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Bentley Magazine - Matters of the Mind

Summer 2024

About the cover

Staff photographer Maddie Schroeder and designer Juliana Freire gathered 17 Bentley students in Koumantzelis Auditorium for a photo shoot and to talk about an important topic: well-being. The images and quotes on the cover and in the feature story “Are the Kids all Right?” illustrate the faces and experiences of mental health and wellness in teens and young adults today.

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Are the Kids all Right?

Why focusing on mental health and well-being is an essential element to the success of students — and the companies they’re about to join.

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Thinking Outside the Medicine Cabinet

A new center on campus aims to transform the business of health.

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Kevin Gillis, MBA ’93 meets with Bentley students at Third Rock Ventures
President Chrite standing next to Rob Alan

Great Expectations

The Great Benefactors Society — those who have given $1 million or more to Bentley over their lifetime — envisions the future they’ll build together.

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Oyenike Balogun-Mwangi
Corporations measure their output in terms of productivity. If there is a mental health crisis and they’re not addressing it or providing adequate support, they’re going to lose money.
Oyenike Balogun-Mwangi
Licensed psychologist and assistant professor in Natural and Applied Sciences

News from the Nest

University Launches Partnership with the Boston Celtics

Talk about a slam dunk: Last fall, Bentley launched a multiyear partnership with the 17-time world-champion Boston Celtics. The partnership allows Bentley students to explore potential career paths in the business of sports and learn firsthand from sports industry professionals, including Celtics President Rich Gotham, who came to campus to speak. Additionally, students are working with CLTX, the team’s official NBA 2K online gaming affiliate, to develop solutions to real-life business challenges. The university and team co-hosted a career day at the Celtics’ headquarters for Boston-area high schoolers. Ariann Williams ’12, director of community engagement at the Celtics, and Celtics Marketing Coordinator Autumn Ceppi, MBA ’23, were among those who addressed the students. “Teaming up with the Celtics offers a winning opportunity for Bentley,” says President Chrite.

Bentley Honored for Impactful Inclusion Efforts

The university received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The national honor was given by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. Bentley was recognized for its programs including BentleyFirst, which gives eligible first-generation students the opportunity to attend Bentley for the same cost as tuition at UMass Amherst; the MOSAIC Experience, a pre-orientation program for first-year students of color and their allies; and the Rainbow Scholars Program, a yearlong leadership development program for LGBTQ+ and allied students.

Student-Athletes Lead the Nation in Graduation Rate

For the seventh consecutive year, Bentley student-athletes have the highest graduation rate in the nation at 99%, according to the NCAA’s latest Division II ranking. Bentley was one of only two schools to achieve this percentage out of more than 300 colleges and universities. The Academic Success Rate reflects the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of enrolling in college. The national average for student- athletes is 76%. “We take great pride in being number one in the ranking that matters most for our student-athletes — their academic success,” said Paul Tesluk, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Preparing Business Leaders to Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow

Bentley’s new Executive and Professional Education programs give business leaders the training and knowledge to move their organizations and careers forward. From integrating AI to best practices for the boardroom to leveraging DEI to strengthen companies, Bentley faculty experts provide the continuous learning that managers and executives need to succeed and lead in today’s market. Offerings include: Enter The Boardroom: Principles of Corporate Governance taught by Cynthia E. Clark, John W. Poduska Professor of Governance; Essentials in Management Mini-MBA taught by Marcus Stewart ’92, MBA ’95, professor and chair of Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion certificate program facilitated by Wiley Davi, professor of English and Media Studies. Bentley alumni receive a 50% discount using code Falcon50.

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What Employees Want From Work in 2024

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In our second annual Bentley University-Gallup survey, we asked 5,458 U.S. adults about areas in which businesses are improving our daily lives and our society — and where they are falling short.

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Limit email after work

The percentage of respondents reporting that if their employers limited the amount  of time they were expected to spend on work email outside of the workday, it would have  a positive impact on their well-being.


Want a four-day workweek

The percentage of respondents that say offering a four-day, 40-hour workweek option for employees who typically work the same number of hours across five days would have a positive effect on their well-being.

From the President

From the President

As the post-pandemic world continues to reveal, health and well-being are not “nice-to-haves,” says President Chrite. They are the very foundation of personal and professional success.

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Five Things: 5 Strategies to Improve Employee Happiness (and Productivity, too)

Susan Vroman, senior lecturer in Management, offers five tips.

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illustration of a person walking on a white line

Take Two

Kara Banosian ’04 and Runyuan (Mike) Wang ’23, MBA ’25, MSBA ’25 offer their thoughts and share advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Hoppy Days

With Brockton Beer Company, Eval ’99 and LaTisha (Stewart) ’99 Silvera are helping to diversify the craft brewing industry while supporting their city.

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Alumni News

A Ticket to the Career of Her Dreams

For Joanne Borzakian Ouellette ’85, P ’20 ’23, a love of the Boston Celtics is a lifelong affair.

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He Once Was Homeless. Now 26 People Call Him “Boss”

David McLaren ’92 arrived at Bentley already filled with ambition and hard-won victories.

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Using Technology to Improve Health Care

Michelle Higginson ’10, MBA ’11 saw a broken system. She set out to fix it.

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Your Big Announcements

a couple poses during a wedding ceremony
Alex Yuan ’17 and Eshita Shah ’17, MBA ’23

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