Thursday, April 30, 2009

Chamber to honor Peter Lynch, Linda Whitlock, Gloria Larson at Centennial Celebration

On May 19 the Greater Boston Chamber will host our Centennial Celebration - our 100th Annual Meeting and Dinner.

Every year since 1983, the Chamber has had the privilege of inducting some of Greater Boston's most accomplished leaders into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians. At our Centennial Celebration on May 19, 2009, we will add two more members to this remarkable group.

Peter S. Lynch is considered one of the most successful money managers in Wall Street history. From 1977 to 1990, he was the portfolio manager of Fidelity's Magellan Fund. By the time he retired, Magellan had grown from $20 million to more than $14 billion, with over 1 million shareholders, making it the largest and best-performing equity fund in the world. Lynch currently serves as an advisory board member of the Fidelity Funds and vice chairman of Fidelity Management & Research. He left the Magellan Fund in 1990 in order to devote more time to non-profit work. He serves as president of the Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF), an organization devoted to supporting the educational mission of the Catholic Church. Over the past 19 years, Lynch has helped raise more than $60 million for CSF’s Inner City Scholarship Fund, which grants scholarships to children living in Boston’s inner city and attending Catholic schools. In 1999 Lynch and his wife donated $10 million to the Boston College School of Education – the largest gift in the history of the school. BC has since rededicated the school as the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education. Lynch is the author of three books, One Up on Wall Street, Beating the Street and Learn to Earn. His works have been touted as some of the most successful books ever written about the stock market and investing.

Linda Whitlock is the immediate past Nicholas President and Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, one of the most highly regarded youth institutions in Greater Boston.Whitlock brought her passion for excellence and inspired leadership to an organization whose high-impact programs enable more than 14,000 children and teens from low income neighborhoods in Greater Boston to become responsible citizens and leaders. During her decade at the helm of the Club, she nearly doubled the number of youths served by its programs, increased the endowment from less than $2 million to more than $20 million, and significantly broadened the giving base during one of the region’s largest fundraising campaigns. Whitlock served in the administrations of Governor Dukakis and Governor King, and has taught at MIT, Tufts, and the University of Michigan. She is a frequent lecturer on topics related to strategic leadership, effective governance, civic engagement, and skilled philanthropy, and most recently served as senior advisor to Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter in his role as CEO of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Whitlock has been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Boston by Boston Magazine, and currently serves on the boards of Cambridge Trust Company, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brandeis University, Boston World Partnerships, the Boston Museum, and Boston Afterschool and Beyond.

We will also recognize to the spirit of collaboration that continues to guide our business and government communities by honoring one truly extraordinary leader with the Chamber's first ever Collaborative Leadership Award.

Gloria Cordes Larson is president of Bentley University, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s best universities and graduate business programs. A public policy expert, lawyer and business leader, Larson has outstanding leadership in both the public and private sectors during the course of her career. She has compiled an outstanding track record as an effective bridge-builder – working to bring together opposing sides on divisive issues.

Larson joined Bentley from the leading law firm Foley Hoag, where she co-chaired the Government Strategies Group. Widely influential in economic policy, Larson led a business advisory cabinet for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and co-chaired his transition team. In the administration of former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, she served as secretary of economic affairs and secretary of consumer affairs and business regulation. Larson also served as a senior official of the Federal Trade Commission for more than 10 years. Since 1998 she has chaired the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, overseeing the renovation of the MassMutual Center in Springfield and construction of the $800 million Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. An advocate for economic growth and job creation, Larson has chaired or served on the boards of the New England Council, MassINC, Boston Center for the Arts, Roger Williams University School of Law, Massachusetts Women’s Forum, Rosie’s Place, and The Dimock Center. As befitting her collaborative leadership and reputation for bipartisanship, she was appointed by Governor Romney to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Board and appointed to the Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention by Mayor Thomas Menino.

We hope you will join us for this remarkable evening, as we pay tribute to the powerful legacy of the Chamber’s past and lay the groundwork for developing the leaders of our future.

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