The Planning Squad

Since 2007, many volunteers, businesses and organizations have generously donated their time and passion to this project. Meet the amazing people involved in making WoCW possible!

Jha D Williams

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Executive Producer & Director

Jha D Williams is the founder of the "if you can Feel it, you can Speak it" Open Mic Movement, 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

Michelle Antoinette Nelson

Assistant Director

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

Bianca Phoenix


Bianca Phoenix is an out and proud bi black femme excited for WocW's 12th year and her 4th 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.

Yolanda Walker


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



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

Lisa Merchant


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

Sheila Graham

Jamila Gales

Shanel Mercer

Shari Fenton