Petitti urges Middle School students to respect others, value relationships

Pat Petitti, who once played the Tin Man in a Thayer Academy Middle School production of "The Wizard of Oz," recently addressed current Middle School students and urged them to have a heart.

Petitti, the co-founder and CEO of software company Catalant, served as guest speaker for the Middle School Honor Roll Assembly held at the CFA. Although he praised the students for their achievement, he noted that he himself never made the honor roll while a student at the Middle School.

Looking back on his own time at Thayer, Petitti recalled the friendships he made which still exist today. He said that while the students honored that day were obviously smart and knew how to work hard, they should also make sure they know how to be a really good friend and part of the community. He urged the students to place a value on listening to others.

He also encouraged the students to take risks or, as he put it, to "get comfortable in uncomfortable settings."

With a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Petitti leads a software company with roughly 180 employees. More than 30 percent of Fortune 100 companies use Catalant's platform, and the company has thousands of clients. Petitti is also the author of Reimagining Work: Strategies to Disrupt Talent, Lead Change, and Win with a Flexible Workforce.

The Dec. 10 assembly celebrated those students in Grades 5-8 who made honor roll or high honor roll.

Pat Petitti, CEO of Catalant

Pat Petitti, CEO of Catalant, a software company.