Kirstie Hook | Aug 01, 2011
This weekend’s expo targets the specific wants and needs of black women, by offering seminars, entertainment, and vendors designed to appeal to African-American women. Seminars and town hall sessions focus on important topics such as racial equality, financial independence, spiritual growth, self-sufficiency and empowerment, health & nutrition, and the issues unique to the black family, while the main stage offers pure fun in the form of a variety of live entertainment options. Perhaps the most interesting of these will be Saturday’s Star Search, offering one singer the opportunity to win a digital single release, or Sunday afternoon’s Hair Explosion Competition, featuring celebrity judges, followed by a fashion show.
You might consider arriving on Friday evening, in time to attend that evenings Phenomenal Woman Awards and Gala reception and dinner event.
Hopefully the Midwestern heat wave will break by the weekend, but plan to take at least one business casual outfit and some copies of your resume if you’re stopping by the career fair at some point on Saturday – it’s a nearly all-day event. And, of course, if you’re already in business (or even if you’re not… yet), bring plenty of business cards to hand out to those you meet. It’s an easy way to exchange contact info efficiently.
The expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center, right on Lakeshore Drive. If you’re not local, parking in Chicago can be more expensive than a cab ride, and some hotels don’t offer in/out parking privileges, so consider picking a venue close to the Center or meeting up with others to share a cab.
Can’t make this event? The tour stops in Philadelphia, September 10-11, so watch for more info to show up soon.
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About the Author: Kirstie lives in Kansas City, MO after moving across the state from St. Louis, MO. She's spent a good portion of her career in medical/scientific research, and have organized conferences in that field targeted at local to international audiences. As a St. Louis and Kansas City local, she loves to visit events centered around food and wine, and take in the various festivals that explore ethnic cultures.