Let’s Get to Business! Speaker Series - Melissa James

Tue, September 24, 201912:30 PM

FALL 2019 SPEAKERS
September 24, 2019 | 12:30 PM | Room 212 Haldan Hall 
Melissa James 

Melissa James is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and author. In 2014, Melissa founded The Tech Connection whose mission is to help companies make meaningful connections that empower and engage diverse talent by promoting inclusive hiring best practices. The Tech Connection has a strong track record of building high-performing diverse teams for elite companies such as Google, Teradata, the New England Venture Capitalist Association, HubSpot, Wayfair, Carbonite, DataXu, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and more.

She has received the U.S. Presidential Service Award, the UMass Distinguished Young Alumni Award, BostonInno’s 50 on Fire Award, the Mosaic Award from the MA Technology Leadership Council, the 2015 Pursuer award from the African Youth Excellence organization for her relentless commitment to the community. Melissa was born and raised in Boston, MA and graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  In May, 2019 she was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Pine Manor College.