President of MGPG Events, Inc.
The Black Women’s Expo is the nation’s foremost exposition targeting the African American consumer market. It is a weekend that empowers, enlightens and uplifts African American women and their families with informative seminars and panel discussions presented by notable local and national speakers and lecturers, educational exhibits and corporate displays, and rousing entertainment. Historically, the standing-room only seminars have addressed such issues as health & wellness, racial equality, hair & beauty, travel, career advancement, business/entrepreneurship, the welfare of our children and much more.
In addition, BWe also offers African American consumers themed pavilions including the Beauty Bar, which will showcase cosmetic products; the Food Oasis, where minority food manufactures provide food samples; the Literary Café, which showcases African American authors and booksellers; the Natural Hair pavilion, which products for natural hairstyles are featured; the Health & Wellness pavilion, where local medical institutions provide much-needed health screenings.
The founder & Creator of The Black Women’s Expo is Merry Green, President of MGPG Events, Inc. Since 1995, MGPG Events, Inc., a boutique firm headquartered in the city of Chicago, has specialized in Event Planning & Production, Experiential Marketing and Public Relations for an expansive list of clients. Merry has an extensive background and expertise in community relations and outreach, creating effective public relations campaigns, and producing special events specifically targeting the African American community.
Over the past 18 years, MGPG Events has created and executed the following events and community outreach campaigns: V103’s Expo for Today’s Black Woman, The Chicago Football Classic, Real Men Cook, Tavis Smiley’s Blacks in Technology Conference, RTA’s Transportation Symposium, League of Black Women’s National Leadership Conference, Chicago Defender’s Pastors Salute, Women of Excellence & Newsmakers Gala, and Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Family Expo at Megafest, to name a few.
Before launching MGPG Events, Inc., Merry worked in both television and radio. In 1982, she became the first African American Assistant Program Director for the ABC network affiliate in Rochester, New York, WOKR TV. She relocated to Chicago in 1984 where she joined NBC Channel 5 as the Administrator of Community Programs producing local community affairs specials on Chicago luminaries and community organizations, which garnered several Emmy nominations.
From NBC, Merry became a Producer for the nationally syndicated Ebony Jet Showcase, a top rated program produced by Johnson Publishing Company in 1986. She later moved to radio and became the Promotions & Marketing Director for WVAZ FM (V103 radio) where she was known for the creation and production of unique marketing/promotions campaigns and special events to increase the listener base and attract corporate clients, most notably the Expo for Today’s Black Woman, the first radio generated USO tour, The Transatlantic Jam to England and West Germany, and The World’s Largest Steppers Contest an African American dance phenomenon for Anheuser Busch.