The Intersection of LGBTQ+ Equality and Racial Justice

Please join us on Tuesday, October 13th from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time for a panel discussion on racial justice. We will showcase a variety of current and anticipated organizational best practices around racial justice and ‎BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community intersectionality and collaboration. 
Our panelists and moderator will provide insight, support and guidance for LGBTQ+ leaders, allies, employee resource groups, HR professionals and business leaders who seek to create a more inclusive workplace for all employees.


  • ‎Jonathan Allen (he/him), Co-Founder, Director of Development & Partnerships at The ‎Leadership Brainery
  • ‎Paul Francisco (he/him), Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at State Street
  • ‎Wendy John (she/her), Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Fidelity Investments
  • ‎Sunnie Kaufmann-Paulman (she/her), Executive Director at Greater Boston PFLAG

Moderator: Matt McTygue (he/him), Board of Directors of PIOW; Managing ‎Partner of Boston Office of Locke Lord 

Tuesday, October 13th from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm Eastern Time!

Panelist Bios:

Jonathan L. Allen (pronouns: he, him) is a champion for dignity and equity. He is co-founder of The Leadership Brainery, a Boston-based nonprofit fostering educational equity and generational prosperity by providing college-enrolled diverse young leaders, who are working for the greater good, with opportunities to advance their education, build inclusive networks, and gain access to impactful and high-wage careers. Recently, Jonathan worked at Partners in Health as a supervisor on the Community Contact Tracing Collaborative working to stop the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Fueled by his commitment to expanding young diverse leaders’ pathways to public office, he recently ran for Boston City Council in the Fall 2019 election.

Jonathan believes that we have an obligation to work hand-in-hand to design and implement solutions to the inequities that prevent many among us from having access to valuable information, resources, and opportunities that can enrich families, communities, and generations to come. 

Paul Francisco (pronouns:  he, him) is theGlobal Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Workforce Development programs at State Street Corporation.

Prior to joining State Street, Paul was a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Foster & Francisco LLC, an executive search and diversity consulting firm. Before Foster & Francisco, Paul led recruitment, consulting and relationship management functions at Bank of America, as well as Fidelity Investments, respectively. Early in his career he led recruitment efforts at Amica Mutual Insurance, and The Gillette Company.

Paul currently serves on a number of non-profit boards including; The Base Inc. Bentley University School of Business; Business Advisory Council; Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership and the Posse Foundation Boston Leadership Council. He also serves on the Boston University Black Alumni Leadership Council, The 30% Club’s Steering Committee, and the External Diversity Advisory Council for Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Paul is an active member of the Patriots Alumni Association. In March of 2017 he was appointed by Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, to serve on the Black Advisory Board Commission. 

His recognitions include the “Top 40 under 40” by the Boston Business Journal 2007; “100 Most Influential Latinos in Massachusetts” by El Planeta Newspaper Powermeter; Arnold Z. Rosoff Award for Individual Achievement; “Men’s Health Champion Award” from the Whittier Street Health Center; Boston Business Journal’s 2009 “20 on the Move” recognizing Hispanic Executives making a difference in Boston; and Color Magazine’s 2009 “All Inclusive Award for Leadership”.  Paul has also been recognized by the Boston National Black MBA Association with the 2014 Corporate Leadership Award, 2018 Profiles in Diversity Journal Diversity Leader Award, and Black Enterprise 2018 Top Executives in Corporate Diversity.  Paul was also recognized by former Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, with a Certificate of Achievement for his work done on behalf of the Hispanic Community in Massachusetts.

Paul graduated from Boston University with a BA in Political Science. In 2018 he received a Doctor in Humane Letters Degree (Hon) from Fisher College.  He currently lives in Dorchester with his wife and two daughters.

Wendy John (pronouns:  she, her) is the head of global diversity and inclusion for Fidelity Investments. Wendy assumed her current position in 2020 and leads the effort to ensure that Fidelity is a workplace and service provider where everyone can fully be themselves. She is responsible for creating and attracting a more diverse workforce, tapping into the power of our differences to develop and retain talent, creating a culture of inclusion, and showcasing Fidelity’s reputation and brand as an inclusive employer and service provider.

