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State Street CEO Ronald O’Hanley and Leadership Expert Robert Quinn to Deliver Bentley University Commencement Addresses

(L-R) State Street CEO Ronald O'Hanley and leadership expert Robert Quinn will deliver this year's commencement addresses.

State Street CEO Ronald O’Hanley and Leadership Expert Robert Quinn to Deliver Bentley University Commencement Addresses



Ronald O’Hanley, president and chief executive officer of State Street, one of the world’s top providers of financial services to institutional investors, will deliver the keynote address at Bentley University’s 100th undergraduate commencement ceremony this May. O’Hanley’s career includes leadership positions at Fidelity Investments, Bank of New York Mellon, Mellon Financial Corporation and McKinsey & Company, in addition to State Street.

Robert Quinn, a renowned expert on positive leadership, best-selling author and professor emeritus at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, will deliver the address to graduate students at the 44th annual commencement ceremony for Bentley’s McCallum Graduate School of Business.

Bentley University’s undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Approximately 1,400 students will receive diplomas and be joined by more than 7,000 members of the university community, family members and friends. During the respective ceremonies, O’Hanley and Quinn will receive honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degrees. Undergraduate students will receive bachelor’s degrees from a variety of business and liberal arts programs that prepare them for career and life success in today’s innovation economy. Graduate students will receive advanced degrees that include a Master of Business Administration, Masters in Analytics and Masters in Accounting.

“Bentley’s mission is to educate ethical and socially responsible business leaders so we are thrilled that our graduates will hear from accomplished speakers who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and to positive leadership,” said Bentley University President Alison Davis-Blake, who will preside over her first commencement ceremony since taking office in July 2018.

State Street, the company behind the Fearless Girl statue in New York’s Financial District, is committed to advancing gender diversity and advancing women in leadership roles. O’Hanley’s areas of philanthropic and civic interest include corporate governance, retirement/healthcare policy, education and climate, and he has led several initiatives on gender equality.

Quinn is co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan. His research and teaching interests focus on leadership, organizational change and effectiveness.  He has published 18 books on these subjects and has decades of experiences consulting with major corporations and government agencies on how to make cultural change.

About Ronald O’Hanley

O’Hanley is president and chief executive officer of State Street Corporation. He is also a member of State Street Corporation’s Board of Directors. O’Hanley was previously president and chief operating officer of State Street Corporation, and before that president and chief executive officer of State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation. He joined State Street in 2015. Prior to State Street, O’Hanley was president of Asset Management & Corporate Services for Fidelity Investments, responsible for all Fidelity asset management organizations and Fidelity’s corporate functions and enterprise technology. Prior to joining Fidelity, O’Hanley served as president and chief executive officer of BNY Mellon Asset Management in Boston, a position to which he was named in 2007. During this time, he also served as vice chair of Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and was a member of its Executive Committee. Prior to the 2007 merger of Bank of New York and Mellon Financial Corporation, he was vice chair of Mellon Financial Corporation and president and chief executive officer of Mellon Asset Management. He served at Mellon and Bank of New York Mellon from 1997 to 2010. Prior to Mellon, Ron was with McKinsey & Company, Inc., from 1986 to 1997 and was elected a partner in 1992. He founded the Investment Management practice worldwide and was co-founder and co-leader of the firm's North American Personal Financial Services practice. O’Hanley serves on the boards of Unum Corp., the Rhode Island Commerce Corp., and several not-for-profit institutions.

About Robert Quinn

Quinn is the Margaret Elliot Tracy Collegiate Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. His research and writing focus on purpose, leadership, culture and change. He is a co-founder of the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship and co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations. He is in the top 1 percent of professors cited in organizational behavior textbooks. Quinn is particularly known for his work on the competing values framework which has been used by thousands of organizations. His paper, “Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership,” was selected by the Harvard Business Review as one of the 10 “Must Reads on Managing Yourself.” Quinn has published 18 books, including “Deep Change,” a long-term best seller. His book, “The Best Teacher in You,” won the Ben Franklin Award designating it the best book in education. In August, he will publish “The Economics of Higher Purpose: Eight Counterintuitive Steps for Creating a Purpose-Driven Organization.” In a global survey, he was recently named one of the top speakers in the world on the topic of organizational culture and related issues.

Commencement Information

Bentley’s 2019 commencement will take place on the university’s south campus. The undergraduate ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and the graduate ceremony will start at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held under the tent on the football field. Indoor viewing on a large monitor will be available in the Dana Athletic Center and the ceremonies will be held rain or shine. Buses will run from the parking lots on the main campus to the south campus. More details can be found on the Bentley University website:


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