Luncheon Speakers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 

Anthony Amore
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Director of Security and Chief Investigator

Anthony Amore is an expert in security matters, especially those related to cultural property and homeland security.  Presently, he is Director of Security and Chief Investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he is charged with the ongoing efforts to recover thirteen works of art stolen from the museum on March 18, 1990.

In 2011, he co-authored the Wall Street Journal true-crime bestseller Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists.  His second book, The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries in the Art World was published in 2015 and was a New York Times Crime Bestseller.   

In addition, he is a columnist for The Observer writing on art theft and security. He has been a lecturer in homeland security at Fisher College and provides analysis on issues related to security and terrorism for a number local and national news outlets, including the BBC, NBC News, NPR, CNN, FOX, and others.

His work as security director has been highlighted in the book Art and Crime: Exploring the Dark Side of the Art World, which describes him as "among the most innovative, and most effective, museum security directors in the world." 

Anthony has fifteen years of national security, law, intelligence, and crisis management experience with federal government agencies. He was instrumental in the reorganization and regionalization of national homeland security efforts post-September 11th and was the FAA's lead agent responding to the attempted terrorist attack by Richard Reid, the so-called “Shoe Bomber” in December 2001.  While with the Department of Homeland Security/TSA, he was nominated by his superiors for a Service to America Medal in 2002 and 2003.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 

Gerald Chertavian
Year Up
Founder and CEO

Gerald Chertavian is dedicated to closing the Opportunity Divide that exists in our nation. Determined to make his vision a reality, Gerald combined his entrepreneurial skills and his passion for working with urban young adults to found Year Up in 2000.With its annual operating budget of approximately $100M, Year Up is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the nation. It has been recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change. Year Up has also been named one of the nation’s top 50 non-profits to work for by the Non-Profit Times for the past seven years.

Gerald’s commitment to working with urban youth spans more than 25 years. He has actively participated in the Big Brother mentoring program since 1985 and was recognized as one of New York’s outstanding Big Brothers in 1989. He is the recipient of the 2003 Social Entrepreneurship Award by the Manhattan Institute and the 2005 Freedom House Archie R. Williams, Jr. Technology Award. In 2006, Gerald was elected as a Fellow with the Ashoka Global Fellowship of social entrepreneurs, and in 2008, he was appointed by Massachusetts’ Former Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the MA State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. In 2013, he was appointed by Former Governor Patrick to serve as Chairman of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees. In 2015, Gerald was appointed by Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker to serve on the Task Force on the Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment.

Gerald began his career on Wall Street as an officer of the Chemical Banking Corporation. Following graduate school he co-founded Conduit Communications and fostered its growth to more than $20M in annual revenues. From 1993 to 1998, Conduit ranked as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. Following the sale of Conduit to i-Cube in 1999, Gerald turned his full attention to creating opportunities for others. 

Gerald earned a B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College and an M.B.A., with honors, from Harvard Business School. He has received honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Mount Ida College. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Youth Unemployment Council. Gerald has also served on the Board of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is an Emeritus Trustee of both Bowdoin College and the Boston Foundation. His 2012 book, A Year Up, is a New York Times best seller.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Beth McCarthy
Elizabeth M. McCarthy Consulting
Lecturer, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Tufts University

Beth has spent the last 20+ years helping brands in both the private and public sector bridge the gap between their offering and their consumers’ needs – creating products and services that reflect these needs and then marketing them in a way that resonates and inspires action. Most recently she was with C Space (formerly known as Communispace) and consulted with Fortune 500 companies including Hewlett Packard, Charles Schwab and Weight Watchers and helped them understand how to make their brand, products and services relevant to the people they serve (including current and prospective customers, partners and employees). 

Prior to C Space, Beth worked at top marketing/consulting firms in Boston including Digitas and Epsilon. Much of her work focused on developing initiatives to instill customer loyalty including the launch of Amtrak’s first frequent traveler program and Dayton Hudson Corporation’s (now Target) high-end shopper program.

Beth has spent most of her career working in entrepreneurial environments including the years she ran her own consulting business and her 11+ years at C Space (which in her tenure grew from 30 to 600+ employees; she was instrumental in establishing and growing relationships with clients, recruiting, developing and inspiring employees; and defining and executing overall growth strategies).

For nearly as long a time, Beth has been an advocate for education – as a volunteer, as a consultant and as a lecturer. She has collaborated with students at several Boston area colleges and universities and enjoys immensely the opportunity to inspire people - challenging them to think in new ways and knowing that the work she’s doing is making a difference.

Beth has a BA in Communications from Stonehill College and lives outside of Boston with her husband and children. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 

Michelle Wu
President, At-Large
Boston City Council

Michelle Wu has been a voice for accessibility, transparency, and community engagement in city leadership. First elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28, Wu is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Council. In January 2016, she was elected President of the City Council by her colleagues in a unanimous vote, becoming the first woman of color to serve as Council President.

