And Still We Rise: Leadership Forum for Women of Color Leaders

This is a 6-part series. Participants are excepted to attend all six session. This class is capped at 25 participants.

All sessions meet 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

January 11

February 8

March 14

April 18

May 16

June 20

And Still We Rise is a special opportunity to come together with other women of color leaders to:

Trainer: Jennifer Matias, Leadership Coach, Consultant, and Trainer, Dance the Dream Coaching and Consulting for Social Justice and Social Change.
  • Celebrate and affirm our identities and values as women of color leaders
  • Rejuvenate and renew our spirits
  • Connect with and create a network of support with other women of color
  • Nurture our ongoing commitment to social change
  • Revitalize our vision and faith in ourselves as leaders
  • Acknowledge the important work we do for and in the community

And Still We Rise is a six-month leadership forum with monthly facilitated conversations and food provided. Since this is a program with an emphasis on community-building and deepening relationships, participants are asked to commit to all 6-sessions. The following topics will be explored:

  • Leading with Vision – Affirm our unique vision of leadership and values as women of color leaders and develop strategies for bringing them into the world.
  • Naming and Claiming our Needs – Identify areas where we need support and learn how to prioritize self-care and wellness, during times of stress.
  • Stepping into Our Power – Explore the dynamics and challenges to our power and influence across the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, age, ability, and religion. Identify strategies for overcoming these obstacles and stepping into our power.
  • Building from the Inside Out: Addressing Internalized Oppression and Working Against Stereotypes – Explore the effects of internalized oppression and stereotypes and the impact they have on our ability to lead and succeed.
  • Empowering Our Communities – Explore ways to come together and build powerful and effective coalitions and movements for social justice and social change.
  • Next Steps/Additional Topics – Reflect on additional themes that emerge within the group as time allows and identify next steps for ongoing networking, partnering, and coalition building.

More about Facilitator Jennifer Matias

Jennifer Matias is an organization and leadership development consultant, coach, and trainer. She has over 25 years of experience working with social justice and social change organizations, and over 20 years of nonprofit management experience. Jennifer has overseen the creation and implementation of several cutting edge and nationally recognized executive leadership development programs. These have included a nonprofit executive coaching program, a nonprofit management training institute, and a six-month leadership forum for women of color nonprofit leaders in Boston, MA, called “On the Move.” 

Jennifer is a social justice activist and a deeply committed community leader with a dream of making the world a more just, compassionate, and equitable one. She has a long history of community activism. She is a founding member of Massachusetts Asian and Pacific Islanders (MAP) For Health, has served on the board of directors of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) and the steering committee of the Asian and Pacific Islander Women’s Social Justice Project. She helped to found the Jasmine Asian Women’s Giving Circle in collaboration with the Boston Women’s Fund and the Haymarket People’s Fund. Jennifer was also involved in the planning and coordination of the Welcoming Massachusetts campaign of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition, an immigrant rights initiative to welcome and facilitate the positive integration of immigrants and refugees into their Massachusetts communities.

Jennifer has been trained as a co-active coach through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a program accredited by the International Coach Federation. She is an anti-racism and cultural humility consultant and trainer with a background in Equity Institute and Empowering Multicultural Initiatives training models. Jennifer is also certified as a trained mediator in the state of MA. She has a degree in social work from Salem State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University Graduate School of Management.