The Boston Business Journal named her on its annual Power50 list of the most influential people in Boston, citing her as a Game-Changer. Boston Globe named her on its A-List calling her Boston’s “social connector,” and one of the “must have” people in the room when there are important events. The Boston Business Journal honored her with both its Woman of Influence and Lifetime Achievement for Diversity Awards. She was named Bryant University’s 2016 New England Business Woman of the Year.
“Iconic, Thought Leader, Pioneer, Innovator, Multicultural Marketing Maven and Visionary," are terms often used to describe Ms. Phillips, who refuses to be defined by traditional barriers of gender and race. A risk-taker and enterprising person, she pioneered inclusion /multicultural marketing in New England. She is highly respected for her amazing ability to create cross-cultural business and social relationships and networks. She and her company design successful strategies that help companies expand both their market share and bottom line by effectively targeting the fastest growing consumer segments domestically and globally. Her breadth of experience spans three decades counseling major corporations, C-level executives, celebrities, world leaders and mission focused non-profit institutions. She is an invaluable strategic partner and trusted advisor, who has successfully managed and overseen public relations, brand management, corporate citizenship, social responsibility, multicultural marketing campaigns and diversity/inclusion (internal and external) communications strategies across a variety of industries as well as helping clients become integral partners in the communities in which they do business.
Boston can be a parochial city and Miss Phillips has been part of the Boston fabric and community for decades, she is often sought after by C-suite executives for on-boarding services and counseling. She not only understands the importance of influencing stakeholders but advocating on behalf of her clients. Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh, engaged the services of her firm to assist with his 2013 inauguration celebration and in 2016 appointed her to a three-person Review Committee to review the City's Office of Tourism and Events processes. Additionally, in 2016, she was hired by Michelle Wu, the President of the Boston City Council to provide strategic counselor, PR and Community Engagement services to the Boston City Council. She affords her clients unique opportunities to engage in and become strategically visible within the inner sanctum of the Boston community.
Miss Phillips is a master at creating positive solutions and outcomes to solve challenging problems for her clients and sometimes society. In 2000 and 2007, she and her firm published Kaleidoscope, Boston’s first comprehensive multicultural resource directory to address this challenge issue. Boston Magazine hailed it “the ultimate networking tool, for people left out the network. 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 bring together urban and international professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs and graduate students across industries and sectors for networking. Get Konnected! has attracted several of Boston’s and the state ‘s major corporations, academic and public institutions as well as non-profits as partners. They view Get Konnected! as a credible, effective diversity/ inclusion branding, stakeholder engagement and recruitment platform that can be leveraged for consumer, community and employee recruitment, engagement and retention.
In 2016, both Miss Phillips and her firm made history as the creators of Boston’s first comprehensive compilation of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color called the GK100 List. The Boston Globe covered this historic event on the front page of its Business section, citing her for “changing the conversation on diversity in the city”.
She is author of 21 Steps for Women to Win, a compact inspirational guide for women entrepreneurs and professional women. The Boston Globe called it “The Savvy Business Woman’s Primer.”
She is a very civically active member of the Boston community and the recipient of numerous awards and citations for her personal, philanthropic and professional accomplishments including the late Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino’s Office of New Bostonians “We are Boston” Community Leadership Award for her contributions toward making Boston a more welcoming and inclusive city for all of its citizens; The 2017 Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action Champion for Justice Award; the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Business; The Publicity Club of Boston’s Crystal Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Public Relations. The American Jewish Committee’s National Civic Achievement Award; The Lady Baden Powell’s Good Scout Award for her community and civic work. The Renaissance School’s Living Legend Award; Emerson College Distinguished Alumna Award. The Boston Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Leaders and the YWCA of Boston inducted her in its Academy of Women Achievers.
She currently serves on the board of Trustees of Eastern Bank and is a member of its nomination committee; the Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of the personnel committee; the board of directors of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; The American Jewish Committee and the Whittier Street Health Center Foundation. She has taught public relations and marketing to undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard University/Radcliffe College, Emerson College, Stonehill College, and Antioch College, and holds a BS and MS from Emerson College and an honorary doctorate of law from Mount Ida College.