More than 1,000 women across New York State and beyond will convene virtually July 21 and 28 and August 4, 2022 for the fourth annual Women of Color Summit (WOC).

This year’s theme, Authenticity in Action; Restoration in Practice, will
reflect the multiple experiences that have impacted women of color and challenges across systems presented over the last 24 months. The time is now to move past performative efforts to advance racial equity to intentional, authentic actions, and to normalize and improve the opportunities to put restoration into practice.


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 people who identify as women of color and we also welcome all allies in this effort.

Virtual Event – Time: 9:30am to 12pm EST each day

  • 9:15am-Zoom Room Entry Exhibit Showcase
  • 9:30am-Opening Remarks, Welcome and Call to Action for the Day
  • 9:45am-Keynote Address
  • 10:20am-11:00am Expert Panel
  • ***Short Break***
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00pm-Closing Remarks

Pricing – Before June 30, 2022

  • $55 per session
  • $140 bundle

Pricing – After June 30, 2022

  • $65 per session
  • $175 bundle

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The 2022 Women Of Color Summit IN-PERSON Kick-Off Event was a success!

Our keynote speaker was Maia Chaka, Professional Sports Official and founder of MMC.

Maia Chaka is a multi-faceted, goal-oriented individual with a passion for breaking glass ceilings and being an example for young women worldwide. Originally from Rochester, New York, Chaka grew up with a family first mentality, carrying that with her through her schooling and career. Immediately following her graduation from Norfolk State University, Chaka began her profession in education, focusing on at-risk youth, developing programs, and implementing procedures to increase school attendance and retention rates. In 2008, she founded G.E.M.S. (Girls with Empowering Minds and Spirits), a club designed to promote self-esteem, academic achievement, and educational encouragement. While she continued making waves in the classroom, earning awards and accolades such as Teacher of the Year, Chaka was simultaneously making her mark on the field, officiating for the PAC 12, Conference USA and XFL.  In March 2021, Chaka made history as the 1st black woman to join the on-field officiating staff in the National Football League. As only the 2nd woman to join the on-field officiating staff, Chaka continues to be an agent for change by devoting her time to pouring into the communities that helped nurture her growth. Wanting to continue her commitment to provide educational enrichment services to economically disadvantaged youth, Chaka recently established her nonprofit MMC standing for Make Meaningful Change.

Theme: Authenticity in Action; Restoration in Practice

This LIVE event took place on June 3 at Buffalo State College in the Campbell Student Union from 11am to 2pm.  The event included

discussions on:

  • Moving past performative efforts to advance racial equity to intentional, authentic actions, and to normalize and improve the opportunities to put restoration into practice
  • Removing barriers and advancing opportunities for women of color through sponsorship, mentorship and ally-ship
  • Women Beyond: Women of Color advancing in non-traditional careers such as sports, technology, medicine, entrepreneurial, environmental and more

June 3rd Agenda

10:30am-11:00am Registration and exhibitor show

11:00am – 11:20am Welcome and Opening Remarks

11:20am- 12:15pm Keynote Message by Maia Chaka

12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch and Awards

1:15pm- 2:15pm Table Talk Discussions (theme- Authenticity in Action; Restoration in Practice)

2:15pm-3:00pm A Space for Collective Healing



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