39th Annual WCTF Career Conference

March 4, 2021 8:30 am - March 5, 2021 1:30 pm

Defining the New Normal: Shaping A Post-COVID, Anti-Racist Workplace

The Women of Color Task Force is excited to host its 39th annual career conference virtually. The conference is FREE this year; however, pre-registration is required to attend the workshops and keynote sessions. Review the information below for workshop descriptions, speaker details, and the full 2-day conference schedule.

Please ask your supervisor for professional development leave now so that you may attend this valuable conference opportunity!

All U-M staff, faculty, students, and the public, regardless of gender or ethnicity, are invited to register to attend this inclusive professional development event.


Click here to view the full 2021 WCTF Career Conference Program

Welcome Remarks

Welcome remarks by President Mark Schlissel:

Welcome remarks by Provost Susan Collins:

Welcome remarks by Associate Vice President for Human Resources Rich Holcomb:

Welcome remarks by Chief Human Resources Officer, Michigan Medicine Deloris Hunt:

Welcome remarks by Chief Organizational Learning Officer Sonya Jacobs:

Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule
Thursday, March 4, 2021
8:30 am
Welcome Remarks / Conference Orientation
9:00 am
Workshop Session A
10:30 am
10:45 am
Workshop Session B
12:00 pm
Keynote Session - Day 1
1:30 pm
Day 1 ends
Friday, March 5, 2021
8:30 am
Welcome Remarks / Conference Orientation
9:00 am
Workshop Session C
10:30 am
10:45 am
Workshop Session D
12:00 pm
Keynote Session - Day 2
1:30 pm
Conference ends

March 4th (Day 1) Keynote

Thursday, March 4th (Day 1) Keynote

“Building a More Inclusive, Anti-Racist Workplace” featuring:

Corie Pauling, Senior Vice President, Chief I & D Officer and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, TIAA

On Thursday, March 4, the opening keynote program will feature U-M alumnae Corie Pauling, senior vice president, chief inclusion and diversity officer, and head of corporate social responsibility for TIAA, discussing strategies for creating inclusive anti-racist workspaces. Following her remarks, a nationally renowned panel of healthcare experts will respond to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and how it works to develop immunity.

“What to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine” – panel featuring:

  • A. Oveta Fuller, PhD, Michigan Medicine
  • Preeti Malani, MD, Michigan Medicine
  • Alfreda Rooks, MPA, Michigan Medicine
  • Jayne S. Reuben, PhD, TAMU College of Dentistry (moderator)


Corie Pauling, Senior Vice President, Chief I & D Officer and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

At TIAA since 2006, Corie Pauling became the organization’s Senior Vice President, Chief Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) Officer, and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility in 2018. Corie was instrumental in the launch of the I&D function at TIAA over ten years ago and served as a primary legal and business advisor and thought leader in this area. In her prior role, Corie held the position of Senior Director, Associate General Counsel in the Employment, Benefits & Labor Law Group, providing trusted counsel to TIAA’s executives, its prior I&D leaders and other Human Resources leaders and also business managers on a broad range of workforce issues, and she also managed employment litigation nationally. In the I&D space, she has extensive experience in strategy development, board interface, EEO policy, training/learning, I&D data analytics/metrics, supplier diversity, pay and performance equity, talent acquisition and engagement, employee/business resource groups, federal contractor compliance, and workplace investigations. She also leads the TIAA enterprise’s Corporate Social Responsibility function, which last year led over 230 volunteer projects, 10K employee volunteers, and $11M in corporate and workforce giving, globally. Corie also led the Culture Action Team for TIAA’s Law area from 2016-2018.

A former shareholder with the international employment law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C. and also a former partner with the legendary civil rights law firm Ferguson Stein Chambers, Corie’s experience includes counseling financial services institutions and other Fortune 500 companies as well as representing individual employees in employment and education rights litigation. She has significant trial and appellate experience on civil rights matters. Having presented before the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Society of Human Resources Management and other organizations, Corie frequently speaks at programs on emerging employment law, diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.

An engaged civic leader and also a competitive 13-time marathoner, Corie was incredibly honored to receive the 2021 Elite 100 Black Women Leaders award by Diversity Woman Magazine, named on the 2020 list of North America’s Most Influential D&I Leaders by Hive Learning, and also a 2019 Black Enterprise Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity and, very meaningfully, a TIAA Working Mother of the Year in conjunction with the national publication Working Mother and a recipient of the Young Civic Leader Award by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Corie also served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) and as chairperson of the NCBA’s 500-attorney Labor and Employment Law Section. Among other leadership posts, she served on the Board of Directors for the Levine Museum of the New South and Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council Advisory Committee and co-chaired the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. As also an avid “late bloomer” runner, she is thrilled to have run the Boston Marathon in 2018, with her eyes set on another running in the years to come.

