February 5, 2018
Topic: Campus News
The University of Michigan Women of Color Task Force will host its 36th annual Career Conference on March 2, continuing its long-standing tradition of supporting the professional and personal development of U-M community members and the general public.
This year's conference keynote address will be delivered by April Ryan, Washington, D.C., bureau chief for the American Urban Radio Networks. She will discuss free speech and the greater good.
The keynote will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Hill Auditorium, and is free and open to the public. Conference registration is not needed to attend only the keynote.
There is a $175 registration fee for the conference, which is open to all U-M staff, faculty, students and the public, regardless of gender or ethnicity. The last day for registration is Feb. 23.
Conference attendees may choose from nearly 20 workshop sessions designed to support their professional and personal development.
Event sponsors include University Human Resources, Michigan Medicine Human Resources, the Office of the Provost and CEW. TIAA will be the Platinum Plus corporate sponsor.
Ryan, the only African-American female reporter covering urban issues from the White House, has served as a White House correspondent since 1997. In 2017, she joined CNN as a political analyst and was named "Journalist of the Year" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
Ryan is a member of the National Press Club and is one of three African-Americans to have served on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association.
She is the author of "The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Four Presidents and Race in America" and "At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White."
Ryan graduated from Morgan State University in Maryland and received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater in 2017.