2014 WCTF Annual Career Conference (Past Event)

Topic Areas: Special Events

March 14, 2014 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Michigan League, Hill Auditorium, Alumni Center, and the Modern Languages Building (MLB)

Click here to view the 2014 WCTF Conference keynote address given by Mae Jemison.

Click here to view the 2013 WCTF Conference keynote address given by Donna Brazile.


Conference Theme: "Transforming the Face of Leadership"

The Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) will host its 32nd annual career conference on March 7, 2014. Attendees may select from more than 30 workshop sessions designed to support their professional and personal development. This event is open to all U-M personnel (staff, faculty, and students) and to the general public.  



CEW extends special thanks to TIAA-CREF, our Platinum Plus corporate sponsor for their generous support of the Women of Color Task Force Conference. 



Thank you to our University of Michigan conference sponsors:

University Human Resources (UHR)
Office of the Senior Vice Provost
U-M Health System Human Resources
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office, U-M Medical School
Rackham Merit Fellows
Women in Science and Engineering Program (WISE)
U-M Center for Engineering and Diversity Outreach (CEDO)

2014 WCTF Conference Schedule

7:00-8:30 am

Conference Registration, Continental Breakfast

(Michigan League - Concourse Level)

8:00-8:30 am

Orientation for New Conference Attendees

(Hill Auditorium)

8:30 am


Special Remarks - Dr. Lester Monts, Senior Vice Provost

Special Remarks - Ms. Janice Innis-Thompson, TIAA-CREF

Introduction of Speaker  -  Pres. Mary Sue Coleman

Keynote Address - Dr. Mae Jemison


(Hill Auditorium)

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Workshops Session A

(MLB (floor maps), League, & Alumni Center)

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch & Vendor Showcase

(Michigan League Ballroom)

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Workshops Session B

MLB (floor maps), League, & Alumni Center) 

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Afternoon Break / Ballroom Dance Demonstration 

Dance with Elegance/Health & Fitness Studio - Sherry Hawkins


Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Mae Jemison, former NASA astronaut

FOR THOSE ATTENDING ONLY THE KEYNOTE, which is free and open to the public, registration will be open until Thursday, March 6, 2014. Please use the provided link to register via a separate keynote only registration page, so as not to confuse keynote registrants with conference attendees.

Register here if you would ONLY like to attend the keynote

(Please note: There will be a special meet and greet with Dr. Mae Jemison that is open only to paid conference registrants.)

Dr. Mae Jemison is the Principal for the 100 Year Starship Project. Her leadership and vision provides guidance and direction for the foundation goal of ensuring the capabilities for a successful human journey to another star by 2112.

Dr. Jemison, physician, engineer, educator and entrepreneur, was the first woman of color in the world to go into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour and was a NASA astronaut for six years.

Dr. Jemison started The Jemison Group, Inc., a technology consulting firm integrating critical socio-cultural issues into the design, development and implementation of engineering and science projects. As an Environmental Studies professor at Dartmouth College, she taught classes on and researched technology design and sustainable development with special emphasis on developing countries. She is a worldwide respected voice in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and is founder of the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence. She started The Earth We Share™, a unique international science literacy curriculum and program that builds student critical thinking and problem solving skills as they gain science knowledge and skills, and trains middle and secondary school teachers in experiential education. Dr. Jemison was the founding Chairman of the state of Texas' Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board. Prior joining to NASA she was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia and a general practice physician in Los Angeles. She is on the boards of Kimberly-Clark, Scholastic, and Valspar.

A member of the National Academies of Science's Institute of Medicine, Dr. Jemison is also an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame, the National Medical Association Hall of Fame, and Texas Science Hall of Fame and recipient of the National Organization for Women's Intrepid Award and the Kilby Science Award among many honors. An author of lay literature and technical articles, Dr. Jemison is sought for commentary on space exploration, science education, diversity, sustainability and development and appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Dr. Jemison earned her B.S., Chemical Engineering and fulfilled requirements for A.B. degree in African and Afro-American Studies from Stanford University . Jemison received her M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College.

Conference Registration and Payment

Please note that once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not receive the confirmation, your registration did not go through. 

  • UM Staff and UM Faculty: $120.00 - Special discount available for U-M departments that send 3 or more people to the conference - see Group Rates below!

  • UM Students and UM Retirees: $75.00 - Prior to registering, please send an email to the CEW office (wctfadmin@umich.edu) to request a coupon code for the UM student/retiree discount.

