Front & Center is a speakers series featuring leaders and visionaries in global politics, economics and business.

Chris DeSantisSeptember 27, 2016 - Chris DeSantis

"Embracing Generational Diversity"

Chris DeSantis is an independent consultant with expertise in dealing with generational differences in the workplace, gender differences at work and mentoring that embraces diversity. He helps companies identify obstacles to effectiveness and subsequently works with them to create user friendly solutions aligned with their strategic initiatives. Chris has over 25 years of experience in training and development and holds graduate degrees in Marketing and Organization Development.

May 13, 2014 - Jules Pieri

Jules Pieri is co-founder and CEO of The Grommet, a product launch platform. The Grommet finds unique, undiscovered products and helps them succeed. The company has created a place for people who want their purchases to have meaning – to support what matters most to them: whether it's technical innovation, green or social enterprises, the creation of jobs, domestic manufacturing or the preservation of craft. 

November 14, 2013 - Kevin Cullen

"Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice"

Mr. Cullen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for The Boston Globe since 1985. He is the co-author of "Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church" and was a contributor to the book, "Britain and Ireland: Lives Entwined II." Mr. Cullen, along with fellow journalist Shelley Murphy, wrote The New York Times bestseller, "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice."

October 17, 2013 - Paul McGinley

"Ryder Cup 2014"

Mr. McGinley is a golfer and European Team Captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup. He discussed the Ryder Cup 2014 and his plans for the European Team against its formidable rival.

February 6, 2013 - Robert Pozen

"Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours"

Robert Pozen is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, former chairman of MFS Investment Management and former vice chairman of Fidelity Investments. At our Front & Center event, Mr. Pozen discussed his latest book, "Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours." He also signed complimentary copies of his new book for all attendees.

Mr. Pozen frequently writes articles for Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. He has published a book on the financial crisis, "Too Big to Save? How to Fix the US Financial System" and a guide for investors entitled "The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed."

February 28, 2012 - Edward Glaeser

"City Environments Fostering Knowledge, Innovation and Wealth"

Edward Glaeser is a pioneering urban economist. He has illuminated the vital role cities play in nurturing and promoting economic and cultural achievement, including entrepreneurship, idea creation and transmission, and even better personal health. Professor Glaeser is the author of Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier. He offers insights into the ways cities are the key to a nation’s growth and prosperity. He is Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University where he teaches urban and social economics. He is also Director of Taubman Center for State and Local Government and Director of Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Kennedy School of Government. Professor Glaeser is a writer for the Economix blog of The New York Times and a contributor to Bloomberg View.

May 10, 2011 - Linda Carli, Ph.D.

"Women and Leadership"

Linda Carli is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Wellesley College. At our Front & Center event she addressed issues related to the advancement of women in the workplace, drawing on her extensive research into the effects of gender on group interaction, communication, influence and leadership.

October 6, 2010 - James Kwak

"Crisis and Reform in the Financial Sector"

James Kwak is the co-founder of The Baseline Scenario, a widely-cited commentary on the global financial crisis, and is the co-author of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown. He has published articles for Foreign Policy, The Washington Post and Huffington Post, among others, and has appeared on Bill Moyers Journal. At our Speaker Series, he addressed issues related to the global financial crisis.

April 27, 2010 - Senator Paul G. Kirk, Jr.

"Experiences and Observations of an Interim Senator"

Senator Kirk, a former partner at the firm who was appointed to Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat until January’s special election, discussed his recent legislative experience and what went through his mind as he cast his vote on healthcare reform from Sen. Ted Kennedy’s desk.

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