Bob Rivers

Chair and CEO, Eastern Bank

A 37-year community banker who started his career as a teller, Bob is Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank. He is also Chair of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and The Dimock Center. Bob is involved extensively in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Jobs for Mass, and The Lowell Plan. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stonehill College, the Northern Essex Community College Foundation, the Board of Corporators of Lowell General Hospital, the Advisory Boards of the Lawrence Partnership and JFK Library Foundation, and is a member of the City of Boston’s Women’s Workforce Council. Bob has been named among the Top 10 “Most Influential People in Boston” by Boston Magazine, and to the Boston Business Journal Power 50 list for the last three years

Discussion Content

Robert F. Kennedy’s Day of Affirmation Speech

Brief Intro:

Considered his greatest and most famous speech (also known as The Ripple of Hope” speech), Senator Kennedy talks about individual liberty and the need for justice in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement, emphasizing inclusiveness and the power of individual action, inspiring us all to do what we can to help others.


Bob’s Discussion Questions (PDF for Print)

    1. What can each of you do using your resources, position, network, and influence to help meaningfully advance greater diversity and inclusion?
    2. How would you move these ideas into action?
    3. What support do you need to help make this happen?