Women of Color Initiative

The Women Leaders in College Sports Women of Color Initiative addresses the needs and barriers women of color experience in relation to access, advancement, and retention in collegiate athletics. Through a collaboration with the NCAA Office of Inclusion, the Women of Color Initiative seeks to increase the pipeline for women of color, provide a platform for candid conversations, advocacy, and connection, and create exposure for women of color.

The Women of Color Initiative is open to every member of Women Leaders, but be sure to join our community by clicking here or the button below. Once on the page, click "Follow," and you'll stay updated on the resources we provide. (Note: You must be a member and logged in to follow). 


Women of Color Chats

We've hosted 28 bi-monthly leadership chats since 2015, with industry thought-leaders including Alfreeda Goff, Dr. Katrice Albert, Tracy Ellis-Ward, Alicia English, and Paula Jackson. Registration for calls is required, and you can submit questions prior to the conversation either through social media or directly to Bri Vaughn.

Listen to past call recordings here!

Access to Leadership Programming

We are dedicated to providing opportunities for women of color to attend and to speak at our Leadership Institutes and National Convention.

Other Resources


  • In 2017, Women Leaders launched three scholarships for women working at HBCU institutions
  • In 2016, Patti Phillips, Women Leaders CEO, was named as a Champion of Diversity and Inclusion by the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee
  • Women Leaders actively supports revised resolution put forth by the NCAA in 2016 to increase diversity and inclusion
  • In 2017, five women of color received Women Leaders’ annual awards

To learn more about the Women of Color Initiative, email Cori Pinkett or call 816-389-8212