Corie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and also a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.

Vaccine Panel

A. Oveta Fuller, PhD is an Associate Professor in Microbiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. One of the leading researchers seeking to understand the molecular mechanisms of human pathogenic viruses and how these viruses cause disease, specifically the Herpes simplex and HIV/AIDS viruses. Most recently, her research focuses on health equity and global health research to develop and rigorously document impacts of sustainable intervention models that foster practical implementation of biomedical science advances for community use to prevent or reduce the burden of infectious and chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Fuller has focused her research on preventive medicine and medical education through the use of a science-based HIV/AIDS intervention that utilizes networks of religious leaders to actively address infectious disease health disparities. A major objective of this community-based research is to build the capacity of clergy and religious leaders to take biomedical research advances into their community organizations and link science and medical based understanding with group and individual actions. Dr. Fuller earned a BA in biology and stayed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to complete her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology in 1983.

Dr. Fuller received numerous awards throughout her career, in addition to the many fellowships she received as a postdoctoral fellow. In 1983 she was awarded the National Technical Association Service Award, Anna Fund Postdoctoral Award, and Thornton Professional Achievement Award. In 1987, she was also awarded the Ford Foundation fellowship and in 1992 she was awarded the NSF Career Advancement Award. Dr. Fuller’s other awards include the Woman of the Year in Human Relations by the University of Michigan Task Force (1998), her service with the Distinguished Service Award in Microbiology and Ministry from the Missions Society AME, the Robert Smith Community Service “Humanitarian Award,” and her biography was highlighted in “Distinguished African American Scientists of the 20th Century” (Kessler, Kidd, and Morin, Oryx Press, Phoenix, AZ, 1996).

Preeti N. Malani, MD, MSJ is the Chief Health Officer and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan. As chief health officer, Dr. Malani serves as an adviser to the President on matters of health and well-being of the university community, including disease management, public health preparedness, and promotion of healthy practices and climate on all three campuses.

Dr. Malani is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She received her MD degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she completed a Masters in Journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Michigan where she also received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis. Dr. Malani completed fellowship training in Geriatric Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University.

Dr. Malani’s clinical and research interests include infection control and prevention and infections in older adults. She is the director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging based at the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Alfreda Rooks, MPA is the Director of Community Health Services (CHS) for Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan. She works to advance the important mission to identify creative solutions to address the health and social needs of the communities where Michigan Medicine resides. In this role, she leads efforts to improve health outcomes and equity of care through a range of programs and services that address the social determinants of health.  These social determinants include access to safe housing, transportation, income, education, and healthy foods which provide a profound impact on the health-related inequities of various populations.

CHS programs are designed to improve health outcomes and equity of care that address the social determinants of health (SDOH). Alfreda has expertise in program development, design, evaluation, and implementation, and a long history of deep-rooted community engagement. Ms. Rooks’ experience includes an extensive background in training, guiding and mentoring teams, and building collaboration at all levels. In addition, she is a trainer on topics such as leadership development, change management, process improvement, culturally appropriate communication skills, the intersections between culture, health, and social determinants of health (SDOH), implicit bias, and entering and exiting community. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration (Health Care Administration). She is on a mission to empower all people to be active participants in their health and well-being.


Jayne S. Reuben, PhD
is an Instructional Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Instructional Effectiveness at the Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Dentistry.  She returned to TAMU after serving as a founding faculty member and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USCSOMG) in Greenville, SC where she helped develop a new integrated medical school curriculum.  

Dr. Reuben currently serves as the course director and primary instructor for the undergraduate pharmacology courses in the DDS curriculum and for the Clinical Pharmacology course for dental residents.  She has worked as an MCAT/DAT/OAT instructor and curriculum adviser for Stanley Kaplan, Inc. and as a biologist in the Neuroimmunology branch at the NINDS. Her research in the field of inflammation has been published in numerous dental and medical journals including the Journal of Immunology and LANCET.  She has presented her work at the American Association for Dental Research, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Society for Neurochemistry, Experimental Biology, and World Congress of Pharmacology meetings.  

