BWe Saturday Seminars

Saturday, April 7, 2018

11:00 AM – 12:30PM

BMO Harris Bank presents…Fuel Your Potential: Capital Options to Start and Grow Your Business – Room N226
Speakers: Rasheena Hawkins, BMO Harris Small Business Banking Ashanti Johnson, CEO of 360 Mind Body Soul; Idaima Robles, Women’s Business Development Center; Quentella Enty Chicago Urban League, Entrepreneurship Center; Ingrid Morris, Morr Solutions Unlimited

Access to capital is always top of mind for business owners and entrepreneurs.  Whether you are currently in business or thinking of starting a business, we invite you to join our panel of experts to learn about which capital options are right for you.  You will also gain invaluable insight from a successful business owner and a business coach who have experienced the full spectrum of the business lifecycle.

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.

#TheManeChoiceTOUCH: What you need to know about Healthy Hair Growth – Room N228
Sponsored by Walgreens
Speakers: The Mane Choice Team

A During this interactive workshop, The Mane Choice will not only discuss ways to help you build and maintain a healthy hair growth regimen but will provide tips and insight on how to incorporate our products into your daily lifestyle

Longevity of Small Business – Room N229
Speakers: Linda Crane, Alisa Starks, Renee Bradford, Donna Smith-Bellinger

Panel will address the leaping innovation barriers to black women and small business longevity, elements needed for strategic innovation that supports the long-term viability of small businesses. Small businesses serve as the economic foundation for many as they stimulate innovation, provide jobs and support overall growth in the African-American community.  Visitors can ask questions and get answers from seasoned small business owners and experts.

“AT THE ROOT OF ME: The Millennial Beauty Boss’ Secrets to GROWTH… Personal, Business & Hair”– Room N231
Speakers: Rochelle Graham -Campbell AKA BlackOnyx77

From struggling college student, to YouTube sensation with over 108K followers and 16-million views to Millennial Beauty Boss, Rochelle Graham-Campbell aka “The Problem Solver” got to the root of the problem when she went back to her Caribbean roots and followed her dream to create Alikay Naturals, ™ a herbalist healing hair, skin & body brand.  Rochelle, coined “The Black Beauty Pioneer” by Essence Magazine is a visionary in the natural hair world recognized as the creator of the LOC Method, the process of sealing moisture into your hair to prevent hair loss, hair dryness and promote healthy hair growth, used by millions of African American and multi-ethnical women around the globe.   During this session, Rochelle will lead show guest through her journey to self-discovery, business growth and give her secrets to moisturizing and growing, dry, damaged hair using the L.O.C. Method™.  This is an interactive workshop that includes Q & A and Giveaways.

Illinois Lottery Presents…#SelfMadeChi – Room N230
Speakers: Kendra G, WGCI-FM (moderator); Monique Rodriguez, Mielle Organics; Chiquita White, Kiwis Boutique; Alizabeth Jetter, Bleu Vodka; La’Kiesha Gray Sewell, Girls Like Me

This seminar will feature a panel of all women highlighted during the campaign in a discussion on innovative business tips from A-Z.  Topics will include – how & why you started your business, advice for future  entrepreneurs, financial strategies for business owners, creating your winning brand, and much more!  Through these captivating brand stories, we hope to inspire a new generation of leaders, go-getters and entrepreneurs/business owners.

1:00 PM – 2:30PM

BMO Harris Bank presents…Your Financial Life: From Credit Management to Wealth Management – Room N226
Speakers: Katherine Scott, Bank Manager, BMO Harris Bank; Loretta Minor, Community Reinvestment, BMO Harris Bank; Earlline Davis, Financial Advisor, BMO Harris Financial Advisors 

Join BMO Harris Bank on a journey that will guide you along the winding road of personal financial management.  Do you need strategies to manage your credit profile?  Are you thinking about buying a home?  What are the right investments for your goals?  How do you build and maintain wealth?  These questions and many more will be answered by our panel of experts.

