Lunch with a Leader

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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!

FALL 2021

Donna Tiner

Donna Tiner, CGSOM'98
Vice President, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
12:00PM | Fulton 515

Donna Tiner is Vice President and Manager of Financial Services for Global Risk Solutions at Liberty Mutual Insurance.  She is an executive leader with over 20 years of experience at the company, driving organizational transformations in Finance, Reinsurance, Information Management, and Premium Audit.  In her current role, Ms. Tiner is responsible for providing billing, audit, and credit risk services for large commercial and specialty lines policyholders, and she leads an organization of over 350 finance professionals located throughout the United States.

Ms. Tiner holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Houston and a master’s degree in Finance from Boston College.

Event is for undergraduate students only. Register here.


Bill Priemer

Bill Priemer '89
President & CEO, Hyland Software, Inc.
Friday, September 24, 2021
12:00PM | Carney 437

Bill Priemer is President & CEO of Hyland and he is ultimately responsible for ensuring that Hyland is a great company for all its stakeholders – customers, partners, employees, shareholders and communities. Mr. Priemer joined Hyland in 1997 as Vice President of Marketing. He became Vice President of Sales & Marketing in 2001, Chief Operating Officer in 2005 and CEO in 2013. Prior to joining Hyland, Mr. Priemer held marketing roles at FedEx and sales roles at AST, a personal computer manufacturer.

Mr. Priemer received a master’s degree in Marketing from Northwestern University and undergraduate degrees from Boston College. He serves on the boards of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Business Volunteers Unlimited, Westfield Bank and 7Signal.

Event is for undergraduate students only. Register here.


John Benda

John Benda, CDR, USN
76th Commanding Officer, USS Constitution
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
12:00PM | Fulton 515

Commander Benda attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute on a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and studied mechanical engineering. Upon graduating in 2001, he was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy. He then attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, for six months of surface warfare school. Benda was assigned to USS Ashlandem as a communications officer and was deployed in early 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning to Virginia, Benda was assigned to Amphibious Squadron 7 in San Diego as assistant operations planner. He served as part of the team providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief following the 2005 tsunami that affected Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. He was awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal for his service on that mission. After earning a second Master’s degree in 2012 from the Naval War College in Rhode Island, Benda became an instructor at the surface warfare officer school at Newport Naval Station, where he taught expeditionary warfare. He then returned to San Diego for duty as an engineer. Following that assignment, Benda returned to Massachusetts and received orders to USS Constitution as executive officer.

Event is for students only. Register here.