BLACK WOMEN’S EXPO 2015 Kicks Off with Inspiring Speakers, Exciting Vendors and Dazzling Entertainment

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CHICAGO, IL – The Black Women’s Expo Presented by State Farm will celebrate its 21st Anniversary with a stellar line-up of speakers, entertainers and seminars March 27-March 29 at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day exposition that has a mission of enlightening, educating and empowering women and girls of all ages.  For the 20th year, State Farm is the Presenting Sponsor for the BWExpo, which is the No. 1 national destination event for African-American women in the Midwest. Walgreens is the Expo’s Title Sponsor for the fourth year.

During the three-day event, the BWExpo will feature national experts who will address topics that are especially important to African-American women, including business ownership, female-male relationships, financial literacy, career advancement, health and wellness, travel, and beauty. There also will be hundreds ofexhibitors and vendors.

On Thursday, March 26, the BWExpo Phenomenal Woman Awards Gala will showcase inspirational speaker and best-selling author Lisa Nichols, who was featured in the movie The Secret. (Nichols also will lead a session at the BWExpo on Saturday, March 28.) At Thursday’s Gala, 11 exceptional Chicago women will be honored, including Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union. The Gala will take place at Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue.

Among the BWExpo’s exciting and informative workshops is “Money Making Conversations” hosted by Rushion McDonald, Emmy Award winning executive producer of the Steve Harvey Show (NBC) and the Steve Harvey Morning Show (IHeart Radio). In addition, Dr. Sherry Blake will bring her seasoned wisdom to the Expo when she discusses Women’s Mental Health. Dr. Sherry, “therapist to the stars,” has appeared on Braxton Family Values and Real Housewives of Atlanta. At the BWExpo, actor, filmmaker and director Bill Duke will screen his two documentaries,“Dark Girls” and “Light Girls,” and host a panel discussion after each showing.

Among other celebrity participants in the BWExpo are R&B powerhouse singers and recording artists Syleena Johnson and Avery Sunshine, who will headline the Main Stage on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, respectively; actress Keisha Knight Pulliam; celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble; Priyanka Banks and April McRae of VH1’s Sorority Sisters reality show; singer and radio personality Lil Mo, and radio host and author Tariq Nasheed.

The 2015 Black Women’s Expo will offer several pavilions, including the Beauty Bar, which will showcase beauty products; the Food Oasis, where minority food companies will offer food samples; and the Natural Hair Pavilion, where products for natural hairstyles will be featured.  Among the new features at the 2015BWExpo is the Family Services Pavilion, sponsored and developed by Sinai Health System, where community organizations will share information about health-relatedservices they provide.  In addition, there will be plenty of activities for children and teens. Friday, March 27, has been designated as the BWExpo’s Teen Summit Day.

“We are very excited about the 2015 Black Women’s Expo,” says Merry Green, president and CEO of MGPG Events Inc. and creator of the BWExpo. “As has been our mission for 20 years, we will celebrate the strength and resilience of African-American women as well as explore opportunities, confront challenges and encourage aspirations.

“The Black Women’s Expo is where Black women of all professions, income levels and educational backgrounds come together to network, be enlightened and be inspired. It is where we truly celebrate Sisterhood.”

ABC-7 again will be the television partner for the Black Women’s Expo. IHeartMedia (V103, WGCI and Inspiration 1390) is the radio partner. Nationally syndicated radio host Doug Banks will broadcast his show live from the expo.  And the nationally renowned game show Jeopardy again will provide visitors to the Expo an opportunity to try their hand at the game.

In addition to State Farm and Walgreens, other sponsors of the 2015 Black Women’s Expo include Illinois Lottery, Luster Products, Morgan Stanley, Wintrust Bank, Mario Tricoci, University of Chicago Medicine, Crème of Nature & Lottabody, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Black McDonald’s Owners Association and ComEd.

For 21 years, the Black Women’s Expo has been an ideal venue for large corporations and small to mid-sized businesses to reach African-American consumers, which are more than 42 million strong with an annual buying power of nearly one trillion dollars. BWExpo 2015 tickets are available for half price at Walgreens.

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