Meeting: August 3, 2020 Virtual Gathering

Join Us For a Virtual Gathering and Discussion on Personal Bias and Racism

lilyDate: August 3, 2020
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: Virtual (zoom details will be emailed on the day of the meeting to all who RSVP)
RSVP by: 12pm, August 3, 2020

Join us as we raise a glass to friends and colleagues as we head into August. You won’t want to miss this FREE virtual meeting. Gwendolyn VanSant, BBPW 2019 Woman of Achievement, will be leading a discussion on personal bias and racism. This is a critical topic for every one of us. The evening should be excellent.

Gwendolyn VanSant, Berkshire Business and Professional Woman 2019 Woman of Achievement Awardee
Gwendolyn VanSant, Berkshire Business and Professional Woman 2019 Woman of Achievement Awardee

This meeting will be all about virtual networking and growing our relationships through this new gathering medium on Zoom. Our last two meeting were better than any of us could have expected, as this forum allows us to get to know each other more fully. We are hosting this gathering to create and strengthen our personal and professional networks and to have a chance to be together in a supportive environment.

We hope you join us! Here is our tentative schedule:

  • 5:30-5:35: General welcome, grab your beverage of choice
  • 5:35-5:45: Celia welcome, new member announcements, etc.
  • 5:45-6:25: Gwendolyn VanSant will be leading a discussion on personal bias and racism.
  • 6:25-6:30: Final announcements

About Gwendolyn VanSant

Gwendolyn VanSant is a trainer & facilitator in diversity leadership, cultural competence and coalition building for justice and equity. She is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founding Director of Multicultural BRIDGE and contributes to several teams across the region to promote safety, equity and trust in communities and workplaces. Gwendolyn has worked with corporations, schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement, hospitals, teaching and leadership institutes, and more.  In addition to designing cultural competence trainings, Gwendolyn is a frequent speaker and long-time activist deeply rooted in gender equity and positive psychology. Since 2012 Gwendolyn has served as an appointed official on the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women.

Most recently her work in honoring Dr. W.E. B. Du Bois has taken centerfold as co-curator and co-designer of the Du Bois 150th birthday festival commissioned by the Town of Great Barrington. In spring 2017, Gwendolyn spearheaded the county-wide campaign and coalition "Not in the Berkshires" and, in partnership, stewarded the crafting and passing of her town’s Trust Policya step towards a statewide Safe Community Act. In 2016, Gwendolyn served as the Founding Director of Equity and Inclusion at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, her alma mater. In 2015/2016 she was recognized as a “Berkshire Trendsetter” finalist and was named one of her county’s most dedicated and creative social entrepreneurs by Berkshire Magazine. In 2018 she is recognized as an Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Gwendolyn is on the board of UU Mass Action Network and is a reactivation and annual member of the Berkshire County Bank of the NAACP.