Angela Boville speaks at inaugural Franklin Pierce lecture

  • Angela Boville speaks during Franklin Pierce University’s inaugural College of Business Executive-in-Residence Lecture. PHOTO BY LUKE NEWMAN/FPU

Published: 11/11/2022 12:29:29 PM

As part of the Pierce@60 Signature Event Series, Franklin Pierce University held its inaugural College of Business Executive-in-Residence Lecture Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Angela Boville, president and CEO at Ascentria Care Alliance, presented “The Heart of Sustainability: Doing Good and Doing Well Simultaneously.”

“This lecture series is designed to be informative, thought-provoking and cover an arrange of topics that bring together students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” stated Norm Faiola, dean of the College of Business. “The business leaders who will be part of this ongoing series will represent a diverse array of experiences and perspectives.”

Bovill joined Ascentria Care Alliance in 2008 as chief financial officer, was named chief operating officer in 2011 and became president and CEO in January, 2013. In her current role, she has led a transformation of the nonprofit – streamlining, rebranding and changing the model of care to be more human-centered and partnership-focused.

Before joining Ascentria, Boville was general manager of digital services for IDEXX Laboratories, where she worked for 17 years in business development, mergers and acquisitions and turnarounds. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern Maine, majoring in economics, and earned an MBA with honors from Boston University.

She has completed multiple executive education programs, including at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

“When you start thinking about what difference you want to make in the world, you have to do it for yourself first, but you can also do it in business,” said Boville in her remarks. “It does not have to be either you make a difference or you make money; you can do both.”

Boville urged the audience to think about what they wanted to leave behind and to write their eulogy as an exercise in how they would want to be remembered.

“You would be shocked how that affects your path in life,” she said.

Boville also emphasized how vital it is for business leaders to embrace the concept of doing well and doing good simultaneously, acknowledging it takes work.

“You can build big vibrant organizations that help a lot of people and do a lot of good and still make money,” Boville said. “Neither by themselves is OK. You cannot just make money and walk away or just do good for people and be a martyr. You can have both, but you have to do it differently.”

The lecture was held in Spagnuolo Hall. Opening the event with remarks was Tom Raffio, president and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental and chair of the College of Business Advisory Board.

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