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Gloria Larson

Gloria Cordes Larson is the former President of Bentley University. Ms. Larson served as Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Affairs, Massachusetts Secretary of Consumer Affairs, and Chairman of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. She served as a Deputy Director of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission. She was a partner of Foley, Hoag and Eliot LLP, a law firm. Ms. Larson holds several board positions. Ms. Larson graduated from Vassar College and earned her law degree at the University of Virginia.

Advice Articles

Chief Enabling Officer

Gloria Larson suggests that an executive sponsor be a Chief Enabling Officer.

Decision Process

Gloria Larson suggests the decision making in this environment requires process, more process, and more process,




Gloria Larson suggests you focus on PM best practices.

Gaining Consensus

Gloria Cordes Larson guest stars in CHAOS Tuesday #6: Gaining Consensus.

Highly Participatory

Gloria Larson said, “When I first got to Bentley, the school had a strategic plan that had expired.

Integrating the Role

Gloria Larson suggests that the executive sponsor role is integral part of the her normal job. 

Interested Parties

Gloria Larson suggests it is important to reach out to get feedback and support.

Iterative Process:

Gloria Larson suggests having a process that is inclusive and iterative.




Gloria Larson said, “I’m a lawyer who likes to negotiate not litigate outcomes, but I know I often talk too much, talking when I should be listening."