Bentley’s Leadership Forum Follow Up ~ You Guessed It ~ Time Well Spent

I posted my thoughts on the LinkedIn Bentley Alumni discussion board, but thought I’d drop them here as well… If you want to read my other posts about Bentley, just use the search tool in the right hand-column… You can also search for conscious capitalism for a few other posts on the topic…

I was a virtual attendee at the Fifth Annual Leadership Forum. The technical abilities at Bentley did not disappoint either – I felt like I had a front row seat… I only regret not being there to meet Priya in person. After attending my daughter’s National Honor Society induction the night before and staying up late with her collating 31 local scholarship applications, my body just couldn’t get there, through the 128 morning traffic and the crowd expected to far exceed the allowed seating… Enough excuses. Shoulda… Coulda…Woulda BUT it was still awesome…
As a social entrepreneur, I found the speakers, their stories and their message inspiring and empowering. And, the Tomorrow 25 “kids” that were introduced, don’t even get me started!

Click Here to go to the Leadership Forum Video Highlights. (Check out Van Jones speech, around the 5-8 minute mark for a favorite clip.)

The Leadership Summit is the perfect illustration of Bentley’s dedication to “doing well by doing good.” Given the recent (and, I believe, inevitable) upheaval in the economy, I am hopeful that, in addition to Bentley’s current student population, Bentley alums will help lead the way toward conscious capitalism, a concept with considerable merit and in need of passionate support. Given their leadership role in business ethics, among other things, it only makes sense that Bentley would be a major part of the conversation to promote positive change, socially and environmentally, while embracing and espousing the benefits of a capitalistic economy in which ethics, morality, transparency and stewardship to our future generations, those less fortunate, and our environment are all part of the equation.

It is my greatest hope that our society will reach a point of critical mass, where conscious capitalism, the triple-bottom-line and impact on stakeholders are all part of the mainstream business vernacular. Kudos to Bentley for their leadership, not only in their conversations and events, but also their actions on this incredibly important topic at this critical time in our nation’s history.

I could go on (and on). If you are interested in digging deeper, your time would be well spent checking out a couple of related links.

Whole Foods President John Mackey’s commencement speech 2008 at Bentley:

For those who may have missed it, Bentley has a partnership program in support of City Year that should serve as a model to all institutions of higher learning:

Bentley grad Joe Marchese, the speaker at the Tomorrow 25 Luncheon, is walking the walk of conscious capitalism through the creation of his website that harnesses the potential for social media to serve as a positive changemaker, simply by helping organizations drive profits by promoting their socially responsible initiatives:

It’s with pride that I watch Bentley continue to raise the bar and lead the way in ethically-based, cutting-edge business standards that promote and encourage business initiatives and innovation that, in President Gloria Larson’s words, “are both good for business and the broader social good.”

If I sound gushy about Bentley, that’s how I truly feel. Being my authentic self is a great part of values-driven business – working each day in service to a mission that is in synch with my own values and aspirations to be a part of the positive change that is upon us. Not bad work if you can find it or create it!


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