CHICAGO: 5 Upcoming Events to Empower Women of Color

Access to professional tools, influential networks and mentorship are some of the scarcest resources available to women of color. More platforms to facilitate these resources are necessary to level the playing field to equip WOC with opportunities across professional sectors. MADE Magazine has curated a weekend of 5 events for WOC to inspire and cultivate them for career success. Here are five events during the MADE Maven Leadership Summit on April 28th and 29th to uplift WOC at our home base in Chicago. You can learn more about the full lineup and register at mademaven.com.

April 28, 2018: 6pm – 9pm
Pre-Summit Party with a Purpose

If you’re looking to meet likeminded professionals while giving back, you’d be interested in attending the welcome party on Saturday, April 28th. Hosted by Felicia Lawrence, television host of “The Jam” on WCIU-TV, the event will bring together professional women across the city to meet, greet and enjoy music by dee jay Charles Protege, giveaways and complimentary coffee by Chicago French Press, a local and black-owned, mission-based coffee company. Guests are encouraged to bring gently worn suits which will be donated to Bridge to Success, a 501c3 that assists women, men and young adults from low to no income backgrounds transitioning into the workforce. RSVP to this event HERE.

April 29, 2018: 10am – 11am
“Stay Winning” Connection Breakfast

Get inspired with a motivational fireside chat over breakfast with empowerment speaker and author of Unspoken Languages, Robin Ayers and Born Again Virgin producer, Ranada Shepard. Guests of the “Stay Winning” Connection Breakfast will unpack the power of networking across to further their professional agenda. Register for the breakfast at mademaven.com.

April 29, 2018: 12pm – 3:45pm
MADE Maven Professional Workshop Sessions

Designed to target specific careers, each workshop during the MADE Maven Leadership Summit is guided by industry leaders who will lead interactive workshops. Each session (held in classrooms throughout the Virgin Hotels) will be immersed with an enriched curriculum to fuel the passions of the MADE Maven Leadership Summit attendees. Guests can select one workshop per hour to curate their professional workshop experience. Learn more about the speakers and Rregister for the summit at mademaven.com. Check out a full schedule of workshop sessions:

April 29, 2018: 4pm – 5pm
Panel Discussion

If you’re looking to hear from the voices of women who’ve forged their own lane in their respective fields, this is an event you don’t want to miss. The “Create Your Own Table” industry panel hosted by Windy City Live television host, Val Warner will feature fresh perspectives from seasoned female entrepreneurs, executives and organizational leaders including Kris Christian, Founder and CEO of FAME Enterprises / MADE Magazine, Halleemah Nash, Chief Partnerships Officer at the Academy Group, Karleen Roy, Founder and Experience Curator at the Vanity Group and Angela Stevens, Celebrity Hair Stylist and Author of Hair. This transparent discussion will share insight on harnessing your power as a woman in business and on perspectives on achieving success. Register for the summit at mademaven.com.

April 29, 2018: 5pm – 7pm
Rooftop Networking

There’s no better way to bring in the Spring season than with cocktails and career connections. This rooftop social will feature accelerated networking, beauty and lifestyle vendors, an art showcase and music by DJ Mile High. Meet the women from the MADE Maven Leadership Summit and connect with young professionals overlooking the Chicago skyline! Register HERE.