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  • International Women's Day Speaker Series

  • The National Organization of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of 12 million women owned businesses, and the Chicago chapter is the largest of the 60 chapters nationwide. It's the only member-based organization representing women entrepreneurs in all sectors, sizes & stages of their business development.

    NAWBO has partnered with us on the very first Speaker Series at the 2024 International Women's Day Market. View the schedule of presenters, topics & bios below and mark your calendars to join us for an engaging, educational AND fun-filled day!

  • 11:00 am Cheryl Vargas, Art Studio 928

    Elephants Can Be Blue Use the power of imagination in identifying opportunities and creating innovative solutions. Participate in an interactive art activity to explore the connection between art and entrepreneurship. Relate multiple interpretations of art in diverse perspectives, and allow creativity and innovation to guide you.

  • 1:00 pm Melinda Herron, 103 Collection

    The Blueprint: Crafting a Winning Strategy for Retail Partnerships to Scale Your Brand From identifying the right partners to fostering collaborative relationships and scaling your brand, this session offers invaluable insights and actionable strategies for emerging and established brands alike. Join us as we unravel the secrets to forging impactful retail partnerships and unlocking the potential to elevate your brand to new heights.

  • 3:00 pm Dr. Sunitha Chandy, Artesian Collaborative

    Unity and Uniqueness: Closing the Gap Without Losing Who You Are We all want to belong and be accepted but often that means learning to act the part. We adjust how we present ourselves, code-switching and masking so we align with the status quo because that’s what we’ve been told to do if we want to build the relationships we need to be successful. This session will focus on how we close the relationship gap without losing who we are. Showing up comes at a cost, but so does conformity. By recognizing the inherent tension in healthy inclusion and belonging, this session will equip you with community-oriented tools to navigate the pressures of conformity to create space for unity and uniqueness to thrive.

  • 11:00 am Sue Harrawood, Peace of Mind VA

    Virtual Assistance Demystified: How To Successfully Partner with The Secret Weapon of Successful Business Owners Join us and you’ll learn how to successfully partner with these behind the scenes gems who can get you out from underneath the minutiae pile so you can function as the CEO of your business.

  • 1:00 pm Diana Leza Sheehan, PDG Insights

    The True Power of Local Shoppers today love supporting local businesses and brands. Learn more about what people care most about and why they buy local, then explore how local brands and retailers can capitalize on brand and merchandising strategies to drive differentiation will building up community.

  • 3:00 pm Lisa Marsh, Ms. P's Gluten Free

    Getting Healthier One Step at a Time For many of us rapid change doesn’t work well, we try diet after diet to no avail. While there is no magic pill for getting healthier, there are small steps that can be taken to get there little by little. Join me as I tell you how I am overcoming family health tragedies and history, to have a brighter tomorrow.



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