Throughout his career as an educator and community organizer, Chris Conroy has used social entrepreneurship and group facilitation as tools to eliminate racial and gender disparities, while increasing employee engagement and productivity within nationally recgonized brands.

Chris began his career working with youth in the juvenile justice system and served as a special education teacher in Boston's public schools. These experiences taught him that organizations that were originally conceived to serve the general public -- and especially the most vulnerable in our society -- were often failing to accomplish their goals as a result of counterproductive forms of social organization. This led him out of the classroom and into his hometown streets to organize grassroots education and workforce campaigns for the purposes of building new community-led organizations.

After running for Boston City Council in 2013 on a platform focused on developing public and private partnerships to improve education and employment outcomes for city residents, Chris started his own recruiting and staffing firm, Conroy Talent & Associates, with the goal of connecting more women and people of color to leadership opportunities in social enterprises and nonprofits.

In just fours years CTA has evolved into a multiservice agency that now helps companies of all sizes and missions build workplaces people love through diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) consulting, talent recruitment, and workforce culture management.

CTA now has over 25 recruiters across the country in markets from Boston to New York, San Francisco to D.C., and from Houston to Los Angeles. CTA's communications work has been featured on the U.S. Department of Education’s website and they recently received the Community Partnership Award with their partners in Boston Public Schools from Boston Cares, New England’s largest volunteer management organization.

Cover photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash