Distinguished Young Alumni Award
Melissa James ’10
is president and CEO of The Tech Connection
, a Boston-based recruitment firm that supports the professional development of diverse, underrepresented technical talent through individualized career planning and job placement. James strives to help people reach their highest potential by accelerating their individual pathway to success.
An advocate of the driving principle, “be the CEO of you,” James connects candidates with opportunities within high-performing tech companies. She has a strong track record of building advanced teams for elite companies such as Google, Teradata, RA Capital, and Sample6 Technologies.
At the root of James’ work is a passion for community service. In addition to leading The Tech Connection, she is the founder of the first-ever Black Tech Boston Meetup
, a platform created to celebrate the impact of technology within African American communities. She has also served on the board for the Youth Institute of Science and Technology and the Young Black Women’s Society.
James recently received the US Presidential Service Award and the 2015 Pursuer Award from the African Youth Excellence organization for her relentless commitment to the community. She has been featured in numerous news outlets such as the Improper Bostonian
, Bay State Banner
, Boston Herald
, and Bloomberg Business
. The Boston Business Journal
recognized James as a “Woman on The Move” in 2015.
Prior to founding her company, James worked as a technical recruiter at Google. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in legal studies from UMass Amherst.