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Bentley University Honors Future Leaders in 6th Annual Tomorrow25 International Leadership Competition

November 17, 2009

Bentley University announced its call for nominations for the sixth annual Tomorrow25 international leadership competition. Recognizing 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 acting as a positive role model in their communities or schools. The deadline for submitting nominations is January 15, 2010.

Launched in 2005, the Tomorrow25 Program brings together accomplished young men and women from across the United States and around the world including from Mexico, Nicaragua, Turkey, Colombia, Ghana, Egypt, Singapore, Canada and the Czech Republic. Selected students convene each spring as honored guests at the Bentley Leadership Forum, presented in cooperation with TIME magazine. At the conference, students interact with high-profile business leaders 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 previous Forums have included:

  • Van Jones, founding president of Green for All, and Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Ophelia Dahl, executive director of Partners in Health
  • Patty Stonesifer, CEO of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
  • Jeffrey Swartz, president and CEO of Timberland
  • Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child nonprofit association
  • Noel Fahey, the Irish Ambassador to the U.S.

This year's Tomorrow25 and their family members will travel to Bentley University (expenses paid) to attend the 2010 Bentley Leadership Forum on April 22, 2010.

The 2010 Tomorrow25 are chosen through an extensive 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 Bentley Tomorrow25 Committee will conduct an initial review of nominations and notify the top 50 finalists by January 25, 2010. The Tomorrow25 Advisory Board will then review the completed files for the final 50 candidates and select the top 25 students by March 2010.

Criteria for Tomorrow25 selection includes:

  • Demonstrating initiative and leadership in the student's school, community or organization and making a positive impact through their efforts.
  • Clearly and consistently showing good citizenship, ethical behavior, social responsibility and character.
  • Excelling academically and having a solid record to prove it.
  • 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

"Bentley is committed to encouraging and developing the leaders of tomorrow," said Jeffrey Wright, Bentley senior associate director of marketing programs and chairman of the Tomorrow25 committee. "We recognize that there are many high school students from all over the world who are making a lasting impact on their communities and we want to shine the spotlight on these exceptional young people. Accountable leadership is part of our culture at Bentley, and we are proud to recognize high school students who share these values at such a young age."

For more information and nomination forms, visit

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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