Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Receives Honor
Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has been named the recipient of the Stanton Chase Global Diversity Award. This award recognizes Secretary Acosta’s efforts and accomplishments in advancing diversity initiatives. The award was presented on April 4, 2019 at the Stanton Chase Global Partners Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Stanton Chase Global Diversity Award is given to a leader or company with outstanding results in fostering a culture of inclusion, ensuring diversity in the workforce, and attracting diverse talent. Secretary Acosta is a recognized leader, public speaker, and cultural ambassador on matters of diversity, motivating the youth, and Latino Leadership. Her work has included roles as a Board member of The Boston Foundation, Board Overseer at Boston Children’s Hospital where she was a founding member of Milagros Para Niño’s, and Corporate Advisory Board member for the Boston Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).
During her speech at the Stanton Chase meeting, Acosta focused on the pivotal work of search firms in identifying and attracting diverse talent. She emphatically rejected the statement, “I can’t find anyone of diverse background to fill that position,” and she challenged search consultants everywhere to work hard to present a diverse slate of candidates in all mandates.
Secretary Acosta also professed her deep commitment to education, noting that she hopes it becomes part of her legacy for future generations. She also discussed her own humble upbringing by two educators, professors at the University of Havana who then went on to continue working in the field of education after emigrating from Cuba to the United States.
Christopher Arnold, Vice Chair and Managing Director in the Stanton Chase Boston office, announced, “Secretary Acosta is a champion for Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in our state. She is passionate on behalf of Latinos, People of Color, and Women. She has been named to multiple lists of ‘most influential Latino women’ and is a role model for all Latino’s and working mothers everywhere. It is an honor to present her with this award.”
“It is truly an honor and privilege to receive this award,” said Secretary Acosta. “I plan to continue my work in diversity and developing the next generation of leaders.”
Prior to joining the Baker-Polito Administration, Secretary Acosta spent over thirty years in the banking industry. She has been named one of Boston’s Most Influential Women from the Women of the Harvard Club, El Planeta’s Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in Massachusetts, and Get Konnected’s 100 Most Influential People of Color in Boston.