Conversation with a Leader

Morrissey LWL

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. 

Are you alumni or a friend of Boston College and would like to share your career journey with current undergraduates? Email us at to learn how to get involved!


Finding Purpose: Compassion for Humanity

Steve Tumolo '84
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Heart to Heart

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
2:00 PM | Via Zoom

Heart to Heart offers pathways to healing by helping people reclaim their innate capacity for compassion. Our transformative education in mindfulness and empathetic communication provides a vital toolkit of inner resources that empowers individuals, families, and communities—in particular those affected by incarceration—to break patterns of addiction, alienation, and violence and make choices that lead to thriving futures.

Steve Tumolo

Steve is an educator who specializes in accompanying learners through transitional and transformational moments of their lives. His unique approach brings together Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, Christian faith and the body’s natural capacity for healing. He is Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, T’ai Chi Chih instructor, and certified trainer candidate with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Steve brings his healing presence to people incarcerated in jails and prisons, trauma survivors, students, faith communities, businesses and people in recovery. Through his leadership the nonprofits Comienzos and Heart to Heart emerged and grew. 

Steve’s work with incarcerated men and women has been featured in NBC News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and New Jersey Monthly. He is the recipient of the Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Award for the Study and Practice of Christian Mysticism, an OPUS Vision Award from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the Environmental Achievement Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. His work in correctional facilities has been commended by the State of New Jersey Legislature.

Steve is committed to fostering a culture of relationship. This is a world, envisioned by many of us, in which we experience our interconnectedness with all of life and the sacredness of each moment.  

Steve is a graduate of Boston College's Carroll School of Management and credits his PULSE experience as forming and transforming his life's path. He has a master’s degree in theology from the Maryknoll School of Theology and is a PhD candidate in leadership at Gonzaga University. 

For undergraduate students only. Click here to register.


Rupal Poltack

Rupal Patel Poltack '94
President, Walton Enterprises, LLC

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
2:00 PM | Via Zoom

Rupal Poltack is president of Walton Enterprises, LLC, the family office that serves the needs of the family of Sam and Helen Walton, enabling them to reach their personal, philanthropic, and business aspirations. Prior to joining Walton Enterprises in 2019, Ms. Poltack was a senior vice president of Fidelity Investments’ family office business. The division provides custody, brokerage, investment, and reporting services to family offices, wealthy families, and the advisors who support them. In this role, she was responsible for driving strategy, working to expand its involvement with regional and national family office organizations, overseeing business and product development, and driving an increased focus on innovation and digitization opportunities for family office clients.

Ms. Poltack first joined Fidelity in 2003 as a director in Fidelity Pricing and Cash Management Services in the Business Analysis division.  After four years, she left to serve as chief financial officer and chief operations officer of The Crosby Company/Beacon Trust Company, a large single-family office and private trust company. There, she held fiduciary responsibilities for corporate companies/entities, trusts and partnerships for family investments and philanthropy. She also oversaw the organizations’ operations, including finance, accounting, technology and risk.  In 2016, she rejoined Fidelity as a senior vice president of Strategy and Planning for Enterprise Technology. In this role, she led the assessment of key initiatives and practice management designed to advance technology development.

Ms. Poltack is a graduate of Boston College's Carroll School of Management.

For undergraduate students only. Click here to register.