Executive Director for the Center for Women and Business

Bentley University, one of the nation's leaders in business education, seeks a strategic, forward-thinking and collaborative leader to serve in the critically important role of executive director for the Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business. Inquiries, nominations and expressions of interest are invited.

Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Bentley University is more than just one of the nation's top business schools. It is a lifelong-learning community that creates successful leaders who make business a force for positive change. With a combination of business and the arts and sciences and a flexible, personalized approach to education, Bentley provides students with critical thinking and applicable skills, at the intersection of intellectual rigor and market relevance, that prepare them to lead successful, rewarding careers. Founded in 1917, the university enrolls 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and PhD students and is set on 163 acres in Waltham, Massachusetts, 10 miles west of Boston.

The Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business (CWB) at Bentley University was founded with the mission to create more inclusive and equitable workplace cultures where all employees thrive and succeed. The CWB partners with organizations to help them create and nurture more inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplaces. In addition, the CWB is uniquely positioned to ensure that Bentley become recognized for its commitment to affirm and support its female faculty, students and staff. Reporting to the provost & vice president for academic affairs, this highly visible role leads the CWB, drives revenue growth and provides strategic direction and thought leadership to advance the mission of the Center. The executive director will lead the effort to clarify and define the CWB business plan and product roadmap with a particular emphasis on impact, thought leadership and sustainability. The CWB has a rich history of revenue generation.  The executive director develops strategies and plans to deliver impactful programs to multiple corporate audiences, evaluates efficacy of the current program portfolio and leads the development of new product offerings, which may include assessments, corporate-sponsored research, and train-the-trainer programs.

This is a unique opportunity for an innovative leader to develop the vision and strategy to elevate the CWB's strengths, interests and investment in advancing as a platform for thought leadership, engaging with external stakeholders, and emerging as a leader in creating and nurturing more inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplaces with a focus on belonging. The new leader will be an accomplished academic administrator with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and strong financial and managerial acumen. They will have a documented record of teaching success, as represented in teaching awards and achievements, and proficiency in the deployment of instructional technologies.

The community seeks a visionary and strategic leader who is able to work collaboratively with Bentley's academic leadership and other partners. In addition, the new leader will possess a commitment to Bentley's mission and values; exceptional communication, strategic planning, change management, and analytical skills; an ability to work independently; a strong work ethic; sophisticated technical skills; and a proven record of creating and strategic institutional priorities. For additional information, including a Leadership Profile please go to www.wittkieffer.com.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile. Candidates will be considered until an appointment is made. Application materials can should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance and Sarah Miller at BentleyExecutiveDirectorCWB@wittkieffer.com.


Bentley University strives to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.


Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds.