Brennan Symposium

Francis Brennan

Established in 2007, the Brennan Symposium for Student Leadership and Ethics is the major initiative of the Francis P. Brennan Fund.  Named in honor of Frank Brennan, BC ’39, this annual event is designed to equip the rising set of student leaders with new leadership skills and to foster dialogue among student leaders from different domains. Participants are drawn from the ranks of a variety of student clubs and organizations. 

A native of Somerville, son of Irish immigrants, and decorated World War II veteran, Brennan was a longtime leader in the Massachusetts banking and financial communities, and chairman of the board of the Massachusetts Business Development Corporation.  Mr. Brennan credited much of his success to being educated by Jesuits at Boston College.


Ben Rattray

Ben Rattray
Founder & CEO,

Mobilizing Youth to Change the World

Thursday, April 15, 2021
6:00PM | Via Zoom | Registration is required.

A link to attend will be emailed to you after registration.

Ben is the founder and CEO of, the world’s largest plat­form for social change with more than 250 million users. Named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world, Fortune’s 40 Under 40 rising young business leaders, and Fast Company’s most creative people in business, Ben is a prominent thought leader on the inter­section of technology, innovation, and social change. He has received the Commonwealth Club’s 21st Century Visionary Award, keynoted South by Southwest and Web Summit, and been profiled in dozens of news outlets including the New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, and CNN. Ben is a graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics, and is backed by investors such as Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and the founders of Linkedin, eBay, Twitter, and Yahoo!