Saturday, April 13, 2019

11:00 AM

Taking Control: Financial Strategies for Women
Room N226

Speakers: Gwen Shaw, COUNTRY Financial Representative

Taking Control is designed to help women strengthen their financial futures. It focuses on the importance of maintaining good credit, insuring against the unexpected, putting money to work by investing, building a healthy nest egg for retirement, maximizing Social Security benefits, and facing financial hardship such as divorce and widowhood.

HERStory in the Making: Black Women in Political Power
Room N227B

“HERStory in the Making: Black Women in Political Power!”, presented by Delmarie Cobbs Ida’s Legacy, where we will address the increase in African American female representation in Chicago and beyond.  Black Women are a rising force in the political arena which demonstrates the ongoing evolution of political diversity, power and leadership that will be felt for generations to come.  The women on this panel discussion are fearless and relentless in reshaping our world today and tomorrow.

Empowering Women to Protect themselves from Probate
Room N228

Speakers: Attorney Theodore London

Attorney London will discuss how to keep your property, finances and self out of Probate court with proper estate planning through establishing a land trust, powers of attorney documents and other estate planning options.

Top Travel Destinations – Domestic & International
Room N229

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 destinations – both Domestic & International, tips for international traveling, the ABC’s of exchanging US Dollars into Foreign Currency, and take the opportunity to fill out your Passport Applications and take your photos on-site! Attendees will play interactive travel games to participate in the Ultimate Bucket List Drawings held throughout the weekend for daily BWe Prize Giveaways.

“Reclaiming your Life” The Journey with Marcella Jones
Room N230A

Speakers: Marcella Jones, Inspiration 1390 AM

This workshop is to inspire those who have found themselves in the same place over & over again… it will be an interactive workshop, giving you the tools to inspire you in relationships, Health & Fitness and overcoming fear so that you can walk into your greater self.

Protect your ASSets Sis
Room N231

Speakers: Dr. Tammy Hicks, PhD, Founder of Chicago “300” Black Women;  Ardre Orie  Owner of 13th  and Joan Publishing Company; Ryenne Shaw, Esq, Owner of “The Bosses Lawyer”; Sika Cook, APN   Co-Owner of “Rejuvenation House Med Spa”; Sherese Payne, Founder of “A Queen and Her Princess” Organization; Alexis Nimmers, Marketing Professional/Director of Marketing & Branding for Chicago “300” Black Women

“Cover your ASSets sis”. Your brand is the foundation to your business, but is it really yours? You’ve started the business, you’ve built the brand, but for whom? Without a trademark, the resources you’ve sacrificed to build your brand may work to benefit your competition. A failure to trademark could mean ultimate failure for your business. Let’s talk about covering your ASSets, sis!

1:00 PM

Double Threat
Room N226

Speakers: Peggy Riggins and Hermene Hartman

The Pow of Wow and Drop That Mic.  Drop That Mic is presenting how to make a presentation, elevator pitch to present your book, your business, your company at its best.  Pow of Wow discuses branding, marketing and advertising for your brand.

Women’s Wellness – Womanhood Through the Ages
Room N227B

Speakers: Monica Christmas, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago Medicine;  Allison Crawford, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Medicine;  Karie E. Stewart, MPH, MSN, APN, CNM, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago Medicine;  Donna Christian-Harris, FNP-BC, Breast Cancer Survivor Program, University of Chicago Medicine;  Chantelle Bittings, LCPC, C.Bittings Therapy;  Moderator –  Walidah Tureaud –Urban Health Initiative, Community Relations Manager, University of Chicago Medicine

Join our expert panel of physicians and healthcare professionals as they explore various health topics and the changing health needs of women on the go – this will be an interactive discussion focused on heart health, menopause, fibroids, fertility, breast cancer, stress and more.  Bring your questions and take back your health at every age and stage. You will leave the session ready to set new goals for a healthier you. Seating is limited, register at the UCM Booth #114!  Gifts for all attendees. Enter a raffle to win a valuable prize.