  • Non-UM Attendees: $120.00

Payment by check or money order:  Please send payments to CEW no later than February 24, 2014. There is a $35.00 returned check/money order fee.

Onsite registration and payments: There will be limited onsite registration on the morning of the conference. Attendees may only pay for onsite conference registration by short code, cash, check or money order. Credit cards will not be accepted for onsite registration. Please note that onsite fee does not guarantee lunch. ($135.00 onsite fee for all persons)

Online registration for the 32nd annual WCTF Conference is now closed. Onsite registration will be available Friday, March 7, 2014 for $135.00 (cash/check only).

Group Rates:

If one UM department will be sending 3 or more persons to the WCTF conference, please follow this process to receive a $20 discount for each person.

A. Complete the registration process for each staff member. (Staff may register themselves as long as they are included on the submitted list.)

B. Next, the administrator must email a list of the staff who are attending the conference to the CEW Finance Assistant, Wanlada Ault, at mamault@umich.edu.

C. CEW will apply the discount after registration closes, based on the submitted list and the department recorded on registration. A receipt for the transactions will be forwarded to the person listed as the authorized signer for the department.

Feel free to call CEW at 734-764-6005 should you have additional questions regarding this process.

CANCELLATIONS: No registrations can be cancelled after February 24, 2014.


Visitor Parking

Limited visitor parking is available on Central Campus at the Palmer Drive structure at the corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Huron Street. Parkers should pull a parking ticket upon entering the structure and pay the cashier upon exiting. The parking rate at the Palmer structure is $0.55 per half-hour. Click here for directions to the Palmer Commons parking structure, along with maps. 

Blue & Gold AVI Parking is also available in the Fletcher Street parking structure (next to the Power Center and University Health Services) and in the Thayer Street structure across from the Modern Languages Building (MLB). Please arrive early because these parking structures will fill up quickly.

State Street Commuter Lot: Conference participants are also encouraged to use the free State Street Commuter Lot (bottom of map highlighted in purple) and take the AATA 36 bus which will bring you directly to Hill Auditorium and the Michigan League. Please allow an extra 15-20 minutes for travel time. The AATA buses are free to U-M personnel with an active MCard.

City parking is available approximately 4 blocks away from the conference venues in the P4 & P5 structures on this map.

Directions to Palmer parking structure


Workshop Descriptions 


 Session A: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.









Thinking About Returning to School (Panel)
If you are planning on returning to school, this panel of admissions officers and career counselors from area universities will provide answers to your questions about financial aid, work-life balance and programs for non-traditional students. 

Moderator: Valerie Eaglin, MA, Career Development Consultant


Angela Wafer, EMU
Ian Iler, Cleary University
Jayne Reuben, PhD, USC School of Medicine-Greenville
Jacqueline Bowman, PhD, CEW
Mark Kamimura-Jimenez, Rackham Graduate School

Henderson Room, Michigan League

(3rd Floor)


Transformative Leadership, Social Justice and Preparing for the Future
The leadership of women of color is essential in the political, social and work environments for 2014 and beyond.  What are the unique agendas, priorities, goals and strategies needed for the next bend of the “moral arc” towards justice? 

Presenter: Patricia Coleman-Burns, PhD, U-M School of Nursing



Your Career Recipe: Making the Best Use of Your Pantry!
Become energized to whip up a fresh batch of the future you!  Learn how to pursue new directions by rediscovering skills you have used in the past and may have forgotten about. Pulling items from your career pantry may just be what you need to energize your career.

Presenter: Ron Sober, U-M Human Resources Development  



Next Gen: Empowering Young Women’s Leadership
Drawing from domestic and international experiences, the presenters will highlight leadership development strategies, resources, and a toolkit to identify and empower young women in your family, church, and/or neighborhood to become future leaders and have an impact for change in their communities. (Note: This is a “train the trainer” session.)

Susan Frazier-Kouassi, PhD, Institute for Education of Women in Africa and the Diaspora
Sue Schooner, Girls Group, Inc.



Building Your Leadership Brand

Learn how to take your core strengths, style, and talents and translate them into tangible brand statements to use in your resume, social media sites, and with those you work.

Presenter: Kristen Storey, U-M Human Resources Development



Hold On! I Got This. Leadership from the Ground Up
Focus on the basic principles of personal and interpersonal leadership that can be used in any life arena. Explore variables that affect productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency, and a variety of interpersonal skill-sets as well as looking at how strategic networking plays a key role in furthering a leader’s platform.

Presenters: Elder Denise L. White  & Elder Michael White, A More Excellence Way Ministries Worldwide, Inc.



