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Tea Time Series Returns for 2020-2021 Events


Ericka GilchristThe nationally recognized Tea Time Speaker Series returns this fall with “Leadership is Not a Title, It’s an Action” from award-winning speaker Erika Gilchrist on October 26, 2020.

Gilchrist, a 20 year veteran of the speaking circuit, is the author of over a dozen books, creator of the WTF – Women Thriving Fearlessly! Brand, and founder of the largest conference for women in business in the Chicago area – the Women Thriving Fearlessly Expo. Additionally, she has been featured as one of the one of the “15 Most Powerful Women on the South Side of Chicago,” Chicago Woman Magazine, WCIU, CLTV, and Rolling Out Magazine.

Co-sponsored by the MWCC Office of Student Life, the “Leadership is Not a Title, It’s an Action” event is ideal for emerging leaders, starting them off with a strong foundation on which to build their strengths and authenticity. The virtual event will be held on Monday, October 26th from 12:30 until 2 PM. Students should go to InvolveMOUNT to register, community members can go to Zoom.

In addition to sponsorship by Gateway to College and the President’s office at Mount Wachusett Community College, MWCC is proud to present our Tea Time Speaker Series in collaboration with Durham Technical Community College in Durham, NC and Gateway College and Career Academy at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA.

“The opportunity to connect our students with students from across the country is a silver lining to the current COVID-19 restrictions for in person events,” states Sharmese Gunn, Tea Time Speaker Series Creator at MWCC. “We are thrilled to be able to work with our partners in Durham and Riverside.”

In February, Tea Time will celebrate Black History Month with a panel focused on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the significant role they play in American history and education. In April, for Sexual Violence Awareness Month Tea Time will present The “Vagina Monologue Moments”, a shortened version of the episodic play written by Eve Ensler followed by a “Meet the Monologuers” question and answer session. April’s co-sponsor will be Pathways for Change, Inc.,  a rape crisis center serving Central Massachusetts whose mission is to provide services to those whose lives have been impacted by sexual violence and education geared toward ending violence.

The MWCC Tea Time Speaker Series fosters conversation among the college community and surrounding community members around diverse issues current to our community and society. Tea Time events reinforce cultural awareness within the college community, acknowledge differences, and creates a healthy dialogue around diverse topics. The Tea Time Speaker Series is sponsored by Gateway to College and the President’s Office at Mount Wachusett Community College.