Letter from the Chair

On behalf of the New England Diversity Council, we would like to welcome you to the inaugural Business and Leadership Summit.

These are dynamic times both globally, and nationally. The role of and the conversation about diversity and inclusion has changed for good. And, according to many professionals in the field, it’s about time. The diversity and inclusion role is now more than ever a business one and the function needs to operate accordingly if it wants respect, resources, and the attention of potential partners and collaborators. To be integrated into business functions, D&I executives must not only align themselves and their function with corporate strategy, they must also strive to influence that strategy.

Persistence and passion are the recognized characteristics of diversity executives, but a different business environment and the demands of being a global business partner require more than these two admirable qualities. Today, change management is at the heart of the D&I function, and it is mandatory for the alignment of D&I priorities with business objectives. With corporations developing new directions and strategies every three to five years, the ability to redirect change—something D&I executives do all the time—can support evolving business objectives.

The summit will provide you a great opportunity to network and learn from your peers. The New England Diversity Council conducts regular meetings, conferences and other activities to provide extraordinary opportunities to grow our networks and gain new insights for addressing the common challenges facing all of us in business today. If you are passionate about diversity, we encourage you to lend your talents and skills.

Finally, we would like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers who came together in order to make this summit successful.

I look forward to visiting with you at a future council event, or as part of our chapter.

Joël J. Dubé, Assistant Vice President
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management | Regional Diversity Officer


About Joel

Joel J. Dube is an Assistant Vice President Regional Diversity Officer with Morgan Stanley Field Management Division. Joel’s credentials include securities licenses 7, 9 & 10. In his career with Morgan Stanley Joel has created the Women’s Council and current chair on the LGBT Council for Morgan Stanley’s Boston State Street in Greater Boston. His business focus is well rounded with 25 years of financial services experience which include: management, compliance, sales, and administrative.

Joel started his career with Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1987 working his way into a management role at their Boston Harbor office 1997. In June of 2000, moved to Smith Barney where he was promoted to Branch Administrator and managed a staff of 50 employees.

Joel attended the Art Institute of Boston, is an active father of three, a member of the board of visitors for Fenway Health of Boston, and Vice President of Arbella Drum & Bugle Corps. Joel is a resident of the historic Salem MA, and enjoys volunteering his time with local non-profit organizations when time allows.