REGISTER NOW: 39th Annual Women of Color Task Force Career Conference


The University of Michigan Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) will host its 39th annual career conference virtually on Thursday, March 4, and Friday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. each day. 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.

The conference is free this year; however, pre-registration is required to attend the workshops and keynote sessions. Conference information, including the 2-day event schedule, speaker details, and workshop descriptions, is available online at myumi.ch/VPwAE. The deadline to register for the conference is February 26, 2021.

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

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.

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.

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 University of Michigan and surrounding communities by serving as an advocate and providing resources to help them reach their academic, financial, and professional potential.

University Conference Sponsors: 

  • CEW+
  • Michigan Medicine Human Resources 
  • Office of the Provost
  • University Human Resources

Corporate Platinum Sponsor:

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For additional information about the annual career conference, please contact Janice Reuben, CEW+WCTF Program Coordinator via email at [email protected]