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Bentley College Honors Future Leaders in 4th Annual Tomorrow25 International Leadership Competition

October 29, 2007

Bentley College is accepting nominations for its fourth annual Tomorrow25 international leadership competition. Spotlighting exemplary high school juniors from around the world, the program honors students who demonstrate initiative, citizenship, technological savvy, cultural awareness, social responsibility and a commitment to making positive things happen in their communities or schools.

Launched in 2005, the Tomorrow25 ( program has brought accomplished young men and women from all over the U.S., Mexico, Nicaragua, Turkey, Colombia, Ghana, Egypt, Singapore, Canada and the Czech Republic to Bentley each spring as honored guests at the Bentley Leadership Forum, presented in cooperation with TIME magazine. Winners interact with high-profile business leaders at the conference and are recognized individually at a luncheon ceremony. The Tomorrow25 also appear in a national advertisement in TIME magazine as part of Bentley's national campaign.

Featured speakers at last year's Forum included:

  • Acclaimed economist Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University and named one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in the World by Time magazine
  • Jeffrey Swartz, President and CEO, Timberland. Under his direction, Timberland has grown to become an example for socially-responsible corporations around the world
  • Nicholas Negroponte, PhD, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the MIT Media Lab, as well as Founder and Chairman of One Laptop Per Child, a non-profit organization that has developed an inexpensive laptop computer for distribution to children in developing countries around the world to provide them with access to knowledge.

This year's Tomorrow25 finalists and a family member will travel to Bentley (expenses paid) to attend the 2008 Bentley Leadership Forum on March 27, 2008.

The 2008 Tomorrow25 winners are chosen through an international nomination process and selected by an international advisory board established by Bentley. Nominations are accepted from business and community leaders, teachers, school administrators, and guidance counselors (nominations from family members cannot be accepted).

The deadline for accepting nominations is January 15, 2008. The Bentley Tomorrow25 Committee will conduct an initial review of nominations and notify the top 50 finalists by January 25, 2008.

The Tomorrow25 Advisory Board will review the completed files of the 50 final candidates and selectthe final Tomorrow25 by mid-February 2008. For more information and nomination forms go to

Criteria for Tomorrow25 selection include:

  • Students who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in their schools, communities or organizations and have made a positive impact through their efforts
  • Students who have clearly and consistently shown good citizenship, ethical behavior, social responsibility and character
  • Students who have a solid academic record
  • Students who have demonstrated abilities in, or specific accomplishments with, one or more of the following:
    • New technologies
    • Global culture or international affairs
    • The arts or sciences
    • Business or related professional interests

Jeffrey Wright, Bentley associate director of Marketing Programs and Chairman of the Tomorrow25 committee, said Bentley is committed to developing leaders of tomorrow. "Many high school students from all over the world have already made an impact on their communities. In the spirit of Bentley's mission to nurture leadership qualities, as we do with our own students, we want to recognize high school students who are poised to become the next wave of innovators and change agents," he said.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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