Jayne earned her doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan in the Department of Pathology. She is a graduate of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Mid-Career Minority Faculty Development program and was named a 2016 U-M NCID New Leadership Academy Fellow. Dr. Reuben is the current chair-elect of the Physiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics Section of the American Dental Education Association, and also serves as the Director of Education for the South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc.

March 4th (Day 1) Workshops

Thursday, March 4 (Day 1) Workshop Schedule


9:00 AM  |  Breakout #1 

Job Crafting: Exploring New Possibilities In Your Work
Presenter: Mark Saine, TIAA

Your Next Move — As the owner of your career, you can wait for something to happen or you can design your next move. This workshop explores potential next steps for your career and strategies to move you towards your future career success.

9:00 AM  |  Breakout #2

Intentional Inclusivity in Management: Lessons from Michigan Medicine’s Anti-Racism Oversight Committee
Presenters: David Miller, Michigan Medicine, and Phyllis M. Blackman, Office for Health Equity and Inclusion

Maintaining a culture of respect and tolerance is an ethical and moral imperative. Michigan Medicine has established an anti-racism oversight committee to foster an inclusive culture of anti-racism by providing a framework, education, and tools so we feel safe when speaking up and showing solidarity against bias and discrimination. This presentation will introduce the Anti-Racism Oversight Committee’s efforts to date, which focus on opportunities for conversations; education and clinical practice; diversifying the workforce; community work; and advocacy and professional development.

9:00 AM  |  Breakout #3

The Starting Line: Beginning to Save for Retirement
Presenter: Jessica Burmeister, TIAA  

Get ahead of your retirement savings. See the importance of planning early and how smart steps at the beginning of your career can help lead you to a more solid financial future. Learn the real effect of time on money thanks to compounding and dollar-cost averaging. Understand debt and how to manage it. See how budgeting can find money and help you save it.

10:45 AM  |  Breakout #4

Allyship: Journey to Accomplice in Anti-Racism Activism
PresentersDr. Patricia Coleman-Burns, U-M School of Nursing, and Dr. Youngju Ryu, U-M LSA Asian Languages and Cultures

A panel of women of Korean, Japanese-Afghan, South Asian American, Jamaican-American, and indigenous Black identities explore allyship between self-identified women of color. The journey to accomplice in anti-racism activism among women of color is diverse and not monolithic, and all too often challenging and problematic. The question remains: “to be or not to be” a woman of color? The panel will discuss diverse perspectives among women of color in engaging in anti-racism activism.

10:45 AM  |  Breakout #5

Tell It Like It Is!: Creating A Path to Your Own Success through Self-Promotion
Presenter: Dr. Carmeda Stokes, U-M Organizational Learning

Do you struggle when it comes to talking about your accomplishments? Do you shy away from acknowledging your remarkable skills, attributes, and abilities, or sharing your achievements with others? During this workshop, participants will explore the importance of self-promotion in one’s professional life, why it can be difficult, and ways to build confidence and motivation to self-promote. Strategies and tips to become better at self-promoting will be discussed.

12:00 pm  |  Keynote –  Day 1

“Building a More Inclusive, Anti-Racist Workplace” featuring:
  • Corie Pauling, Senior Vice President, Chief I & D Officer and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, TIAA

“What to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine” – Vaccine Panel featuring:

  • A. Oveta Fuller, PhD, Michigan Medicine
  • Preeti Malani, MD, Michigan Medicine
  • Alfreda Rooks, MPA, Michigan Medicine
  • Jayne S. Reuben, PhD, TAMU College of Dentistry (moderator)

March 5th (Day 2) Keynote

Friday, March 5th (Day 2) Keynote

The closing keynote program on Friday, March 5, will feature a legislative panel comprised of US State representatives: the Honorable Debbie Dingell, MI-12, and the Honorable Rashida Tlaib, MI-13. Moderated by U-M alumnae, state representative, and Davenport University vice president for strategic partnerships, Lisa Howze, the discussion will focus on the role of women in the state’s economic recovery strategy.

The Role of Women in the Economic Recovery” – Legislative panel featuring:
  • The Honorable Debbie Dingell, MI-12
  • The Honorable Rashida Tlaib, MI-13
  • The Honorable Lisa Howze, The Lisa Howze Experience


The Honorable Debbie Dingell, U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District 

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents Michigan’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she has made it a priority to be a voice for the Midwest on issues that matter most to working families. A member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Debbie is a leader on efforts to grow manufacturing, improve access to quality affordable health care, support seniors and veterans and protect the Great Lakes. Recognized as one of the 25 hardest-working Members of Congress, Debbie is focused on forging bipartisan solutions that support Michigan’s working families, including improving long-term care and ushering in the future of the American auto industry.

