Luncheon Speakers

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Donald Berwick, MD
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
President Emeritus and Senior Fellow

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is also former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and on the staffs of Boston's Children's Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has also served as Vice Chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, the first "Independent Member" of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He served two terms on the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) Governing Council, was a member of the IOM's Global Health Board, and served on President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. Recognized as a leading authority on health care quality and improvement, Dr. Berwick has received numerous awards for his contributions. In 2005, he was appointed "Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire" by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles and six books. He currently serves as Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

Donna Hochberg, PHD
Health Advances

Donna joined Health Advances in 2005 and leads the firm’s Diagnostics and Life Science Tools Practice, a global practice which combines her consulting and scientific experience to provide results-oriented commercialization strategies for her clients.Her work includes application and R&D prioritization, launch strategy, corporate strategy and portfolio optimization, deal diligence, international and domestic market analysis using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, and pricing and reimbursement strategies. Her clients offer products and services in precision medicine, point-of-care, mainstream clinical diagnostic, and life science tools and range from small diagnostics and tools start-ups to the largest public companies and non-profit institutions in the industry. Prior to joining Health Advances, Donna worked as a scientist at One Cell Systems and Iquum developing diagnostics for oncology and infectious diseases. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her PhD in Immunology from the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University.


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Linda Dorcena Forry
Inclusion and Community for the Northeast, Suffolk Construction
Vice President

For over two decades, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry has dedicated her professional life to a career in public service, working in various capacities in both state and local government. As a first generation American of Haitian descent, Senator Forry gained from her parents a strong work ethic and an understanding of the transformational power of education and recognized the value of civic engagement from an early age. Senator Forry, 43, is presently in her 12th year of elected office in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In April 2013, after a highly competitive special election, Forry was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate. A native Bostonian, Senator Forry is the first woman and person of color to represent the Commonwealth's 1st Suffolk District, a diverse and thriving cross-section of Boston which includes Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston and Hyde Park. In 2017, Senator Forry was appointed Assistant Majority Whip by Senate President Stanley Rosenberg. She was also named Vice-Chair of the Committees on Housing and Intergovernmental Affairs; and currently serves as a member of the Joint Committees on Transportation; Marijuana Policy; Export Development; and Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. During the previous Legislative Session, Senator Forry served as Vice Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Drug Addiction Treatment Options and Application of Section 35. Senator Forry continues to serve as a member of the Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus and the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. Senator Forry had the honor of serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2005 for the Commonwealth's 12th Suffolk District, where she chaired the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, and quickly became an authority on the concerns facing small businesses. With an assertive approach, Senator Forry spearheaded major legislative initiatives, taking the lead on a broad range of critical issues, from promoting community-led economic investments, to protecting rights of temporary workers and ensuring every child has access to quality education. While in the House, Senator Forry took on tough challenges as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Service, while serving on important committees such as: Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy; and Public Safety and Homeland Security. Senator Forry remains committed to strengthening neighborhoods and empowering families by supporting legislation that spurs economic growth, job creation, business development and improvements to the state's education system. She continues to play a leadership role on immigration issues at both the state and federal level. As the only Haitian American elected official in Massachusetts, Senator Forry remains committed to rallying her colleagues, advocates and immigrant groups across the state relative to issues significant to ethnic communities. Senator Forry has received numerous recognitions and awards for her leadership, including some of the following: the United Way Women Who Live United Award (2016); Community Health Center Leader Award (2016) for her steadfast support of community health centers; YMCA Legislative Champion Award (2014); Boys & Girls Clubs Champion of Youth Award (2014); Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award (2013); Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC)'s Public Service Award (2013).

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Jerry Sargent
Citizens Bank
President Massachusetts and Northeast Regional Executive

Jerry Sargent is President of Citizens Bank, Massachusetts and National Head of Middle Market and Not-For-Profit Banking. He co-chairs the bank’s Board of Advisors and chairs the bank’s New England Charitable Giving Board. Citizens Bank has been a member of the Greater Boston Chamber since 1930. Through decades of change at both institutions, Citizens and the Chamber remain close partners dedicated to making businesses, individuals, and the entire region thrive. “Citizens values our membership and long history with the Chamber,” says Jerry Sargent, Massachusetts president of Citizens Bank.  “Belonging to the Chamber is essential to being part of the Greater Boston business community.”Citizens Bank is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions. Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. The bank’s Citizens Helping Citizens program also addresses four key areas: fighting hunger, providing shelter, teaching money management and strengthening communities. Today Jerry serves on the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Membership Committee. “I believe in the Chamber’s mission of making Greater Boston the best place to start and grow a business.” Citizens’ employees participate in the Chamber’s events, the Women’s Network, and leadership development programs. Citizens is also the sole sponsor of the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network, which has grown to more than 2,500 members in just a year-and-a-half. “Citizens shares the Chamber’s commitment to cultivating the next generation of leaders of the business community through the Young Professionals Network. Our partnership will ensure that we can attract, develop and retain our talented young workforce in the Greater Boston region."Citizens Bank and the Chamber look forward to many more years of contributing to the growth and success of Greater Boston.  


