Two Local Leaders on Chamber’s Panel for Most Influential Business People of Color

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The leader of a Watertown-based theatre company and a vice president at Tufts Health Plan will be a panelists for the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s 50 Most Influential Business People of Color event.

Michael Bobbitt, who took over as artistic director at NewRep in August 2019, will be one of five people on the panel at the event that will take place virtually on Nov. 12. He will be joined by Juan Lopera, vice president of marketing and Rhode Island Medicare at Tufts Health Plan, headquartered on Mt. Auburn Street.

Other panelists include Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, NBC10 anchor Latoyia Edwards and Mohamad Ali of IDG Inc.

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber provided the following description of the event:

Get Konnected! and Newton-Needham Regional Chamber will virtually unveil the first ever 50 Most Influential Business People of Color in the Western Suburbs list on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom.

The goal of this project is to showcase the individuals and employers who are making a positive contribution to the economic and social fabric of our west suburban businesses and nonprofits. But we also want it to be a way to start a conversation about where we fall short and how we can do even better.

In addition to unveiling our list that morning we will also have a panel discussion: “The ROI of DEI: Why diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to success in the suburbs” featuring five leaders who’ve made our “50 Most Influential” list. Admission is free and includes an option to sign up to have a copy of our list mailed to you.

Tickets are available by clicking here.

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