About Conexión

OUR History

In the fall of 2005, a group of Boston social entrepreneurs were discussing the nexus between the new demography and the economic complexities the country faces. That discussion leads to an initiative to create a channel to identify and fasttrack HispanicLatino talent ready to accept the increasing responsibilities to ensure our communities, organizations and the country thrive and prosper in the future. The initial impetus for the creation of CONEXION is the growing demand for HispanicLatino talent on the part of forwardthinking companies and organizations across all sectors.

OUR Mission

To develop a pipeline and network of HispanicLatino leaders, equipping corporations, nonprofits, and government
to effectively address the implications of the nation’s
 changing demographics, to the mutual benefit of
the individuals, organizations, and society as a whole.

Our Model

CONEXION’s model is built on the concept of Social Capital“…social networks have value”. What we saw missing for many people who are at the margins is a lack of access and Conexiónes, or reciprocal networks of value. We created a model that would be intentional about making bridging conexiónes (through the mentors) and bonding networks of value (through the other mentees in the cohort). CONEXION model is Social Capital in action!

CONEXIÓN TEAM

Phyllis Barajas

Phyllis Barajas

CEO & Founder

Regina Ramirez

Regina Ramirez

Head of Growth & Strategy

Carlos Vasquez

Carlos Vasquez

Director of Engagement

Lizette Mier

Lizette Mier

CEO - Executive Assistant

BOARD MEMBERS

Evelyn Barahona

Evelyn Barahona

Chair (The Boston Foundation)

Juan Pestana

Juan Pestana

Vice-chair (Geosyntec)

Matt Shadrick

Matt Shadrick

Clerk - (Eastern Insurance Group)

Greg Flores

Greg Flores

Founder - (Sculpted Leaders)

Steve Sanchez

Steve Sanchez

Director - (State Street Global Advisors)

Phil Catchings

Phil Catchings

Director - (Boston Consulting Group, retired)