The Professionals of Color Career Summit (POC) is a one-of-a-kind engagement providing world-class professional insights and career connections for Greater Boston’s diverse workforce. POC connects Boston’s diverse professionals with industry-leading inclusive organizations.
Find your breakthrough moment and cultivate your career at #POC20!

WHEN: Monday, February 24, 2020 | 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. 

WHERE: The Boston Marriott Copley Place 110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116  

DRESS CODE: Business Attire

#POC20 Event Photos by Christopher Huang


10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. - Registration and Networking

11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - Opening Remarks and Executive Panel Discussion

Shanda Foster

Emcee: Shanda Foster 

Host — “That 617 Life” Podcast, NBC Sports Boston





    Opening Remarks Speaker: Fahad Shahid 

    Head of Talent Acquisition — Homesite Insurance 




Su JounExecutive Panel Moderator: Su Joun

Principal — Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group




ef    Executive Panelist: Emerson Foster 

    Vice President of Human Resources, North America and Global Strategic Accounts

    —  Sodexo, Corporate Services Division 




grace-niwa-headshotExecutive Panelist: Grace Niwa

Vice President, Talent Acquisition & Executive Search — Flagship Pioneering





12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. - Networking Reception

Light Refreshments will be provided.

1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. - Company Spotlight Sessions

 Company Spotlight Session #1: homesite-logo-2Homesite Insurance  

 1:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. 





Federal Reserve Bank  Company Spotlight Session #2: Federal Reserve
  Bank of Boston

  1:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. 




download Company Spotlight Session #2: Pall Corporation

  1:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. 





2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. - Concurrent Coaching Sessions

Angela Pitter

Coaching Session Leader: Angela Pitter

Founder & CEO — LiveWire Collaborative



Coaching Session: Power Up Your Brand with LinkedIn 

Be empowered to tell your professional story and attract the decision-makers in your industry. Understand how to create a social selling strategy to build a network with strategic partners and influencers. All the while, staying on top of the minds of your ideal clients or customers. This session will establish how your network can help expand your authority and create global social impact. 


  1. Learn the key components of an award-winning LinkedIn profile that attracts new customers or your next job opportunity.
  2. Learn how to make smarter connections using LinkedIn’s search tool to locate alumni, past colleagues, and new prospects or contacts at companies of interest.
  3. Identify and share content that creates high value and builds credibility and authority so that you’re always top of mind.


Ilhiana RojasCoaching Session Leader: Ilhiana Rojas Saldana

CEO/Career & Executive Transformation Coach — BeLIVE Coaching & Consulting



Coaching Session: Charting Your Career Path to Success

This session is designed for professionals in different stages in their career journey, who feel they can achieve more but are unsure how to move forward. Participants will learn valuable strategies and actionable tactics to clarify career direction, increase self-awareness (how to stand out), and establish a clear roadmap to follow when seeking new job opportunities.


  1. Learn the formula to design a successful career. 
  2. Learn practical tactics to identify the skills and talents that set you apart.
  3. Envision your future and understand how to establish a roadmap to achieve it. 

3:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. - Closing Remarks & Networking

*Agenda is subject to change

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Diversity Ambassador Partner

Diversity Champion Partners

Diversity Advocate Partners

Media Partner