Seminars

BWe Friday Seminars

BWe Teen Summit

April 6, 2018

Presented by Walgreens Expressions Challenge and Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM#YouMatter, Let’s Talk About It! – Room N230
Speaker: Asia Ashley
Walgreens Expressions Challenge will uncover social problems teens face and how they can use their opinion on the matters to overcome associated obstacles. In addition, this session will introduce how their talents and skills can create change in their lives, communities and the future. This session will explore important topics including Mental Wellness, Dating, Communication and Self–Determination. This will be an open discussion not a lecture, we will award students for their participation.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mentoring the Next Generation of Mentors – Room N228
Speakers: Kelly Fair, Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program; Eddie Melton, Indiana State Senator

This session will focus on strategies the students can employ to give back to their community through mentorship and public service. The discussion topics and activities will highlight servant leadership skills to utilize in every aspect of a student’s life, including education, community, and career planning.

Social Mediation – Room N231
Speakers: Zack TV/Good Brothers
Good Brothers, Inc is a for-profit organization with a reputation of serving at-risk youth and young people in the community, providing mentoring and life skills, and also providing job opportunities and entrepreneurial skills to youth in the community. “Social Medi-ation” is a three-prong approach by Good Brothers, Inc. with the aim to address the irresponsible use of social media, while creating awareness around potential revenue and career opportunities through social media engagement. Social Medi-ation will also serve as a platform to promote peace between warring gang factions throughout the city.

Friday, April 6, 2018

1:00 PM – 2:30PM

Building a Successful Boutique Business – Room N226
Speakers: Tamika Price, Standout Style Boutique & Brown Boutiques; Chiquita White, Kiwi’s Boutique; Sabrina Davis, Divine Sole Boutique; Kaneda Reed, PJ’s Closet; Kharyn Beard, Khamryn B; Jennifer Burrell, The Frock Shop.

Seasoned, Chicago-based boutique owners have come together to share their knowledge and experiences with launching and growing a successful boutique.  Topics will include overhead expenses, marketing, inventory, online vs brick and motor and much more!

Emotional Healing: Freedom from The Past – Room N227B
Speakers: John Cruzat and Yuri Brown-Cruzat

A 7 Day Spiritually-based Practice that supports healing in one’s spirit, soul and body.  Practical tools, meditations and affirmations that ignite personal examination and builds spiritual wherewithal. The intention of the session is to help participants begin the process of releasing past hurts and offenses to move forward in a purposeful and healthy way.

The New 50 – A Bridge Between Generations – Room N228
Speakers: Delece Williams; Kyshia Smith; Jeen Lockett; Shirley Richardson

Join this candid conversation for strengthening intergenerational relationships.  This conversation will promote the importance of being a bridge between today’s youth, millennials and seniors while elevating  power of women over 50 years of age.

Are You at Risk for STROKE? Presented by Cook County Health & Hospitals System – Room N229
Speaker: Ms. Adaku Madubuko

Topic will be introduced and open discussions on personal stroke experiences. Full definition of stroke and its types will be discussed. Stroke risk factors, warning signs and symptoms with pictures will be discussed. Emphasis on Stroke prevention activities will be discussed in detail.

City of Chicago Resources for Small Businesses and Certification of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises – Room N231
Speakers: Kenya Merritt, Chief Small Business Officer, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection; Victoria Wright, Senior Certification Officer, City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services

A thriving small, minority- and women-owned business community is essential to the success of a world-class city. The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses as they navigate the business licensing process. One of the key objectives of the Department of Procurement Services (DPS) is to bring greater diversity to the pool of businesses that bid on and earn City contracts. This workshop will feature free resources the City has to offer to help small businesses become successful and information on who is qualified to be certified as a Minority, Women-Owned or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.

3:00 PM – 4:30PM

Date Like a Millennial – Room N226
Speakers: Jessica MatthewsModerator; Jasmine Turner, Founder of Black Match Made; Alexandria Willis, Founder of Go Dutch Today; Justin Lloyd, Primerica Financial Advisor; DeAndre Stansil, Minister & Creative Artist; Cory Collins, Relationship Coach; Jamal & Natasha Miller   

Ladies! Let’s learn the language of modern love.  If you’re between relationships or have been out of the game for a while, this session is for you!  In this session, we will discuss the latest dating/sex apps, social media etiquette, dating online and up-to-date in-real-life hotspots for singles.

