continues to function as an organizational development consultant, serving clients nationwide.   

Veronica is also an International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) certified coach. She has helped countless executives across the United States to develop their emotional intelligence competencies, and is actively involved in the coaching community, whereby she assists with the education of coaches and functions as a mentor coach.  

Veronica’s other passions and expertise lie in the areas of leadership, culture, talent management, and leading change.  She holds an international certification in organizational culture assessment and development and is a DISC certified assessor/trainer. Veronica has a doctorate in executive leadership with a research focus on organizational change, a master’s in health services management and a bachelor’s in mathematics.

 

 

Navigating ESG’s Impact on Your Job

Date: Friday, October 13, 2023; 8:30AM-10:30AM ET

  • 8:30-9:00am | Networking Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30am | Interactive Presentation with Q&A
  • 10:30-11:00am | Meet with the Presenter

As ESG considerations become paramount for businesses globally, understanding their implications is crucial for career success and advancement. Led by industry experts, this seminar will delve into the intricacies of ESG criteria, exploring how they shape corporate decision-making, risk management, and overall sustainability practices. Discover how to align your skills and expertise with ESG priorities, fostering a purpose-driven approach to your work and positioning yourself as a valuable asset in a socially responsible world.

Cynthia Clark Management Professor Bentley University

Cynthia Clark (PhD) is an  author, scholar, and faculty member at Bentley University.  Her interests revolve around management, ethical decision-making, shareholder activism, and governance procedures. Cynthia actively collaborates with industry professionals and thought leaders, having been cited by media outlets including CNN, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal, for her expertise. Her insights have been published in academic journals such as Harvard Business Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Journal of Business Ethics 

 

 

Demystifying Applied AI for Leaders: Practical Insights and Best Practices

Date: Friday November 10, 2023; 8:30AM-10:30AM ET

  • 8:30-9:00am | Networking Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30am | Interactive Presentation with Q&A
  • 10:30-11:00am | Meet with the Presenter

Designed exclusively for forward-thinking executives and decision-makers, this transformative session will cut through the complexity of AI and provide you with clear, actionable guidance on integrating AI technologies into your organization's strategy. Led by seasoned AI experts, this seminar will demystify the concepts, applications, and potential pitfalls of AI, offering practical insights and best practices to harness AI's full potential. Through real-world case studies and hands-on exercises, you will gain a deep understanding of how AI can optimize operations, drive innovation, and elevate decision-making across diverse industries. Embrace this opportunity to lead confidently in the era of AI, unleashing the true potential of your organization and staying ahead of the curve in an increasingly AI-driven world.

Chase Cicchetti Financial Markets State Street & BentleyChase C. Cicchetti (MSF, PhD) is the Director of the Lab for Economics, Accounting and Finance at Bentley University. Dr. Cicchetti has over a decade of experience in financial markets from bases in Singapore, London and Boston. Dr. Cicchetti managed State Street Global Markets’ North American fiduciary currency sales process before transitioning to private markets and independent research. He has worked intimately with global central banks and institutional investment teams; he continues to advise on geopolitical and currency risk.
Dr. Cicchetti’s research interests include emerging markets, volatility, FinTech, sustainability and applied artificial intelligence, along with others.

 

Transform Your Communication for Inclusive Leadership

Date: Friday December 1, 2023; 8:30AM-10:30AM ET

  • 8:30-9:00am | Networking Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30am | Interactive Presentation with Q&A
  • 10:30-11:00am | Meet with the Presenter 

In today's diverse and interconnected world, effective communication is paramount for fostering inclusivity and driving organizational success. Led by expert facilitators, this transformative session will provide you with practical strategies and tools to enhance your communication skills and create an inclusive environment within your team and organization.

Wiley Davi - Professor at Bentley University

Wiley Davi (PhD) is a Professor in English and Media Studies (EMS) at Bentley University. They have published articles on leadership, the value of liberal learning in a business curriculum, and diversity in the classroom. Wiley co-authored the book "Leading with Uncommon Sense: Slowing Down, Looking Inward, Taking Action" in 2020.

Committed to diversity initiatives, Wiley facilitates Bentley's faculty and staff workshops on diversity, LGBTQ allyship, and transgender allyship, receiving Bentley's Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award. Since 2015, Wiley has been a Women in Leadership program facilitator for the Erasmus Center for Women and Organizations (ECWO) at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Through ECWO, they work with women in organizations like ING Bank, TNO, and the European Central Bank.