Call for Workshop Presentations Due by March 15, 2024


Theme: “R.I.S.E – Recognizing Our Influence, Success and Essene: Why We Matter”

Our 2024 theme is R. I. S. E – “Recognizing Our Influence, Success and Essence: Why We Matter”. Through the elements of this year’s theme, we want to leverage our influence, celebrate our successes, and reinforce the essence of who we are and why we matter. It is our goal to create a unified space of liberation, relatable stories, and opportunities for development. The summit is designed to equip attendees with tools that will allow them to navigate different areas of the workplace, including career goals, performance, relationships, growth opportunities, challenges, and others.


This summit will provide an uplifting environment for, by and about Women of Color that promotes equity, education, and professional development. The summit focuses on and prioritizes the voices and experiences of women and college students who identify as Women of Color.

Conference Target Audience:

Executive leaders, managers, supervisors, team leaders, coordinators and direct care staff with leadership aspirations and potential. We also encourage and desire participation from college students.  We welcome allies and accomplices who are committed to learning and taking action.

Strategic Objectives:


  • WOC will be recognized as the premier event addressing the needs of Women of Color as they seek professional advancement in New York State and other North American regions.
  • Empower Women of Color through access to information, professional development, peer networking, educational and mentoring opportunities.
  • Provide a forum to celebrate Women of Color’s accomplishments and professional contributions.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of dialogue on topics and issues pertinent to professional working women and college students.
  • Promote Optimal Health, Wellness and Financial Empowerment while exploring innovative strategies to address dipartites.
  • Provide example case studies, shared experiences, and initiatives designed to promote upward and forward advancement opportunities for Women of Color.
  • Constructively challenge structural inequalities by providing feedback to the institution and systemic structures.
  • Start an ongoing dialogue that will impact effective positive policy directives that will improve the lives of all women.
  • Offer conversation and ongoing discussions with allies and accomplices who stand in solidarity with our mission and vision


Important Workshop/Presentation Application Information:

  • Presenters act as volunteers and will not be compensated for their time.  The lead presenter in a workshop will be offered a complimentary registration for that session.
  • All presenters are expected to register for at least one session of the 2024 WOC Summit.
  • Please submit only one (1) workshop application per agency
  • All in- person workshops should be 90 minutes in length and virtual 50 minutes. When planning for your workshop/presentation, please include time for discussion and Q&A in your window.
  • All presenters are required to participate in a planning conference call prior to the WOC Summit.
  • Presenters are prohibited from using the workshop as a platform to promote their business or product.
  • We reserve the discretion to edit or modify workshop descriptions and bio to meet publication requirements.
  • By submitting your presentation, you are consenting to having screen shots/video taken during your workshop for use in future conference marketing and informational materials with no expected compensation.

Presenters agree to promote the event within their company, city, region and within associated affinity groups

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact:  Sara Taylor at or Deborah Campbell at

The summit will address all the areas mentioned below through three tracks. While we welcome creativity and authenticity, we are looking for experienced volunteer facilitators that can provide impactful and engaging presentations from suggested topics listed below:

Information for Panel Speaker/Call for Workshop

Workshop Description (200-word limit): Example of desired workshop description: Harvesting our Healing: Connecting to our Deep Roots As Women of Color, we are “othered” by multiple systems of oppression. How do we heal collectively and support each other in our workplaces and communities? How do we dispel the myth that women don’t support each other? Inherent in our culture is the concept of ‘Ubuntu’: a person is a person through other persons. This means we are bound up and can be human only together through sisterhood. Learning objectives: • Discuss how our history and the trauma of imposter syndrome impact our personal and professional lives. • Explore how to create a “Culture of Healing” through our interdependence and interconnection. • Share stories and examples of what it means to live into ‘Ubuntu’ sisterhood.
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Andrea Cain Lawson Ed.D. MBA, MS has worked in not-for-profit organizations for over 20 years. She currently works for Goddard Riverside in New York City as their Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Compliance Officer where she oversees all organizational operations including their Supportive, Transitional and Affordable Housing and Homeless Outreach. Dr. Cain Lawson worked in Rochester NY, at The Community Place of Greater Rochester for 4 1/12 years as their Chief Program Officer/Vice President of Programs, where she oversaw all program operations and community partnerships for the agency. Dr. Cain Lawson also previously worked for the Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester Syracuse Binghamton for 15 years and held several positions including as their Chief Operating Officer and agency representative/board member for the Epilepsy Coalition of New York State. Dr. Cain Lawson is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Empire State College and St. John Fisher College where she has taught courses in non-profit management, human service administration and governance and has served on several boards, and committees in the Rochester community. Dr. Cain Lawson has received many accolades including being named as an Athena Award Young Professional Finalist in 2015. Dr. Cain Lawson received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Brockport, Master’s in Human Service Administration and Doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College and completed her Master’s in Business Administration and Finance from Trident University.
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