Since 2016, prominent Boston College liberal arts alumni have returned to the Heights to speak to students on the second day of Endeavor about the advantages provided by a liberal arts education. 

2021 Keynote Speaker

Yolanda Lyle

Yolanda Lyle, MCAS '94, Law '01
Vice President, Executive Operations
Chief of Staff to Albert Bourla, Chairman and CEO, Pfizer Inc

Yolanda Lyle is an accomplished attorney with more than 15 years of experience providing counsel to pharmaceutical companies. She is currently Vice President of Executive Operations and Chief of Staff to Albert Bourla, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc. Prior to accepting this appointment, she was Chief Compliance Counsel for Pfizer’s Research & Development, Medical and Manufacturing operations where she was responsible for a team of attorneys providing global compliance support to each of these areas.  Her team was focused on preventing and detecting systemic risk, ensuring the effective implementation and management of compliance program elements, and regularly assessing compliance-related controls across the enterprise.

Yolanda is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a network of the nation’s most influential African American executives. She also serves on the Scholar Advisory Committee for the Northeast Region of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. In 2017, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association honored Yolanda with a Luminary Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the healthcare industry and her dedication to advancing the careers of other women.

Yolanda began her career as a corporate attorney with the law firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish, in Boston, MA.  She is a native Bostonian and proud double eagle, having earned her law degree from Boston College Law School and her undergraduate degree from Boston College. 


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Past Keynote Speakers


Grace Zuncic '05

2020 Speaker


Austin Bryant '09

2019 Speaker

Ariel Belgrave Harris

Ariel Belgrave Harris '11

2019 Speaker


Lev Golinkin '03

Lev Golinkin '03

2018 Speaker

Arivee Vargas Rozier-Byrd '05, J.D. '08

Arivee Vargas Rozier-Byrd '05, J.D. '08

2017 Speaker

Steve Pemberton, '89, H'15

Steve Pemberton '89, H'15

2016 Speaker