Councilor Wu was the lead sponsor of Boston's Paid Parental Leave ordinance and Healthcare Equity ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity -- both of which passed unanimously through the Council and were signed into law by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. She also authored Boston’s Communications Access ordinance, which guarantees translation, interpretation and assistive technology for access to city services regardless of English language proficiency or communications disability.

Wu got her start in City Hall working for Mayor Thomas M. Menino as a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy, where she created the city’s first guide to the restaurant permitting process from start to finish, and was also a driving force to launch Boston’s food truck program. She later served as statewide Constituency Director in the U.S. Senate campaign of her former law professor, Elizabeth Warren.

As a former restaurant owner, legal services attorney, and legal guardian of her younger sister, Wu understands firsthand the barriers that families and communities face. She has a background in community advocacy, having worked at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, providing legal advice to low-income small business owners, as well as at the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center on immigration law cases for survivors of domestic violence.

In 2016, Councilor Wu was honored as one of Ten Outstanding Young Leaders by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and as part of Marie Claire magazine’s New Guard: The 50 Most Influential Women in America.

Michelle Wu graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish, and lives in Roslindale with her husband Conor and her two year-old son Blaise.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 

Bob Giannino
Chief Executive Officer

Bob is Chief Executive Officer of uAspire, a national leader in providing college affordability services to young people and families, with local operations in Massachusetts (Boston, Springfield, Lawrence and Fall River) and the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco & Oakland), and training partnerships reaching more than 26 other states. This year, uAspire will serve more than 15,000 students, in grades 7-16, across Massachusetts and California and will reach an additional 75,000 young people through a mix of direct service work – on the ground and virtually – and partnerships with local, regional and national non-profit organizations, school districts and charter management organizations. By 2017, uAspire will reach more than a million young people every year through a mix of direct service, training partnerships, and policy and systemic change work.

Under Bob’s leadership, uAspire has been recognized for the important role it plays on issues of college access, success and affordability. Since 2010, uAspire received the Organization of Excellence Award by the National College Access Network, was named a Social Innovator by Root Cause, was recognized by Opportunity Knocks as one of nation’s “Best Non-Profits to Work For” and the Boston Foundation for “exceptional non-profit leadership”, and by Year Up as recipient of its Urban Empowerment Award. Personally, Bob’s leadership and contributions to the community been recognized by the Boston Business Journal, the Harvard Club of Boston, Social Capital Inc., and Freedom House. Bob and uAspire have been featured in numerous media outlets for their expertise on issues of college affordability, including NPR, Time Magazine, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education and National Journal.

Prior to joining uAspire, Bob served in several senior level management positions at Jumpstart for Young Children, including as Vice President of Business Development & Government Relations and three years as Executive Director of Jumpstart Boston. Bob serves on the Board of Directors of, the world’s largest non-profit internet job site, and the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard, and is on the Advisory Board of Excel Academy Charter Schools. He has formerly served on the Boards of the Campus Outreach Opportunity League (Chairman), Strong Women Strong Girls (Treasurer), Mount Ida College, and Social Capital, Inc.

As the first in his family to attend college, a product of the Somerville (MA) Public Schools, and a graduate of Harvard College, Bob knows the vital role that strong financial aid advice and minimizing debt plays in ensuring a strong economic future. He resides in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 

Charles Nardi
Chief Executive Officer


Charles Nardi is the Chief Executive Officer of Zudy and a member of its Board of Directors. He assumed the role on January 20, 2015. 

As CEO, Charles is focused on leading the organization in acquiring new customers and gaining market share in the application development industry. A former Zudy customer, Charles brings a unique and passionate perspective for customer success to the entire Zudy team.

Charles is a 25-year veteran of the IT industry, holding key leadership positions at BackOffice AssociatesAptuit,  Accenture and Purdue Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Zudy, Charles was a Managing Director in Accenture’s digital and analytics practice.

Charles graduated from Merrimack College where he earned a bachelor’s degree Computer Science.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

Jimmy Tingle
American Comic and Actor

Jimmy Tingle is regarded as one of the top social and political humorists in America. He has worked as a standup comic, producer, writer, actor, filmmaker and commentator in several mediums from the early 1980’s to the present day. Tingle was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts where the social, political and economic diversity of that city laid the groundwork for his development as a performer and satirist. After graduating from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1977 he started performing during the early standup comedy scene in Boston in the 1980s and quickly rose through the ranks from open-mike performances to paid engagements, headlining at comedy clubs, theaters and colleges nationwide.

Tingle recently returned to school, earning a masters degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was selected to give the graduate address at Harvard’s 2010 commencement ceremony. His latest one-person show “Jimmy Tingle for President- “The Funniest Campaign in History” continues to evolve with the changing political landscape of 2012. His newest film “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream” directed by Vincent Straggas won Best Documentary at the Independent Film Quarterly Film and New Media Festival in Los Angeles in 2011and is currently airing on over 60 PBS affiliates around the US.

