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2024 Power 100: Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham

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Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham Title DEI Strategist Company Promoting Good, in Worcester Employees 6 Residence Worcester Colleges Boston College, Boston University Read all the Power 100 profiles here
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Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham gives major Central Massachusetts employers the tools, motivation, and accountability they need to meet the promises they made following the 2020 police murder of George Floyd.

She founded Promoting Good as she saw this as an unmet need in her community. The DEI leadership and management consulting organization works with prominent institutions and organizations to empower leaders to create equitable environments promoting respect and inclusivity.

Zolezzi-Wyndham has developed a research-backed inclusive leadership coaching program for both senior leaders and DEI consultants alike, with clients including UMass Chan Medical School of Worcester, the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, and the Acton-Boxborough United Way. Zolezzi-Wyndham is designing an online community forum, Equity Pause, for current and former trainees. The forum aims to foster a safe digital space for people to engage in conversations surrounding accountability and is in a pre-launch stage.

Another in-the-works project is the PG Collaborative, a synergetic coworking space and incubator centering the work of people of color. Looking to open in space in downtown Worcester, Zolezzi-Wyndham has found it challenging as she seeks to buy a property instead of renting one, saying it's important for the community to see real estate owned by people of color.

She’s a co-founder and board member of Casita Cultura Latina, a Worcester cultural collective nonprofit working to highlight and discuss societal issues facing those in the Latino/a/e/x community through cultural and creative events. Zolezzi-Wyndham serves as vice chair of the board of directors of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, corporator and grants committee member of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and board member of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, based in Quincy. 

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