Women of Color Power and Purpose Conference



Come join us for the First Annual Women of Color Power and Purpose Forum!

Women of color have made incredible strides in educational attainment and the workplace, yet continue to face unique challenges and complex barriers. The Women of Color Power and Purpose Forum focuses on actualizing your passion, and cultivating skills for asserting your presence. This event will allow you to explore ways to discuss and develop your purpose, acquire means for uplifting yourself and set transformative goals.

 WHEN: March 2, 5:30 p.m,  March 3 – 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Opening Keynote Speaker Judy Belk, CEO/President California Wellness (March 2, 5:30 p.m at The Athenaeum)



Judy Belk is a frequent writer and speaker on organizational ethics, race, family, community and social change. Her pieces have aired on NPR and appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.



March 3 – 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Power, Passion and Purpose Workshops 

Workshops will focus on learning tools for navigating and achieving your personal and career goals. Featured facilitators include:

mryono-1Mari Ryono – As a multi-racial Japanese Irish American women raised in Los Angeles County, Mari grew up with an understanding of race, class, gender, and justice. She has dedicated more than 15 years of her life to community organizing and campaigning for progressive change and racial justice. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Harvard University.




Sarah Jawaid – Since 2008, she has worked in various non-profits that focused on passing policies that make better the lives of low-income individuals. Sarah earned a B.S. in Public Policy from USC and an M.A. from UC Irvine in Urban Planning.






Elissa Sloan Perry – For more than 20 years, Elissa has worked as an organizational leader, consultant and coach working with individuals, organizations, and multi-sector networks in the areas of change leadership, equity, education and the arts.






Maisie Chin – Maisie is Executive Director and Co-Founder of CADRE – Community Asset Development Redefining Education, and independent, grassroots parent membership organization in South Los Angeles comprised of African American and Latino parents/caregiver of public school children. She has a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA.







Cosmo Fujiyama – Cosmo  is an educator, social entrepreneur and innovation strategist helping people learn, think and act on the change they want to see in the world. She was selected as St. Gallen’s 46th Symposium “Leader of Tomorrow” and a World Organizing Committee Member for Education Without Borders in the U.A.E. Cosmo was a 2011 Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at NYU and holds a M.P.A from NYU Wagner’s Graduate School of Public Service.




Cynthia Azali-Rojas – Cynthia is a certified professional coach, organizational consultant and trained community organizer. She began her social justice work 20 years ago as a civil rights, public health, and climate justice organizer in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Stanford University’s Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity program.



Latonya Slack, JD CPC  – Latonya is principal and founder of Slack Global Consulting, which specializes in facilitating, visioning, and assisting individuals and organizations with planning and navigating critical decisions. She is a Senior Lecturer and founder of Behind the Veil: Women, Race, and Leadership in the Nonprofit Social Justice Sector at Claremont McKenna College. She graduated from UCLA School of Law.