Waleska Lugo-DeJesús is the CEO of Inclusive Strategies, LLC, and a nationally certified Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging facilitator with over twenty years of experience in the private, nonprofit sector, higher education, and healthcare systems. She is known for her human-centered, racial healing approach to address systemic racism and promote equitable environments and communities. Waleska is actively involved in various advocacy and community organizations, serving as a commissioner, board member, and advisor, working to empower women of color, address health disparities, and promote civic engagement.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the community and dedication to fostering positive social change, Waleska was announced as the Grand Marshal for the 2023 Springfield Puerto Rican Parade. Through this platform, she aims to emphasize unity among black and brown communities, encouraging them to come together, challenge systemic racism, and create a more inclusive society for all. Waleska has received numerous professional and civic awards, honoring her vision, advocacy, and commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

Overall, Waleska Lugo-DeJesús is a highly respected advocate for racial healing and intersectionality of systems of oppression, working tirelessly to build coalitions and foster communities of inclusion while making a significant impact on various fronts of social change.

Event Details

This event will begin promptly at 12pm, and a light lunch will be included.

Venture X Holyoke
98 Lower Westfield Rd, Holyoke MA 01040
Parking is free, enter the main entrance and the luncheon will be in the conference room right ahead. 

Sep 12 2023, 12:00-1:00pm

YPS Members: Free
Non-YPS Members: $10
Advance registration is required.

About YPS

The Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield (Springfield YPS) represents the region’s corporate, non-profit, and cultural interests by engaging a younger demographic in several distinct areas, including, but not limited to:

  • Business & career development
  • Networking
  • Cultural involvement
  • Community involvement
  • Educational opportunities
  • Volunteerism
  • Recreational & social activities
  • And more!

The Springfield YPS is an organization that builds a dynamic community of leaders by providing premiere networking opportunities, engaging in professional development, and promoting a culture of belonging.  

Call (413) 746-4400