Elizabeth R. Thornton

Professor of Management Practice Babson Executive Education, Author,

Elizabeth R. Thornton is an Author, Professor of Management Practice, Babson Executive Education and an Adjunct Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Babson College. She was Babson’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Thornton developed a new curriculum called the Principles of Objectivity, which she teaches to graduate students and to corporate executives. The course teaches people about objectivity—the power of seeing things as they are. Highly interactive and thought provoking, Thornton’s objectivity courses, workshops and seminars helps people rethink the way they think for greater effectiveness. The curriculum includes a program called objective and inclusive leadership that helps corporations engage in “no shame-no blame” conversations about unconscious bias in order to change behaviors and create a culture of inclusiveness. Thornton’s Objectivity can be found in blogs on Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Thornton founded the Global Initiative for Objective Leadership, Inc., to help people, corporations and nations evolve. Thornton educates and inspires people to use the power of their minds to change our world. Thornton empowers people to examine their underlying beliefs and assumptions that may be dividing us and helps them to develop new ways of thinking and acting that can unite us. She has over 15 years of corporate experience with institutions such as American Express and Bank One and more than 15 years of consulting/entrepreneurial experience with such clients as the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Clinton ’92/The White House, and a global beverage company. Thornton’s public policy work began in 2007 when Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick appointed her to serve on the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board. Thornton also served as Director of the newly legislated Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation and chaired its Technical Assistance Subcommittee. She also served on the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Board of Overseers. Thornton authored her first book: The Objective Leader: The Power of Seeing Things As They Are, published by Palgrave Macmillan, February 10, 2015. Thornton has a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University. She studied at the Oxford Center for Management Studies, and she holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business.