Expo 2018

Thriving Through Uncertainty to Build a Stronger Business

Saturday, April 28, 2018   |  10:30am – 4:00pm

Moraine Valley Community College  |  9000 College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL


Discussing future trends in
the empowerment of women

April 28th 2018, Palos Hills, IL



Understand what your relationship with money is. Take control of your financial future. See how to use money to create better options for yourself and your business.


The boy’s club is in a serious meltdown. Women share innovative ideas about how owning a business has created some of the wealthiest women in Chicago.


Can you hear that? It’s the sound of your Lioness roaring beneath the surface. Soon, your mighty roar will be heard across the globe when you unlock, unleash, and thrive from within!

Hosted by Erika Gilchrist

Hosted by Erika Gilchrist

Meet our powerhouse panel of women!

A collective of the brightest female minds gathered in one place to discuss emerging trends, strategic moves, and tangible resources for you to THRIVE.

Trizonna McClendon

Trizonna McClendon

Emmy Award Winning Producer
Lourdes Duarte Image

Lourdes Duarte

Anchor/Investigative Reporter WGN - TV
Heather Kitzes

Heather Way Kitzes

Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations, Chicago Cubs
Carolyn Leonard

Carolyn Leonard

CEO & Co-Founder, DyMynd Inc.
Kathryn Denning

Kathryn Denning

Retail Brand Marketing: for Central North America, Nike
Beth Wiesendanger

Beth Wiesendanger

Community Organizer,

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  • Admission to expo
  • VIP Seating at panel and breakouts
  • W.T.F. Lounge with Panelists
  • Special Gift Bag

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Prepare for a day of empowerment from some of Chicago’s best and brightest women.

  • Morning

    10:30AM – 11:30AM

    Resources for Your Life & Business

    Immerse yourself in the sea of businesses that cater to making your life and business more happy and profitable. Our vendors have been uniquely selected to offer only the most innovative and tangible solutions to boldly catapult your life forward.

  • Afternoon

    11:30AM – 12:00PM

    Gifts Galore!

    During this time, we transition to the main room to prepare for the panel discussion. We will also be giving away quality prizes to those in attendance, so make sure that you’re present!


    12:00PM – 1:00PM

    Powerhouse Panel

    We dive into life’s most challenging obstacles – money woes, relationships, career stagnation, business ownership – to reveal the “HOW.” Our esteemed panel of unstoppable women share their no holds barred approach to how they conquered seemingly insurmountable circumstances & conditions to emerge on the other side as women thriving fearlessly! There will be a 30 minute panel talk followed by a 15 minute Q&A.

    1:15PM – 2:00PM

    Breakout! – Start or Enhance Your Business in 30 Days

    Danielle Pierce, The Wealth Strategist, leads this dynamic session teaching women how to start the process of building a rock star business, and shows current entrepreneurs & business owners how to enhance their present enterprise.

    What you’ll learn:

    • The absolute fastest, cheapest way to start your business

    • How to operate as a business without actually having a physical location

    • Tips on building business credit and getting your DUNS number

    • A list of apps and websites to launch and grow your business


    Private V.I.P. Lounge opens so that our W.T.F. Passport guests can engage with the panelists following the panel discussion. [V.I.P. Lounge Etiquette – Please limit your one on one conversation with panelists to just a few minutes as not to monopolize the panelist’s time.]


    2:15PM – 3:00PM

    Breakout! – Leading Through Strengths

    Monika Black, Strategic Catalyst, gets you to unlock, unleash and thrive through the strengths that you already possess.

    Leadership Coaching + Innovation:

    • Strategy and management consulting
    • Leadership Coaching + Innovation
    • Strategic workplan development


    3:00PM – 4:00PM

    Relationship Building

    Spend the remainder of the day making connections with other women thriving fearlessly to build a lasting cohesive partnership. Bring plenty of your marketing materials, charm, and authenticity. This is the time to chat with those who you were not able to communicate with throughout the day. It’s all about you and getting what you need to start making major moves.

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