Opening Keynote Speaker
CEO and President Colette Phillips Communications, Inc
Iconic, thought leader, innovator, practical visionary, pioneer, inclusive leader, uber connector, consummate networker are terms often used to describe Colette Phillips, who is the President and CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc. and Founder of Get Konnected! She is a values-based leader, trusted advisor and change agent who uses her influence and communications expertise to engage, enlighten, empower and educate multiple stakeholders on a variety of issues. She has extensive experience advising C-level executives, public figures, world leaders, entrepreneurs, and corporate teams across multiple industries including academia, arts and entertainment, energy, healthcare, financial services, non-profit, retail, real estate, sports, technology and transportation. She is a widely recognized expert in strategy and transformation who is frequently consulted by corporations and nonprofits on how to establish healthy, inclusive working environments for their employees and how to engage and serve culturally diverse consumers. A risk-taker and enterprising person, she pioneered inclusion /multicultural marketing in New England. She is highly respected for her amazing ability to create cross-cultural business and social relationships and networks. Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh cites her as one of his invaluable trusted advisors and mentors. She and her communications firm provide strategic and tactical support for stakeholder engagement, brand activation, reputation and crisis management, multicultural and inclusion communications and executive coaching.
Colette is a master at creating positive solutions and outcomes to solve challenging problems for her clients and sometimes society. In 2008, she launched Get Konnected! a social impact venture, which today is Boston’s premier inclusive business networking event series which brings together culturally diverse professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs across industries and sectors to learn, network and forge new business and social relationships. In 2016, she created the historic GK100, Boston’s first comprehensive compilation of the city’s 100 Most Influential People of Color. In 2017, she again made history with both the GK15 List saluting Greater Boston’s 15 Companies with the Most Racially and Gender Diverse Corporate Boards and the GK50 honoring Boston’s 50 Most Influential People of Color in Healthcare and Life Sciences. The Boston Globe has cited her as “changing the conversation on diversity in the city.” Get Konnected!’s impact on the Boston community has been transformative and is credited for making Boston a more welcoming and inclusive city for professionals of color.