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The Most Influential Emerson Alums, According to Boston Magazine

Scheinert holds out Oscar while Kwan speaks into mic on Oscars stage
These guys.

Boston Magazine released its regular list of “The 150 Most Influential Bostonians,” and peppered throughout are Emersonians who are certified big deals in the worlds of PR, wealth advising, journalism, and entertainment.

Coming in at #49 is PR maven Colette Phillips ’76, MA ’80. Phillips’ Colette Phillips Communications and Get Konnected! networking group “have been so successful that Harvard Business School just published a case study on how she did it,” Boston wrote.

Wealth advisor and Emerson Trustee Raj Sharma, MA ’83, founder of The Sharma Group at Merrill, author of The Purposeful Wealth Advisor: How to Build a Rewarding Career While Helping Clients Achieve Their Dreams, and #83 on Boston’s list, has the ear of the investing world. “When the national discourse turned against … (environmental, social, and governance) investing, Sharma spoke out, telling his fellow advisers to get on the ESG bandwagon or get left behind.”

At #101 is NBC10 Boston anchor Latoyia Edwards ’98, who “seems to be everywhere lately.” She anchors the daily morning news and This Is New England on weekends, moderated a gubernatorial debate last year, and this past winter, she emceed the unveiling of “The Embrace,” right outside Emerson’s door on Boston Common.

Just squeaking in at #150 are Hollywood wunderkinds Daniel Kwan ’10 and Daniel Scheinert ’09. “Going to college in Boston became so much cooler this past March when Oscars viewers everywhere saw these two Emerson grads—’09 and ’10—take the stage three times, accepting Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay awards for Everything Everywhere All at Once,” We’d argue that going to college at Emerson was already really cool, but we take Boston‘s point.

The magazine dubbed former president and eternal honorary Emersonian Lee Pelton, now President/CEO of The Boston Foundation, the #3 Most Influential Bostonian, behind only Governor Maura Healey and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.” When Pelton speaks, Bostonians listen,” Boston writes.

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