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How can we as parents, educators and members of the business community prepare students to be successful leaders in today’s global environment? It’s a critically important question. Bentley University President Gloria Cordes Larson explains why today’s practices in higher education are inadequate preparation for our rapidly evolving innovation economy. Instead, she advocates for a hybrid-learning model that integrates business education with traditional arts and sciences courses. 

Today’s businesses demand a new kind of hybrid graduate, possessed of both hard and soft skills, with the courage to take risks, the creativity to innovate, and the savvy to excel in a competitive climate. This book will change the way you think about excellence in education in today’s business environment and how we can best prepare our children, students and future employees to lead in our 21st-century world.


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— Suze Orman, Bestselling Author, Personal Finance Expert


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Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq.

President, Bentley University

Gloria Cordes Larson assumed the presidency of Bentley University after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. She was drawn to Bentley for its inventive approach to redefine business education by fusing its core business curriculum with the arts and sciences, and for its emphasis on ethics and social responsibility.

During her tenure, the institution has reached a number of milestones focused on the value of a business education. President Larson 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 business leaders.

Before joining Bentley, she 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 and secretary of consumer affairs and business regulation under Massachusetts Republican Governor William Weld. She also oversaw business and regulatory issues as deputy director of consumer protection at the Federal Trade Commission.

President Larson has been named among Boston magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People” in 2015, the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: Influential Bostonians” and Boston magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston.” She received the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Collaborative Leadership Award and Academy of Distinguished Bostonians Award.