ColorComm Conference 2016: Leading the Way – Helping Companies Create Gender Diverse Workplaces

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ColorComm Conference 2016: Leading the Way – Helping Companies Create Gender Diverse Workplaces

By Catharine Montgomery
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.@B_M’s @cnmontgomery shares her experiences at this year’s #ColorComm #C2Miami Conference. READ: #AdvantageWomen

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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 12:50pm


We have all attended conferences in the hopes of leaving inspired and ready to take action on the topics discussed, but sometimes the conference falls flat. We attend breakout session after breakout session just to leave thinking, “I already knew that.” However, that was definitely not the case at ColorComm’s 3rd Annual Conference, Leading the Way (#C2Miami)!

ColorComm, an organization for women of color in all areas of communications, started in 2011 as a luncheon attended by 34 women in Washington D.C., and has since evolved into a community of members from across the country. Its mission to connect women of color with other like-minded individuals and build a strong network of leaders by creating relationships is not only amplified through its ongoing programs, but through its annual conference attended by the industry’s top practitioners and thought leaders.

The event featured captivating speakers. During this year’s conference we heard inspiring words from The Huffington Post President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, who declared that the judgmental voices in our heads that drain us are not the truth. We heard insights from Sales and Body Language Expert Linda Clemons, who used a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote as the basis for her session – “I can’t hear what you’re saying because what you’re doing is getting in the way.” And motivational speaker Lisa Nichols reminded all of us of the power of “no,” and the need to “fill your cup first,” which, as women, we don’t say or do as often as we should. 

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This post was contributed by Catherine Montgomery, Manager, Public Affairs and Crisis practice, who recently attended ColorComm, an intimate business conference and retreat for women of color in communications, including public relations, journalism and film.