Smith Women’s Leadership Conference 2017

Last weekend’s conference was simply amazing! I met lots of new people, most, fellow Smith College alums, who are all doing incredible things.  I am hopeful that these new connections will be lasting and impactful.

I was also blessed to have my presentation proposal chosen from over 200 submissions. On the second day of the conference, I presented my workshop, Leadership as Disruption: Women of Color and their Allies Moving Beyond the Boundaries.  We had an enlightening and engaging discussion.  I was able to not just lead the talk, but learn from some incredible women about increasing inclusive leadership opportunities for Women of Color.  We also discussed how white women can ally themselves with leaders of color to expand inclusion and inclusive leadership in their organizations.  I hope this presentation was a seed for more opportunity to talk, listen and act around issues of inclusion.  It was a wonderful experience to “come home” to Smith and I can’t wait for next year’s conference!


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Aziza E. Jones is a licensed clinical social worker with 10 years of experience working in elite medical institutions, community based mental health and Military communities in the United States and abroad. Her work in Europe and Asia has had a profound impact on how she views herself and the role she plays in both her local and global community. She is passionate about improving the lives of individuals and communities as they journey towards wholeness and well-being while striving to secure social justice. Ms. Jones is a highly skilled mental health clinician, an innovative thought leader in understanding cultural competence as it relates to mental health, and an educator of new and established mental health service providers. She holds a MSW degree from the premier Smith College School for Social Work and has been recognized by the Smith College Executive Standing Committee for originality and exploring new perspectives in Clinical Social Work research with her Master's Thesis entitled, Humor as Resilience: African-American Stand-up Comedy and Collective Identity. Aziza is a native of Maryland and was reared in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

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