The MASS AWIS Leadership Positioning Component for Women of Color is a free virtual monthly mentoring and empowerment series developed for female doctoral students, postdocs and early career professionals. It provides information and structured leadership training for women at this stage of their lives as they contemplate their current space and/or enter the work force.

DEI themes are integrated throughout due to the set of circumstances people of color often encounter. It features talks by prominent female leaders of color plus case studies and readings curated by the experiential role model and session leader, Dr. Maru Colbert. Two of the five text references are “The Memo” and “Begin Again” regarding workplaces and fortitude for POC, respectively.

Attendees will create a “position” graphic, a personal empowerment plan and an “inner-strength” profile throughout the meetings. It concludes with an activity and an “action” item. This leadership segment complements the current MASS AWIS Leadership Program, co- created for AWIS by Dr. Rigos.

These hour-long virtual workshops will occur on the third Thursday of the Month from starting with Feb 17, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm.


  • February 17, 2022; 6:30-7:30 pm EST
  • March 17, 2022; 6:30-7:30 pm EST
  • April 21, 2022; 6:30-7:30 pm EST

Please see here for registration information. Note that you must register by February 17th to attend this series.