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Diversity & Inclusion

  • 2024 Power 100: Tiffany Lillie

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024

    Now the dust has settled and programming has resumed, Tiffany Lillie is tasked with putting the nonprofit back on solid ground, reassuring its diverse employee and client base while keeping funding levels up.

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Mike Nicholson

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024

    Nicholson, a Gardner native who is the city’s first Latino mayor, has met the problems of blight and economic depression head on.

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Vincent Rougeau

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024

    A strategic plan launched in February 2023 reinforces the school’s commitment to education as well as community. Among other things, Holy Cross will strengthen recruitment efforts of students and employees from Worcester, which helps meet one of

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Elizabeth Cruz

    Mica Kanner-Mascolo Updated: April 29, 2024

    Cruz founded LABO in 2013 driven by a passion for community empowerment.

    Mica Kanner-Mascolo Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Kimberly Salmon

    Nancy Campbell Updated: April 29, 2024

    As head of the The Hanover Insurance Group's charitable foundation, Salmon leads the mission to benefit communities where Hanover has a major presence, touching on academic support, job opportunities for diverse youth, and health resources.

    Nancy Campbell Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Amie Shei

    Mica Kanner-Mascolo Updated: April 29, 2024

    Amie Shei’s career centers the health of the Central Massachusetts population, especially amongst those in disenfranchised communities.

    Mica Kanner-Mascolo Updated: April 29, 2024
  • WBJ names the Power 100, the most influential Central Mass. professionals in 2024

    Brad Kane Updated: April 29, 2024

    In this first-time expansion of the previous power players list, WBJ names the professionals in Central Massachusetts who most effectively wield their power to have an outsized influence on the economy and community.

    Brad Kane Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Lou Brady

    Mica Kanner-Mascolo Updated: April 29, 2024

    After the coronavirus pandemic threw an already strained healthcare system into chaos, Lou Brady appears to have pulled FHCW out of a deep dive and turned around a once-tenuous financial position.

    Mica Kanner-Mascolo Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Jessica Pepple

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024

    RFK Community Alliance’s hire of Jessica Pepple into a newly created top leadership position is a model for how to infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into an organizational culture.

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Rachel Monarrez

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024

    The former superintendent in San Bernardino, California, now brings a vision for creating a more inclusive school district.

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Danielle Spring and Julie Toupin-Spring

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024

    Although it is a lesbian bar, Femme is open to everyone and seeks to be a safe space at a time when the LGBTQ+ community is increasingly under fire locally and nationally.

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Jennifer Julien Gaskin

    Eric Casey Updated: April 29, 2024

    As the main organizer behind the Worcester Caribbean American Carnival Association, Jennifer Julien Gaskin brings the increasingly popular festival into the mainstream.

    Eric Casey Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Greg Weiner

    Nancy Campbell Updated: April 29, 2024

    When three leaders of the country’s top universities were castigated for failing to call out antisemitism during a Congressional hearing, Greg Weiner, the nation’s first Jewish president of a Catholic college, felt compelled to comment.

    Nancy Campbell Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Brian Gibbs

    Mica Kanner-Mascolo Updated: April 29, 2024

    Gibbs joined UMass Memorial as the hospital system’s inaugural vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer in 2020, selected from a nationwide search.

    Mica Kanner-Mascolo Updated: April 29, 2024
  • 2024 Power 100: Pete Dunn

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024

    “My interest in building institutions and supporting the growth of community philanthropy coincided with GWCF's needs here,” Dunn said.

    Emily Micucci Updated: April 29, 2024
  • Seventh annual Latin American Business Expo to be held at DCU Center

    Mica Kanner-Mascolo April 26, 2024

    With the theme of launch, grow and thrive, the Latin American Business Organization’s seventh annual Latin American Business Expo will be held Saturday to highlight the efforts of Latinos, women, and minority-owned businesses. 

    Mica Kanner-Mascolo April 26, 2024

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Today's Poll

Should the U.S. government ban federal funding and American cooperation with WuXi Biologics and other biotech companies who allegedly have close ties to foreign adversaries?
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The BIOSECURE Act, a bipartisan piece of federal legislation under consideration by Congress, would cut off federal funding for biotech companies with close ties to governments considered to be foreign adversaries, including China. The legislation would require American companies to terminate any outsourcing agreements or equipment contracts with foreign companies deemed to be security risks.

Supporters of the legislation in Congress argue that biotech companies with ties to the Chinese Communist Party or military pose a national security risk, expressing concern about foreign adversaries having the potential to disrupt supply chains or have access to Americans’ genetic data. Some in the life science industry have expressed concerns about the potential disruptful impact of this legislation.  

The House bill currently has ten co-sponsors, including Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Newton) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Salem).

The bill would give the federal government the authority to add entities to a list of companies of concern. The most recent version of the legislation specifically targets five entities, including WuXi Biologics, a Chinese company constructing a $300-million, 189,500-square-foot biomanufacturing facility in Worcester expected to be operational in 2025. The City of Worcester had reported a pause of construction at the site, although work appears to be continuing.