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March 25, 2022

CANCELED: Gender and Diversity in Leadership: A Conference for Present and Future Student Leaders

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Crowe Executive Room
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Create Your Impact (CYI) in collaboration with students in the Women’s and Gender Studies course: Gender & Diversity in Leadership.

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This event is sponsored by Create Your Impact (CYI), a leadership and professional development initiative for women employees at Merrimack College in collaboration with students in the Women’s and Gender Studies course: Gender & Diversity in Leadership.

Schedule of Events

Program highlights include:

  • Luncheon and Networking with CYI members and other women leaders at Merrimack
  • Career Pathways for Student Leaders: A Conversation with Merrimack College graduates MaryRose Mazzola ’12 and Tiana Lawrence ’20 and ’21
  • How to Navigate and Grow as a Leader on Campus and in the workplace: Self-Care Strategies and other Tips” with Tiana Lawrence ’12
  • Closing the Gender and Race Pay Gap: Challenges and Strategies with MaryRose Mazzola ’12

Registration Required

Students should register by filling out this form.

If you are a faculty or staff member interested in attending the luncheon please email


Tiana Lawrence ’20 ’21

Tiana Lawrence ’20 ’21

Tiana Lawrence serves as the Program Associate at the Mel King Institute for Community Building. With the Resident Leadership Academy, she manages data and communications, serves as a trainer, and supports a statewide network of public housing residents through learning and networking opportunities. Tiana also co-manages with the MKI Director, the Alliance Steering Committee, the MACDC statewide Racial Equity Pledge, and activities implemented by members. Tiana has a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies and English and a Master of Education in Community Engagement from Merrimack College. Tiana also teaches a Diversity, Social Justice and Ethics course as an Adjunct Professor at Merrimack College. Tiana continues to grow in her passion for DEI, racial equity, leadership development, and social justice work. In her free time, she enjoys painting, singing, listening to music, writing, traveling, and quality time with family and friends.

MaryRose Mazzola ’12

MaryRose Mazzola ’12

MaryRose Mazzola is an attorney with over a decade of political, policy, and research experience. She currently serves as Senior Program Manager at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, where she works to increase women’s political representation through managing organization-wide programs, strategic grantmaking, candidate training, and research projects. She also teaches in the Merrimack College Women’s and Gender Studies Department and for the College’s Degree Completion Program. MaryRose previously served as Senior Advisor to Mayor Michelle Wu’s campaign, Chief of Staff to State Senator Barry Finegold, and as Senator Finegold’s Chief Strategist and Campaign Manager. From 2016-2018, she was the Executive Director of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, the City of Boston’s public-private initiative dedicated to closing gender and racial wage gaps. MaryRose earned her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the Merrimack College Honors Program.