Past WOCC Luncheons

2019 Luncheon

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, who represents Michigan’s 14th District, was the keynote speaker for the ninth annual Michigan ACE Women’s Network Women of Color Collaborative Fall Luncheon, held November 1 at Henry Ford College. The theme is “Still Blazing Trails, Still Answering the Call.”

2018 Luncheon

More than 300 people attended the 2018 Michigan ACE Women’s Network Women of Color Collaborative Luncheon, held November 9 at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

Keynote speaker was Ana L. Ramirez-Saenz, founder and CEO of La Fuente Consulting, an organizational development consultancy. She shared effective ways to communicate with confidence, clarity and authority.

Tours of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia and Museum of Sexist Objects were held before and after the luncheon.

2017 Luncheon

ClarkeThe 2017 Michigan ACE Women’s Network Women of Color Collaborative (WOCC) annual luncheon, “Moving the Needle: No Limits,” was held November 10 at Western Michigan University.

The keynote speaker was Judi Brown Clarke, diversity director for the National Science Foundation’s Bio-Computational Evolution in Action Consortium (BEACON) Center at Michigan State University.

Clarke also serves as the vice president of Lansing’s City Council and recently was announced as a mayoral candidate for the city. In addition to her academic and professional successes, Clarke is an accomplished athlete and a five-time National Champion and silver medalist in the 1984 Olympic Games.

2016 Luncheon

The sixth annual Women of Color Collaborative Fall Luncheon was held November 11, 2016, at Mott Community College.

Panelists for the program were Mawine G. Diggs, eastern campus president/CAO for Wayne County Community College District; Marcy Garcia, vice chair for the Genesee County Hispanic Collaborative; Rushika Patel, director of the Women’s Educational Center at University of Michigan-Flint; Lisa Webb Sharpe, senior vice president for Lansing Community College; and Robin Smith, board of trustee member for Lansing Community College.

2015 Luncheon

The fifth annual Michigan ACE Women’s Network Women of Color Collaborative Fall Luncheon was held November 13 at Grand Valley State University.

More than 120 people attended and enjoyed hearing from panelists Shannon Cohen, Founder and Principal, Community Ventures; Beverly Grant, LMSW, Interim Assistant Vice President for Inclusion and Equity, GVSU; Shannon Wilson, Executive Director, at the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute; and Milinda C. Ysasi, SPHR, Executive Director, The SOURCE. View photos from the event.

2014 Luncheon

The annual Women of Color Collaborative Luncheon held on November 14, 2014, at Washtenaw Community College. Panelists were Jocelyn Allen, Jan Barker, Carol Burrell-Jackson, Jacqueline El-Sayed, and Tiffany Ford. View photos from the event.

The list below outlines the past and upcoming dates and locations since the luncheon’s inception in 2011:

Date                            Host                                                    Location

11/08/2013                  Oakland University                            Meadow Brook Hall

11/02/2012                  University of Michigan                      Charles H. Wright Museum

11/11/2011                  Eastern Michigan University              Marriott at Eagle Crest