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Dr. Stephen Spinelli 
Babson College

A lifelong entrepreneur, President Spinelli has spent his career at the intersection of academia, business, and philanthropy. He co-founded Jiffy Lube International and was chairman and CEO of the American Oil Change Corporation, helping to pioneer the quick-lube industry nationwide and turning Jiffy Lube into the nation’s dominant competitor with more than 1,000 service centers. As a long-standing member of the Babson community, President Spinelli spent 14 years of his career as a member of the College’s faculty, vice provost for entrepreneurship and global management, and director of The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. During his tenure at Babson, President Spinelli played a number of critical and influential roles. He was an influential member of both the President’s Cabinet and the Academic Council, as well as chair of the entrepreneurship task force that contributed significantly to the College’s strategic plan. He led the charge to maintain Babson’s No. 1 ranking for entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Reportand to achieve, for the first time, the No. 1 ranking for entrepreneurship in Financial Times in 2006 (repeating in 2007). In 2011, President Spinelli was inducted into Babson’s Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. As vice provost, President Spinelli was instrumental in strengthening and growing important initiatives including the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), the world’s largest collaborative research project studying entrepreneurship; the Entrepreneurship Intensity Track curriculum; Rocket Pitch and in doubling the entrepreneurship faculty. He also was responsible for expanding the Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) to an international program. In September 2007, he became president of Philadelphia University, which later merged with Thomas Jefferson University to form the new Jefferson, where he was named chancellor in July 2017. As president of Philadelphia University, he established the unique Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce: one of America’s first transdisciplinary colleges. He championed the Master of Science in Sustainable Design, an award-winning, transdisciplinary, collaborative degree program that is among the most recognized Sustainable Design graduate degrees in the world. Under his leadership, Philadelphia University enjoyed record enrollment and retention, with particular growth in graduate enrollment, continuing and professional studies enrollment, and online enrollment. President Spinelli’s work has appeared in journals such as The Journal of the Society for College and University Planning, Journal of Business Venturing, the British Management Journal, and Frontiers of Entrepreneurship. He also has been featured in such popular press as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Boston Globe, Entrepreneur, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Economist, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Bloomberg Business Week. He has authored numerous business cases, book chapters, and co-authored Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently InnovateBusiness Plans That WorkFranchising: Pathway to Wealth CreationHow to Raise CapitalNever Bet the Farm; The Casebook for Young Entrepreneurs; Entrepreneurship: The Engine of Growth; and New Venture Creation for the 21st Century, now in its 10th edition. He has consulted for or led executive education programs for corporations such as Intel Corporation, IBM Corporation, Allied Domecq, and Planet Fitness. He has served on a number of corporate boards and in leadership roles for community, business, and professional associations. Currently, he serves on the board of advisors for the Berwind Corporation and the board of directors for Planet Fitness. He also has served on the boards of trustees of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Episcopal Academy, Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress, and Ben Franklin Technology Partnership of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He has been invited to speak and lecture at numerous conferences and universities around the world, including Georgetown University, Villanova University, Ulster University, the Brazil Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators, INMAX Annual Meeting, American Cities Foundation, Planet Fitness National Convention, the Union League of Philadelphia, New Jersey Technology Council, Young Presidents’ Organization, and The London Business School. President Spinelli earned his PhD in economics from The Management School, Imperial College, University of London, his MBA from Babson College, and his BA in economics from McDaniel College. In 2016, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Ulster University in Northern Ireland.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Vikki Spruill
New England Aquarium
President and CEO

Throughout her career, Vikki N. Spruill has worked to strengthen ocean conservation. As president and CEO of the New England Aquarium and its research and conservation institute, the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, Ms. Spruill seeks to combine the conveningpower of the Aquarium’s 1.4 million annualvisitors with cutting-edge scientific research and education to advocate for vital and vibrant oceans. She previously served as president and CEO of the Council on Foundations, the largest association of philanthropic grant-making organizations,and Ocean Conservancy, one of the nation’sforemost science-based advocacy organizations dedicated to the oceans. Ms. Spruill founded the Trash Free Seas Alliance, an industry collaborative that has produced seminal research on the impacts of plastic in the ocean, and helped found and currently serves on the board of COMPASS, which works to empower scientists to better engage in the public discourse on environmental issues. She was also the founding director of SeaWeb, an innovative initiative that worked at the intersection of policy, science, and communications in support of ocean conservation. Her research and leadership helped catalyze the sustainable seafood movement.


Tuesday, March 2, 2021 

Scott Almeida
Recorded Future

Scott Almeida leads the finance, human resources, legal, and administration organizations for Recorded Future, the largest global security intelligence provider and one of the largest pure SaaS security companies in the United States. Scott joined Recorded Future in 2013 when the company had less than a $1m of recurring revenue and has overseen the company’s finances through a successful $780M acquisition by Insight Partners in 2019 which was completed in 45 days from LOI to closed deal. The company continues growing and crossed $100M of annually recurring revenue early in 2020 and is on its way to $200M less than 24 months later all while remaining break even on a cash basis.  The company has grown from less than 30 employees and 3 offices in two countries in 2013 to almost 600 employees, 7 offices in 6 countries with over 1,000 clients in 50 countries.  Previously, Scott was CFO at AisleBuyer, the leader in mobile self-checkout which was acquired by Intuit in 2012. At Intuit Scott headed up finance and business development for Quickbase. Prior to AisleBuyer, Scott led finance teams for software and consumer products companies and was the CFO for two private equity firms. Scott holds both an MBA and BS in Accounting from Babson College.

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