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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

E-Commerce Conference

The Dean Leadership Institute will hold an E-Commerce conference on Wednesday, October 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Networking will precede the event beginning at 7:30 a.m. The event is FREE and open to the public. 

The keynote speaker of the event will be Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of The Grommet. The company's Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how consumer products get discovered, shared and bought. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of Ziggs.com. Pieri was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013. 

Jules Pieri

Panel: Women in Digital + Career Paths in E-Commerce will feature powerful women in the industry, including:

  • Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO, The Grommet
  • Bridget Scott, director of digital experience, SharkNinja
  • Amie Hansen, vice president of digital, The Rockport Company

Register to attend the E-Commerce Conference at Dean College.

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.

2019 Fall Semester Speakers

  • Jen (Carr) Cote ’08, Dance Teacher
    • September 24, 2019 
  • Thomas Paolino ’11/ ’16, Senator, Rhode Island Senate
    • November 6, 2019 

*All presentations listed above will take place at 8:00 AM in the Wasserstrom Room of the Dining Center.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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