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Frank Dixon

Frank Dixon

Ethnic Gem: Frank Dixon

Title: “World’s Most Interesting Man”

Edited by Leonard Webb, Publisher

ho is Frank Dixon?  Some people call him the “world’s most interesting man” With over 20 years of providing hands-on leadership and operational guidance to businesses and professionals to achieve increased sales, profits and quality results, Frank Dixon is a man on a mission!!. Frank is a proven driven leader who has both domestic and international senior level client relationships with both governments, corporate and Non-Profit sectors.

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Celia J. Blue


Ethnic Gem: Celia J. Blue

Company: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Title: Senior Advisor to the Secretary
State: Massachusetts

By: Natascha Saunders, Senior Contributing Writer


Leaders are not born to be great; they have to be trained, mentored and given the opportunity to lead.” Celia J. Blue the first African American to serve as chief executive officer and registrar of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). Blue has held multiple leadership positions, serving Mass DOT and the Commonwealth as assistant secretary for Performance Management and Innovation, deputy registrar, and as a commissioner of the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission.…

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Curtis D. Robinson

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Ethnic Gem: Curtis D. Robinson

Company: Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute
Title: Founder and Chairman
State: Connecticut


Curtis D. Robinson is the founder and chairman of the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute (CDRMHI) at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The CDRMHI addresses racial disparities in health, patient education, early diagnosis, and appropriate treatment of all men at risk for prostate cancer. Health insurance is not a prerequisite to receive prostate cancer screenings, physician examinations, or surgery.… Read More »

Dr. Marie M. Spivey- EdD, RN, MPA

April 2015 photo of Marie Spivey

Ethnic Gem: Dr. Marie M. Spivey- EdD, RN, MPA

Company: Connecticut Hospital Association
Title: Registered Nurse, Vice President, Health Equity
State: Connecticut


Marie M. Spivey is a registered nurse who holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership and a master’s degree in public administration – both from the University of Hartford. Dr. Spivey serves as the vice president of health equity for the Connecticut Hospital Association.… Read More »

Howard K. Hill

April 2015 photo of Howard K. Hill

Ethnic Gem: Howard K. Hill

Company: Connecticut Funeral Directors Association
Title: President
State: Connecticut


Howard K. Hill is a licensed funeral director and the founder and owner of Howard K. Hill Funeral Services at 1287 Chapel St. in New Haven, CT. and 319 Barbour St. in Hartford, CT. He became a funeral director and embalmer in 1991, after receiving his mortuary science degree from the American Academy McAllister Institute of New York.… Read More »

Dr. Jackqueline Mclean-Markes & Walter Markes

April 2015 photo of Jackqueline Mclean-Markes and Walter Markes

Ethnic Gem: Dr. Jackqueline Mclean-Markes & Walter Markes

Company: McLean Smiles and Associates
Title: Owner
State: Connecticut


Dr. Jackqueline Mclean-Markes is the owner of McLean Smiles and Associates, a private practice providing cosmetic and dental health services in Stamford, Connecticut. Despite her demanding professional life, she is committed to giving back to the community. She currently volunteers with Person to Person and the National Black MBA Association, mentoring high school and college students.… Read More »

Ena M. Williams – MBA, MSM, BSN RN, CENP

April 2015 photo of Ena Williams

Ethnic Gem: Ena M. Williams – MBA, MSM, BSN RN, CENP

Company: Yale New Haven Hospital
Title: Vice President/Associate Chief Nursing Officer Patient Services
State: Connecticut


Ena M. Williams has been a registered nurse for more than thirty years and currently serves as vice president and associate chief nursing officer for patient services at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), reporting to the chief nursing officer of YNHH. Ena joined the hospital in 1992 as a staff nurse in perioperative services and has worked in several leadership capacitiesduring her tenure.… Read More »

Mayor Walsh creates Mayor’s Office of Diversity


Appoints City’s first-ever Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Chief Diversity Officer


BOSTON — Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the creation of his Mayor’s Office of Diversity, dedicated to providing strategic leadership to Mayor Walsh’s diversity agenda. With this effort, Mayor Walsh will be appointing the City’s first-ever Chief Diversity Officer, Shaun Blugh, and Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, Freda Brasfield.


“Even before being sworn in as Mayor, I made some very ambitious and serious promises about increasing diversity

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