Women of Color Leadership Conference

The Women of Color Leadership Conference is an annual conference that seeks to provide an environment for, by and about women of color that promotes equity, education and professional development.


2022 Annual Conference

Adjusting Your Crown: Embracing Our Confidence and Restoring Our Minds

Featuring Derecka Purnell

Friday, June 3, 2022
UMKC Student Union

Check-in: 7:45 a.m.
Conference events: 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Close: 4:00 p.m.

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Enjoy a day full of networking, empowerment workshops, shopping from local vendors, giveaways and an opening plenary from Kansas City, Kansas, Center for Equity Director and Entrepreneur Gabriela Flores. Breakfast, lunch and hors d’oeuvres provided.

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About Derecka Purnell


Human rights attorney, organizer and author of "Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests and the Pursuit of Freedom," Derecka Purnell seeks to end police and prison violence by providing legal assistance, research and community-based training programs. A member of the Skadden Fellow Foundation, Purnell has also helped to build the Justice Project, which focuses on consent decrees, police and prosecutor accountability, jail closures, community training and legal representation for organizers.

Purnell is also co-founder of the COVID-19 Policing Project, which tracks police arrests, citations, harassment and other enforcement through public health orders related to the pandemic.

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For women interested in the conference and seeking sponsorship from their employer to attend, here is a sample justification letter (DOC) to give to a supervisor or to use to generate an original request for this investment in you and the value you will bring back from the conference.

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