Before being elected to Congress, Debbie worked in the auto industry for more than three decades, where she was President of the General Motors (GM) Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs. She was also Chairman of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors. An active civic and community leader, Debbie is a recognized national advocate for women and children. She successfully fought to have women included in federally-funded health research, and advocated for greater awareness of issues directly related to women’s health, including breast cancer and women’s heart health. She is a founder and past chair of the National Women’s Health Resource Center and the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Rep. Dingell has also led a number of efforts and initiatives related to young people and education stemming from her role as a WSU Governor and co-chair of the Children’s Leadership Council, a business-led advocacy group that promotes investment in early childhood education. She chaired the Michigan Infant Mortality Task Force, the Baby Your Baby public education campaign that reduced infant mortality rates in Michigan, and has served on the board of Michigan’s Children, the only statewide independent voice working to ensure that public policies are made in the best interest of children from cradle to career.

The Honorable Rashida Tlaib, U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is a well-known progressive warrior and, in her own words, “a mother working for justice for all.” She is currently the Congresswoman for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, which includes the city of Detroit and many surrounding communities.

Rep. Tlaib made history in 2008 by becoming the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan Legislature. She is known for the transformative constituent services she provided, and for successfully fighting the billionaires and corporations that tried to pollute her district. When families get to know her, they have no doubt that she will work tirelessly to knock down barriers for real change, and whether by policy or action, she will roll up her sleeves to make sure her residents are cared for, no matter how big the challenge.

Rashida Tlaib knows that effective advocacy requires an all-out approach, fighting in the community, in the legislature, and in the courts every day against injustice and inequality, so that every single person in this country has a chance to thrive.

When billionaire slumlord Matty Moroun refused to follow the law and get polluting semi-trucks off neighborhood streets, Rashida organized residents with the We Have A Right To Breathe campaign and forced Moroun to fulfill his obligations to protect public health. When large piles of black dust started showing up on the Detroit riverfront and blowing into homes and parks, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality told residents everything was fine, Rep Tlaib collected samples and got the substance tested herself – exposing the cancer-causing “petroleum coke” as a threat, and getting it removed. As an attorney at the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, she took the movement to the courts, fighting racist emergency managers, abusive state agencies, and leading the fight for community benefits agreements that promote equitable development.

The Honorable Lisa Howze, CPA, MSF

Lisa Howze is a career transformation specialist. Guided by courage and bold decision-making, Lisa’s unique pathway to career success has been extraordinary. With more than 25 years of experience, her acumen for business and finance, exceptional communication skills, and passion for making a positive impact on people’s lives make Lisa a valuable asset to the organizations and communities she serves.

The native Detroiter started her professional career in public accounting shortly after graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. After becoming a licensed certified public accountant, Lisa earned a Master of Science in Finance from Walsh College. Over the years, Lisa has been able to adapt her specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the public, private, government, and education sectors.

In 2010, Lisa was elected to serve as a state representative in Michigan’s 96th Legislature. Following that time, Lisa was appointed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to serve during his first term as chief of staff and then chief government affairs officer. In her most recent role at Davenport University, Lisa served as vice president for Detroit campuses and strategic partnerships, where she focused on student success, operational oversight, and market expansion through strategic alliances.

Lisa believes in giving back to the community and currently serves on two boards, including the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and Accounting Aid Society. Lisa has received numerous awards and accolades to recognize her professional and civic contributions. Recently, she was recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and MICPA as a 2020 Women to Watch Experienced Leader Award honoree.

March 5th (Day 2) Workshops

Friday, March 5 (Day 2) Workshop Schedule


9:00 AM  |  Breakout #1 

Take Your Professional Development to the Next Level with the U-M Development Journey and LinkedIn Learning
PresentersAmy Brown, U-M Organizational Learning, and Stephen Camarata, U-M Organizational Learning   

The Development Journey helps you navigate resources and create a development plan in areas aligned with your interests and passions. You will also learn useful techniques for diving into LinkedIn Learning that will equip you to use this anywhere, anytime professional development resource to supplement your Development Journey.

