Diversity & Inclusion Excellence to be Celebrated at 19th Annual Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA) Gala May 8, 2014, Boston ~ Student Scholarships to be Given

Concord, MA, March 22, 2014 --(PR.com)-- After nearly two decades of spotlighting diversity and inclusion achievements in Boston-area workplaces, the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA) will once again bring together area business leaders, accomplished students, and HR professionals for their annual D&I Gala. The event will take place on May 8, 2014 beginning at 5:30 PM at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

As the leading HR professional organization in the Northeast, the D&I Gala is just a part of NEHRA’s year round-efforts to provide education, support and relationship brokering that promotes diversity and inclusion on the job. Their 2,000+ membership represents over 1,000 organizations that help drive Northeast career opportunities and economic health across the technology, finance, biotech, healthcare, energy and higher education industries.

During the D&I Gala, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will be recognized as the 2014 NEHRA Diversity Champion for their outstanding work in fostering inclusion with their employees, members and communities they serve. Well-known Boston media and communications expert Liz Brunner will keynote the event.

The biggest stars of the evening, however, will be 2 local students (to be announced) that will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship in celebration of their academic achievement, strong community service, and overall dedication to promoting harmony among diverse groups.

“The crowd favorite is always the student winners. They inspire and awe us with their amazing accomplishments at such a young age and give us hope that Boston will continue to become a more and more positive place to live and work long into the future,” said Tracy Burns, CEO of NEHRA. “We also enjoy getting together as an HR community to applaud those companies, like Harvard Pilgrim Health Care who have gone above and beyond diversity mandates to make opportunity and access an imperative for business success.”

Cocktails, Dinner and music will be part of this special night and tables are on sale now. For further information please contact Megan McCarthy, NEHRA’s Project Coordinator at 781-239-8709 or mmccarthy@nehra.com.

Media Contact: Jen McNeil, jmcneilcomms@yahoo.com, 508-380-2902.

About Northeast Human Resources Association

Founded nearly 30 years ago and with more than 2,000 members, NEHRA is the largest, most influential professional HR organization in the Northeast. NEHRA’s goal is to help HR professionals connect, grow and thrive by providing relevant and timely educational programs, access to tools and resources, and a myriad of opportunities to network with peers and thought leaders. http://www.nehra.com

About Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a not-for-profit health plan serving more than one million members in New England. Founded in 1969, the health plan has built its reputation on pragmatic innovation with a goal of lowering costs, improving care and enhancing the overall member experience. Harvard Pilgrim is known for its excellent clinical programs, customer service, health improvement strategies and innovative tools that offer consumers greater transparency and empower them to make better decisions about their health care. https://www.harvardpilgrim.org

About Liz Brunner, CEO & Founder, Brunner Communications

Leveraging over 25 years of media and communications experience, Liz Brunner is sought by high-profile individuals and organizations to build meaningful reputations within their markets. Prior to launching Brunner Communications, she served as both a main news anchor for the #1 rated 6pm newscast in the Boston market, and as a reporter for WCVB-TV, New Center 5. http://lizbrunner.com/about/
Jennifer McNeil
Megan McCarthy, NEHRA’s Project Coordinator at 781-239-8709 or mmccarthy@nehra.com