Luncheon Speakers

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Robert DeSalvio
Encore Boston Harbor

Bob DeSalvio joined Wynn Resorts Development in March 2014 to assist with the company’s development activities. He oversees Wynn Resort’s development project in Everett, Massachusetts as President of Encore Boston Harbor.  Prior to joining Wynn Resorts, DeSalvio served as President of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. There he led the development, construction, government relations and staffing of the resort prior to opening.  During his time at Sands, DeSalvio guided the resort to significant revenue growth.  In 1976, DeSalvio began his career in the hospitality industry after joining the Denver Hilton Hotel team in Denver, Colorado. 

Bob graduated from the University of Denver in 1978 from the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.  Currently, Bob is a member of the Lasell College Hospitality Advisory Board, the Penn State School of Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board and is a Member of the Board of Directors of Scholar Athletes. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Anthony Goodman
Russell Reynolds Associates
Consultant / Board & CEO Advisory Group

Anthony Goodman is a member of Russell Reynolds’ Board & CEO Advisory Group. Based in Boston, Anthony has significant experience working with board directors and their stakeholders across sectors in the United States and Europe. Anthony advises boards of major public, private and family-owned businesses on a wide variety of confidential matters. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds, Anthony was a partner at Tapestry Networks for more than twelve years. Tapestry convenes board directors, investors and regulators in small, private meetings for peer learning and to develop mutual understanding. While at Tapestry, Anthony created and led many corporate governance networks, including those for Fortune 500 lead directors and audit committee chairs. 

Anthony is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors in the U.S. and the International Corporate Governance Network. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in the UK. Anthony received his Master of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, where he was also elected president of the Oxford Union.

Emily Meneer
Russell Reynolds Associates

Emily Meneer is a member of the Russell Reynolds' Non-profit and Board Effectiveness Practices.  Emily has significant experience in management consulting, corporate social responsibility, and non-profit strategy and performance measurement.  Prior to Russell Reynolds, Emily was a Senior Specialist in the Social Impact practice at Bain & Company. She served as internal expert to consulting teams on a variety of topics including non-profit growth strategy, Board effectiveness, stakeholder engagement and fundraising strategy.  Emily also worked for the Canadian government at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), supporting program development and results measurement of global development investments.

Emily graduated with honors from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management (B.PAPM), with a specialization in International Development. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 

Nariman Behravesh
IHS Markit
Chief Economist

Norman Behravesh directs the entire economic forecasting process at IHS Markit and is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other emerging markets. He oversees the work of over 400 professionals, located in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa who cover economic, financial, and political developments in over 200 countries. Dr. Behravesh and his team have received numerous awards, among them the 2017 Lawrence R. Klein Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy Award and top forecasters by Consensus Economics in 2013.

Dr. Behravesh frequently is cited by leading business publications, and he is a featured speaker at many of the top global conferences each year, including IHS Markit CERAWeek and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Dr. Behravesh holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where Nobel Laureate Lawrence R. Klein was his dissertation advisor, and a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018  

Wendy Foster
Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay
President & CEO

Wendy Foster has more than three decades of executive leadership in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors and is nationally recognized for her leadership within the Big Brothers Big Sisters nationwide network. Wendy joined Big Brothers Big Sisters ten years ago and has been Chief Executive Officer for seven years. She leverages top-level management experience as well as project, systems and technology development skills in support of the close to 3,000 children the agency serves annually today and the thousands more the agency is scaling to reach. Prior to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wendy held executive positions at America Online (AOL) and Time-Life Inc., a division of Time-Warner. Wendy is a member of the LeadBoston Class of 2010, The Boston Club and the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. Wendy received the 2017 Pinnacle Award for Nonprofit Management from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Women’s Network Advisory Board. Wendy is a ‘Big Sister’ to ‘Little Sister’ Shanell. They have been ‘matched’ for five years.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019  

Ellen Zane
Tufts Medical Center
CEO Emeritus & Vice Chair

Ellen Zane is a nationally renowned health care leader who retired as President & Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children in late 2011. She was the first woman to run the hospital in its 221-year history.  The hospital employs more than 5,000 doctors, nurses, researchers, and other healthcare workers, includes Floating Hospital for Children, and has 450 beds. Ellen remains involved at Tufts Medical Center as a vice chair of the Board of Trustees. Ellen holds two faculty appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine including: Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Care Research and Assistant Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine.  Additionally, Ellen holds a faculty appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  For the period of 2011 to 2013, Ellen was a Distinguished Guest Lecturer in Healthcare Administration at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.

