Advisory Council Seminar

March 3-4, 2020 | Washington, DC, USA


Pat_FlynnPatricia M. Flynn, Trustee Professor, Economics and Management, Bentley University

Professor Patricia M. Flynn, PhD, is Trustee Professor of Economics and Management at Bentley University. She served as dean of the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley from 1992 to 2002. Pat’s research and teaching focus on technology-based economic development, corporate governance and women in business. Her publications include Technology Life Cycles and Human Resources and Turbulence in the American Workplace. She has also co-edited four books for the United Nations (UN) PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education); two on gender issues, and two on sustainability issues, more generally. Pat’s work has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Irish Times, and Financial Executive. She has testified before Congress and appeared on NBC's The Today Show discussing the impacts of technological change on jobs and workers. Pat has served on numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards. She currently is a director of Columbia Funds, which has assets under management of about $130 billion. She previously served on the boards of Boston Fed Bancorp Inc., U.S. Trust, and The Federal Savings Bank, each of which was acquired. In the not-for-profit sector, Flynn currently serves on: the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)/New England, the governing board of the Innovation Institute of the MA Technology Collaborative, the MA Business Roundtable, and as trustee of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Since 2011, Flynn has served as co-chair of the UN PRME’s Working Group on Gender Equality, which involves over 600 business schools in 80+ countries. Pat has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Emmanuel College, and a master's degree and PhD in Economics from Boston University. She has been awarded an honorary degree in Humane Letters from Emmanuel College; the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University; the Adamian Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Bentley University Scholar of the Year Award, and the New England Women's Leadership Award. In 2016 Pat was the inaugural recipient of the ‘Patricia M. Flynn Distinguished Women Leader in Business Education Award’ which is now granted annually at the AACSB ICAM meeting.  In 2017, she was presented the UN Pioneer Award for Thought Leadership in translating PRME into Action.