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Starting with an exploration of her career path, from young lawyer to President of Bentley University, Gloria Larson will share insights and lessons learned from a career in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Next, building off the widely recognised McKinsey study Centered Leadership she will cover the key traits shared by women in c-suite positions, discussing proof-points for the model and sharing personal anecdotes.

Drawing from recent research, she will conclude by discussing the current state of women in the corporate world. In this regard, President Larson will focus on US data and will include ideas for advancing professional women, from the starting gate to corporate boards.

About the speaker

President Larson joined Bentley University as its president in July 2007 after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert and business leader. She was drawn to Bentley because of the university's inventive approach to redefining business education by integrating its core business curriculum with the arts and sciences, as well as its focus on ethics and social responsibility.

During her tenure, Bentley has reached a number of milestones and established new programmes 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 widely recognised for her significant influence in economic policy at the state and federal level. She was co-Chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag LLP, prior to joining the university. And leading up to her private law practice she worked in the public sector for several decades, serving as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Governor William Weld and the Deputy Director of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.

President Larson is also well known for her significant corporate leadership and civic involvement. Recent honours include the Boston Business Journal’s Power 50: Influential Bostonians, Boston Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Collaborative Leadership Award and Academy of Distinguished Bostonians Award.