Friday, April 12, 2019

Youth Summit 25

Youth Summit Town Hall Meeting

10:00 AM

“Stuck in Traffick”
Room N228

Speakers: KT McClure – STOP-IT/The Salvation Army; Dr. Kisha Roberts-Tabb – Juvenile Probation; Mallory Littlejohn – CAASE; Dr. Lorna London – Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Sherida Morrison – Demosielle 2 Femme

Human Trafficking is a major industry in the US and has become a growing problem in Cook County.  In the Midwest, trafficking is dominant because of the intersection of federal interstates that easily transport victims through a circuit that can span all the major cities in just a week, spurred by online advertising that authorities say is difficult to stop.  Join this panel of experts working hard daily to inform our youth on this growing problem, affecting our community of Black and Brown children.  Human Trafficking and modern slavery are happening in every corner of the globe and has become a Pandemic in the 21st century, primarily affecting young girls and young boys spanning a wide age range from 12 to 18 years old.  Over 21 Million people, which includes 5.5 million children are being trafficked annually all over the world.  This growing business has generated a profit of approximately $32 billion annually, by degrading and mistreating our youth.

11:00 AM

“Rising Above Trauma”
Room N227B

Speakers: McKinley Nelson, Founder of Project Wish Chicago, Recognized by Nike for BHM and Lebron James

Join Walgreens Expressions and McKinley Nelson in a conversation on tackling real-world challenges and how to transform traumatizing experiences into an empowerment opportunity to rise above these issues in the 21st century.  The conversation will focus in on mental health, overcoming depression due to loss of friends, finding wholeness as an individual, entrepreneurship, and youth empowerment.


11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Visit the Senior Resource Pavilion on the Exhibit Floor and Take Part in engaging seminars & workshops addressing your Health, Employment, Housing and Family Needs!

*See insert for Seniors Matter Day Seminar Line-Up*

The Black Women’s Expo Engaging Seminars & Workshops
Friday, April 12, 2019

1:00 PM

Providing Care to the Caregivers
Room N227B

Speakers: Moderator: Janice Layne, Attorney Theodore London, Sirchester Jackson, Theresa Jenkins, Karen Graham, Felice Searles,

Join the RUSH Alzheimer’s Disease Center in a conversation to provide health information and community resources that will improve the quality of life for the Alzheimer’s caregiver and their loved one.

Shine Bright Panel Discussion
Room N229

Speakers: Teresa Wilkes Washington, Kris Christian, Natasha Williams, Tasha White, Dr. Sharice Bradford

This session is all about women’s Empowerment.  Each woman has created a unique niche doing something she loves.  All the panelist are Chicago area entrepreneurs who can encourage women to start where they are and do what they love and wat they are passionate about.

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 Service

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

Cook County Health Systems presents…
Room N226


Presentation, question and answers on primary stroke prevention.  Topics will include Identifying and management of stroke risk factors,  Identify the warning signs of stroke,  Call 9-1-1 at the first stroke sign or symptom.


The Foundation of a Healthy Hair Regimen
Room N227B

Speakers: Tiffany Nichols & Sumetra Reed

This will be an open discussion on how to build a healthy hair care regimen using The Mane Choice product range. We have a solution for every hair care challenge. Everyone is invited, especially those who may be experiencing hair care issues, such as, breakage, dryness, split-ends, fairy knots, shedding, and slow growth rates.

Relationships Over 50: Living My Best Life…For real!
Room N228

Speakers: Love McPherson, Relationship Expert

An intimate conversation with Relationship Expert, Love McPherson, discussing dating over 50, how to navigate love in a millennial world, balancing the inner Ms. Independent with the Ms. Ready for Love, and keeping the love and longevity alive in an empty nest.

Say Yasss to Healthy Sex: Updates in Women’s Sexual Health to Help you Thrive as You Age.
Room N229

Speakers: Dr. Chantale Stephens-Archer and Dr. Gameli Dekayie

Updates in Women’s Sexual Health to Help you Thrive as You Age.  Your favorite doctor sister-friend duo is bringing you a dynamic workshop discussing updates in women’s sexual health. Hot topics such as how to manage urinary leakage when coughing or laughing, how to combat vaginal dryness, techniques to tighten the vaginal floor, new treatments available to combat menopausal symptoms, hormones and your quality of life and thriving as you age. The session will be interactive and will provide opportunities to sign up for a wellness assessment. There may be opportunities to receive vitamin shots after the session.

BLACK WOMEN & BUSINESS: Identifying and Understanding the Pitfalls to Avoid Failure
Room N231

Speakers: Sivonnia DeBarros, founding attorney of SL DeBarros Law Firm, LLC; Dedrick L. Gordon, founding attorney of Dedrick L. Gordon Law Group, P.C. Pastor; Jimmy Thomas, owner/pastor of New Zion Ministries; Pamela Thomas, owner/assistant pastor of New Zion Ministries; Ms. Natalie Noble, Founder of the Bizness Babe Academy and NR Media Agency; Sylvia Alston, VP of Business Development for Risk Strategies Company

“BLACK WOMEN & BUSINESS: Identifying and Understanding the Pitfalls to Avoid Failure” is a discussion among new- and potential- small business owners in need of developing the mindset, vision, and basic ABC’s to create and maintain a business start-up.

5:00 PM

Fabulously Ageless- A Conversation with Kim Coles
Sponsored by

Room N228

Featuring Actress, Kim Coles

This workshop session will discuss Ms. Cole’s career, reinvention and her new book, Open Your G.I.F.T.S., Vol. 2.  The conversation will highlight turning challenges into opportunities, seeing negative events as blessings in disguise, and leveraging our lives to make others better.  Ms. Coles shares her story and the stories of other authors as they turn hardships into strengths.  Hear about her personal journey in moving from actress to embracing entrepreneurship as a path to maximizing her G.I.F.T.S.


“You Owe It to Yourself”: Starting Your Bucket List for Travel
Room N231

Speakers: Dr. J. Davis, UBL and a Representative from US Dept of State-Passport Division

Join the Ultimate Bucket List Travel Series all weekend long at The Black Women’s Expo.  Learn about top travel tips, how to obtain a US Passport or Visa, and get your Passport Photos taken on-site! Attendees will play interactive travel games and receive a Bucket List Sheet to indicate their favorite travel destinations.  Drawings will be held throughout the weekend for daily BWe Prize Giveaways.