MOCHA/WOCHA 2019 Conference

Support for the leaders of tomorrow

Photos by Ryan Gavin
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The 2018-19 academic year concluded with the Men and Women of Color, Honor and Ambition Conference on Friday, May 3, at the Hampton Inn in Columbia, Mo. High school and college students from across the state attended the second-annual event.

MOCHA and WOCHA exist to provide personal, academic, cultural, social, professional and leadership development to high school and undergraduate men and women in an effort to positively impact academic success, increase retention and develop successful leaders of tomorrow, today.

Keynote speakers for the event included Melisza Campos’ Accelerate Your Greatness, Dr. Sharon Fries-Britt’s Building Success from the Inside Out, and Dr. Steve Perry’s Don’t Talk About It, Be About It. They were joined by presenters: multimedia mogul Bren Herrera, Mizzou basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, Urban League President and CEO Michael McMillan, College of Education Professor Dr. Ashley Woodson, and Kevin McDonald, UM System Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and MU Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity.

Kevin McDonald at the lectern
Dr. Kevin McDonald opens the 2019 MOCHA/WOCHA Conference.
Dr. Sharon Fries-Britt at the front of the room of attendees.
Dr. Sharon Fries-Britt delivers the morning keynote address to conference attendees.
Melisza Campos speaking in the morning breakout session
Melisza Campos — Carnegie Master, Dale Carnegie Training and Marketing, Wegmans Food Markets — interacts with students during her morning breakout session.
Campos discusses the role of the "Stress Cycle" in students' lives.
Campos discusses the role of the “Stress Cycle” in students’ lives.
Mizzou men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin
Mizzou Men’s Basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin shares his story with students.
Coach Cuonzo Martin describes his experience overcoming non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Dr. Sharon Fries-Britt leads a morning breakout session.
Dr. Sharon Fries-Britt leads a morning breakout session.
Kevin McDonald and attendees laugh as old photos of himself are shown in Campos' presentation.
Kevin McDonald and attendees laugh as old photos of himself are shown in Campos’ presentation.
Campos delivers her lunchtime keynote: Accelerate Your Greatness.
Campos delivers her lunchtime keynote: Accelerate Your Greatness.
Dr. Ashley Woodson leads the afternoon conversation.
Dr. Ashley Woodson leads the afternoon conversation.
Bren Herrera works with students during her session.
Bren Herrera works with students during her session.
Herrera discusses plans and goals with the students in the room.
Herrera discusses plans and goals with the students in the room.
Presenters share their story at the second-annual MOCHA/WOCHA conference.
Dr. Steve Perry delivers the closing keynote
Dr. Steve Perry delivers the closing keynote: Don’t Talk About It, Be About It.
Perry delivers the afternoon keynote.
Widely respected by grassroots community members and internationally renowned leaders, Dr. Perry’s charismatic and compelling voice is an inspiration.
Dr. Na'Tashua Davis, Executive Director of Access and Leadership Development at Mizzou, delivers the closing remarks.
Dr. Na’Tashua Davis, Executive Director of Access and Leadership Development at Mizzou, delivers the closing remarks.