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Benaree P. Wiley

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Human Resources Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Go With Your Gut.

Birthplace

Born:
5/13/1946
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Human Resources Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Go With Your Gut.

Birthplace

Born:
5/13/1946
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Benaree “Bennie” Pratt Wiley was born on May 13, 1946, in Washington, D.C. Her mother, Mildred Petticord Pratt, died when she was two years old, and her father, Carlisle Pratt, was an attorney and judge before his death in 1993. Wiley grew up in Washington, D.C., and was raised by her paternal grandmother Hazel and her aunt, Aimee Pratt. She is also the sister of Sharon Pratt Kelly, who served as the mayor of Washington, D.C. from 1991-1995.

Wiley attended the public schools of Washington and graduated from Howard University in 1968 with a B.A. degree in marketing. In July 1970, she married Fletcher “Flash” Wiley and a month later they moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she entered Harvard University’s Business School, graduating with an M.B.A. in 1972. After receiving her M.B.A., she served as a consultant with such corporations as Abt Associates, Contract Research Corporation and Urban Systems Research and Engineering. As an independent consultant, Wiley 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 in Massachusetts. During her time working as a consultant, her son, Pratt was born in 1976 and her daughter, B.J., in 1978.

In 1991, Wiley became the president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., in Boston. The Partnership’s goal is to assist businesses in the Boston area to attract, retain and develop professionals of color, to increase the number of black professionals at all levels of leadership in the corporate sector of Boston and to help these professionals navigate the complex corporate structure of Boston. Under Wiley’s leadership, The Partnership became a major force in Boston’s corporate world, helping over 1,300 African Americans integrate themselves into the corporate community and stimulated more than 200 corporate partners to open doors for black professionals.

Wiley is highly active in the Boston community. She is a past chair of the directors of the Children’s Museum in Boston, a trustee of Boston College, and overseer of WGBH Educational Foundation, a director of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and a director of the Boston Foundation. As a former director of the Crispus Attucks Children’s Center, she and her husband were honored for their two decades of service with the dedication of a playground in their name at the Center. In 2003, Wiley was selected as one of Boston’s most powerful women by Boston Magazine.

Wiley retired from The Partnership, Inc., in 2005. She and her husband reside in Boston.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Benaree Wiley's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Benaree Wiley talks about her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Benaree Wiley talks about her father, an attorney and judge in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Benaree Wiley remembers her grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Benaree Wiley talks about her father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Benaree Wiley recalls the death of her mother and her relationship with her sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Benaree Wiley describes her childhood neighborhood, LeDroit Park in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Benaree Wiley recalls a family celebration of the Brown v. Board decision
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Benaree Wiley discusses elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Benaree Wiley talks about her middle school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Benaree Wiley discusses her high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Benaree Wiley reflects on her participation in student protests at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Benaree Wiley tells of her studies at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Benaree Wiley recalls working in a "women's job" at IBM in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Benaree Wiley talks about her decision to attend Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Benaree Wiley discusses her marriage to Fletcher Wiley, their move to Massachusetts and the culture shock they experienced
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Benaree Wiley remembers being a female minority at Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Benaree Wiley names her children and their birth dates
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Benaree Wiley explains her post-graduate school job with Abt Associates in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Benaree Wiley talks about working as a business consultant at several firms
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Benaree Wiley talks about owning a toy store, "a great family endeavor"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Benaree Wiley explains her family's move to an African American neighborhood in Boston
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Benaree Wiley discusses her professional and civic careers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Benaree Wiley tells of her sister Sharon Pratt Kelly's political career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Benaree Wiley gives a history of The Partnership, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Benaree Wiley discusses her work as president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Benaree Wiley explains The Partnership's Boston Fellows Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Benarree Wiley talks about Boston's progress in race relations since 1970
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Benaree Wiley explains how The Partnership, Inc. is connected to Boston's communities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Benaree Wiley considers her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Benaree Wiley talks about future plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Benaree Wiley reflects on her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Benaree Wiley shares her hopes for the future of the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - How Benaree Wiley would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her husband, daughter and son, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, 2003
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her paternal grandmother, ca. 1948-1949
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her sister and father, Washington, D.C., 1954
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her sister, Sharon Pratt Kelly, 1949
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her sister, Sharon Pratt Kelly, ca. 1951
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her sister, Sharon Pratt Kelly, ca. 1954
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Benaree Wiley's kindergarten class photo, ca. 1951
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her sister and cousin, ca. 1950
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her friend and husband, Boston, Massachusetts, ca. 1975
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her husband, 'Flash' Wiley, at Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., 1971
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her husband and the Welch family, Killington, Vermont, 1986
  • Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her nieces, daughter, aunt and sister, France, 1997
  • Tape: 4 Story: 19 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with Wayne Budd, Jackie Budd and Fletcher 'Flash' Wiley, ca. 1990-1991
  • Tape: 4 Story: 20 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with Leo Breitman, Ron Brown and Richard Taylor, ca. 1993-1994
  • Tape: 4 Story: 21 - Photo - Benaree Wiley at a Partnership, Inc. conference, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, ca. 1999
  • Tape: 4 Story: 22 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with Liz Walker and Bob Johnson, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, ca. 1999
  • Tape: 4 Story: 23 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with Carol Faulk and an unidentified man, and students, John Marshall Elementary School, Dorchester, Massachusetts, ca. 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 24 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with her husband, son and Governor Mitt Romney, 2003
  • Tape: 4 Story: 25 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with a Boston Fellows [Program] class, 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 26 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with Partnership conference participants, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, not dated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 27 - Photo - Benaree Wiley with Diane Patrick, David Thomas and Gail Snowden, Martha's Vineyard, not dated