Ask the Sister Doctors – N227B
Speakers: Marion Shuck, Gift of Hope; Dr. Hobbs, Miles Square; Dr. Dinee C. Simmons, MD, Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Dr. LaMenta “Sweety” Conway, MDMPH, Heinz Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital, Angell Jones, MD. Department of Surgery, Sinai Health System and many more! 

A diverse panel of medical professionals and  will discuss a range of health-related topics and preventive measures within different specialties including OBGYN, mental health, nutrition, and chronic and degenerative diseases. These expert panelists will also provide information and medical trends  and treatment. The panel will begin with hot topics on current health threats and trends to the African- American community followed by recommendations on healthy lifestyles and a question and answer session.

Educate, Empower and Excite with Mielle – Room N228
Sponsored by Walgreens
Speakers: Monique Rodriguez, CEO of Mielle Organics

Join Monique Rodriguez during this empowering session to inspire entrepreneurs in all fields.  CEO of Mielle Organics Hair Products manages a multitude of tasks while blazing traits in her field. Get some inspiration today!

Take Off Your Cape, Focus on Y-O-U! – Room N229
Presented by University of Chicago Medicine
Speakers: Sherida V. Morrison, Demoiselle 2 Femme (Moderator), Monica Christmas, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology, UChicago Medicine; Edwin K. McDonald, MD, Associate Director of Adult Clinical Nutrition, UChicago Medicine; Siddiqu Muhammad, Fitness Trainer, Chicago Fit 4Life; Brenda Thompson, LCSW and Nikia Thompson, PhD, LCSW Branch Family Institute

Women have long taken care of everyone in and out of the homes and not completely focused on their total health. We wear the “S” on our chests at the expense of increasing health issues that include digestive  disorders, fibroids, increased stress, obesity, heart conditions and more.  Our panelists will answer your questions and address ways you can take better care of Y-O-U!  You will leave this session ready to focus on your health and be your own superhero.  Bring a friend and set a goal together! Gifts for all attendees. Enter a raffle to win a valuable prize!!

The After Math of College & FAVOR – Room N231
Presented by Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation
Tammy P. Moore. Manisa McBride, Accountant and Tax Preparer. Gwen Broughton, Realtor Remax Showcase. John Slater, CPA and Investment Specialist.

Join “Diamond Residential Mortgage Corp” in a two-part workshop series on financial literacy for great advice to prepare our women to become financially savvy, tips to pay down debts, declutter their lives and get organized. Steps on becoming homeowners and understanding their credit scores. How to improve them and how credit scores and their ability to purchase a home.

Did you complete college and have student loans? The second part series is preparing our young adults to become homeowner and understand their credit scores, how their student’s loans affect credits scores and their ability to purchase a home.

A Candid Conversation with Kimberly Elise 
Room N230

Join Celebrity Actress, Kimberly Elise in a candid conversation on natural health & wellness for African American women!  Kimberly Elise is a film and television actress, a four-time NAACP Image Award recipient, and a Chicago Film Critics Award recipient. She will talk all things health & wellness related! 

3:00 PM – 4:30PM

Black Women in Tech – N226
Speakers: Steven Philpott, Colony 5; Keith Coleman, SCORE Chicago; Imeh Ntuen, Attorney & App Developer; Rhea Steele, Blue Ocean Logic Group; Ehi Amiuwu, Monique Wingard, Stacie Thompson, Britney Robbins – Colony 5 Cohort Entrepreneurs

Ladies are you interested in starting a business in tech?  This session is for you!  Join SCORE Chicago in a panel discussion to inspire and share with other African American females all things tech related.

Bosses In Heels: Black Women In Media & Entrepreneurship – Room N227B
This session will discuss the barriers African American women face within this career and how aspiring women can succeed in this popular yet male dominated industry.

“The Spice of Life”: Use Powerhouse Flavor to Fight Cravings & Win the Weight-Loss Battle – Room N228
Speakers: Chef Judson Todd Allen

Based on Chef Judson’s new book, The Spice Diet, this seminar encourages and inspires!  It promotes the strategies and simple recipes that will yield long-term weight-loss, total health and wellness and will just make you fall in love or back in love with the kitchen.  You will walk away knowing your “food personality”, how to reduce cravings, health benefits of spices and how to use them in everyday cooking, tricks to make healthy foods flavorful, and more.  If you are ready for an overall transformation of you or simply want to continue along your healthy lifestyle journey, this seminar is one you don’t want to miss!

