2021 Workshop

This semester's UWiL programming, including this annual workshop, is made possible by funding from American Student AssistanceGreenfield Cooperative Bank, Baystate HealthWomen for UMass, and dozens of individual donors. Thank you!

Friday, March 26, 2021

All sessions will take place via Zoom

4:15  - 4:45 PM:  Setting the Stage for This Weekend

4:45  - 5:45 PM:  Baystate Health Virtual Networking Reception (click here for more details)

Although we can’t gather together in person this year, we can still connect online! This virtual reception is designed to help you expand your network by engaging with professionals in a range of fields. Groups of 2-4 students will pre-register for themed breakout rooms for 10 minutes of speed networking with professionals in each room.

  • Welcome: Marion McGowan, BSN, MPM, PhD, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Baystate Health


7:00  - 8:00 PM:  Keynote Lecture: Leadership During Crisis (Webinar)

The keynote lecture has been rescheduled to Monday, April 26 @ 6 PM.  

  • Welcome: Michelle Goncalves ‘06G, Executive Director, UWiL
  • Student Speaker: Esther Oh ’19 ’20MPA
  • Featured Speaker: Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Q&A Facilitators: Irina Costache ’22 and Sally Chu ’22


Saturday, March 27, 2021

All sessions will take place via Zoom

9:00 - 10:15 AM:  Managing During Emergencies, Tragedy and the Unexpected: Advice from Current Leaders

Strong leadership is critical during an emergency and throughout high-stress situations. But does it require different skills or characteristics than leadership during normal times?  Our panelists will discuss their experiences managing topics ranging from terrorism and sexual assault to national pandemics and military engagements. Given our current remote environment, we’ll also explore what remote leadership looks like.

  • LTG Jody J. Daniels ‘93MS, ’97 PhD, ’19 HON, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General U.S. Army Reserve Command
  • Emily Jensen ’00, Senior Investigator, Internal Audit and Investigations Group, United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Katia Santiago-Taylor ’97, Policy Director, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

10:15 -10:35 AM:  Mindfulness Break

10:35 - 11:00 AM:  Break

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM:  Gender, Race, & COVID-19: Unequal Impact & Policy Implications

This panel will discuss gender, race and public health, and how the current pandemic has brought long standing inequities to the fore. Panelists will also comment on the role of government and non profits in finding solutions and addressing the inequities.

  • Denella Clark, Chair, Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women
  • Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
  • Elizabeth Reinhardt ’15, Attorney and Board member, Gender Equality Law Center

12:30 - 1:30 PM:  Lunch Break

1:30 - 1:40 PM:  Mindfulness Break

1:40 - 2:45 PM:  Watch Party: Councilwoman

About the film: COUNCILWOMAN is the inspiring story of Carmen Castillo, an immigrant Dominican housekeeper in a Providence hotel who wins a seat in City Council, taking her advocacy for low-income workers from the margins to city politics. (Filmmaker: Margo Guernsey ’05MA)

2:45 - 3:45 PM: From Movies to Modern Day: Q&A with Current Councilwomen

After the movie, we’ll move to a discussion with modern-day city and town councilors to learn about their public service journeys.

  • Mehreen N. Butt, Town Councilor, Wakefield Town Council
  • Judith Garcia, City Councilor, Chelsea City Council
  • Helen Moon, City Councilor, Pittsfield City Council
  • Jessica Sizer ’19 ’20MPP, Town Councilor, Palmer Town Council

3:45 - 4:00 PM:  Wrap Up