2018 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference

This year's 2018 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference (WOCTLC) theme is Empowerment through Engagement and will consist of workshops that focus on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development, and leadership opportunities. Most importantly, this conference will provide a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women of color. Keynote speaker(s) are Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, founders of the National Women's March and the keynote event is free and open to the public!

Conference registration fees: Free for all Mount Holyoke College Students, $10 for five college students, faculty and staff, $15.00 for non five college attendees, $8 per person for groups with 10 or more attendees. To take advantage of this group discount, contact woctlc-g@mtholyoke.edu or call 413-538-2550.

Conference Information

The SGA Students of Color Committee prides itself in creating spaces where students can continue to question, challenge and cultivate their minds in order to advance personal growth, commitment, and social advocacy for historically underrepresented communities.

In addition, we strive to encourage open dialogues and raise consciousness about issues and intersections prevalent in modern day society regarding race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and many more identities. We strive for these goals by continuing to open the event to all individuals. The primary audience is those who self- identify as women/girls of color across the Five­ Colleges (age 4 +), including faculty and staff, members of the Pioneer Valley Community, and beyond. Interested individuals can register for the conference here.

  • The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, conference swag, entrance to the POC Business Expo, and a ticket to the VIP meet-and-greet with the keynote speakers. 

The People Of Color Business Expo

  • We are currently accepting applications for the POC Business Expo. We invite all businesses/organizations that are owned by, support, and/or serve people of color to participate. Vendor Registration is free.
  • If you are interested in participating, please complete the POC Vendor Business Expo Form by submitting the online form no later than March 29, 2018.
  • For more information about the conference, email woctlc-g@mtholyoke.edu or call the Division of Student Life at 413-538-2550.      

Hotel Accommodations

We are pleased to offer limited hotel and lodging on our campus. If interested, you may contact the Mount Holyoke Willits-Howell Conference Center

Below is a list of additional hotel options in the area or you may also contact woctlc-g@mtholyoke.edu or call 413-538-2550 if you have other questions.

  • Daniel Stebbins Bed and Breakfast
    • 25 Woodbridge Street, South Hadley, MA
    • 413-533-2149
  • Hampton Inn Hadley Amherst
  • Comfort Inn Hadley – Amherst
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Amherst-Hadley
  • Howard Johnson
    • Russell Street, Hadley, MA
    • 413-533-2149                


Friday, April 6

Conference Registration: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Pre-Conference Event
UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race & Friendship
Panel & Book Party
5 – 7 pm, Gamble Auditorium

Join Marcella Runell Hall, VP for Student Life/Dean of Students and Jen Daigle-Matos, Visiting Lecturer, Psychology & Education and other special guests to celebrate this new book project and discuss intersectionality, gender and the complexity of intimate relationships.

Saturday, April 7

Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

Schedule At A Glance

  • 9– 10 am  Conference Registration and breakfast
  • 10 – 10:30 am Welcome and Charge of the Conference
  • 10:45 – 11:45 am Workshop Sessions I
  1. Reclaiming Our Space: Women Of Color in the feminist Movement Always In defense of ourselves 
  2. Leadership Styles--Use the Right Approach to Engage Others 
  3. Direct Your Purpose 
  4. At the Table - Competitive Advantage of Women in Leadership 
  5. You Are Epic! Personal Leadership Essentials for Trailblazing Women 
  6. Mygirlsquad 
  7. Becoming your own "Oliva Pope" : Reputation management s a leader 
  8. Stepping In/To the YOU You See 
  9. International and Domestic Students of Color Dialogue 
  • 11:45 am – 1 pm Lunch
  • 1:15 – 2:15 pm  Workshop Sessions II
  1. We Are Empowered and Engaged: Student-Workers of Color at a PWI Speak Back 
  2. Giving is the New Black  
  3. The Power of Cloth-The Voice Within Our Quilts 
  4. Wakanda Forever? A Black Panther Focus Group Discussion 
  5. Growing Your Initiative
  6. Latina Pedagogy and Mentorship Across Geographies and Time 
  7. Poetically Writing to Heal,Empower and Write Her-Story 
  8. Techies of Color: Empowerment At Your Fingertips
  9. How to Build an Engaging Personal Brand 
  • 2:15 – 4 pm Business Expo
  • 2:15 – 2:45 pm Networking Opportunity
  • 2:45 – 3:15 pm Student Highlight Workshop - Regina Ye, MHC class 2018 
  • 4 – 5 pm  Keynote Speaker Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez (open to the public). 
  • 5 – 5:15 pm Closing Remarks 
  • 5:15 – 6:00 pm VIP Meet and Greet  with Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez (Registered WOCTLC attendees ONLY)

Download the program

Tamika Mallory, National Women's March

Keynote Speaker

Tamika Mallory

Tamika D. Mallory, a 36 yr old mother to her teenage son and nationally recognized activist, is a champion of the new civil rights movement. In 2017, Tamika gained recognition as one of four co-chairs for the Women’s March on Washington; and with participation from 5 million people worldwide, her role in the march landed Tamika on the 2017 Time 100 Pioneers list and Fortune’s 2017 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. President of Mallory Consulting, a strategic planning firm and board member of The Gathering for Justice, founded by Harry Belafonte, Tamika is featured in the media at the intersection of civil rights, social justice and the new wave of feminism.

Carmen Perez, National Women's March

Keynote Speaker

Camen Perez

Carmen Perez is something of a Renaissance woman in modern-day activism. She has dedicated 20 years to advocating for many of today's important civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equity, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing. As the Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice, a nonprofit founded by legendary artist and activist Harry Belafonte, Carmen has crossed the globe promoting peace through civil and human rights, building alternatives to incarceration and violence, and providing commentary and guidance for state and federal policy creation. Carmen’s most recent work is her role as the National Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Washington, drew over 5 million people across the globe who marched in resistance of hatred and bigotry, affirming women of all identities’ rights as human beings. In 2017, Carmen was named one of Fortune’s Top 50 World Leaders and one of TIME’s most influential people.

Linda Sarsour, National Women's March

Keynote Speaker

Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour is an award-winning racial justice and civil rights activist, seasoned community organizer and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” She is the former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. Muslims in the world, 50 of the world’s greatest leaders by Fortune Magazine and featured on the Time 100’s list of the world’s most influential people. Linda was profiled on the front page of the New York Times Metro Section and dubbed “Brooklyn Homegirl in a Hijab” and they introduced Linda to their readership as “ Mixing street smarts, activism and her Muslim identity, Linda Sarsour has become a political force”. She is most known for her intersectional coalition work and building bridges across issues, racial, ethnic and faith communities. 

Regina Ye

Student Highlight Workshop

Regina Ye is a globetrotter that has lived on all three continents and travelled to more than 22 countries, also a senior in Computer Science that is working on a hardware/e-commerce company called ZIRUI that aims at changing the way beauty products are packaged and presented. She started ZIRUI in her junior year as a classroom project and kept on pursuing it ever since. After being featured on HuffPost, Forbes, and MTV, and running a successful Kickstarter campaign, she is ready to take ZIRUI to the next level after her upcoming May graduation.