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Founded in 2008 as a diversity, equity and inclusion social impact venture, Get Konnected  is Boston’s award-winning nationally recognized premier cross-cultural and inclusive business networking event series. We bring together professionals, business and civic leaders and entrepreneurs from all cultures across industries and sectors. Our mission is to curate meaningful cross-cultural business and social connections, enrich professional development, facilitate business and career opportunities, and make Boston a more welcoming and inclusive city. Named by  Boston Magazine as Boston’s Best Networking Group in its Best of Boston, 20232022 and 2020, Get Konnected! is also the creator of a series of specialized lists that celebrate, document and showcase the contributions people of color are making to the economic, civic and social fabric of Boston and Massachusetts. These lists include the historic GK100, Boston’s first comprehensive list of the 100 Most Influential People of Color; the historic first time 2023 lists of Boston’s Most Influential Men of Color and  Meet Boston’s Most Influential Asian American Pacific Islanders;  2021 Get Konnected! Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women;  50 Most Influential People of Color in Higher Education; the 2023 50 Most Influential Business Leader of Color in the Western Suburb and 2020  50 Most Influential Business Leaders in Boston’s Western Suburbs.

Meet our Founding Partners



Our programs – including in-person and virtual events, career resources, and the GK Market – unleash the power of inclusion, curate cross-cultural business connections, foster career advancement, and facilitate access to opportunity for women and people of color.

Named Boston’s Best Business Networking Group by Boston Magazine. Our cross-cultural events create meaningful business and social connections.


Looking for a new opportunity? Find your dream job with well-known companies in Boston and beyond.


Facilitating access to capital, mentorship, and opportunity for underrepresented startup founders in tech and innovation.

Campus Konnections! 

Helping to  “connects” students and new graduates to potential employers.


A dedicated team of executive recruiters who focus on helping top companies and nonprofits diversify their senior leadership roles with our exclusive network of high impact professionals of color.


Amplifying brands in Boston and beyond to fuel small business growth and increase their bottom line.




CEO and Founder, Get Konnected!
Co-Founder and President, The GK Fund

Colette is the President and CEO of Colette Phillips Communications and Founder of Get Konnected! She is an expert in strategy and transformation who is frequently consulted by corporations and Fortune 500 companies helping to establish healthy, inclusive working environments. She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Boston Business Journal and was named in 2020 among Boston Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. She serves as a trustee to Massachusetts General Hospital and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Committee, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Eastern Bank. She holds a BS and MS from Emerson College and a Honorary Doctorate from Mount Ida College.

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Harris Zhao

Chief Strategy Officer, Get Konnected!
President, NAAAP Boston

Harris is the Chief of Strategy and the President of the National Association of Asian American Professionals. He is a fearless community builder and an expert in operations and management. He has worked on Strategic Initiatives for Pharmaceutical Companies such as Sanofi, Takeda, and Bristol-Myers Squibb and has worked with several non-profit organizations to transform their operations and people experience. He is recognized as one of Boston's Outstanding Leaders in 2021 and a Most Influential Man of Color in 2023. Harris also serves as a DE&I speaker for organizations such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Boston Planning and Development Agency, Moderna, Google, State Sreet, and more.  

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Justyn Santiago

Program Manager, Get Konnected!

Manager, GK! On Campus


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