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John Mackey, Chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market(R), and Ellen M. Zane, President and CEO, Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children, Offer Advice to Bentley Students at May 17 Commencement
Date:5/17/2008

l ... things that are not intellectually complex, things that don't challenge your IQ, but they challenge your EQ -- your emotional quotient. Things that will make a difference and that have to me in my path to leadership. Things that I wish someone had taught me along the way beyond the important things one learns in a classroom. My Dad explained that many of these things were the difference between goodness and greatness."

Zane began with the importance of taking risks, citing personal career risks she has taken. "Just remember, that you cannot steal second base with your foot on first. So risk is a very good thing to do, and do it with jobs that are hard and that nobody else would take ... the personal gratification is unbelievable ... the highs are higher -- the lows are also lower -- but it's worth it."

She also urged graduates to surround themselves with excellence, saying, "I am not the smartest person I know, but I am smart enough to know that I should hire people who are smarter than me, and all of their good work will accrue back to me."

Noting Bentley's strong commitment to community service, Zane said " ... never compromise the high road ... recognize through your careers that what you do as a human being, along with what you do as a professional, is enormously important ... long after I am gone as the CEO of Tufts Medical Center, I will not be remembered for the decisions I made everyday ... but I will be remembered for who I am and for what I have given them."

"In the end," she concluded, "all roads lead to leadership. Management and leadership are two very different things and your degree today has given you the groundwork to be excellent managers. Now the test will be: Are you excellent leaders?"

During the ceremony, Zane was presented with an honorary doctor of commercial science degree.

About the Graduates

At the undergraduate ceremony, 1,048 Bachelor of Science degrees, 18 Bachelor of Arts degrees,
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