Trailblazers of Color Leadership Conference

A gradient moon (blue to orange) rises behind brown mountains in various shades. Text reads "Mount Holyoke Colloege. TOCLC. Trailblazards of Color Leadership Conference"
Trailblazers of Color Leadership Conference group photo

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Sponsored by the Student Government Association Students of Color Committee (SOCC) and the Division of Student Life, the Trailblazers of Color Leadership Conference (TOCLC) formerly known as the Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference (WOCTLC), seeks to empower self-identified women and gender minorities of color across the Five Colleges, Pioneer Valley and beyond; including faculty, staff and community members. This conference provides a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of people of color while additionally opening dialogues and raising consciousness on issues relating to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc.

Past Conferences


Sisterhood is a verb

Mount Holyoke College’s 2021 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference focuses on entrepreneurs of color in a virtual business expo.
2019 Women of Color Conference Keynote Speakers

WOCTLC 2019: “Going Beyond Politics”

Featuring keynote speakers Na’ilah Amaru, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud and Jossie Valentin, political figures and activists who are engaged in public policy.
Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory are the keynote speakers for the Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference this year.

WOCTL ’18: Engagement & empowerment in action

Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez, founders of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., were the keynote speakers.
This is a picture of poet Staceyann Chin, keynote speaker

2017: Empowering Voices: Breaking Boundaries

Featuring keynote speaker Staceyann Chin, the conference focused on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development and leadership.
Janet Mock

2016: Learning to Speak, Learning to Listen

Janet Mock, author, cultural commentator and transgender rights activist was the keynote speaker.
Karyn Parsons (left) and Ilyasah Shabazz

2015: Focus on community

Community organizer and writer Ilyasah Shabazz and Fresh Prince actress Karyn Parsons gave keynote addresses at the event.

The first WOCTLC was held Saturday, March 1, 2014 under the leadership of Quanita Hailey, MHC Class of 2012. the 2014  keynote speakers were Kymberly S. Newberry FP’15, Naima McQueen ’21, and Cerri Banks, Dean/VP of Student Affairs at Skidmore College and former Dean of the College at Mount Holyoke College.