Wendy is a 23-year Fidelity veteran who has served in several key leadership roles across Relationship Management, Client Services/Operations, Global Workforce Strategy, Program Management, Implementation and Benefits Consulting. Most recently, she served as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Fidelity Charitable, an independent 501(c)(3) public charity. In that role, she was responsible for overall risk, compliance, external communications, legislative policy, government relations and associate engagement.

Wendy is a global “road warrior” who has lived in 3 countries and racked up millions of airline miles for work and personal travel. Born in Trinidad & Tobago, she moved to Canada to attend the University of Waterloo after high school. She lives in Durham NC and enjoys reading, sports, and the arts.

Sunnie Kaufmann Paulman (pronouns:  she, her) is the Executive Director for Greater Boston PFLAG, working to advocate and advance equity and societal affirmation of LGBTQ+ people by building and strengthening loving families, safe communities, and a diverse and inclusive society. All of Greater Boston PFLAG’s work is driven by its vision of a world in which LGBTQ+ individuals are safe, supported, included, and equal in their families, in their communities, and in society. Sunnie’ s previous leadership roles include Executive Director for Brooklyn Boulders Foundation and Chief Operations Officer for NoticeAbility. Sunnie served on the Board of Directors  and New England Advisory Council for Family Equality, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families and those who wish to form them, from 2015-2020. Sunnie lives in Arlington with her spouse, Tori, and their daughter Ani.

Matt McTygue (pronouns: he, him) is a member of the board and treasurer of Pride in Our Workplace, is the managing partner of Locke Lord’s Boston office and has practiced corporate law at the firm for more than 20 years.  Matt also serves on the Executive Committee and as Secretary of the Boston Bar Association, where he previously served as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Section co-Chair.  Matt is also a member of the board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

The Intersection of LGBTQ+ Equality and Racial Justice

As we commend the recent Supreme Court decision to protect the equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, we recognize that we must keep focused to address racial injustice for black, indigenous, and people of color within our community, nation and world. Please join us on Tuesday, June 30th from 11:45am to 1:00pm Eastern Time for a panel discussion on racial justice.  Our panelists and moderator will provide insight, support and guidance for LGBTQ+ leaders, allies, employee resource groups, HR professionals and business leaders who seek to create a more inclusive workplace for all LGBTQ+ employees.                 


  • Gary Bailey, Professor of Practice at Simmons College
  • Jamie Bergeron, M.Ed., Americas Diversity and Inclusiveness Center of Excellence at EY
  • Stephen Chan, VP, Strategy and Operations at The Boston Foundation
  • Tre’Andre Valentine, Executive Director at Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
  • Moderator: Wendell K. Chestnut, Pride in Our Workplace Board Member

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

This year we will present a series of panel discussions and forums that will spotlight LGBTQ+ employees, leaders, and allies who are making great strides in promoting and advocating for inclusive policies and practices within their respective organizations and within our community.

Please join us for the first installment of our 2020: The Year of LGBTQ+ Inclusive Leadership Series. 

This panel is titled Advancing Inclusive Workplaces and will provide guests the opportunity to hear from changemakers within organizations who recognize the power in their identities and work to advocate for inclusion in the workplace.

Pride in our Workplace - September 20

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The Pride in Our Workplace (“PIOW”) Steering Committee presented the breakfast event, Protecting Progress on LGBT Rights: Corporate and Non-Profit Advocacy in Historical Perspective, hosted by Wellington Management!
Date: Friday April 6, 2018
Time7:30 am – 9:00 am
Location: Wellington Management
The Panel will feature:
  • Amber Kagen, Vice President, Labor and Employment, General Electric Company
  • Neal Kane, Board Member LGBT History Project, President, Libretto, Inc
  • Ben Klein, Senior Attorney and AIDS Law Project Direct, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
  • Minita Shah-Mara, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Biogen, Inc
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10th Annual PIOW Networking Night 5/3/201610th Annual PIOW Networking Night
5/3/2016 | 6:00pm | Beat Brasserie

We are excited to announce PIOW is hosting our annual networking night on Tuesday May 3 from 6:00 to 8:30pm at the Beat Brasserie in Cambridge.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Stephen Boswell, President and CEO of Fenway Health.  We are absolutely thrilled to have Dr. Boswell attend and represent such a great local organization.

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