U-M Women of Color Task Force Career Conference registration open


The University of Michigan Women of Color Task Force will host its 39th annual career conference virtually from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 4-5.

All U-M staff, faculty, student, and the public, regardless of gender or ethnicity, are invited to register to attend this inclusive professional development event. The conference is free this year, although pre-registration is required to attend the workshops and keynote sessions.

Conference information, including the two-day event schedule, speaker details and workshop descriptions, is available online. The deadline to register is Feb. 26.

Event sponsors include CEW+, the Office of the Provost, University Human Resources and Michigan Medicine Human Resources. TIAA will be the Platinum Plus corporate sponsor for the eighth year.

The opening keynote program March 4 will feature Corey Pauling, senior vice president, chief inclusion and diversity officer for TIAA, discussing strategies for creating inclusive anti-racist workspaces. Following her remarks, a nationally renowned panel of health care experts will respond to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and how it works to develop immunity.

The closing keynote program on March 5 will feature a legislative panel consisting of U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib, who represent Michigan’s 12th and 13th congressional districts, respectively.

Moderated by Lisa Howze, a former state representative and Davenport University vice president for strategic partnerships, the discussion will focus on the role of women in the state’s economic recovery strategy.

Founded in 1979, WCTF provides professional development, networking and training opportunities for employees, focusing on addressing the needs of women-of-color staff. For more than 38 years, WCTF has served as a support network and forum for the exchange of information about the status of women-of-color staff at U-M.

CEW+ empowers women and underserved individuals in the U-M and surrounding communities by serving as an advocate and providing resources to help them reach their academic, financial and professional potential.


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