Benaree Pratt Wiley
The Wiley Group
Benaree Pratt Wiley, a member since 2009, is Principal of The Wiley Group, a firm specializing in strategy, talent management, and leadership development. She is a driving force in the advancement of leadership diversity. For fifteen years, she served as the president and chief executive officer of The Partnership, Inc., a talent management organization for multicultural professionals in the greater Boston, Mass. region. Under her leadership, The Partnership, Inc. strengthened the capacity of greater Boston to attract, retain, and develop talented professionals of color and helped more than 1,300 African Americans integrate into the corporate community. This tenure is chronicled in a Harvard Business School case study on transformational non-profit leadership—Bennie Wiley and The Partnership, Inc.
Currently she is a director on the boards of the Dreyfus Mutual Funds, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She also chairs the PepsiCo African American Advisory Board and is an independent director of CBIZ, the leading provider of business services in the nation. Her civic activities include serving on the boards of The Boston Foundation, The Efficacy Institute, and Dress for Success Boston. A graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School, she received an honorary degree from Boston College and served 12 years as a Trustee. She serves as a Trustee Associate and a founding member of the Council for Women of Boston College.
It is an honor to serve as a trustee of Howard University. It is not only my alma mater, but also the most significant academic institution for African Americans in this country in the past and future. Howard has the extraordinary legacy of having shaped and prepared African American leaders who have influenced and effected change for the betterment of all aspects of our society. As a trustee, it is a privilege to build upon this wonderful legacy and accrue benefits for generations to come.