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Bentley Institute For Women In Leadership Appoints Executive In Residence

January 24, 2005

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Bentley Institute for Women in Leadership is proud to announce the appointment of Toni G. Wolfman as its first Executive in Residence.

Ms. Wolfman, counsel for the premier full-service law firm Foley Hoag LLP, has over 30 years experience in the resolution of a broad range of commercial disputes through trial and appellate work, mediation, arbitration and negotiation, as well as counseling and advice.

A business professional whose work and leadership exemplifies the values of ethics, social justice and cultural diversity, the Executive in Residence will serve as a liaison to the business community -in particular women in business - in ways that will both complement the scholarly work of the Bentley faculty and provide to Bentley students role models, mentoring opportunities and other links to the world of business and women leaders.

"My experience in the private practice of law, and my history of activism in advancing opportunities for women in business and the professions, have provided me with a reservoir of knowledge, skills, contacts and public recognition that can greatly benefit the Institute," said Wolfman. "What attracts me about Bentley is the open environment where students and faculty across disciplines engage and collaborate in many exciting activities."

Ms. Wolfman has been with Foley Hoag LLP since 1977, first as an associate (1977-1984) and then partner (1984-2003), prior to assuming her current position. Her clients have included large multinational corporations, domestic and foreign banks, venture capital firms, small start-up companies, closely held businesses, trade associations and individuals. Ms. Wolfman holds degrees from Smith College (BA), Columbia University (MA) and University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD). She and her husband Bernard, Fessenden Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, reside in Cambridge, Mass.

The Bentley Institute for Women in Leadership (IWL), which will host its inaugural event on April 20, 2005, seeks to enhance collaborative, interdisciplinary research about women as leaders, broadly defined. In particular, IWL's mission is to help educators, executives and policy makers understand how women can lead in implementing business practice that fosters diversity, social justice and ethical behavior. The Institute will rely on the intellect, experience, and expertise of Bentley faculty members and current executives to attain this goal, and will take a principal role in educating a new generation of women business leaders. In fact, it aims for nothing less than redefining what leadership means.

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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