Ellen holds an Advanced Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and has a Master of Arts degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington.  She holds the following honorary degrees:  Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University, Doctorate of Business Administration from Stonehill College; and Doctorate of Humane Letters from Curry College.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 

Brian Frawley 
Korn Ferry/HayGroup 
Associate Client Partner 

 Brian Frawley’s focus is on leadership development and team effectiveness. Brian has consulted in the areas of executive and management coaching, executive assessment, team building and strategy development. He has led CEO succession projects and has designed and delivered leadership development programs in support of large scale organizational transformation initiatives. He is a skilled assessor and has designed and delivered executive assessment initiatives at all levels and across multiple geographies and business sectors. He has a particular focus on helping senior leaders effectively manage through transition and organizational change. 

Brian holds a bachelors and masters from Assumption College. He received his masters from Washington Theological Union and psychology doctorate from George Washington University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 

Dan Monroe
Peabody Essex Museum
Director & CEO

Dan Monroe, The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO, has held the top leadership position at the Peabody Essex Museum since 1993. Under his leadership, PEM has increased its operating budget, endowment, direct attendance, and attendance. Dan has spearheaded two major expansion projects: a 113,000-square-foot addition designed by Moshe Safdie, as well as an 80,000-square-foot Collection Stewardship Center and 40,000-square-foot new wing planned for completion by 2019. PEM also acquired Yin Yu Tang, the only complete antique Chinese house located outside China, and renovated and restored existing facilities. The $650 million landmark Advancement Campaign Monroe is leading will advance the museum's mission to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives.

Monroe is past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Association of Museums and the Western Museums Conference. Monroe helped write and pass federal legislation known as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) of 1990 and served on the NAGPRA Review Committee for more than 10 years. He is a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Library and Museum Services. He was a senior adviser to the Getty Institute's internationally acclaimed Museum Management Institute.

On the national and international stage, Monroe has lectured on a wide range of topics related to museums and their future. He co-authored Gifts of the Spirit and has organized or co-curated several exhibitions in the fields of photography, contemporary art and Native American art. Monroe has also been a professional musician, an art photographer and an award-winning filmmaker.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tom Bogan 
Adaptive Insights

Tom Bogan is a seasoned enterprise software executive, his background includes investor and board member of several highly successful software companies. He also served as Chairman for Citrix Systems. Currently, Tom sits on the board of SaaS companies Acquia and Apptio. Previously, he was a partner at Greylock Partners, where he focused on enterprise software investments. He was also president and COO at Rational Software until its acquisition by IBM. Before Rational, Tom served as CEO at Avatar Technologies and Pacific Data. He began his career as a financial officer in both public and private companies, serving as CFO at SQA and Orange Nassau, Inc., as well as vice president of finance at SCA Services. He has also held positions in public accounting.  Tom graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Stonehill College in Easton, MA. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 

Jim Stergios
Pioneer Institute
Executive Director

Jim Stergios is Executive Director of Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank founded in 1988. Prior to joining Pioneer, Jim was Chief of Staff and Undersecretary for Policy in the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he drove efforts on water policy, regulatory and permit reform, and urban revitalization. Jim serves on the Board of Overseers at Boston University, where he earned a doctoral degree in Political Science. Jim has appeared regularly on local television and radio news broadcasts, and his opinion pieces have appeared in local and national newspapers and business publications. Jim regularly speaks at national policy conferences.