Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) is proud to present Berklee president Roger H. Brown and his wife, Linda A. Mason, as keynote speakers for this installment of the Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series. Together, Brown and Mason founded the company Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc., a successful, publicly traded company that is a leading provider of early education and preschools, employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, educational advisory services, and other work/life solutions. Come hear this inspiring couple discuss entrepreneurship, musicianship, and their life journey.
Roger H. Brown
Berklee president Roger H. Brown brings a rich array of professional and life experiences to his work leading the world’s largest college of contemporary music—skills accrued playing recording sessions as a drummer in New York, administering United Nations humanitarian operations in Southeast Asia and Africa, and founding Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. his wife, Linda Mason. Bright Horizons now employs more than 24,000 people and serves more than 80,000 families. Brown and Mason have jointly received many accolades, including the Ernst & Young/USA TODAY Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the White House’s Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership.
Linda A. Mason
Linda Mason was recently appointed leader-in-residence at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. She also serves as chair of the Global Leadership Council for Mercy Corps, a $450 million international relief and development agency playing a major role in crisis areas around the world, where she has traveled extensively, working closely with the United States government on major international initiatives. Earlier in her career, she ran emergency relief operations for CARE and Save the Children in Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition to Bright Horizons, Mason, along with her husband, also cofounded Horizons for Homeless Children, an organization providing childcare and related services to homeless children and their parents.