Colette A. M. Phillips
“Savvy," "dynamic," "a pioneer" and "visionary," are terms often used to describe Ms. Phillips, who refuses to be defined by traditional barriers of gender and race. A risk-taker and enterprising person, she pioneered inclusion/multicultural marketing in New England. She is widely respected and recognized for her amazing ability to build bridges and create cross-cultural and inter-racial social networks and connections. Her breadth of experience spans three decades of counseling major corporations, mission-focused non-profit institutions, C-level executives, celebrities and world leaders, as well as successfully managing and overseeing public relations, brand management and inclusion/multicultural marketing campaigns for a number of distinguished clients.
In 2000 and 2007, she published Kaleidoscope, Boston’s first multicultural resource directory. Boston Magazine hailed it as “the ultimate networking tool for people left out of the network.” In 2008, building on the Kaleidoscope brand and her strong personal commitment to making Boston a more welcoming and inclusive city for people of all cultures, she founded yet another first: Get Konnected!, a bi- monthly cross-cultural professional and social networking event, which The Boston Globe calls “an ethnic rainbow of Boston professional and business leaders.” In 2009, in recognition of the growing need among non-profits in attracting upscale urban and multicultural volunteers, she introduced a non-profit component to Get Konnected! Each event now showcases a “featured non-profit.” In 2011, Get Konnected! was voted Best Multicultural Event in Boston by El Planeta Newspaper and honored by the Massachusetts State Legislature. In 2012, Ms. Phillips was honored by Boston Latino TV for her “arduous work, dedication and success in providing consistent networking opportunities for professional people of color throughout New England.”
She currently serves on the boards of trustees for: Massachusetts General Hospital; the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; and the Board of Overseers at Emerson College. She is also a mentor/advisor for Conexión, a mentoring organization for mid-level Latino professionals.