CEO, Advoqt Technology Group
Reinier Moquete is Founder & CEO for Advoqt Technology Group, an IT advisory firm focused on Digital Transformation for mid-sized businesses via Application Development, Cloud Migration, and Cybersecurity. Reinier is Founder & CEO of Diversity IT Network, a community of multicultural IT professionals and a platform for career growth within the IT industry. Reinier is Co-Founder and Board Chair of Latino STEM Alliance, a 503(c)3 certified non-profit that inspires youth to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). LSA teaches kids to build robots across 15+ locations within urban neighborhoods in Massachusetts. A passionate advocate for social justice, Reinier is engaged in a number of other civic activities including the Latino Legacy Fund at The Boston Foundation.
Expert Coach, Facilitator, Business Developer
I come alive when I am helping others make important choices and decisions. Wether this is a group coaching session or a one-on-one technical sales conversation, I thrive when I can be part of people getting clear and taking action.
My career launched working for General Electric in their prestigious Technical Leadership Program. Shortly after, I launched my first venture, when I developed new software to track the performance of aircraft engines. Since then, I have started various ventures, learning from successes and failures in tech, sales and process optimization. I also became a certified professional coach.
My background as an Industrial Engineer comes in very handy when optimizing processes and operations, reducing cost, and improving cycle times. These skills have helped businesses and organizations grow their customer base, improve ROI, increase sales, and standardize internal operating procedures.
I am a serial entrepreneur, speaker and business coach, founder and CEO of Startups For Social Impact. I also dance salsa, hang out with my small group of friends, read like there’s no tomorrow, and write all the time.
Director of Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, The Boston Foundation
Damon Cox joined the Boston Foundation in 2013 as Director of Economic Development, overseeing the Foundation’s portfolio of workforce and economic development investments. Damon has an extensive background in enhancing opportunities for entrepreneurs, as the Director and Program Designer for the Boston Small Business Contest, a competition designed to create and support business development opportunities for residents in Boston’s Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods. Previous to that he was Director for Capital and Evaluation for Boston Rising. In that role, Damon devised and managed Boston Rising’s entrepreneurship development initiative, which provided capital and technical assistance to a network of burgeoning business owners in Boston neighborhoods. Damon has over a decade of experience in marketing and communications in the media industry with extensive strategic consulting experience to nonprofit organizations.
Director of Public Relations and Social Media, The Boston Foundation
James Burnett is a Boston-based strategic communications consultant. Burnett has served as Director of Public Relations for the Boston Foundation and is a former award-winning journalist for the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, among others.
Director of Chapter Operation at ALPFA, Inc - Association of Latino Professionals For America
Pavel Payano joined ALPFA in 2016 as Director of Chapter Operations, managing day-to-day operations of one of ALPFA’s Boston Chapter and leads some of its national strategic partnerships. He is passionate about increasing leadership and entrepreneurship opportunities in urban communities. He helped establish the Mill City Leadership Institute which offers professional and leadership development to individuals living or working in the Lawrence & Lowell area.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Merrimack College’s Graduate Program in Community Engagement where he teaches classes on community organizing & development and diversity & social justice. He is currently completing his fourth term in the Lawrence School Committee where he has pushed to lower the achievement gap, decrease the dropout age, and increase enrollment in higher education. He also serves on the board of the Lawrence Family Development Education Fund, the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, and is the Founding President of the Greater Lawrence Young Professionals Network, an organization whose mission is to attract, retain, and engage young professionals in the City of Lawrence.
Diversity IT Network is a social enterprise and leadership development program that advances the careers of multicultural technology professionals via training in leadership, emotional intelligence, conversational intelligence, as well as peer-to-peer mentorship and career coaching.