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Updated: May 25, 2020 The Power 50 Class of 2020

2020 Power 50: Michelle Jones-Johnson

Michelle Jones-Johnson, vice president for talent & inclusion and chief diversity officer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Michelle Jones-Johnson
  • Title: Vice president for talent & inclusion and chief diversity officer
  • Organization: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Colleges: Syracuse University, University of Phoenix & University of Michigan

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Knowing talent is dispersed equally throughout the population but opportunity isn’t, since coming to WPI Jones-Johnson has focused on attracting, developing, and retaining talent distinguishing WPI in the competitive marketplace, striving to position the college as talent rich and talent ready and poised for the future with a capable and sustainable workforce.

Outside of WPI, she has made a variety of outreach community efforts, including serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes, the City of Worcester Urban Renewal Plan Citizens Advisory Committee and the boards for Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Reliant Medical Group Foundation, The Hanover Theatre, Girls Inc., and YWCA Central Mass.

What makes Central Mass. unique? People care and see themselves as integral to Worcester's overall success.

Quite the moonlighting gig: For more than 20 years, I have served as a wedding planner. I love getting to know each couple and meeting their families. It’s wonderful to hear the stories of their journey, offer guidance to calm a few jittery nerves, locate a runaway bride or groom (a very rare occurrence, and it all worked out in the end), and handle all the insanity behind the scenes!

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