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Black Women LEAD Summit

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The purpose of BW-LEAD is to provide high school Black women students with an opportunity to participate in a program that promotes leadership, academic achievement, and community involvement while developing their Black woman identity. Black women who are committed to empowering other Black women to be change agents in their schools, communities and families will lead engaging and interactive workshops. During the BW-LEAD conference, the young women will learn how sharing their stories and their lived experiences provide insight into their identity as a Black woman, and what it takes to become a leader in their personal life, school, and community, while inspiring them to focus on high academic achievement. Also, during the conference there will be occasions to share their thoughts and engage in discussions that relate to their experiences as a Black woman while learning from their peers, college students and community leaders. In addition, BW-LEAD will support students in discovering how they can prepare for educational success in high school, while sharing the value of how they can engage in college preparation activities that create pathways to higher education.

The 6th Annual Black Women Lead, Empower, Achieve, Dedicate (BW-LEAD) will take place on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 from 9 am – 1 pm. The University of Denver will host this year's conference VIRTUALLY via Zoom. This year's theme is "Young, Gifted, and Black: Embracing YOU!" Participants will engage in an immersive workshop and a networking panel celebrating Black female excellence and themes that are critical to Black women on their leadership journey.


Student Registration click here

Facilitator Registration click here.


  • Is there a cost? No, this event is FREE.

Scholars program

This year we are offering an expanded year-long program called the Scholars Program for Black females and males that continues the conversations and momentum developed by the Summit in leadership, education and Black identity. This expansion will provide scholars with opportunities to connect with our program on a regular basis through events, workshops and visits to the University of Denver, various Colorado companies and 4 year institutions. This program will also allow scholars to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) primarily, as well as what it takes to be academically successful now and in the future while developing a stem identity.