Ladies, let’s go to the Black Women’s Expo Chicago

19th Black Women's Expo Chicago

19th Black Women’s Expo Chicago

The McCormick Place is set to transform into a 21st century innovative power-play ground for high minded, forward-thinking, women influencers at the 2013 Black Women’s Expo, April 5-7.

It’s been a minute since I’ve attended, in fact I think the last time I went was way back when Angie Stone performed hits from her debut album on the main stage….what was that, more than a decade ago? Pretty much. I didn’t return due to either scheduling conflicts, or the programming content wasn’t too compelling. This year things seem to promise more. So I’m proud to promote as a blogger/ambassador.

The three-day weekend expo will feature purposed presentations on empowerment, business moves, and enterprise.  It sounds guaranteed to sizzle with hot topics and conversations lead by some of the most influential entrepreneurs and coaches. Highlights in the 2013 lineup include a keynote by Susan L. Taylor, former editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine and founder of National CARES Mentoring Movement (as chair of Windy City CARES affiliate, she’s sorta like my boss lady);  Kim Coles dishing her own brand of funny; Dr. Ian Smith is delivering his ultimate Shred Challenge; Sherri Shepherd dishes up close & personal on her juicy life; finally attendees will be treated to an intimate conversation with the living legend, Mr. Dick Gregory!

And in this season where women are being cheered on to lean in and sharpen their business minds, I’m super excited to see next level workshops like the one lead by Donna Smith Bellinger, Advance U: Advance Your Business and Your Brand! Plus, for those getting their entrepreneur feet wet, Women’s Development Center is sponsoring Small Business Start Up.

It’s a weekend of business, wellness and all things women in between, relationship talk is also in the mix. In fact, Ms. Da-Nay-Rockmore Macklin fidelity coach and author of Love After Adultery, is leading “Where Do We Go From Here?”an audacious panel discussion on conquering relationship challenges.

The full schedule is online…

For me, I’m most overjoyed to see that the organizers recognize how imperative it is to include our young girls and teens in their power movement! There is plenty of  programming dedicated “Just for Teens.” In fact, on Friday at 11a, young Girls Like Me can celebrate their sister-girls in a showcase of local teens who are “going above and beyond the norm to rock community service, entrepreneurship and innovation.”  I hope every adult woman who attends will bring the girls in their lives for that one!

Simply put, there is a lot of rich information-sharing and corporate goodies to be had at the 2013 Black Women’s Expo Chicago! Ladies let’s go!

*I’ll be joined by other bloggers who will live tweet throughout the event. Those who can’t attend can watch live online. Now how cool is that?

Tell us, are you going to the Black Women’s Expo Chicago? What panels/speakers are you excited to hear?