The 2020 UCW professional development conference happened on December 3rd and 4th, and was an engaging success. Members got to network and get to know each other, our speakers led inspiring and informative sessions, and we were all called to action to lead in the fight towards equality.
From our first panel event of the conference, with Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, Dr. Sybil Francis, and Dr. Tiffany Lopez discussing what the concept of Save a Seat for a Sister meant to them, and how it has impacted their own journeys; to celebrated national activist Dr. Loretta Ross discussing the importance of civility, her career in activism, and her current work calling in the calling out culture; to our Keynote speaker Ms. Janelle Wood reminding us of the history women and African Americans have with Leadership and Equity in our country, and calling on us to recapture our collective power and take action to continue the fight for causes like stopping the school to prison pipeline. Every session was interesting, inspiring, and informational! And as our key note speaker, Janelle Wood said “This is the season of the woman. And we will do whatever we can to help one another embrace every opportunity to move things in America to where we want to see it. An America that’s equitable, an America that’s fair and equal, an America that is truly the dream that we all profess that we’re living for. So, what will you do?”
We are so grateful to each speaker for taking time out of their busy schedules to present and motivate us, and thankful to our board for organizing and orchestrating the whole event.
We hope you’ll join us in the new year for more events!