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Colette Phillips Launches GK! Market

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Member Colette Phillips was recently awarded the largest contract to a minority-owned company by the city of Boston.

Additionally, Colette has launched GK! Market, a game-changing small business platform for BIPOC and women-owned businesses for corporate procurement and to give small business a digital presence and marketing support so they can thrive and survive during the pandemic. Read coverage of the launch here: Boston Magazine, Boston Business Journal, Boston GlobeNBC10 Boston.

 

New Member Spotlight: Anne Klibanski

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In 2020, MWF accepted many new members! Each day, we will be highlighting one. Please join us in welcoming, Anne Klibanski, M.D., CEO, Partners Healthcare.

 

Anne is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mass General Brigham, a Boston based integrated health care system that includes internationally known Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, nationally recognized specialty hospitals including Spaulding, Mass Eye and Ear, and McLean, seven community hospitals, a health insurance company, physician networks, community health centers, home care and long-term care services. The largest private employer in Massachusetts with 78,000 employees and annual revenue of $13.4 billion, the non-profit health care system is the nation’s leading recipient of NIH funding and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, establishing the health care system’s position as a national leader in medical research and teaching.

New Member Spotlight: Eneida Roman

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In 2020, MWF accepted many new members! Each day, we will be highlighting one. Please join us in welcoming, Eneida Roman, President, Roman Law / Omega Global.

 

A nationally recognized leader, Eneida is a trained attorney and organizational psychologist, and for two decades, she has used her expertise in law, conflict resolution, cultural competence, and public affairs to advise her clients. Eneida is Founder of Roman Law, a Boston-based boutique law firm and Partner of Omega Global Advisors, a government relations firm. She is known as a catalytic pacesetter and an ardent champion of advancing women and Latinos.

New Member Spotlight: Desiree Ralls-Morrison

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In 2020, MWF accepted many new members! Each day, we will be highlighting one. Please join us in welcoming, Desiree Ralls-Morrison, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Boston Scientific Corporation.

 

Desiree Ralls-Morrison is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boston Scientific, a position she has held since November 2017.  In this role, she is responsible for providing global legal leadership across all of the businesses, regions and functions, and overseeing the company’s global compliance function.  She also advises both the Board of Directors and CEO.

New Member Spotlight: Yvonne Hao

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In 2020, MWF accepted many new members! Each day, we will be highlighting one. Please join us in welcoming, Yvonne Hao, Managing Director, Cove Hill Partners.

 

Yvonne has spent her career in strategic operating roles within the consumer, technology, and private equity industries. She is currently a Managing Director and Co-founder at Cove Hill Partners, a new private equity firm focused on partnering with outstanding management teams to build market-leading consumer and technology companies. The Firm manages a long-duration fund with over $1 billion of commitments from its investors and founders.

New Member Spotlight: Deborah Theobald

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In 2020, MWF accepted many new members! Each day, we will be highlighting one. Please join us in welcoming, Deborah Theobald, Co-founder and CEO, Vecna Healthcare.

 

Deborah has spent over 20 years developing and deploying automation solutions to the health care sector across the globe. As the Co-Founder of Vecna, a leader in health care information technology and robotics, Deborah has positively impacted millions of peoples’ lives through innovative new technologies that improve access to and quality of care. Deborah has brought to market QC PathFinder for electronic outbreak surveillance of hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and Patient Self Service Kiosk, Portal and Mobile solutions. Vecna’s Department of Defense funded BEAR (Battlefield Extraction and Recovery) and the QC Bot Hospital Logistics Robots are among a number of robotic tools and products fulfilling Vecna’s goal of better technology for a better world.

New Member Spotlight: Nancy Lurker

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In 2020, MWF accepted many new members! Each day, we will be highlighting one. Please join us in welcoming, Nancy Lurker, President and CEO, EyePoint Pharmaceuticals.

 

Nancy, a veteran in the biopharmaceutical industry, joined EyePoint in September  2016 as President and Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors.  Ms. Lurker has more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical services industries.

New Member Spotlight: Priya Iyer

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In 2020, MWF accepted many new members! Each day, we will be highlighting one. Please join us in welcoming, Priya Iyer, Chair & CEO, Vee24, Inc.

 

With over 25 years of diverse international experience in nearly every facet of software, Priya is a proven, high-growth entrepreneurial CEO with a leadership philosophy centered on engaging clients and employees to build industry leading SaaS software platforms and delivering exceptional stakeholder value. Her demonstrated success in developing and scaling a strong entrepreneurial and innovative culture, attracting and retaining top talent, cultivating a sense of ownership throughout the organization, and leading successful teams has earned her many recognitions.

New Member Spotlight: Lynn Perry Wooten

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In 2020, MWF accepted many new members! Each day, we will be highlighting one. Please join us in welcoming, Lynn Perry Wooten, President, Simmons University.

 

Lynn, a seasoned academic and an expert on organizational development and transformation, became the ninth president of Simmons University on July 1, 2020. She is the first African American to lead the university. Specializing in crisis leadership, diversity and inclusion, and positive leadership—organizational behavior that reveals and nurtures the highest level of human potential—Dr. Wooten is an innovative leader and prolific author and presenter whose research has informed her work in the classroom and as an administrator.

Members Named in 50 Most Influential Business People of Color in MetroWest Region

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Members Donna Gittens and Eneida Roman were recognized by the Newton-Needham Chamber and Get Konnected as “50 Most Influential Business People of Color” in the MetroWest region. The list aims to celebrate, document and showcase the plethora of professionals and executives of color making a positive contribution to the economic and social fabric of the region. The honorees, selected by a seven-member committee from over 200 nominations, work and/or sit on a board for a business or nonprofit that is physically located in Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Natick and Framingham. Click here to read about the initiative and other honorees.

 

Donna Gittens, Founder & CEO, MORE Advertising

Eneida Roman, Co-Founder, Amplify Latinx