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Carroll School of Management

Lunch With A Leader

The Winston Center offers opportunities for students to meet with leaders in close quarters for lunch and informal conversation several times each year. An effort is made to invite student participants who have a demonstrated interest that is related to the leader’s area of expertise.

Upcoming Programs


Bob Davis
General Partner, Highland Capital Partners

Wednesday, September 24th
Fulton Honors Library
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Bob Davis is a General Partner at Highland focusing primarily on digital media and has been with the Highland team since 2001. He currently represents Highland with ALOHA, Dailybreak, Gemvara, Harry'sNameMediaOpenSky, Oyster BooksHandybook and SessionM. Davis previously served on the boards of Bullhorn (acquired by Vista Equity Partners), Fastclick (Nasdaq: FSTC), Going (acquired by AOL), Navic (acquired by MSFT), Pixable (acquired by SingTel), Quattro (acquired by Apple), Quigo (acquired by AOL) and Turbine (acquired by Warner Bros.)

Davis is the best-selling author of "Speed is Life: Street Smart Lessons from the Front Lines of Business (Currency)."

Prior to joining Highland, Davis served as the Chief Executive Officer of Terra Lycos (TRLY) formed in October 2000 with the $5.5 billion acquisition of Lycos by Telefonica’s Terra Networks of Spain. Previously, Davis was the Founder of Lycos, Inc. (LCOS) and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since its inception in 1995 where he led Lycos from a start-up with $2 million in venture capital funding to become the most visited online destination in the world. Under his leadership, Lycos jumped from the fastest IPO in Nasdaq history, a mere nine months from inception to offering, exceeding Wall Street estimates for 22 consecutive quarters, and grew to a global media entity.

Davis has also served on the boards of several public and private sector companies including John Hancock (JHFS), Ticketmaster (TCMS), Terra Lycos (TRLY), Lycos (LCOS) and Lycos Europe (LCY). He also served as a Trustee for Children’s Hospital Trust Board, The Rivers School and Board of Advisors for the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Davis has advised former President Clinton on matters relating to internet commerce and regulation and has addressed Congress, The United Nations, The National Press Corps and the U.S. Council of Foreign Relations on similar matters.

Davis earned a B.S. from Northeastern University, an M.B.A. from Babson College, an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Sciences from Bentley College and an Honorary Doctorate from Northeastern University.

Davis has been inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and received the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.



Joseph L. Hooley
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer,          State Street Corporation

Thursday, October 16th
Fulton Honors Library

Jay Hooley is chairman, president and chief executive officer of State Street Corporation, one of the world's leading providers of financial services to institutional investors, with US$27.4 trillion in assets under custody and administration, and US$2.3 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2013.

Since joining State Street in 1986, Hooley has held a number of diverse leadership positions with increasing responsibility. After leading the US Mutual Fund sales organization, he joined State Street’s shareholder servicing joint venture with Kansas City-based DST systems. From 1988 to 1990, he served as president and chief executive officer of National Financial Data Services and went on to become president and chief executive officer of Boston Financial Data Services from 1990 to 2000.

Hooley returned to State Street in 2000 to manage the company’s global investment servicing business. During this time, he played a lead role in the company’s major strategic acquisitions, including Deutsche Bank’s Global Securities Services business in 2003 and Investors Financial Services Corporation in 2007. Hooley was appointed vice chairman in 2006 and president and chief operating officer in 2008. In this role, he was responsible for all of State Street's asset servicing and trading activities worldwide. He also oversaw State Street’s securities operations and its corporate technology organization.

Hooley is a director on the board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, the President’s Council of the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) and a trustee of the board of Boston College. He is chairman of the Boston College Center for Asset Management and a member of The Boston Club’s Corporate Advisory Board, which is focused on identifying and recommending qualified women candidates for openings on corporate boards. Hooley is a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and is also a member of the Financial Services Forum in Washington, DC, a non-partisan financial and economic policy organization comprising the chief executive officers of 20 of the largest and most diversified financial services institutions doing business in the United States.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College.


Past Programs


Linda Dorcena Forry
Massachusetts Senator


Brad Bates
Director of Athletics, Boston College


Norby Williamson
Executive Vice President, Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN


Sean Burke
Chief Marketing Officer of Solutions, GE Healthcare


Bill McKiernan
Founder, CyberSource Corporation


Jere Doyle


Beth Mowins
Announcer and Reporter


Peter Cronan
Regional Vice President
Merrill Corporation


Carolyn and Peter Lynch
Lynch Foundation


Robert Bach
Former President of the Entertainment Devices Division, Microsoft
Chairman Emeritus, Boys and Girls Clubs of America   



Karen Kaplan
Hill Holliday


Dan Fitzpatrick
President and CEO for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, Citizens Bank


Peter Bell
General Partner
Highland Capital Partners
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Chris Menard
Chief Financial Officer
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Sam Kennedy
Fenway Sports Group
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Randy Seidl
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking – Americas, Hewlett-Packard Company
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Joe Petrowski
Gulf-Cumberland Group


David Wajsgras
Senior Vice President and CFO


Phil Schiller
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Apple
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Greg Brown
President and CEO


Joe Essa
Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc.


D. Scott Brown
President & COO
Sage Products, Inc.


Tom Sebok
President & CEO
Young & Rubicam North America


Fr. William P. Leahy, S.J.
University President
Boston College


Jim Gibbons
President and CEO
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.


Al Kelly
President and Head of Global Consumer Group
American Express Company


Michael Dupee '90
Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters


Christine M. Reynolds '80
President and COO
Fidelity Pricing and Cash Management Services Group


Mike White '74
Vice Chairman, PepsiCo
CEO, PepsiCo International


Benaree Wiley
Principal, The Wiley Group
Former President and CEO, The Partnership, Inc.


Jack Littman-Quinn '77
President and CEO
MarketBurst, LLC


Michael K. Durkin '77
President and CEO
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley


Michael Millette

Managing Director and Head of Financial Institutions-Structured Finance
Goldman Sachs, New York


Robert Amen '71
President and CEO
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.


Kevin Campbell, CSOM '82
Group Chief Executive for Outsourcing


Patricia Hillman
Executive Vice President
Fidelity Strategic Investments


Inaugural Lunch
with a Leader

Rev. Edward J. Phillips, MM '68