South Side Help Center’s “The seX Factor” BWE Townhall: Who Should Take the Lead for Safe Sex: The Man or Woman? – Room N229
Speakers:  Rachael L. Ross, “The Doctors”; Vanessa Smith, Executive  Director/President, South Side Help Center; Dr. Danica Wilson,  AID Healthcare Foundation; Kendall D. Moore -Talk show host on WVON Radio Show “City Cure”; Harold Cherry: Director of Outreach for South Side Help Center

A small panel discussion lead by guest moderator with audience discussion, Q&A, sharing information, to help answer the question in the topic title to hear from Black women on why they think STIs and HIV are so prevalent.

PitchFest – Breaking Through the Film and Entertainment Business Red Tape – Room N231
Speakers: DinnaLynn Briggs (Moderator); Marianne Eggleston, Orlando Urban Film Festival; Gus Redmond, Music Quest Entertainment; Rhyan LaMarr, Director, Lead Producer, Writer of “Canal Street”; Abe Thompson, Entrepreneur; Linda Mensch, Entertainment Attorney; Darryl Pitts, Director & Producer of “Hit Man: The Carl Davis Story”; Will Morris, New Breakout Artist

The 2018 OUFF PitchFest Panelists will share their expertise to provide content creators, in-depth feedback with real-world learning experiences on How to break through the Film and Entertainment Business Red Tape to be successful in film, music, television, writing, acting etc. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with panelists, producers, directors and other invited executives.

BWe Presents…#EnoughIsEnough Town Hall Discussion – Room N230
Each year BWe explores an issue of concern today for the African American woman, bringing together a knowledgeable, extraordinary panel to help our community answer as many questions and concerns as possible, in our BWe Town Hall Meeting.  This year we will focus on the ever growing #TimesUp and #MeToo movements within Illinois, fighting against inequality, sexual harassment & abuse in the workplace.

5:00 PM – 6:30PM

Make It Count!  Prophecy – Room N226
Speaker: Evangelist Dr. Ingrid E. Bridges

Does your life journey appear to be sluggish, lacking zeal or divine direction?  Are you hoping 2018 will be your year to relinquish the mundane and make that splash toward dreams coming true?  Learn how to use simple life building tools to begin, again, spiritually; to listen more clearly to your inner self, and ultimately define what God has in store for you and yours.  Join Evangelist Dr. Ingrid E. Bridges, as she speaks prophetically from on high.  Listen to this award-winning write, author and amazing prophet as she lectures on the topic, “Make it Count in 2018 and beyond.”

EXPLORGASM: Live Your Best Sex Life! – Room N227B
Speaker: Love McPherson(Moderator); Nicole E. Williams, M.D. FACOG, Board Certified Gynecologic Surgeon; Auntie Angel, The Grapefruit Technique, Innovator; Sophia Chase, Sex Education; BOMBSHELL Staff, Lap/Pole Dance Specialist;  Crystal Courtney, Vaginal Steam Professional

Your search for the Big O is over!  This closed-door, ladies-only meeting with health, sex, and sensual aids experts is designed to help women improve their sex lives. Explorgasm is the essential Girls Night In at BWe!

Black History and Trump’s Stolen America – Room N229
Speaker: Haki Madhubuti, Useni Eugene Perkins, and Dr. Carl Bell

Donald J. Trump is the 45th president of the United States. This happened in 2016 and is not a hallucination. Hear how and why the Black vote, Black voice, and our Black history, particularly Chicago’s rich black history, continue to play a pivotal role in the making of these United States.

Technology & Innovative Small Business Branding – N231
Speaker: Felicia Shakespeare, Katherine Darnstadt, Founder Boombox Chicago; Leslie Etherly, Founder Contexture Media Network and the Creative Tech Expo

Join this conversation covering all things small business and tech related, as this innovative panel gives details on how you can innovate your small business marketing through technology.  Spice up your marketing in 2018!