Bennie Wiley

The Wiley Group

For 14 years, Bennie Wiley served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Partnership. The Partnership’s unique mission is to develop professionals of color in Boston, increase their representation in Boston area businesses and institutions and enhance opportunities for their leadership potential. She has effectively expanded and advanced The Partnership’s mission by creating a portfolio of services that strengthen Boston ‘s capacity to attract, retain and develop talented professionals of color, and thereby, enhancing the competitive advantage of the region.

Bennie’s experiences as a management consultant and entrepreneur were instrumental to building The Partnership into a sustainable and influential social enterprise. She served as a consultant with such corporations as Abt Associates, Contract Research Corporation and Urban Systems Research and Engineering. As an independent consultant, she worked with non-profit organizations to build their capacity and refine their program delivery. She then combined her interests in business and child development with the establishment of a high-end toy store, Giocatolli, on Martha’s Vineyard.

Bennie is currently a Director on the boards of the Dreyfus/Laurel Funds, the Pepsi African American Advisory Board and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Her civic activities include serving on the boards of Boston College, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Harvard Business School Alumni Board, the Boston Foundation, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Efficacy Institute and the Commonwealth Institute.

She is a frequent speaker on leadership, diversity and professional development and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; Honorary Degree from Newbury College; Harvard Business School Distinguished Alumni Award from the African American Student Union; and selected as one of Boston’s most powerful women by Boston magazine.

As a former director of the Crispus Attucks Children’s Center she, along with her husband Fletcher (Flash) Wiley, were honored for 20 years of commitment by the dedication of a playground in their name.

A graduate of Howard University and the Harvard Business School, she and her husband live in Brookline and have two children, Pratt and B.J.