A FREE presentation of the PLAY “My Vagina. My Voice” a production of Global Girls, Inc.
Room N228

Performing Actors/Actresses include Arzula Gardner, Ryan Gloster, Marlo Manns, Kiara Jones, Bernadine Rideau, Karen Nolan, Shawnetta Irvin and Marvinetta Woodley-Penn

This Global Theater Collaborative Production, is written and directed by Marvinetta Woodley-Penn, Founder of Global Girls, Inc.  Powerful performances convey how Black Women of various ages, backgrounds and experiences own their power, share their knowledge and invite others to find their pathways to personal expression and joy.  Staring Arzula Gardner, Ryan Gloster, Marlo Manns, Kiara Jones, Bernadine Rideau, Karen Nolan, Shawnetta Irvin and Marvinetta Woodley-Penn.  A “talkback” will be held after the performance and FREE SAFER SEX KITS will be given to ALL attendees, AND there will be a raffle for a Sexual Intimacy Basket by Pure Romance by Pascha, all compliments of South Side Help Center/Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition – affiliates of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. This show contains explicit language. The production is 80 minutes of solid performances–so it will start promptly at 1:10 –please get in and get your seat on time to experience this riveting production.  You’ll laugh and cry through some of the most touching performances.

Cancer’s Impact on Intimacy and Body Image
Room N229

Speakers: Sheryl Lipari, LPN, Sr. Specialist Clinical Education

Join Walgreens in an intimate conversation regarding people living with cancer and the effects of cancer on body image and intimacy, and to provide strategies and resources to help deal with these issues.

Money Talks
Presented by:

Money Talks at BWe whether in Banking, Finance, Investment or Financial Freedom!  This educational and engaging seminar will consist of the top financial management institutions, educators, and much more providing financial advice, tips and tricks of the trade for the BWe attendee.


Vice President
Small Business Community Lender RM| Fifth Third Bank

She the DJ 101
Room N231

Speakers: Chicago’s Tightest Female DJ Sundance

Join Chicago’s Tightest Female DJ Sundance in this intimate session teaching women how to DJ, Market and Brand their services as an entrepreneur.

3:00 PM

Cook County Health Systems presents…
Men’s Health Roundtable
Room N226

Speakers: Dr. Claudia Fegan – Chief Medical Officer; Brian Humphrey, Psy.D., Behavioral Health Psychologist; Dr. Arnold Turner – Chief Medical Officer Provident Hospital; Dr. Courtney Hollowell – Chair, Division of Urology

Cook County Health’s Chief Medical Officer will lead a discussion with three or four other physicians on topics related to men’s health.  The session will talk about how to ensure the men in the women’s lives remain healthy for the betterment of the familial unit as well as the lives of others.


Six Brown Chicks Present: Wives, Girlfriends and Sidechicks Speak: Black Men, WTF Do You Want?
Room N227B

Six Brown Chicks

Round 1: Black women take the mic and ask a panel of single, Black men about love, sex, and dating in the social media age. Round 2: Speed Dating with the panelists.

Silence the Shame: A Community Conversation to Knockout Stigma on Mental Health & HIV moderated by Judge Glenda Hatchett
Room N228

Speakers: Shanti Das, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Dr. Adrienne Berry, Dr. Danica Wilson

Moderated by television personality, Judge Glenda Hatchett (Host, The Verdict with Judge Hatchett), leading voices in the field will engage the audience in a dialogue on the truths about mental health and HIV, and the impact on the Black American community.  We will address issues around, stigma and shame and how we as a community can educate ourselves on these health issues and come together to address them in the black community!


Ask the Twin Doctors
Room N229

Speakers: Dr. Brandi Jackson, Dr. Brittani Jackson, Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman, Dr. Idries Abdur-Rahman, Moderator: Dr. Renee

A unique panel of nationally-recognized Black male & female physicians will discuss a range of health-related topics and preventative measures within a variety of specialties including OBGYN, Mental Health, Nutrition, and Chronic Diseases at BWe Chicago.