His professional career has spanned nearly 3 decades. He worked for two seasons with “60 Minutes II” on CBS as the humorist / commentator in the Andy Rooney spot. He has worked as a contributor and satirist for MSNBC and has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” CNN, “Larry King’s Weekend,” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The American Comedy Awards,” as well as his own HBO comedy special.  He has also been a guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross and was the US correspondent on The Strategic Humor Initiative with Sir David Frost and The BBC.

Film credits include consulting and playing a television talk show host on Chris Rock’s “Head of State”; a neighborhood bartender in “Next Stop Wonderland;” a priest in “Boondock Saints;” and a restaurant owner in “By the Sea.” He played himself in the International Emmy winning arts documentary “Damned in the USA.” His theatrical credits include writing and starring in four one-person shows all of which were directed by Larry Arrick. “Jimmy Tingle’s Uncommon Sense”; “Jimmy Tingle in the Promise Land”; “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream” and his current production, “Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History.” Tingle has the rare distinction of winning the prestigious “Best of Boston” award as both a performer in 2001 in the “standup comedy” category and as a producer in 2007 for Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY Theater.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 

Robert A. Gough, Jr., Ph.D.
Managing Director

Chatham Hill

Dr. Robert A. Gough, Jr. is Managing Director of Chatham Hill, a strategic analytics and investment advisory firm that assists companies from early stage to Fortune 500.  Chatham Hill provides advanced predictive analytic systems to guide future thinking and intelligent decisions. Through the development of its Intelligent Decision Systems, Chatham Hill’s future-focused frameworks help companies to improve performance, expedite innovation, and simulate optimal paths to growth. Chatham Hill’s mission is to accelerate the transition to predictive analytic management: real-time information capabilities to enable quick-response decision making. Chatham Hill also provides investment capital through its partner groups to support expansion programs, acquisitions, and buy-outs.

Dr. Gough has over 30 years of experience in management, operations, strategy, and institutional capital markets. He has consulted with senior decision makers at some of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies including Bank of America, ING, Microsoft, PPG Industries, WR Grace, Boise Cascade, BF Goodrich, Standard Oil of CA and United Technologies. Dr. Gough has worked with leading government policy makers, including the Office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Great Britain, the Japanese External Trade Organization, the Bundesbank and the U.S. Department of Defense, and led the forecasting team that supported President Reagan’s Grace Commission.

Dr. Gough has directed teams in developing forecasting models and building Intelligent Decision Systems to help drive innovation and growth. He has served as CEO of ODI, an international management consulting company, and several companies within the Big Data/predictive analytics and software space, CEO of Corporate Broadcasting Network, and was chief investment strategist for a New York-based alternative investment company.

Dr. Gough is an alumnus of Bates College and received his Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University. He has served on numerous boards in the investment, technology and industrial markets, as well as institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Trustee Board at Bates College and the Board of Advisors at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

He has appeared on nationally televised programs such as the Lehrer News Hour, the Today Show, Good Morning America and the CBS Evening News. Dr. Gough was previously the economics editor at WBZ-TV, the Boston NBC (now CBS) affiliate, has hosted interactive radio shows on National Public Radio (NPR) and syndicated AM stations, and provided economic commentary for CBS radio on WBZ 1030.

Dr. Gough has testified before U.S. House and Senate committees on U.S. fiscal, monetary and budgetary policies. He has lectured at leading colleges and universities including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Duke, UCLA, Berkeley and Wellesley, where he was Visiting Professor of economics for ten years. For the past 15 years, he has enjoyed sharing his knowledge as Senior Lecturer in management at the University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Gough is renowned for his public speaking in both this country and abroad on the effects of the economy, technology and government policies on investment opportunities and growth strategies. Through highly entertaining stories, anecdotes, analogies, and dramatically simple explanations, he makes complex information accessible. His expertise in helping companies understand the impact and opportunities of market shaping trends make him an invaluable resource for current and aspiring market leaders around the world. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 

Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS
Chief Clinical and Safety Officer 
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

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Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, Chief Clinical and Safety Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), leads IHI programs focusing on improving patient and workforce safety. Dr. Gandhi was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) from 2013 until 2017, when the Foundation merged with IHI. She continues to serve as President of the Lucian Leape Institute, a think tank founded by NPSF that now operates under the IHI patient safety focus area. She also holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gandhi is a prominent advocate for patient safety at the regional, national, and international levels, driving educational and professional certification efforts, and helping to create and spread innovative new safety ideas. In 2009, she received the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for her contributions to understanding the epidemiology and possible prevention strategies for medical errors in the outpatient setting. An internist by training, Dr. Gandhi previously served as Executive Director of Quality and Safety at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Partners Healthcare. She received her MD and MPH from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and trained at Duke University Medical Center.