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Bentley President, Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq. to Receive Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership at Working Wonders


Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq.Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children announced today that Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq., President of Bentley University, will be honored with this year’s Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership for her transformational impact in the Boston region and beyond. Ms. Larson is Bentley’s first female president, a prominent attorney, public policy expert, businesswoman and mentor. She will be presented the award at the 2018 Working Wonders benefit evening on Wednesday, April 11 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Working Wonders is Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children's signature fundraising event.

About Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq.

“Gloria Cordes Larson is a true visionary leader in the Greater Boston community,” said Michael Wagner, MD, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. “Throughout her career, she has built relationships and been a trailblazer for women in all of her endeavors. During her tenure at Bentley, Gloria has extended the University’s influence into the business community, supported young women entering the workforce and helped companies to remove barriers to gender equality. She possesses an infectious energy that pulls people in, leading to change that is nothing short of transformative.”

Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq. was elected to the presidency of Bentley University after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. She was drawn to Bentley because of its inventive approach to redefining business education—by fusing its core business curriculum with the arts and sciences, and its strong focus on ethics and social responsibility.

During her tenure, the institution has reached a number of milestones centered on the content and value of a business education in the 21st Century marketplace. President Larson is the author of PreparedU: How Innovative Colleges Drive Student Success, published by Jossey-Bass, a division of Wiley. She also launched the Center for Women and Business at Bentley in 2011, with a mission to advance shared leadership among women and men in the corporate world and to develop women as business leaders. Currently, she serves on the boards of directors of two public companies, Unum Group and Boston Private, as well as a number of non-profit boards.

Before joining Bentley, Larson was co-chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag LLP. She led a business advisory cabinet for Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick and served as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Republican Governor William Weld. Larson also oversaw business and regulatory issues as Deputy Director of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington.

Larson was named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: The Newsmakers” and ranked #8 on The Commonwealth Institute’s and the Boston Globe Magazine’s Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in MA. She has also been named among Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People”; the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: Influential Bostonians;” Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston;” and is the recipient of the International Women’s Forum “Women Who Make a Difference” Award and Associated Industries of MA “Next Century” Award, as well as the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural “Collaborative Leadership Award” and “Academy of Distinguished Bostonians Award.” She was also honored with the Region I “President’s Award” from NASPA, the leading association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

The Ellen M. Zane Award

Ellen M. Zane served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children from 2004 to 2011. Over the course of her tenure, Zane returned the Medical Center to financial stability. She strengthened its relationship with Tufts University, established its community physician network, which now includes more than 1,800 doctors, and launched its Distributed Academic Medical Center™ model, a partnership with community affiliates designed to keep more care in the community.

Under Ellen’s leadership, the hallmark of Tufts Medical Center has been the high-quality care it provides to its patients, among the most medically complex patient population of any full service acute-care hospital in the Commonwealth. Zane was the first woman and first non-physician to serve as CEO in the 220-year history of the Medical Center. Because of Ellen Zane and her transformative vision, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children have brighter futures.

The Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership is named in honor of Tufts Medical Center CEO Emeritus Ellen M. Zane and is inspired by her impactful presence and tenure while President and CEO from 2004-2011. The award is presented annually at Working Wonders to an individual who exemplifies visionary and transformational leadership. Past recipients include Martin “Marty” Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post; Jonathan Bush, Chairman & CEO, athenahealth Inc.; Third Rock Ventures Co-Founders Kevin Starr, Robert Tepper, MD and Mark Levin; Governor Deval Patrick and Thomas F. Shield, Chairman and CEO of Shields Health Care GroupMs. Larson is the first woman to be honored with the award.

About 2018 Working Wonders

Elika Portnoy, Filmmaker and Tufts MC Governor, and her husband, Adam Portnoy, President and CEO, The RMR Group, will co-chair the event. Tufts Medical Center physicians Carl Heilman, MD, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, and David Thaler, MD, PhD, Neurologist-in-Chief, will also co-chair the event.

The 2018 Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center annual benefit evening will be held on April 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Jim Braude, Anchor, Greater Boston and Co-host, Boston Public Radio, WGBH, will be the emcee for the evening. The menu will feature creations from Barbara Lynch, Chef Owner, Barbara Lynch Collective. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-636-7656.