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Bio diversity: The 50+ most influential people of color in life science and health care

By Max Stendahl  –  Biotech Reporter, Boston Business Journal 

Sep 15, 2017, 13:8pm Updated Sep 15, 2017, 13:18pm 

The life sciences industry isn’t exactly known for its racial diversity. Colette Phillips is aiming to change that narrative.

In 2008, Phillips launched Get Konnected, a networking event that brings together business professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs in the Boston area from “diverse cultures.” Last year, hoping to spotlight and celebrate the diversity that does exist in the city, the group released its list of Boston’s 100 most influential people of color.

Now, Phillips and Get Konnected have compiled a similar list focused on the life sciences and healthcare sectors — key drivers of the state’s economic growth. The list, which highlights 57 local leaders, will be officially unveiled at an event on Sept. 19 at the headquarters of Partners HealthCare. Tony Coles, the CEO of Cambridge-based Yumanity Therapeutics and one of the drug industry’s few black CEOs nationally, will be the featured speaker.

“It’s an opportunity to celebrate diversity and inclusion in an industry that people often don’t think of as being diverse,” said Phillips, who runs a communications and marketing firm in Boston. “We want to bring to the forefront those people who are contributing enormously to the economic, healthcare and social fabric of our community, and yet are unknown to a lot of people.”

The Boston Business Journal got an advanced look at the GK50 list ahead of the event, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 19, sponsored by Partners and Neighborhood Health Plan. Check out the slideshow above to see who’s being honored.

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