Benaree Wiley, an African American, female HBS graduate (class of 1972), has been appointed CEO and President in 1991 of the partnership, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to developing leadership potential in professionals of color and in increasing their representation in area businesses and institutions. The organization suffered from a lack of unity among the board, an unclear mission and financial challenges, including debts of more than $ 100,000. Starting with only one assistant, … Read more »

Benaree Wiley, an African American, female HBS graduate (class of 1972), has been appointed CEO and President in 1991 of the partnership, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to developing leadership potential in professionals of color and in increasing their representation in area businesses and institutions. The organization suffered from a lack of unity among the board, an unclear mission and financial challenges, including debts of more than $ 100,000. Starting with only one assistant, Wiley built the organization from the ground up, with their ability to develop and maintain relationships as a basis for growth. In December 2004, Wiley announced her impending retirement, so that the organization with the strategic challenge of moving its programs and services to a level of greater influence (via the Boston community), without the leadership of its CEO, announced.
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Laura Morgan Roberts,
Victoria W. Winston
Source: Harvard Business School
18 pages.
Publication Date: Oct 24, 2005. Prod #: 406012-PDF-ENG
Bennie Wiley at The Partnership, Inc. HBR case solution