Program Start: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration Begins 30 minutes prior.
Non-profit organizations play a critical role in the economy of the Commonwealth. From Healthcare to Social Services, Education to the Arts, they are part of the fabric of our quality of life – often providing the pivotal link between the public and private sectors that enables successful collaboration. Serving as a director of a non-profit can be a very fulfilling experience – combining the ability of one’s expertise with a passion for the mission of the organization. The governance of non-profits has increasingly evolved to the levels of sophistication and complexity of public companies.
The focus of the panel discussion will be on the brave new world topics such as sustainability and the continual reinvention of the organization itself. Other topics to be addressed range from the selection and recruitment of board members to the expectations of board members in strategy and fundraising. We are fortunate to have Gloria Larsen, former president of Bentley University, moderate what should be a lively discussion.
About Our Panelists:
Deborah C. Jackson became the fourth President of Cambridge College in May of 2011, bringing to the institution over 30 years of leadership expertise across a number of Boston’s leading institutions. Prior to joining Cambridge College, Ms. Jackson served for nearly a decade as CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, one of the nation's largest Red Cross units. Prior to that experience, Ms. Jackson served as Vice President of the Boston Foundation where she managed its $50 million grant and initiatives program. She has also held the positions of Senior Vice President at Boston Children’s Hospital, and President and CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc. Throughout her career, Ms. Jackson has served and continues to serve on numerous commissions, task forces and boards including the Boston Green Ribbon Commission; the Mayor’s Task Force to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care; the “City to City” program focusing on national and global best practices for urban policies; the American Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council; Eastern Bank and the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. Ms. Jackson served for over 15 years on the board of the American Student Assistance Corporation, the nation’s first student loan guarantor agency; and has been on the boards of Roxbury Community College, Boston College Carroll School of Management Advisory Board, Northeastern University Corporation, Milton Academy and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts. Ms. Jackson has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Management, Boston Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Women in Boston,” El Planeta Newspaper’s “100 Most Influential People for Latinos,” and she has been inducted into the Women’s Business Hall of Fame. She was a 2009 Barr Foundation Fellow; a Senior Fellow at Boston University's Graduate School of Business/Institute for Non-profit Management and Leadership; and was a Fellow of the British-American Project of Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.
Josh Kraft started with Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston nearly 30 years ago at the Edgerley Family South Boston Club, where he developed a passion for working with children. After graduating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Josh returned to BGCB, running the Chelsea afterschool programming in the basement of a housing development. As Founding Executive Director, he spearheaded the construction of today’s state-of-the-art Gerald and Darlene Jordan Boys & Girls Club. During his 15-year tenure in Chelsea, Josh worked tirelessly to engage the community and build trust within the city. Today, as Nicholas President and CEO, Josh continues to do this for the 14,000 youth BGCB serves each year. Under Josh’s leadership, BGCB’s budget has grown from $14.8 Million to $25.7 million. From 2012-2017, Josh led the organization through a five-year, $125 million Opening Doors campaign which raised nearly $132 million. BGCB has added two shared space Clubs and Mattapan Teen Center, as well as expanded the South Boston Club for present and future members. With these accomplishments BGCB has broadened its reach and deepened impact—Club membership has doubled and BGCB has fostered a community of 200 program partners throughout Boston and Chelsea. Josh serves on the boards of Brandeis University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Camp Harbor View Foundation, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. He is a co-chair of the Hate Crimes Task Force for Massachusetts and as well as an Overseer for Lasell College. Concurrently, Josh is the President of New England Patriots Charitable Foundation where he oversees numerous initiatives, such as Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership, the Community MVP Awards, and Celebrate Volunteerism. He received his Bachelor’s from Williams College, and his Master’s in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Greg Shell joined Bain Capital as a Managing Director in 2016 and co-leads the Bain Capital Double Impact Fund, the firm’s social impact investment strategy. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Shell served as a Lead Portfolio Manager of a concentrated Global Equity product at GMO. Previously, Mr. Shell was a Senior Equity Analyst at Columbia Management Group and a Consultant at Bain & Company in its Strategy and Private Equity practice areas. He has owned and done deep diligence on many businesses throughout his career, and demonstrated a commitment for discovering and creating value. Mr. Shell has also distinguished himself through visionary leadership in civic service in Boston and in the region. Over time, Mr. Shell has sate on the Boards of our City’s most venerable institutions, including The Boston Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club, the President’s Council of Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Roxbury Prep Charter School He was a Founding Board members of Compass Working Capital, a growth non-profit focused on family self sufficiency. He has also engaged deeply with the broader business community, including board service to Eastern Bank, Fiduciary Trust and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Mr. Shell received a Bachelor of Science from MIT, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. A native of New Bedford MA, he believes strongly in the transformative power of education and the innovative capacity of the private sector to help provide solutions to society’s most pressing problems. About Our Moderator:
Gloria Cordes Larson is a respected lawyer, public policy expert, Boston business leader, and former university president. Following her eleven year tenure as President of Bentley University, Larson served as President in Residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from July 2018 through June 2019. She currently serves as a director on two public company boards, Unum Group and Boston Private, as well as on the board of a private company, reacHIRE. In addition, she is a member of the boards of several national and regional non-profit organizations, including McLean Hospital, the MA Conference for Women, and the Executive Committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. From 2007 until June 2018, Larson served as the President of Bentley University, located in Waltham, MA. During her tenure, Bentley achieved university status, further deepened its distinctive integration of business and the liberal arts, was named a Top 10 undergraduate business school by Bloomberg Businessweek, and was ranked #1 in the country for both career services and internship programs by The Princeton Review. In 2011, Larson launched the Center for Women and Business (CWB) at the university, with a stated mission to advance women in the organizational world. The Bentley Board of Trustees named the CWB in her honor when she stepped down from her role as president. While at Bentley, Larson also authored the book PreparedU: How Innovative Colleges Prepare Students for Success, published in 2016 by Jossey-Bass, a division of Wiley. Before joining Bentley, Larson had a wide ranging career in law, public policy and business. She served as a partner and Co-chair of the Government Strategies Group at the Boston based law firm, Foley Hoag, LLP; as Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, and later as Secretary of Economic Affairs, under Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld; and as Deputy Director of Consumer Protection for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington. Larson has received numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including being named to the “Power 50” by the Boston Business Journal and Boston Magazine; listed on The Commonwealth Institute’s roster of the Boston Globe Magazine’s Top 100 Women-led businesses in Massachusetts; and awarded the 2018 Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership from Tufts Medical Center. In March of this year, she received a Woman of the Year Award from the Wentworth Institute of Technology. This past spring, Larson was also named one of the University of Virginia School of Law’s One Hundred Change Agents, recognizing those alumni who have made a distinctive impact in the world over the course of the law school’s 200 year history. Larson received her Bachelor of Arts with honors from Vassar College and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. She received Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from Northeastern University in 2005 and Wachusett Community College in 2003. She is married to Allen Larson, an attorney, and their family includes three Labrador Retrievers, Harry Jr., Sally and Teak.