Genesys Works Announces New Board Members

December 11, 2019


HOUSTON, TX — Genesys Works (, a national social enterprise that provides pathways to career success for students in underserved communities, announced today that Nelly Akoth and Dharti Tripathi, have been elected to the Genesys Works National Board of Directors.

“I am pleased to welcome our newest members to our National Board of Directors,” said President and CEO David Williams. “They each have a unique background with diverse experiences that will be an asset to the Genesys Works Board of Directors and our organization as a whole.”

Nelly Akoth serves as the Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at IBM. She is an accomplished senior executive with more than 25 years of success, spanning the technology and finance sectors. Akoth has held key leadership positions with IBM in Kenya, Johannesburg, Singapore, and the United States.  

In her career, Akoth served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Africa region, where she oversaw IBM’s expansion into the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from St. Thomas University – Miami and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Howard University.

“The inherent opportunities for economic prosperity, societal progress, and individual prosperity in our future workforce are enormous,” said Akoth. “I look forward to shaping the path of future business leaders across the nation with Genesys Works.”

Dharti Tripathi serves as the Vice President and Chief Digital Operations Officer at GE Healthcare. In this position, she leads an operating team ensuring seamless execution for organizational transformation while driving efficiency, establishing digital operations strategy for growth and scale, and instituting metrics and processes to continue improvements in partnership with cross-functional teams.

In October 2016, Tripathi joined GE Digital part of the Renewable Energy business as the Chief Operating Officer and expanded her role within a year to lead strategy and growth, which included Go To Market channel, business development and marketing.  Prior to GE, she served as Global Head of Operations, Strategy, and Analytics at Groupon, where she led B2B and B2C operations, strategy and analytics. Tripathi holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management, a Master of Science in Computer Science from DePaul University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application from Xavier Institute of Computer Science and a Bachelor of Commerce in Advanced Accounting, Auditing and Advanced Statistics from Gujarat University. 

“Genesys Works is establishing a platform to match demand and supply, helping our businesses address the root cause of economic disparity,” said Tripathi. “I’m honored to join an organization that’s changing the lives of students and also helping corporations recognize the value proposition of tapping into a more diverse talent pool.”

Akoth and Tripathi join existing Board of Directors listed below.

David Williams; President & CEO, Genesys Works

Crystal Ashby; Former Executive Vice President, BP America Inc.

Douglas Butler; Managing Partner, NextGen Strategic Advisors

Haley Coller; Analyst, Goldman Sachs

Barbara Duganier; Ret. Senior Executive, Accenture

Tom Fry; Philanthropic Advisor, Jenesis Group

Dan Nottke; CIO, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Richard Rawson; Ret. President, Insperity

C. Park Shaper; CEO, SEIS Holdings

Rafael Alvarez; Founder, Genesys Works


To learn more about Genesys Works and how it is opening doors of opportunity for underserved youth, visit




About Genesys Works

Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. Our program consists of 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training, a paid year-long corporate internship, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through college.  Our goal is to move more students out of poverty and into professional careers, creating a more productive and diverse workforce in the process.  Since its founding in 2002, Genesys Works has grown to serve nearly 4,000 students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington’s National Capital Region.   To learn more, visit

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