Melissa James to Receive Mosaic Award for Inclusion

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The 2017 Mosaic Award, for supporting inclusion and diversity in the Massachusetts tech ecosystem, will be presented to an individual who is a force for positive change and inclusion in the state. This year’s award will go to Melissa James, founder of the Tech Connection, the Black Tech Boston MeetUp Group, Hack.Diversity, and the Inclusive Innovation Summit. A former Google talent executive, James is a tireless advocate for constructively confronting unconscious bias, supporting race- and gender-blind recruiting, and building a diverse, high-impact tech workforce. 

“Melissa’s energetic leadership as a voice for diversity in high tech is having a profound impact in our state,” remarked MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft. “She is an advocate and a role model for inclusive innovation and a defender against unconscious bias in our community. Through sheer will and a friendly outlook, she is a force for positive change, building platforms and programs, and making us stronger one candidate, one company, and one community at a time.” 

In its 20th year, the Annual Mass Technology Leadership Awards are known as the Academy Awards for Tech in Massachusetts. The 2017 Awards Gala will be held on September 14 at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston. At the Gala, MassTLC will present special awards to Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the MIT App Inventor team, as well as naming winners in 14 additional award categories including: CEO of the Year, CTO of the Year, Emerging Executive of the Year, Company of the Year, Emerging Company of the Year, Building a Better Workforce, Cutting Edge Technology of the Year, Technology for a Better Tomorrow, and Innovative Technology of the Year awards for Consumer Tech, Financial Tech, IoT, Robotics, Security, and Sales & Marketing. See all our Award Finalists

Reserve your table/seat at the Awards Gala on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at the World Trade Center Boston. Details and registration.