All About Love: Yoga as a Tool for Healing and Wellness – Room N227B
Speakers: Danielle Lyles Barton

Healed women who emanate the Love of the divine are the women who heal the world.  After being guided through an introspective meditation designed to reacquaint ourselves to Love, we will collectively examine the meaning of Love and how we access Love through bell hooks; definition of love in her book All About Love. Join us in a relatable, authentic dialogue about Love, our sexual relationship, generational patterns among women, and how we use yoga to heal them.  Comfortable clothing is recommended, but not required.

Homeownership and Community Legacy Building through 203k Loans Room – Room N229
Speakers: Robert Sabree, Owner: 203k Consultant/Home Inspector; Karen Mayo, Event Producer & Community Legacy Builder; Damon Stewart, Real Estate Attorney; Antonique Short, Residential/Commercial Realtor; Chardae Jones, Wholesale Real Eestate; Natasha Robinson, 203k Lender

The workshop is a great way for attendees to move beyond their misconceptions and understand the truth about rehabbing in an interactive, friendly, and open environment.  Get the Facts on 203K rehab options as a lower cost of Homeownership.  Discuss the part you can play in empowering your community while still getting the home you love.  Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and ask questions as workshop facilitator’s help separate homeownership 203k myths from fact.  By the end of the workshop, participants will have the confidence and information they need to take the next step toward securing a 203k loan.

Blood Donation and the African American Community: Unique Issues – Room N231
Speakers: Eva D. Quinley MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, Regional Director, LifeSource, a Blood Systems, Inc. Blood Center

As the African American population continues to grow, the need for African American blood donors also increases to ensure the best match for blood transfusion. Coupled with the increasing population, the requirement for blood transfusions in the African American population is high due to an increased incidence of medical conditions that require blood transfusions, sometimes on a regular and extended basis. Such conditions include sickle cell anemia and an increased incidence of uterine fibroids, both of which affect the African American population at a higher rate than others. Despite this, the number of African American blood donors is disproportionately low, and in fact, in the United States, African Americans are underrepresented among blood donors. This session will provide an overview of the blood donation process and will discuss some of the potential reasons that African Americans are underrepresented as blood donors. The presenter will also discuss medical conditions requiring blood transfusion that are present in the African American population.

5:00 PM – 6:30PM

Small Business Resource Forum – Room N226
Speakers: Dr. Carol Collum, SCORE Chicago; Mark Ferguson, SBA; David Johnson, ACCION Chicago; Jaemie L. Neely, Women Business Development Center; Angie Hall, The Community Law Project

The Small Business Resource Forum will provide valuable resources and information for businesses and entrepreneurs in Chicagoland, such as, FREE mentoring, seminars, funding, loans and legal resources.

A Vision Beyond the Block: Intergenerational Power Talk with La’Keisha Gray-Sewell and Patrick M. Oliver – Room N227B
Speakers: La’Keisha Gray-Sewell and Patrick M. Oliver

Attendees will participate in a highly interactive session designed to provide information on concrete actions to identify and accomplish personal and career aspirations. Mentoring, networking, historical connections, vision boarding, planning, creative and proposal writing are some of the concepts that will be explored and instructed during the session.

BWe Beauty, Brands, & Bloggers:  How to Thrive in Business and Build a Loyal Fan Base – Room N228
Speakers: Henri Bendel Blogger- Water Tower Chicago; Calynn Lawrence- Fashion & Beauty Influencer & PR; Christina King Rogers-B.O.Essentials – Skin Care; Jerlicia Hobson – Makeup By Jerlicia; Dr. Danni- Luxe Addiction

Join like-minded entrepreneurs, business leaders, and bestselling authors, for a one-day Q&A filled with panels, workshops, mentor power hours, breakout sessions, speed networking, and proven strategies to help your company grow and thrive.  The core focus of all our discussion is to empower, enlighten and inform creative women around key topics surrounding the digital space, blogging, entrepreneurship, and life as a modern woman.  We are a one-stop shop for the millennial creative businesswoman.

Female Veterans/VA Law 101 (She Served, and She Deserves) – Room N229
Speakers: Rochelle Crump; Cassandra Taylor; Patti Caire; Sharon

Buchanan; Nicole Mandeville; Floretta Strong-Pulley, B.S R.T, Retired MVPC-VHA (Moderator) This conversation will cover the basic facts of Title 38 (VHA) Veterans Healthcare Administration, (VBA) Veterans Benefits Administration & (NCA) National Cemetery Administration role and purpose.  This session will educate the community at large that the price of freedom is not free, and the price of freedom has never been free!  VETERANS you have fought for your country NOW come and learn about the changes in your benefits…WAKE UP!