Corporations and Foundations
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Advancement seeks to establish, sustain, and deepen mutually beneficial partnerships between Northeastern and corporations and private foundations. The office provides external organizations with access to a world-class research university—one that, fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit, uses solution-focused, “use-inspired” investigation to solve societal challenges within local communities and around the globe.
The recent opening of the MathWorks Systems Modeling and Radio Technology (SMART) Laboratory marks the latest research development in the successful collaboration between Northeastern and MathWorks, a software-development firm based in Natick, Massachusetts. This latest collaboration with MathWorks builds on a strong relationship that includes co-op placements and research fellowships.
To discover how your company or foundation may benefit from a partnership with Northeastern University, please call us at 617.373.7749.
Acting Assistant Vice President and Senior Officer
Corporation and Foundation Advancement
Opportunities for Partnership
Our work seeks to foster strong, productive relationships between the corporate world—in Boston, across the country, and around the world—and the university’s faculty and academic program leaders. The goal is to promote:
- Strategic philanthropy that advances both Northeastern and the donating company;
- Faculty research and technology transfer;
- Co-ops and making permanent hires that strategically feed the talent pipeline;
- Executive engagement that brings business leaders to campus for lectures and presentations, including our signature CEO Breakfast Forum (see below for details);
- Customized corporate-education programs;
- Strategic sponsorships, gifts-in-kind, and endowed faculty positions and other naming opportunities that enable successful companies to do good while doing well.
In our work with foundations, our officers evaluate the grant-making programs of private foundations, associations, and charitable trusts with the aim of matching their priorities with those of the university, including new and existing projects, programs and faculty research. Qualifying organizations are then introduced to the appropriate faculty member or administrator, and we endeavor to develop fruitful, mutually gratifying and enduring relationships.
The CEO Breakfast Forum
The CEO Breakfast Forum is Northeastern University’s signature CEO speaker series. Since its inception in the early 1990s, this quarterly forum has featured top speakers, including Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America; Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE; and Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes Media. Speakers address a broad-based audience of CEOs, senior executives, and other business leaders. Attendance is by invitation only.
In Boston, the CEO Breakfast Forum is sponsored by Deloitte and WilmerHale and is presented in partnership with the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. In addition, Northeastern occasionally hosts meetings of the Forum in cities outside the United States for members and special guests.
For more information, please call 617.373.7749.
"Consumer is Boss"
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A 33-year veteran of The Gillette Company and Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G), Mr. Shirley brings deep and broad experience to Bacardi. Most recently, he served as Vice Chairman of Beauty & Grooming for P&G, where he led a $38 billion global business and portfolio of iconic mass and luxury consumer brands.
Mr. Shirley possesses a global perspective of the consumer goods sector, having led businesses and organizations throughout the world in areas including finance, sales, brand building, supply chain management and international commercial operations.
He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts. Leading family-owned Bacardi since March 2012, Mr. Shirley is based in Bacardi's global headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda.
Bacardi Limited was founded by Don Facundo Bacardi Masso in 1862. Still family-owned, it is the third largest spirits company in the world. Bacardi's portfolio of more than 200 brands includes Bacardi rum, Grey Goose vodka, Dewar's Blended Scotch whisky, Bombay Sapphire gin, Eristoff vodka, Cazadores tequila, and Martini vermouth.
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