National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Boston Announces Partnership with MassMutual to increase Black and African American Representation in STEM

NSBE Boston announces partnership with MassMutual



BOSTON, MA, March 18, 2022NSBE Boston is pleased to announce a Visionary level partnership with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), a leading mutual life insurance company with headquarters in Springfield, MA.  NSBE Boston is also proud to announce MassMutual as a Circle of Excellence sponsor of the 2022 Inspire STEM Gala.  Visionary and Circle of Excellence sponsors demonstrate a commitment to furthering the mission of NSBE at the highest contribution level through funding for scholarships, support of STEM outreach initiatives, programming, and career opportunities for NSBE and the community we serve. 


Over the last decade, MassMutual has developed and evolved a long-term diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy that supports Black and African American employees with four main areas of focus:

  • Education: Addressing racial inequalities and the achievement gap through school/college partnerships, training and career initiatives.
  • Equitable Justice Outreach: Advocating for racial equality and justice.
  • Enterprise Equity & Opportunity: Increasing Black-employee representation at all levels.
  • Economic Empowerment: Addressing the racial wealth gap and income disparities by providing access to capital and resources to Black-owned businesses.

The partnership with NSBE Boston will further strengthen the company’s efforts to address racial equity and justice and overall DEI education and training. MassMutual is heavily invested in engaging and developing Black and African American talent and supporting this community, leading to greater levels of retention and representation. 


“I’m excited for MassMutual to partner with NSBE Boston in support of its academic and professional development efforts that promote the success of Black engineers,” said Keia Cole, Head of Digital Experience, MassMutual. “NSBE’s goal of fostering a community dedicated to both educational and social contribution aligns with MassMutual’s principles of ‘living mutual’ and making a positive difference where we work and live.”


“NSBE Boston is proud to partner with MassMutual in our endeavors to advance STEM in the Black and African American community through scholarships, community engagement and programming,” said Alexis Smith, Corporate Partnership Chair and Springfield, MA native.  “We are even more proud to have MassMutual as a Circle of Excellence sponsor for NSBE Boston’s 2022 Inspire STEM Gala, where we will present the inaugural Judith Hanson Memorial Scholarship in memory of long-time MassMutual employee and NSBE member, Judith Hanson.  The impact of this new partnership and scholarship will benefit NSBE Boston members, Black and African American students in STEM, and NSBE’s commitment to graduate 10,000 Black engineers by 2025.”


With more than 30 years of providing channels of opportunity for academic and career advancement to the Black and African American communities in Massachusetts, NSBE Boston has a membership that spans across New England.


MassMutual, too, is deeply rooted in the region, from its headquarters in Springfield, MA, to its newly opened offices in Boston’s Seaport. The company is hiring extensively in the Boston area.  Please visit


To kick off the partnership, MassMutual will also host a Careers in Tech series. 


For more information or questions on NSBE partnerships, please contact Alexis Smith at



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About NSBE Boston Professionals

NSBE Boston opens channels of opportunity for the academic and career development of Black students and professionals who positively impact their communities. NSBE Boston is non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1988 and has a membership of Black professionals spanning the New England area. For more information, please visit


Your gift helps fulfill our mission to graduate 10,000 black engineers by 2025. Learn more about the Inspire STEM Gala on our website!