Benaree Pratt Wiley
Benaree Pratt Wiley, a member since 2009 and vice chairwoman of the Board of Trustees since July 1, 2014, is principal of The Wiley Group, a firm specializing in strategy, talent management, and leadership development. 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, Massachusetts 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, Mrs. Wiley is a director on the boards of Dreyfus Mutual Funds, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and CBIZ (NYSE). She has served as chair of PepsiCo’s African American Advisory Board, and formerly served on the board of First Albany (NASDAQ). A graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including induction into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians; Harvard Business School Distinguished Alumni Award from African American Student Association; and honorary doctorates from New England School of Law, Newbury College, and Boston College where she served as a Trustee for twelve years. She also had the honor of being featured on the cover of Boston magazine as one of Boston’s most powerful women.
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.