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Colleen Richards Powell

2017 Speaker

COLLEEN RICHARDS POWELL is vice president and director of corporate citizenship and diversity with MFS Investment Management. In this role, she oversees MFS’ diversity strategy, including related leadership training, education, employee benefits and talent management. She also directs the firm’s corporate citizenship program, including charitable 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 was deputy director of Commonwealth Compact, and before that, she worked for several years as special assistant for student affairs to President Lawrence Summers of Harvard University. She began her career on the Capitol Hill staff of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Powell was reappointed to a second five-year term as trustee of Bunker Hill Community College. She is also a member of Bentley University Dean’s advisory council for arts and sciences. She 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 Partnership Inc.’s executive council. She is a former trustee of Wellesley College and former board member of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. Powell earned a BS from Wellesley College and an MS from Harvard University. @followmfs