Razia Jan is the founder and president of Razia’s Ray of Hope foundation, a nonprofit organization that empowers young women and girls in Afghanistan through community-based education. Born in Afghanistan, Razia moved to the United States in 1970. The proprietor of a small tailoring business in Duxbury, Massachusetts, for 20 years she served as president of the town’s Rotary Club. In the aftermath of September 11, Razia rallied her adopted New England community to send over 400 homemade blankets to rescue workers at Ground Zero after September 11. Her efforts expanded to include sending care packages to US troops in Afghanistan.
Through her involvement in the military’s Operation Shoe Fly, she coordinated the delivery of over 30,000 pairs of shoes to needy Afghan children. Razia has received many awards for her humanitarian work, including a 2012 CNN Top 10 Hero award. In 2014, Razia was named Social Innovator by the Lewis Institute at Babson College and in 2015 she was awarded a Woman of Action award from Rotary International at the United Nations in New York City. Today, in order to continue her humanitarian work, school administration, fundraising efforts, and spending time with family, Razia travels between Afghanistan and the United States.
Eveline Buchatskiy is co-founder and managing partner of One Way Ventures, a Boston-based seed fund for outstanding immigrant tech founders. A strong proponent for innovation among immigrant-led start-ups, she is grounded in the principle that immigrants make dedicated leaders because, as her fund’s tagline iterates: “Because immigrants don’t buy round trip”.
Eveline is an immigrant from Brazil and former Director for the Techstars Boston program. She launched and was the Managing Partner for Eastlabs, a prominent accelerator in Ukraine that jumpstarted the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem regionally. As CEO for media company Ekonomika, Eveline spearheaded its transformation into a digital hub. She was also CEO for cleantech company APCT. Prior to her startup and digital journey, Eveline worked 10 years as process and control systems engineer in several multimillion dollar projects for the industrial gas industry. She immigrated from Brazil to US, Luxembourg, Ukraine, and back to the US.
Colette Phillips is the founder and president of CPC Communications, a pioneering public relations and marketing communications boutique firm located in the Financial District of Boston. An immigrant from Antigua, she has been in Boston long enough that words like: “Pioneer,” ”Visionary,” “Connector,” “Multicultural Marketing Maven,” “Game-Changer” have become regularly-used phrases to describe her influence on the Boston corporate scene. She is widely respected and recognized for her ability to build bridges and create cross-cultural and inter-racial business and social networks and connections. Her breadth of experience spans close to three decades of counseling major corporations, C- level executives, celebrities,world leaders and mission focused non-profit institutions and policy-makers as well as successfully managing and overseeing public relations, brand management, corporate citizenship, and inclusion/multicultural marketing campaigns for a number of distinguished clients.
Always an innovator, in 2008, she launched an innovative social impact venture called Get Konnected! which has become the city’s premier inclusive business networking event that brings together urban and international professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs and graduate students across industries and sectors for networking