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Colleen Richards Powell

2018 Speaker

COLLEEN RICHARDS POWELL is the director of corporate citizenship and diversity with MFS Investment Management. In this role, she oversees MFS’ diversity strategy, including related leadership training, strategic partnerships, education, employee benefits and talent management. She also directs the firm’s corporate citizenship program, including philanthropic partnerships, events and employee volunteering. Prior to joining MFS, Powell was the chief external relations and communications officer for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Previously, she served as deputy director of Commonwealth Compact, and spent several years as special assistant to the president of Harvard University. She began her career by serving on the Capitol Hill staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She is a member of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council and Bentley University’s dean’s advisory council for arts and sciences. She also serves on the leadership council of the Posse Foundation, the Cradles to Crayons corporate advisory council, the philanthropic advisory council for Healthcare for the Homeless, and the executive council of Partnership Inc. Powell earned a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree from Harvard University. @followmfs