Benaree Pratt Wiley
Benaree Pratt Wiley (Bennie) (B.A. ‘68) is a corporate director and trustee. For 15 years, Wiley was the president and chief executive officer of The Partnership, Inc., an organization that strengthened Greater Boston’s capacity to attract, retain, and develop talented professionals of color.
Wiley is currently a director on boards of the BNY Mellon Mutual Funds and CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ). She has served as the chair of PepsiCo’s African American Advisory Board, and formerly served on the boards of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and First Albany (NASDAQ: FACT). Her civic activities include serving on the boards of Dress for Success Boston, Spaulding Hospital, the Black Economic Alliance, and formerly Howard University where she served as vice chair. In 2022, the National Association of Corporate Directors New England awarded Wiley the Director of the Year Award in Non-Profit Leadership.
She is a frequent speaker on leadership, diversity and professional development and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors and four honorary doctorates including from Boston College and New England School of Law. Among her many honors are induction into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians, the Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and Harvard Business School Distinguished Alumni Award from the African American Student Union.
Wiley also had the honor of being featured on the cover of Boston magazine as one of Boston’s most powerful women; and being the subject of a Harvard Business School case, “Bennie Wiley and The Partnership.”
In 2023, the Biden-Harris Administration appointed Wiley to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans.