After almost 30 years as a PR pioneer in Boston, I’m proud to move into the 21st Century with “Colette’s Connection”, the musings and insights of a multicultural marketing maven. I hope you find this site useful.
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 June 2010, the Boston Globe named her on it’s A-List of Must Have people at charitable events calling her A Social Connector. She is a tireless social entrepreneur, a connector and advocate, civic leader and champion for the inclusion and development of women and people of color. In 1990, Ms. Phillips co- founded the Black/Jewish Economic Roundtable, with the Boston chapter of The American Jewish Committee devoted to fostering better economic cooperation between the Black and Jewish communities. Boston Magazine has listed her as one of Boston’s 40 Most Fabulous People dubbing her “well connected.”
Colette Phillips has also been listed as one of the 100 most Powerful women in Boston, and One of Boston’s most powerful people by Boston Magazine, and listed by the Boston Herald as one of the 100 Most powerful people in Boston. Fashion Boston named her One of the 100 Best Dressed Bostonians and the Boston Globe listed her One of the 25 Most Stylish People in Boston in 2008.
In 2000 and 2007, she published Kaleidoscope, Boston’s first multicultural resource directory. Boston Magazine hailed it “the ultimate networking tool, for people left out 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, multicultural and 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 and Boston Latino TV in 2012 for “arduous work, dedication and success in providing consistent networking opportunities for professional of color throughout New England”
In 1998, Ms. Phillips wrote and published 21 Steps for Women to Win, a compact inspirational guide for women entrepreneurs and professional women. She has received numerous awards and citations for her personal, philanthropic and professional accomplishments including: Diversity Business cited her as A Woman to Watch in 2011; Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino and Boston’s Office of New Bostonians 2009 “We are Boston” Community Leadership Award for her contributions toward making Boston a more welcoming and inclusive city for all of its citizens; The American Jewish Committee honored her with its National Civic Achievement Award; the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Business; The Publicity Club of Boston’s Crystal Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Public Relations. The Lady Baden Powell’s Good Scout Award for her community and civic work. The Renaissance School’s Living Legend Award; Emerson College has honored her with both a Distinguished Alumna Award and an Alumni Recognition Award. The New England Council’s honored her with its Women in Business Leadership Award; in 1988 The Boston Jaycees named her one of Ten Outstanding Young Leaders and the YWCA of Boston named her to the 1999 class of its Academy of Women Achievers.
She currently serves on the board of Trustees of the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Board of Overseers at Emerson College; The Board of Visitors at Pine Manor College; The Mass General Hospital President’s Council, and a mentor/advisor for Conexion a mentoring organization for mid-level Latino professionals as well as the college students who intern at her company each year. She has served on the Boards of Directors of New England Health Enterprises, Inc. a privately held company, The Commonwealth Institute, Catholic Charities, the Board of Advisors of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, Project Bread, The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, the Advisory Board of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and the Community Awareness Committee for United Way of Massachusetts Bay.
Ms. Phillips has taught public relations and marketing to undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard University/Radcliffe College, Emerson College, Stonehill College, and Antioch College.
The firm, Colette Phillips Communications, Inc., has been listed by Boston Women Business in 2005, 2007 and 2008 as one of the top ten PR specialists in Boston and in 2006 as the Boston Business Journal one of the top 25 PR firms in Massachusetts.
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