NBWS Summit Positions Emerging Women of Color for Success and Leadership

September 20, 2016

Jamilah Lemieux at NBWS

Jamilah Lemieux, Ayanna Pressley, and more spoke about supporting the growth of young women of color

On Saturday, the National Black Women’s Society (NBWS) held its 5th annual Next Generation Women of Color Summit, hosted by Simmons College Community Engagement. This is the third year Simmons has hosted the Summit.

The 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.

Approximately 70 attendees were welcomed to the Sept. 17 event by Assistant Director for Service Learning Shauna Rigaud, who spoke of her history in sisterhood and mentorship. Riguad’s welcoming remarks highlighted the importance of “bringing women of color together to form relationships to feed their passions, build their careers, and support their growth” and the critical role sisterhood and mentorship plays in local communities.

The day-long event featured an inspirational address from Councilor Ayanna Pressley, the first black woman elected to Boston City Council; a fireside chat with Vice President of News for Interactive One Jamilah Lemieux, an outspoken advocate for women and girls of color considered by many to be the voice for millennial black women; and a discussion with Simmons Social Work Professor Gary Bailey and former Massachusetts senator Dianne Wilkerson.

The Summit also included workshops on health, finance, and positioning oneself for success and leadership. Alicia Canady Adamson ’03, NBWS founder, encouraged participants “to walk in their truth and purpose.”

The NBWS was founded in 2005 to empower girls and emerging women of color to seek leadership roles in the city of Boston. Now the organization seeks to improve leadership opportunities for women of color around the country. 

(Top: Jamilah Lemieux speaks at NBWS Summit. Photo credit: Diane Hammer)