Directors Emeritae

Linda Kanner

Linda Kanner is a serial entrepreneur and advisor to CEOs of early-stage, high-growth companies. She is a founding partner of The Orchard Group, which operates as a turnkey advisory board to early-stage technology companies. Most recently she was CEO of HBN Shoe, a venture-funded footwear technology company. Prior to that, she was involved in two venture-funded Internet companies, first as CEO of First Business Financial (now and then as COO of, which she co-founded in 1998 with her son, raising $40 million and growing the company to 125 people before it was sold.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Harvard Business School

Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, where she specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. Her strategic and practical insights have guided leaders of large and small organizations worldwide for over 25 years, through teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations and governments.

Linda Paresky

Founding TCI Board Member

Linda Paresky is an entrepreneur, educator and leader of women’s initiatives. A pioneer in the travel industry, Linda Paresky has profoundly impacted the business of travel. In 1965 she co-founded Crimson Travel in Cambridge, MA and, through internal growth and mergers, became co-chairman and owner of Thomas Cook Travel, USA, the third largest travel agency in the country.

Jean Tempel

First Light Capital, LLC

Jean C. Tempel is Managing General Partner of First Light Capital, LLC (a venture capital group). Jean’s extensive background includes 15 years in executive technology and operating roles at major New England banks, ten years in venture capital portfolio management, and several private investment and/or directorships in New England-based early stage technology companies.

Dorothy Terrell

Ms. Terrell is the former President & CEO of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). Ms. Terrell’s career also includes leadership roles in three premier technology firms, most recently NMS Communications. Formerly Natural Microsystems Inc., NMS is a pioneer in the delivery of innovative voice, video, and data services for wireless and wireline networks.

Grace K. Fey

Grace Fey Advisors

Grace Fey, CFA, is President of Grace Fey Advisors. For 20 years, Ms. Fey was a partner at Frontier Capital Management Co., LLC, serving as Executive Vice President and Director of the $7 billion investment management firm located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lois Lindauer

Lois L. Lindauer Searches

Lois L. Lindauer is the Director of Lois L. Lindauer Searches, a retained executive search firm with an exclusive focus on positions in the nonprofit sector. LLLS serves large entities and small mission-driven organizations in the education, healthcare, social service and arts sectors.

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.