Jessyca Feliciano is a Global Human Resource Business Partner at Takeda Pharmaceuticals helping manage the relationships between the organization and its employees and helping to lead strategic human capital initiatives.
Prior to joining Takeda, Jessyca held positions of increasing responsibility in corporate and non-profit organizations, most recently with State Street Corporation as a Vice President of Employee Relations. In addition to her primary responsibilities Jessyca is also passionate about diversity and inclusion and is involved in initiatives that hold the business accountable for implementing diversity best practices and strategies. She started her career in social work working with at risk youth in underprivileged communities, always focusing on creating opportunities of inclusion, which is still something very close to her heart.
After holding previous leadership positions within the Boston Chapter of ALPFA, including VP of memberships and Chief Communications Officer, she was selected as the chapter president in October 2015 where she served as President until 2017. In this role Jessyca led the Board of Directors, the Corporate Advisory Board and Chapter staff in continuing to enhance program services, expand membership, and ensure the chapter provided great value to its stakeholders and the greater Boston community. She also served as an advisor for the Greater Boston area Boy Scouts Diversity Taskforce. In 2018, she was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was appointed to Co-Chair the Youth Pathways Committee. She is also serving on the Board of Directors of GLAD Boston, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders. Jessyca earned a Master of Education with a focus on Organizational Development and Leadership from Cambridge College’s Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College.
Being a part of CWE rings true to my roots as a social worker. I have always gravitated towards work that creates opportunities for those that have not had a seat at the table for far too long. I believe that we must be champions for others and be a voice for those who may not know how to amplify their voices, themselves and their needs. CWE does just that by providing access to the resources, education and tools that women need to create sustainable and thriving economic possibilities for themselves, their families and the broader community.
As women, we know all too well the struggle of equality, to be paid equally, to be recognized equally and the reality of the glass ceiling. For women of color, that challenge and gap is even greater and CWE understands and addresses the unique challenges that diverse groups are faced with. We must continue to lift each other as we climb. This is what CWE does for so many women and it is a charge and responsibility I and they don’t take lightly. When we help and lift one, we help create momentum and an energy that can have powerful ripple effects and can impact us all. I am excited to be part of an organization that lifts women and creates ripple effects.