Hollywood Actor Omar Sharif Jr. Celebrates National Pride Month at Boston Event June 20

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Hollywood Actor and GLAAD National Spokesperson Omar Sharif Jr. to Attend June 20th Get Konnected! Boston Networking Event Celebrating National Pride Month

Omar Sharif, Jr.

"Working with GLAAD, I know that I’ll be helping to effectuate change at home and around the world," said Omar Sharif, Jr., actor and national spokesperson for GLAAD.

Hollywood actor and gay rights activist Omar Sharif Jr., the grandson of Legendary Award winning actor of Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl fame Omar Sharif, will be in Boston on Thursday June 20th 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston.

Sharif will be a special celebrity guest of Get Konnected!, Greater Boston’s premier urban professional and business networking event that brings together urban professionals, business executives and entrepreneurs of diverse cultures, across industries and sectors for networking purposes. Sharif, whom last year announced he was homosexual, has recently become a national spokesperson for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the principal LGBTQ anti-defamation organization.

The special Get Konnected! event will celebrate National Pride Month, and the power of networking as well as salute Boston's LGBTQ and Ally Community. The event is hosted by The Boston Globe and co-sponsored by GLAAD; Mass Equality; Greater Boston Business Council; The History Project and AIDS Action Committee.

“Get Konnected! is proud to celebrate National Pride Month by bringing together professionals, business leaders and social entrepreneurs from the LGBTQ community for the purpose of networking. Together we are building a more expansively diverse and inclusive networking event. We are delighted that GLAAD’s national celebrity spokesperson Omar Sharif Jr. will join us for the very special and important event.” said Colette Phillips, CEO and President of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc. and founder of Get Konnected! “We applaud The Boston Globe for hosting this first-of-its-kind networking event in Boston that will bring together culturally diverse professionals with the LGBTQ community to network and connect to each other.”

"I'm thrilled to be joining GLAAD in their culture-changing work," Sharif Jr. said in a GLAAD press release. “Having lived and worked in over half a dozen countries, I know the influence and impact that American media has globally - particularly in the broader Middle East, where it is widely syndicated and consumed. Working with GLAAD, I know that I’ll be helping to effectuate change back home and around the world."

In addition to celebrating National Pride Month and the Power of Networking Get Konnected! will preview the June 23 issue of Diversity Boston, whose focus will be networking and mentoring. To RSVP, visit: GetKonnected.com.

Launched in 2008, a first-of-its- kind, Get Konnected! is Boston’s first and only urban bi-monthly professional and business networking event the brings together urban professionals, business executives and entrepreneurs of diverse cultures, across industries and sectors to enrich and enhance their professional development, forge new relationships, and expand their personal and professional networks. Get Konnected! provides Greater Boston’s corporate community a venue where its employees of color can network and interface with other professionals. In 2013, Get Konnected! was recognized by both Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Treasurer Steve Grossman for its commitment to creating a more welcoming and inclusive Massachusetts. In 2012, it was recognized by both the Massachusetts State Legislature for leadership and vision in providing networking for diverse professionals throughout Massachusetts and New England and Boston Latino TV for “arduous work, dedication and success in providing networking opportunities for professionals of color throughout New England.” Get Konnected! attracts an impressive 250 to 400 attendees at each event. In 2011, Get Konnected! was named Boston’s Best Multicultural Event.

Get Konnected! was created by Colette Phillips Communications, Inc. (CPC) an innovative marketing/PR company with a quarter century of experience helping clients get the maximum return from their markets. Founded in 1986, CPC has worked with some of the region's best known brands including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Reebok, National Grid, TJX Corporation and The Boston Red Sox, helping them build their brands and grow their bottom line by effectively targeting the nation’s fastest growing consumer demographics including women, immigrants and people of color. CPC is led by Colette Phillips who is widely respected and recognized for her notable ability to build bridges and create cross-cultural and inter-racial social networks. She is the first person of color to launch a successful public relations and multicultural/inclusion marketing communications firm in Boston/New England.

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