Your One Big Life
Be the champion of Your One Big Life by learning how to stay focused on your goals through downturns, upturns and turnarounds. Intended audience:  Those interested in entrepreneurial ventures that can co-exist with the demands of work, family and fitness to build “one big life.”

Deborah Nystrom, MA, Organization Development Specialist
Leslie McGraw, Les Go Social Media Marketing and Training



Strategies for Creating Winning & High Performance Teams
Do you lead a team?  Are you part of a team? Do you want leadership strategies to create an effective team? In this interactive workshop, participants will discuss the role that they can play as a leader in guiding group dynamics.

Presenter: Tonya Bailey, MPA, U-M Flint



Help! Can't We Just Get Along at Work?
Obtain strategies to facilitate positive work relationships with supervisors and coworkers, identify different personality styles, and learn how to maintain your professional reputation in challenging work situations. Also, participants will learn how to assess career options when deciding whether to stay or develop exit strategies to your next career opportunity, and learn about resources for assistance

Presenter: Ramona Ward, UMHS Human Resources



On Fire Again! A Map for Powerfully Navigating Career Change
Experience a powerful model for transition and change that gives a sense of peace and clarity for moving forward – no matter where you are in the process. Renew hope, strengthen confidence, and discover support and acknowledgment essential for moving forward.

Presenter: Laura Shope, Founder and Creative, Bluefire Institute



Responding to Change: Embracing It Boldly and Moving Forward Strategically
How do you embrace change as an opportunity for greater achievement?  How do you keep the organization’s mission and its constituents at the focal point during change?  The presenters will discuss lessons learned from previous experiences, and share strategies for realigning your career aspirations and leadership goals.

Gloria Thomas, PhD, Center for the Education of Women
Chanel F. DeGuzman, PhD, School of Public Health






She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing (TIAA-CREF)
Learn how you can make your future flourish on this revealing trip through successful investing and saving strategies. Get motivated, build a plan and take action, and find ways to take on life’s challenges without damaging future financial well-being. 

Presenter: Lindsay Corneille, TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant

Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd Floor)


Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts: What Do I Need?
Learn how to properly address the inevitable, and sometimes surprising, events of life through wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other planning tools.

Presenter: Terrence G. Quinn, Esq. TGQ Law Firm



Budgeting to Build A Better Credit Rating
Learn 10 steps to making sure an error gets erased from your credit report, and other skills that will impact your quality of life for years to come.

Presenter: Kathryn Greiner, University of Michigan Credit Union


Room D


Strategies for a Healthier Lifestyle
In this interactive seminar, participants will learn to set sustainable goals and the steps to embark on making that change on their path to wellness.

Presenter: Colleen Greene, MHealthy



Intro to Aerobic Line Dance Hustle
A healthy body supports a healthy mind! Learn the basic steps you need to get your body moving to the beat in this introduction to urban hustle dances. Then join the instructors and other conference attendees at 4 pm in the ballroom to strut your stuff.

Presenters: Sherry Hawkins & Regina Kelly, Dance with Elegance Health & Fitness Studio

Alumni Center, Founder’s Room

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 Session B: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.









Returning to School: Building Your Support Networks
Have you ever said you would go back to school if it weren't for other commitments? This session will provide tools you can use to fulfill your educational goals while balancing other responsibilities like family, work and health. 

Presenter: Ebony Reddock, PhD, Family Life Educator




It’s Not the Destination, It’s the Journey: Stories, Inspiration and Tips from an Emerging Diamond
Do you feel you should be doing something different or more but are unable to move? Semi-inspiration, semi-workshop, this session will help you focus on the mental and emotional skills you need to move yourself into your next life stage.

Presenter: Deborah Orlowski, PhD, U-M Human Resources Development



Your “Emotional Selfie”: Tools to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups. Learn to identify your emotional intelligence (EI) strengths and growth opportunities, and then create a personalized toolkit to increase your EI.

Presenter: Bobbie Rhodes, RN, MS, Greenville Health System



Cultural Competency: Honoring and Appreciating Differences
The Everybody Matters session consists of two major components:  “Appreciating Similarities,” and “Honoring Differences.”  Participants are engaged throughout the process of learning from one another about the consciously appreciating differences in one another and the importance of listening.  Everyone speaks.

Presenter: LaShawn Erby Sithole, One in a Billion Consulting



Organizing Strategies to Sharpen Your Interpersonal and Leadership Skills

Participants will identify, assess and organize a method to sharpen vital interpersonal "soft" skills to become better leaders.

