NBWS Summit Inspires Young Women of Color

September 29, 2015

Issa Rae at NBWS 4th Annual Summit

Issa Rae and local leaders empower young women and girls at NBWS annual summit.

The National Black Women’s Society (NBWS) recently held its 4th Annual Next Generation Women of Color Summit at Simmons College, welcoming more than 175 young professional women of color. This is the second time this summit has been hosted by the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC).

To kick off the Sept. 19 summit, Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley gave an inspiring welcome, reminding women and especially girls in the audience to “speak up and to speak out because your stories matter, your lives matter and you are powerful.” Keynote speakers Issa Rae, director, producer, and writer of a successful web series “The Misadventures of the Awkward Black Girl”; and Dr. Jackie Jenkins Scott, President of Wheelock College, touched on the theme of the summit, “Access, Equity, Empowerment,” during their presentations.

The NBWS was founded in 2005 by a Simmons alumna, Alicia Canady Adamson ’03, to empower emerging women and girls of color to seek leadership in the city of Boston. Now the organization seeks to improve leadership opportunities for women of color around the country. The annual summit is a day for women and girls of color who are today’s and tomorrow’s leaders to be inspired and impacted in their personal and professional lives.

“We are proud to be partnering with NBWS on such an important event,” said SILC Director Diane Hammer.

(Top: Issa Rae at the NBWS summit. Photo credit: Diane Hammer)