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Get Konnected! Honors 12 Boston Leaders As "Diversity Game Changers: White Men Who Can Jump!"

Get Konnected! Is Boston's First and Region's Only Urban Business Networking Group

BOSTON, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 500 professionals, business leaders and executives will gather at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Tuesday, March 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to honor 12 outstanding diversity game changers in the city of Boston from the fields of Academia, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Mentoring, Non-profit, Politics, Public Sector, Social Innovation and Sports.

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With the theme "Diversity Game Changers: White Men Who Can Jump," the event celebrates the sixth anniversary of Get Konnected! Boston's premier urban business networking event that brings together professionals, business executives and entrepreneurs of all cultures for the purpose of networking.  Each year, Get Konnected! focuses on a theme. In 2011 the theme was Legends and Leaders. In 2012  it was Women who Rock. Last year it was Leading by Example.

"I have been asked why are you honoring only white men?" says Colette Phillips CEO and President of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc. and founder of Get Konnected! "The answer is simple, because white men occupy the majority CEO positions in this city and country and are in a unique position to affect real and meaningful change. We are honoring those men who are doing and have done the right thing in moving the dial in hopes that their peers will emulate them."   Phillips contends that for those who view "diversity" and "inclusion" only through the narrow lens of race and gender, Get Konnected!'s sixth anniversary celebration on Tuesday, March 25 is a teachable moment.  

The honorees are: 

  1. Academia: Dean Barry Bluestone, Director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban Studies at Northeastern University 
  2. Financial Services: Robert Rivers, President and COO of Eastern Bank
  3. Financial Services: Eric Rosengren: President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  4. Life Sciences: Dr. Peter Slavin: President and CEO Massachusetts General Hospital
  5. Mentoring: James Geraghty Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management
  6. Non Profit-Advocacy: Rob Leikind, Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
  7. Politics: Mayor of Boston Martin J. Walsh
  8. Politics: Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman
  9. Public Sector: James Rooney, Executive Director Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  10. Social Innovation: Alan Khazei President & CEO Be The Change and Adjunct Professor Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  11. Sports Philanthropy: John Henry, Principal Owner of The Red Sox and Owner of the Boston Globe
  12. Sports Management: Larry Lucchino, President & CEO Boston Red Sox

"I am proud that over the past six years, Get Konnected! has been recognized by Greater Boston's corporations, nonprofits and business executives for its contribution toward making Boston a more welcoming and inclusive city for people of all backgrounds," says Phillips.

"Many enlightened business leaders recognize that diversity and inclusion are business, social and political imperatives necessary to compete in today's global economy. These leaders are being honored for their commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion both in the workplace marketplace and philanthropy."

For a virtual experience of Get Konnected! see the following links:

Get Konnected 2014 Video   

Get Konnected! on ABC affiliate WCVB TV Chronicle
WCVB TV 5 Chronicle

Get Konnected! Magazine
http://leverettmedia.com/getkonnected

The Boston Globe wrote about this issue and Get Konnected on March 19, 2014.

For information, go to http://www.getkonnected.com/

ABOUT GET KONNECTED!

Launched in 2008, Get Konnected! is New England's first and only urban bi-monthly professional and business networking event that brings together urban professionals, business executives and entrepreneurs of diverse cultures, across industries and sectors to enrich and enhance their professional development, forge new relationships, and expand their personal and professional networks. Named Boston's Best Multicultural Event, Get Konnected! is sponsored by  both local and global corporations that view Get Konnected! as both a marketing and HR opportunity.  The event aims to make Boston a more welcoming and inclusive city while facilitating and fostering cross-cultural business, professional and social connections. 

Get Konnected! was created by Colette Phillips Communications, Inc. (CPC global) an innovative marketing/PR company with a quarter century of experience helping clients get the maximum return from their markets.  Founded in 1986, CPC has worked with Fortune 500 companies and has helped them build their brands and grow their bottom lines by effectively targeting the nation's fastest growing consumer demographics including women, immigrants and people of color. CPC global is led by Colette Phillips who is widely respected and recognized for her amazing ability to build bridges and create cross-cultural and inter-racial social networks.  She is the first person of color to launch a successful public relations and multicultural/inclusion marketing communications firm in New England 28 years ago.

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