Presenter: Beverly Rogers, Organizing to Be Effective



Pass It Forward: An Overview of Mentoring
Learn about the evolving relationships between mentor and mentee, building agreements, and strategies to maintain quality relationships.

Presenter: Dorothy Elliott, UMHS-KMS Revenue Cycle



The Power of Your Thoughts, The Power of You
Take an intriguing look at the way your thoughts influence your actions and expectations; gain a better understanding of this essential connection; and look at resources to help choose effective responses.

Presenter: Dr. Margarita Garcia-Roberts, U-M Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives



Intro to Aerobic Line Dance Hustle (2 - 3:00 pm)
A healthy body supports a healthy mind! Learn the basic steps you need to get your body moving to the beat in this introduction to urban hustle dances. Then join the instructors and other conference attendees at 4 pm in the ballroom to strut your stuff.

Presenters: Sherry Hawkins & Rennie Hughes, Dance with Elegance Health & Fitness Studio

Founders Room, Alumni Center 


Is a Graduate Degree Your Next Career Move?
Earning a graduate degree may be necessary for your career. There are several factors to consider before beginning a graduate program. This workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to make the best-informed decision for your career.

Presenter: Ruth Greenfield, M.S., LS&A Comprehensive Studies Program






She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing (TIAA-CREF)
Learn how you can make your future flourish on this revealing trip through successful investing and saving strategies. Get motivated, build a plan and take action, and find ways to take on life’s challenges without damaging future financial well-being.

Presenter: Lindsay Corneille, TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant

Koessler Room, Michigan League (3rd Floor)


Within Reach: Transitioning From Career to Retirement (TIAA-CREF)
In this workshop, you will plan how you’ll spend your days and how to help make your savings last, learn about how you can pay yourself once you’re no longer earning a paycheck, see what else you must consider – like taxes, healthcare and estate planning, and discuss strategies that may help you make your retirement years the best years of your life. 

Presenter: Jenny Uhlar, TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant

Henderson Room, Michigan League (3rd Floor)


Strategies for a Healthier Lifestyle
In this interactive seminar, participants will learn to set sustainable goals and the steps to embark on making that change on their path to wellness.

Presenter: Colleen Greene, MHealthy



Know Your Value, Honor Your Worth
In this workshop, attendees will learn principles and steps to take to create a mindset and life where they know their value and honor their worth in every area of their life. Learn how to incorporate the concept of “Self Worth Creates Net Worth” into your life. 

Presenter: Elena Camp, Pure Vibrations, LLC



Returning the Favor: Caring for Family Members with Special Needs
Caring for ailing parents or special needs children while meeting work and other family responsibilities can be stressful. This workshop will look at the unique challenges caregivers face and the strategies and resources available to help them.

Presenter: Jeffery D. Harrold, MDiv, LSA Academic Standards Board



Tools for Good Communication: "Mommy, Are You Listening??
You may be surprised to know that children want to talk to you, but they need an environment conducive to good conversation. Add these five ingredients to your parental tool kit. Strategies for removing communication barriers and dealing with bullying will also be discussed.

Patrice Lee, Author, Leep4Joy Books and Resources
Carla Smith, MSW
Christina Dixon, Family Life Counselor



Technology to Keep You Productive Everywhere!
Learn tips and tricks of how to be productive everywhere, whether you work in the office or are a virtual telecommuter; whether your computer has the tools you need or not. This session will point you to resources you can put in your productivity toolkit to use no matter where you are or what you're working with. 

Presenter: Tonya V. Thomas, VP, Technology & Operations, A2ASTD | educator, curriculum designer and productivity consultant



Afternoon Break/Ballroom Dance Demonstration: 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.






Intro to Aerobic Line Dance Hustle
A healthy body supports a healthy mind! Finish the day with a little cardio. Learn a few easy dances to relax your mind and get your adrenaline pumping. This will be a great way to take you into the weekend. (Snacks will be served.)

Presenters: Sherry Hawkins & Regina Kelly, Dance with Elegance Health & Fitness Studio

Michigan League Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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For additional information or inquiries regarding the annual WCTF career conference, please contact Janice Reuben at 734-764-6331, or the CEW office at 734-764-6005 or via email at wctfadmin@umich.edu. 

WCTF and Twitter: Want to tweet about the WCTF Conference? 
Use hashtag: #wctf2014

Thank you for your continued support of the Women of Color Task Force, and the U-M Center for the Education of Women!