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 30 participants.

All classes meet on Saturdays from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

January 26, 2019
February 16, 2019
March 16, 2019

April 20, 2019
May 18, 2019
June 15, 2019

Wesley United Methodist Church, 741 State Street, Springfield – Parlor Room

Trainer: Jennifer Matias, Leadership Coach, Consultant, and Trainer, Dance the Dream Coaching and Consulting for Social Justice and Social Change.

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

  • 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 monthly leadership forum series that begins with a 4-hour introductory session followed by five monthly, 4-hour sessions with facilitated discussions and food. We will have guest presenters for some of the sessions. 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.