9:00 AM  |  Breakout #2

MHealthy: Health & Fitness Resources @ U-M
Presenter: Colleen Greene, MHealthy

This past year has been very challenging for all of us. As we move forward, how can we do so in a healthy way? Most specifically, how can we manage our mental, emotional and physical wellness? How do we manage our stress? What are some of the best ways to work on our own self-care? Join this seminar for a good look into how, with everything else that’s going on, you can make some time for your own wellness.

9:00 AM  |  Breakout #3

She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Financial Education
Presenter: Shar Banks, TIAA

Discover saving and investing strategies developed especially for women and how you can put them into action. Learn the core concepts that guide all investing, get motivated, and build a plan to take action. Find ways to take on life’s challenges without damaging future financial well-being. Discover more about yourself with the Financial Personality Type Quiz. Break down your goals and learn how to reach them.

10:45 AM  |  Breakout #4

Intentional Inclusivity in Management – Fostering Diversity and Inclusion | The Inclusive-Leader Mindset
Presenters: Dr. Kelly Maxwell,  LSA Undergraduate Education, and Dr. Dorine Lawrence-Hughes, LSA Undergraduate Education

An essential behavior practiced by inclusive leaders is seeking perspectives and feedback from people who have different ideas, experiences, and backgrounds. Being receptive and open to different views also requires inclusive managers to challenge the way they see and interpret the world. Join us to explore how your personal values shape your leadership identity as a manager, and how well that identity aligns with the inclusive-leader mindset.

10:45 AM  |  Breakout #5

How to Live an Anti-Racist Life – At Work & At Home
Presenter: Joana Dos Santos, MS, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning 

You believe in Black Lives Matter. You believe in anti-racism. But you don’t know how to do anti-racism work, let alone be anti-racist at your job and beyond. In “How to live an anti-racist life,” you will learn how to put your anti-racist beliefs into practice. Using a Racial Equity Framework, you will leave this workshop with actionable steps to be anti-racist at work and beyond.

12:00 PM  |  Keynote –  Day 2

The Role of Women in the Economic Recovery” – Legislative Panel featuring:
  • The Honorable Debbie Dingell, MI-12
  • The Honorable Rashida Tlaib, MI-13
  • The Honorable Lisa Howze, The Lisa Howze Experience

Workshop Presenter Bios

Shar Banks, MBA is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) with TIAA Financial Solutions in Ann Arbor. Banks began her financial services career in 2001 with the Hantz Group and the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan prior to joining TIAA in 2016. She currently conducts financial consulting and retirement planning for U-M employees to provide personalized counseling, education, and advice, including specific asset allocation and fund selection recommendations. Shar holds a bachelor of arts in finance from Grand Valley State University as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Northwood University. 

Phyllis Blackman, MBA is a highly respected administrator at Michigan Medicine who recently served as the director of the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion. She has vast experience with facilitating change at Michigan Medicine and served on the Leadership Development Advisory Group, and Advancing Women and Inclusive Leadership Subcommittee. 

Amy Brown is a Project Specialist in Organizational Learning. She is the administrator for the university’s account with LinkedIn Learning and a team member of the planning team for the Development Journey. Since joining the University of Michigan, Amy has enjoyed various roles combining her graphic design background with project management and event planning experience. Each project and role has provided opportunities for her to involve her passion for life-long learning and desire to assist others in developing new skill sets. 

Jessica Burmeister, MBA is a senior financial consultant with TIAA Financial Solutions in Ann Arbor. In her role, Jessica meets with U-M employees one-on-one and provides personalized counseling, education, and advice, including specific asset allocation and fund selection recommendations. Jessica holds a bachelor of science in business administration in finance from Central Michigan University and a master of business administration from Eastern Michigan University. 

Stephen Camarata, JD is the project intermediate manager for U-M Organizational Learning. His key areas of work are in professional and career development, performance management, and culture change. In this role, he is the project manager for OL operations as well as sexual harassment and misconduct programming. Steve received an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in social science, political science, and government, and earned a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. 

Patricia Coleman-Burns, PhD is an assistant professor emerita of nursing and adjunct/affiliated professor in the Department for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She has focused her career on retention and successful learning behaviors of underrepresented nursing students; health disparities and social justice in patient-centered care and providers’ behaviors; Black ideology; and the Colored Women’s Club Movement. Her research has evolved from rhetorical studies of radical and revolutionary social movements to a focus on racial identity in the reduction of health disparities through social justice and social determinants of health perspective that examines workforce diversity, the education of underrepresented persons, efficacious research, and community impact. 

