Networking with Leaders

In the spirit of fostering a vibrant environment for accomplished executives, the program frequently invites leaders in business, government, and academia to speak at the Executive Leadership Center as part of EMBA’s executive speaker and alumni lecture series, CEO leadership panel, and commencement speakers.

 

Sharing Wisdom. Catalyzing Connections.

Executive Speaker Series

Throughout the program, executives from different industries participate in class and/or special dinner or lunch programs.

Alumni Lecture Series

An active group of EMBA graduates from diverse classes organize an annual lecture for alumni networking and lifelong learning.  Past speakers have included:

Kerry Healey
Lieutenant Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Richard Doyle
CEO
Harpoon Breweries
Michael Dukakis
Former Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Vice-Chair
Amtrak Board
Jim Koch
Founder; CEO
Boston Beer Company
Jack Gill
Founder and General Partner
Vanguard Venture Partners
William Saunders
VP; CIO
Honeywell International Inc.
Zoltan Csimma
Senior Vice President
Genzyme
Winthrop Swenson
Managing Director
KPMG Integrity Management Services
Phil Catchings
Senior Vice President
Boston Consulting Group
Al Verrecchia
President & CEO
Hasbro, Inc.
Bob Zelnick
Journalism Chair
Boston University
Former reporter
ABC News
Professor Yves Willems
Katholieke Universiteit
Leuven, Belgium
Michael Dennis
VP Worldwide Ops
Avaya
Joseph M. Zubretsky
EVP; CFO
MassMutual Financial Group

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CEO Leadership Panel

As part of our leadership week, we invite accomplished executives to address our class.  Past speakers have included:

Mary Puma
President and COO
Axcelis Technologies
Gary Gottlieb
President
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Jan Eyvin Wang
President
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines Americas
Thomas Phillips
Retired Chairman of the Board
Raytheon Corporation
Peter Browning
President; CEO
SONOCO
Jeanette Chirico-Post
Clinical Manager
VA New England Healthcare System
Marshall Carter
Former CEO
State Street Bank
Thomas Shepherd
Managing Director
Thomas H. Lee Company
Carol Johnson
VP
The Gillette Company
Ingar Skaug
President; CEO
Wilhelmson Lines
Joanna Lau
Founder; President; CEO
Lau Technologies
Tom Uhlig
VP; GM
Timken Super Precision
Charles Lax
Founder
SOFTBANK Capital
Ellen Zane
President
Partner’s Community Health Care, Inc.

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Commencement speakers

Our tradition of presenting inspiring commentary continues through graduation with world-class commencement speakers. The themes of leadership, philanthropy, and life balance were woven throughout the commencement ceremonies for the 20th EMBA graduating class.

Commencement speakers have included:

Desh Deshpande
Trustee
Deshpande Foundation
June 2012
Clayton M. Christensen
Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School
June 2011
Charlie Baker
Republican Gubanatorial Candidate
June 2010
James C. Foster
Chairman, President, and CEO
Charles River Laboratories
June 2009
Jose Alvarez
President & CEO
Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover
June 2008
Robert A. Brown
President
Boston University
June 2007
Jim Koch
President & CEO
The Boston Beer Company
June 2006
Phil Marineau
CEO
Levi Strauss
June 2005
Jeanette Horan
(EMBA 5)
SVP
IBM
June 2004
Jan Eyvin Wang
President
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines Americas
June 2003
Paul Samuelson
Economist & Professor Emeritus
MIT
June 2002
Phillip Evans
Author of Blown to Bits; VP
Boston Consulting Group
June 2001

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