Women of color leaders

President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, right, and Mariko Silver
Photo by Nick Caito

Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, right, and Mariko Silver, former president of Bennington College and current president and CEO of the Luce Foundation, take part in “Convening Women of Color: Leaders Connecting Across Sectors” in October 2021. The two-day gathering, held at DELAMAR West Hartford, offered academic leaders a place to learn from one another and from executives in other sectors. Featured speakers were Indra Nooyi, former CEO and chair of PepsiCo and author of My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future, and Tina Lifford, CEO of The Inner Fitness Project and author of The Little Book of Big Lies: A Journey into Inner Fitness. The convening, attended by approximately 40 leaders, was inspired by a 2017 Mellon Foundation meeting of women of color college presidents. Berger-Sweeney teamed with Silver and Johnnetta Betsch Cole H’98, president emerita of Spelman and Bennett Colleges and president and national chair of the National Council of Negro Women, to create the 2021 event, which was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.