The Planning Squad
Since 2007, many volunteers, businesses and organizations have generously donated their time and passion to this project. Meet the women involved.
Jha D Williams
Jha D Williams is the founder of the "if you can Feel it, you can Speak it" Open Mic, and the producer of EN-ER-GY. She is an architect by day, spokenword artist by night and advocate for the LGBTQIA Communities of Color by every second.
She has produced several events over the past 5 years that cater to and celebrate the aforementioned communities. Read More
She has attended and performed at the Women of Color Weekend in the past; and is excited to serve as the Director for this year's events!
Bianca Phoenix is an out and proud bi black femme excited for WocW's 11th year and her 3rd year in attendance. As a WocW squad member she has been committed to developing an environment where all LBQTIA women of color can come relax and celebrate the fullness of who we are.
I am thrilled to be a part of Women of Color & Friends Weekend. I have been attending this wonderful event since its inception with my friends and partners. I knew that I wanted more culture in Provincetown, and felt the need to be more active in this special weekend, making sure that all women of color would want to be in this wonderful little paradise; this gay friendly, sea-side village called Provincetown!Read More
I am also an official, proud sponsor of this event through my company,QuistRealEstate.com
I have been a property owner in Boston & Provincetown for over 25 years, and truly look forward to this being one of the best WOC Weekends yet! I would also be happy to assist you in finding the perfect accommodation if either of the host hotels are booked. You can contact me direct at: Quistre@gmail.com
Michelle Antoinette Nelson aka LOVE the poet is an artist, innovator, and Founder of Brown and Healthy a non-profit and global health and wellness initiative for people of color. She's dedicated over a decade to her life's work to authoring books, plays, writing arts + education curricula, and providing platforms for artists to explore and discover the true nature of their art. Read More
About Brown and Healthy:
Brown and Healthy is a global initiative that began in 2013 as a motivational hashtag. Founded by Fitness Professional Michelle Antoinette Nelson aka LOVE the poet, Brown and Healthy promotes mental, physical, emotional growth and wellness specifically among people of color. Today the movement has wings, and the global health and wellness community has become the wind beneath them. The Brown and Healthy initiative is more than a movement it is a lifestyle, and as we change the narrative we change the world.
Phyllis Galloway is a Bostonian and the co-founder of the infamous II Gees Productions that provided fierce entertainment for the LGQBT community back in the day. She is also a basketball and lacrosse official.
Lisa Merchant is the co-owner of DanceAway Sound Productions a full-service DJ and entertainment company based in Central Massachusetts. She is a software engineer by day and a DJ on the weekends. Read More
Yolanda Walker - After attending the WoCW events for the past 3 years, she decided to commit to the Squad with the hopes to help make this annual event exciting and successful. For several years she was part of the Worcester Pride Committee and assisted in bringing women in the LBQTIA community together. Read More
Yolanda is and has been a Paralegal for the past 25 years; a Cycling Instructor for 10 years; and co-owner and MC of "DanceAway Sound Productions", a DJ & Entertainment business for all occasions (danceawaysound.com).