Boston While Black Welcomes DraftKings as a Corporate Sponsor and Equity Champion
Collaboration will create mentorship and networking opportunities for DraftKings’ Black employee resource group
Boston, MA – September 3, 2021 – Boston While Black, the first membership network for Boston-based Black professionals, entrepreneurs, and students, announced today that they are adding DraftKings Inc. (Nasdaq:DKNG), a digital sports entertainment and gaming company, as a local corporate sponsor and equity champion. Through this collaboration, DraftKings will support Boston While Black’s work to build more opportunities for Black professionals across Boston to connect with the Black community and employers to tap into a vast network of Black talent. DraftKings will also create opportunities for mentorship, shared joy, and connection among the company’s Black employee resource group, DK Shades and the broader Black community in the Boston area.
“We are proud to collaborate with Boston While Black as a local corporate sponsor and an equity champion. This year, DraftKings was recognized locally as an employer of choice for our Diversity and Inclusion efforts, which is a testament to our work in making meaningful and positive change in this important area,” said DraftKings’ Chief People Officer, Graham Walters. “We look forward to working with the entire Boston While Black network to build opportunities for mentorship and networking and to deepen our engagement in the Black Boston community.”
Boston While Black is helping develop Boston into a city where Black people want to live and work because they have the spaces, tools, and relationships to grow their network, navigate the city and create lasting memories. Members have access to a private digital community, weekly professional and social events, influential leaders and experts, and unique learning opportunities.
“We are thrilled to welcome DraftKings as a partner, and, with this, we will be opening more opportunities in the sports entertainment and gaming community for Black professionals to connect,” said Boston While Black Founder, Sheena Collier. “In just one year, we have made a wide array of connections across sectors, and as we enter our second year, we hope to leverage partners like DraftKings to reimagine what Black joy in Boston can be.”
“As a member of DK Shades, I can see that improving inclusion and promoting diversity is of the utmost importance to DraftKings,” said Lance Jeune, leader and co-chair of DK Shades. “DraftKings has the unique opportunity to start a wave of change and to diversify our talent, which is why our team is so excited to be partnering with Boston While Black.”
About Boston While Black
Boston While Black is the first membership network for Boston-based Black professionals, entrepreneurs, and students who are seeking connection and community. Through programs, events, and a digital community, they connect members who are active in their local neighborhoods, working at the most innovative companies, building the businesses of the future, attending the area’s universities, and shaping the culture of the region. Boston While Black is creating a city where Black people want to live and work because they have the spaces, tools, and relationships to find their tribe, grow their network, navigate the city, and have fun.
The Boston While Black community is powered by the experiences of the creator, Sheena Collier, who moved here fifteen years ago to attend Harvard and had her own challenges navigating Boston, particularly as a Black woman. Learn more at bostonwhileblack.com.
DraftKings Inc. is a digital sports entertainment and gaming company created to fuel the competitive spirit of sports fans with products that range across daily fantasy, regulated gaming and digital media. Headquartered in Boston, and launched in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings is the only U.S.-based vertically integrated sports betting operator. DraftKings is a multi-channel provider of sports betting and gaming technologies, powering sports and gaming entertainment for operators in 17 countries. DraftKings’ Sportsbook is live with mobile and/or retail betting operations in the United States pursuant to regulations in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. DraftKings’ daily fantasy sports product is available in 7 countries internationally with 15 distinct sports categories. DraftKings is the official daily fantasy partner of the NFL, MLB, NASCAR, PGA TOUR and UFC as well as an authorized gaming operator of the NBA and MLB, an official sports betting partner of the NFL, an official betting operator of PGA TOUR and the official betting operator of UFC. Launched in August 2021, DraftKings Marketplace is a digital collectibles ecosystem designed for mainstream accessibility that offers curated NFT drops and supports secondary-market transactions. DraftKings also owns Vegas Sports Information Network, Inc. (VSiN), a multi-platform broadcast and content company.