Securing the Bag: Making Money Moves
Room N230A

Speakers: Bionce’ Foxx , Ingrid Woolfolk and Deadra Woods Stokes

The interactive panel will allow attendees to hear how women just like them can overcome the odds and secure their financial future, while providing information and resources to educate women in the areas of finance, career and relationships. The goal is to empower and provide women with the right tools to continue their personal and professional journey.


Being Mary Jane:  Clips and Conversation

Room N230B

Speakers: Angela Holton of ‘Love Sanctuary’ ( and Rose Catherine Pinkney (BET executive producer of show)

Room N231

Speakers: Portia King, Portia King Media, Moderator: Resa B. Luster, Luster Products, Inc.; Brooke Mackie, The Mackie Firm; Kesha Levy, Keystylist Salon; Essence Smith, Chance the Rapper’s Social Works Foundation;  RiKaleigh Johnson, Intellectual Property Law Attorney ;  Shayna Barfield Jones, Mimi’s Tots Closet;  Jacqui Crittle, Bronze Beauty Chicago

It’s Pink…Periodt…and class is now is session. This two-part session will provide tips on how to start, and build a brand, plus how to keep your edge game strong while wearing protective styles like weaves, wigs and braids. (Part I) Meet some of Chicago’s finest dolls that are making MAJOR moves! From being a celebrity stylist and salon owner, to the mastermind behind Chance the Rapper’s Social Works Foundation. Get tips from a boss doll disrupting nightlife and other male dominated industries. Do you have legal concerns about keeping your products or services protected? Don’t stress, legal counsel will be dropping tips on how to thrive in this ever-changing society.  (Part II) Andre Beanz celebrity hair stylist, the mastermind behind Teyana Taylor, Dream Doll, Dej Loaf and Shamari Devoe’s incredible wigs will be teaching techniques on how to achieve glam looks while keeping your edges strong and hair healthy. He will introduce Luster’s Pink brand’s newest collections to help ensure everyone’s hair remains on point while achieving these styles.

5:00 PM

Self-Love and The Single Black Chick
Room N226

Speakers: AJ Williams

For the single black woman manifesting love is at the top of the list. This seminar will dive into the elements of self-love and give you tools on how to use self-love to manifest the love of your life and a life you love!

The Art of Business
Room N227B

Speakers: Carl West, Scott Steward, Jonathan Swain, and Sarah Ware

Join a group of savvy entrepreneurs in an empowering conversation on building your wealth and capacity as an aspiring or current business owner.

A Healthy Lifestyles Carnival
Presented by The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force
Room N228

Speakers: Dana Divine; Desiree Rogers

“Learn, Win, Be Empowered.“ Find out the answers to your most challenging health questions.  Leave with more than you came with!

Live Your Best Life 360
Presented by

Room N229

“Live Your Best Life 360!” presented by Illinois Lottery, will explore health and wellness from a 360-degree perspective with a motivational and empowering group of experts – focusing on living a healthy lifestyle Financially, Psychically, Nutritionally, Mentally, and Emotionally.  This seminar will feature a diverse panel of experts in different industries exemplifying a clear connection between health, wellness and happiness.


Kendra G Presents
Chicago Black Women in Media
Room N230A

Speakers: Kendra G, Bionce Foxx, Tia Ewing, Charmaine, Courtney Gousmen and Felicia Lawrence

Whether on the Radio or TV, some of the most powerful Black Women with voices in the city of Chicago share their responsibilities, the details of their journey, their career highs and the struggles they have had as a black women with media platforms in the city of Chicago.

Community Love: Supporting Transgender People as Allies
Room N231

Speakers: ZiRenae Young & Alicia Williams

This workshop aims to provide people who are not transgender with the tools to be strong allies to the transgender community. Attendees will engage in meaningful dialogue around appropriate terms to use and how to address transphobia in our communities from a restorative justice framework.