Get Konnected! Announces List of Most Impactful Black Women in Boston

It's the first edition of the list from the networking group.

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The city of Boston is experiencing a sea change with the inauguration of the city’s first ever Black, female mayor, with Kim Janey taking over the position as Marty Walsh departs for Washington. Just in time, Get Konnected!, a local business networking organization, has released its first ever list of Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women. The list encompasses a broad range of fields, from media figures to academia to faith to life sciences. For this inaugural version, a selection committee headed by Get Konnected! CEO Colette Phillips included two subgroups, the 25 Most Impactful Black Women in Health Care and Sciences, as well as the 25 Most Impactful Black Women Pioneers. You’ll spot names including City Councilor Andrea Campbell, WBUR’s Paris Alston, and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius.

“Black women rule right now,” Phillips said in a press release. “These women have forged trails as powerful and impactful as early Boston activists from abolitionist Elizabeth Riley to civil-rights leader and icon Melnea Cass.” It’s part of the mission at Get Konnected! to showcase the contributions of people of color in the state, and the list is a logical next step to promote those achievements. To see the full list, take a look at the video below.