Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq. was elected to the presidency of Bentley University after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. She was drawn to Bentley because of its inventive approach to redefining business education—by fusing its core business curriculum with the arts and sciences, and its strong focus on ethics and social responsibility.
During her tenure, the institution has reached a number of milestones centered on the content and value of a business education in the 21st Century marketplace. President Larson is the author of PreparedU: How Innovative Colleges Drive Student Success, published by Jossey-Bass, a division of Wiley. She also launched the Center for Women and Business at Bentley in 2011, with a mission to advance shared leadership among women and men in the corporate world and to develop women as business leaders. Currently, she serves on the boards of directors of two public companies, Unum Group and Boston Private, as well as a number of non-profit boards.
Before joining Bentley, Larson was co-chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag LLP. She led a business advisory cabinet for Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick and served as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Republican Governor William Weld. Larson also oversaw business and regulatory issues as Deputy Director of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington.
This fall, Larson was named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: The Newsmakers” and ranked #8 on The Commonwealth Institute’s and the Boston Globe Magazine’s Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in MA. She has also been named among Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People”; the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: Influential Bostonians;” Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston;” and is the recipient of the International Women’s Forum “Women Who Make a Difference” Award and Associated Industries of MA “Next Century” Award, as well as the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural “Collaborative Leadership Award” and “Academy of Distinguished Bostonians Award.” She was also honored with the Region I “President’s Award” from NASPA, the leading association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.