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HCC Announces Fall Lineup for Women’s Leadership Series

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College (HCC) will begin its fall 2022 Women’s Leadership Series on Wednesday, Sept. 21 with presenter Trayce Whitfield, executive director of the Coalition for an Equitable Economy, leading a discussion titled “Leaning Into the Positive.”

Whitfield will be followed in subsequent months by Michelle Lemoi, chief operating officer of Zora Builders in Newton; Christina Royal, president of HCC; and Suzanne Blake, a career coach and consultant based in Medfield. All sessions run from noon to 1 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month over Zoom.

During each session, participants will join prominent women leaders for discussions on relevant topics and ideas to help their leadership development. They will also have the opportunity to form a supportive network to help navigate their own careers.

“This will be the sixth semester HCC has offered this lunchtime series over Zoom, allowing women the opportunity for connection, networking, and professional development at a time and place that is convenient for them,” said Michele Cabral, an adjunct professor of Business and organizer of HCC’s Women’s Leadership Series.

Whitfield, the first guest presenter, is the former director of contract sales for HCC’s division of Business & Community Services. In 2020, she was honored by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as a 2020 Commonwealth Heroine.

On Oct. 19: Lemoi will present “How Claiming ‘I Don’t Know’ Opens Up Opportunities to Bolster Confidence.” On Nov. 16, Royal will discuss “Growth Mindset.” And on Dec. 21, Blake will present “Ask for It and Get It.”

The cost of each session is $25. The full four-session series can be purchased for $75. Email Lanre Ajayi, HCC’s executive director of Education & Corporate Learning, at [email protected] if pricing is an issue.

Registration will open soon at hcc.edu/womens-leadership. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.

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