Who We Are
Sharhea is an Assistant Vice President, working as the Chief Administrative Officer for the CAO of State Street Corporation. She began her career at State Street as an intern in 2008 and has since succeeded in various roles within the Global Treasury Investment Portfolio team. Sharhea is an active participant in State Street’s employee network groups, including serving on the Steering Committee of State Street’s Black Professionals Group (BPG) and the Boston Workforce Investment Networks (Boston WINs) Employee Resource Group. Sharhea also co-chaired State Street’s Global Treasury Employee Engagement Council (GTEEC). She has received several awards and recognition for her commitment to the networks throughout the years.
Sharhea is an active community member,who currently serves as the elected President of National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) –Boston Chapter and most recently the board of The Philanthropy Connection (completion in May 2017). She also served as the Executive Director of the Boston Chapter’s Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Program for four years. Due to her dedication in the community, Sharhea was awarded the 2017 Chairman’s Award for Exceptional Volunteerism. This annual award is given to one State Street employee in the region (USA, EMEA & APAC) for their commitment to and passion for their local community. The award included a $10k donation to a local nonprofit, which Sharhea generously donated to the NBMBAA’s LOT Program. Her passion comes from her modest upbringing and her commitment to Boston’s pre-collegiate leadership organizations such as Summer Search, Bottom Line, uAspire and The Posse Foundation that helped to mold her.Sharhea graduated from Bryn Mawr College and Boston University (MBA). In her spare time, she loves to read and sing until her lungs give out. She is originally from the beautiful, volcanic island of Montserrat, West Indies and now resides in Boston, MA.
Shaina Aubourg currently serves as the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Boston Black MBA chapter. During the day, she works as a Strategic Sourcing Specialist at Emerson College. She received her MBA with a concentration in Supply Chain Management from Northeastern University. Her interests include theatre, art, architecture, and fashion.
Crisandra Gray, on the surface, is an accomplished Operations Manager with over 15 years’ experience in the operations and administration markets, who consistently ensure the long-term department sustainability by building relationships, connecting with; and learning from people at all levels. She values understanding the person beyond their title and being an organizational psychologist who seeks to improve business efficacy, motivate team members, and improve work processes. Beyond that, Crisandra is a person who influences and persuades people, whose opinion is highly sought after, and whose judgment is respected and trusted. Crisandra is most fulfilled when helping people grow personally to achieve their professional goals. She knows what truly drives productivity and long-term success is the ability to connect to the heart and soul of team members, understanding their ‘why’ and connecting that to the larger picture. Crisandra received her B.S. in Network Engineering from Johnson & Wales University.
Gareth Burrowes is co-founder and Head of Product and Growth at The Tech Connection, which is an A.I diversity recruiting platform which helps innovative companies become more diverse.He is passionate about building products which will impact society and encourage diversity and inclusion. Gareth leads product strategy, product management, user experience and design at the Tech Connection.He spends his time wireframing, prototyping, designing, analyzing user behavior, usability testing, improving user experience, optimizing conversion funnels, A/B testing, and running growth experiments.
Originally form Kingston Jamaica, Gareth earned a track scholarship to the University of Maryland where he earned his Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science, upon graduation he worked at companies such as Morgan Stanley and B&W before going to Bentley University to earn his MSc. in Computer Science andMBA. After which working at Tech companies such as Hubspot before co founding his current business.
Christopher Thornton is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the Boston Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. In this role, Chris is responsible for identifying opportunities to partner, and maintain relationships, with academic institutions, community organizations and large corporations. Prior to joining the executive board in March 2018, Chris served on the leadership team for the Leaders of Tomorrow program where he played an integral role in changing the organizational structure and mentoring student leaders.
Chris is a Vice President at State Street Corporation where he is primarily responsible for working with different areas of the business to assure they have controls in place to mitigate the risks they take on as a result of servicing our clients. Chris earned a bachelor of arts degree in Political science, with a concentration in legal studies, from Bridgewater State University and a MBA from Northeastern University.
Academic. Compulsive problem solver. Entrepreneur. Kofi Callender is a graduate of Babson College Graduate School of Business with a concentration in finance and entrepreneurship. He has taken the practicality of classroom theory and deployed it in services of urban entrepreneurship. Over the last few years, Kofi has worked with a number of Boston-based businesses developing go-to-market and financing strategies for businesses looking to scale their service offering. As the Executive Director of Smarter in the City a venture accelerator for Technology Businesses, Kofi is reshaping Boston's entrepreneurial ecosystem and ensuring economic equality. Kofi is also a principal consultant at Roxbury Business Development group where he specializes in turning around community black-owned businesses grow.