Joana Dos Santos, MS serves as the chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion officer at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. As a former racial justice community organizer, Joana created cultural change at Taubman College by bringing people affected by the issues to be part of decision making. She is responsible for the college’s DEI strategic plan development and implementation. Through training and facilitated discussions, Joana helps students, faculty, and staff understand how to use their positions of privilege and influence to advance DEI and racial equity values. Joana attended Fitchburg State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in applied communication. 

Colleen Greene, MS is a wellness coordinator senior for MHealthy, the University of Michigan’s Wellness and Risk Reduction Program. Greene, a University of Michigan graduate, has been quoted in several national and local publications on employee wellness, and has also been interviewed on “Good Morning America.” She has spoken at several nationwide conferences on stress management, physical activity, and wellness programming. 

Dorine Lawrence-Hughes, EdD currently serves as an assistant dean for undergraduate education at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts. In this role, she helps to facilitate curricular and co-curricular initiatives for effective teaching and learning. Her research focuses on communication and leadership and she is instrumental in supporting and developing women for leadership in higher education. Prior to her role at Michigan, Lawrence-Hughes was a Clinical Associate Professor and an administrator at the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. Lawrence-Hughes earned a B.A. in politics from Whitman College, an M.A. from California State University, Northridge in communication, a J.D. from USC and an Ed.D. from UCLA. 

Kelly E. Maxwell, PhD is an assistant dean for undergraduate education in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. Additionally, she worked in the Program on Intergroup Relations for 17 years, ten of those as its faculty co-director. She has co-led faculty workshops on using dialogic methods in traditional academic courses and served on a number of campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Kelly is also the chair of the board of directors of the Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center, which seeks to strengthen a democratically engaged society by advancing innovative practices in higher education that promote respectful, transformative dialogue on complex social issues. 

David C. Miller, MD is professor of urology and the chief clinical officer at University Hospital and the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center as well as vice dean of clinical affairs for the U-M Medical School.  Dr. Miller also directs the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MUSC), a consortium funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, of more than 40 urology practices aiming to improve the quality and cost-efficiency of cancer care in the state of Michigan. Dr. Miller currently serves as the president of the U-M Health System.

Youngju Ryu, PhD is associate chair and associate professor of Asian Languages and Cultures in the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Dr. Ryu is a specialist of modern Korean literature with research interests in politics and aesthetics of protest, cultures of authoritarianism, and mediatized publics in modern Korea. She is currently working on a book that reexamines the history of South Korea’s democratization movement from the 1960s to 2010s through the analytical lens of media. 

Mark Saine, MS, MA is the senior director of client leadership solutions at TIAA. Mark supports TIAA’s clients by helping them to develop leaders within the corporation who are prepared to take on increasingly complex roles and to manage the demands of a rapidly changing environment. He provides leadership development services including workshops, retreats, consultation, and coaching. 

Carmeda Stokes, PhD is a consultant with the University of Michigan, Organizational Learning-UHR. Currently, one of her primary roles at the University of Michigan is to design, develop, and lead strategic initiatives that promote a culture of inclusion, team collaboration, and positivity in the workplace. Carmeda earned her BA in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan, her MA in Adult Instruction & Performance Technology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and her PhD from the University of South Florida in Curriculum Design & Instruction. She received her executive coaching certification from Linkage, Inc.



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TIAA Virtual Exhibit Space

Check out the TIAA virtual exhibit space whenever you choose!

TIAA logo

TIAA wishes we all could be in person at the WCTF conference again this year. Since we can’t, TIAA has created a virtual exhibit space to help us connect. In the virtual space, you can use the custom calculator to see how much contributing to your retirement would impact your paycheck, schedule an appointment with a TIAA investment professional, and view special content. If you already invest with TIAA, you can check account values, transfer funds, and even choose beneficiaries. This virtual space also includes a fun and interactive games section where you can take the Financial IQ challenge too! TIAA will help you build lifelong financial confidence, don’t miss out. Click here!


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The 39th annual WCTF Career Conference is organized in partnership with CEW+, the U-M Office of the Provost, University Human Resources, and Michigan Medicine Human Resources.

Corporate Platinum Sponsor:

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WCTF extends special thanks to TIAA, our Platinum Plus corporate sponsor, for its generous support of the 2021 Women of Color Task Force Conference.