Throughout your time at Dean you will have numerous opportunities to interact with today's business leaders through the Dean Leadership Institute.

About Dean Leadership Institute 

Offering a unique opportunity for students, alumni and the local community to interact with today's leaders, the Dean Leadership Institute is composed of two programs: the Executive Lecture Series and Leadership in Action Series

Executive Lecture Series

Featuring an unprecedented list of national business leaders including four ranked in the Boston Business Journal's 2012 'Power 50' list of Boston-area influencers, this is the signature event for the Dean Leadership Institute. The event includes a dinner with students and sponsors and culminates with an evening lecture to the general public, business and community leaders.

Past Speakers

  • 2019 - Brigadier General Donald C. Bolduc '86 | US Army, Retired
  • 2018 - Michael Spillane, President, Nike
  • 2017 - Angela McKay, Director, Microsoft
  • 2016 - Jonathan Kraft, President, The Kraft Group
  • 2015 - Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts
  • 2014 - Bianca de la Garza, Newscaster, WCVB Channel 5
  • 2013 - Bert Jacobs, Chief Executive Optimist, Life is good
  • 2012 - Robert K. Kraft, Founder/Chairman and CEO, The Kraft Group
  • 2011 - John Remondi, President and CEO, Sallie Mae
  • 2010 - James Roosevelt, Jr., President and CEO, Tufts Health Plan
  • 2009 - Ralph de la Torre, M.D., President and CEO, Caritas Christi Health Care
  • 2008 - Anne M. Finucane, Chief Marketing Officer, Bank of America
  • 2007 - William D. Green '74, Chairman and CEO, Accenture
  • 2006 - Alan J. Bernon, President and CEO, Dean Foods Company 

Leadership in Action

Featuring multiple presentations throughout each semester, this highly successful series offers Dean College students an exclusive opportunity to hear and interact with regional business leaders to learn more about what made them successful and gain valuable insights and contacts to help them launch their own careers.

2022 Spring Semester Speakers

  • Eric D. Lee, Esq. ‘08, associate in the litigation practice group at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor
    • February 11, 8 a.m., via Zoom 
  • Mary Katz, Executive Director, Artistic Director at Carson Center
    • March 15, time TBD, location TBD
  • Melissa Smith, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Floor & Decor 
    • April 6, 8 a.m., Wasserstrom Room in the Smith Dining Center

2021 Fall Semester Speakers

  • Scott Couto, Executive Vice President, Head of North America at Columbia Threadneedle Investments
  • Kelly MehrtensExecutive Director of The Trust Powered By The NFLPA

E-Commerce Conference

The Dean Leadership Institute hosted a free E-Commerce Conference featuring keynote speaker Jules Pieri, co-founder and former CEO of The Grommet. The event featured a panel of powerful women in the digital industry, including Bridget Scott, director of digital experience at SharkNinja, and Amie Hansen, vice president of digital at The Rockport Company.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Department of Institutional Advancement at 508-541-1664.