Eastern Bank Congratulates Boston’s 100 Most Influential Leaders of Color and 10 Years of Get Konnected!

March 30, 2018

Employees and Friends of the Bank Also Recognized

Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, congratulates Boston’s 100 Most Influential Leaders of Color named to the GK100: Greater Boston’s Most Influential People of Color list, including several employees and board members. The list recognizes diverse individuals and immigrants who are shaping the region as leaders and making positive contributions to the economic and social fabric of Greater Boston. Get Konnected! and Colette Phillips Communications partnered with The Boston Foundation and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce to produce the second edition of the list, and the GK10: Ten Game-Changing Equity Ideas.

“We’d like to congratulate all who have been honored as influential leaders of color in Boston, including Eastern’s own employees, friends and partners,” said Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank. “We also congratulate Get Konnected! on its 10th anniversary and thank its founder and Eastern Bank Trustee Colette Phillips for her leadership in making real progress around inclusivity and diversity in Boston. Removing racial barriers and creating a more inclusive city make our communities stronger economically and socially, and this recognition acknowledges the many people across our city who are leading important advances.” 

For the GK:100, members of the public were invited to identify and nominate individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds who have distinguished themselves in a range of fields, from business to social justice and innovation. Eastern Bank honorees include:

  • Paul Alexander, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer;
  • Roxann Cooke, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager; and
  • Glynn Lloyd, Executive Director of the Business Equity Initiative.

Also named to the list are:

  • Eastern Bank Director William “Mo” Cowan, VP, Global Litigation and Legal Policy, GE, and
  • Eastern Bank Corporators Zamawa Arenas, Founder and CEO, Flowetik; Betty Francisco, CEO and Co-Founder, Reimagine Play and Latina Circle & Amplify Latinx; David Howse, Assistant Vice President and Executive Director, ArtsEmerson; Eneida Roman, Founder, Roman Law Office and Co-Founder, The Latina Circle; and Jody Rose, President, New England Venture Capital Association.

Launched in March 2008, Get Konnected! is Boston’s premier business networking event. Its goal is to enrich professional development and forge new business and social relationships, making Boston a more diverse and inclusive city.

About Eastern Bank

Founded in 1818 and celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018, Boston-based Eastern Bank is America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, with $11 billion in assets and over 120 locations serving communities in eastern Massachusetts, southern and coastal New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Eastern provides exceptional access to fairly priced banking, investment and insurance products and services for consumers and businesses of all sizes. Eastern Bank, which includes Eastern Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance, is known for its outspoken advocacy and community support that has exceeded more than $110 million in charitable giving since 1999. An inclusive company, Eastern employs 1,900+ deeply committed professionals who value relationships with their customers, colleagues and communities. Join us for good at and follow Eastern on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

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