Meet The 40 Under 40 Awardees : November 30, 2017


1. Candace Anderson-Edwards

Freelance Creative Artist,  iCannye Artistry

Candace is the Owner of iCannye Transformation Gallery/iCannye Artistry. She is a Cosmetology Educator , Funeral Home Associate and Special Effects Artist , and TV Production Makeup Artist. She has provided makeup or male grooming services for Jaslene Gonzalez, Tasha Page Lockhart, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Anthony Burrell,  Todd Dulaney, Alvester Martin, Syesha Mercado, and Ashley Everett just to name a few.  Her artistry has been seen on BET, VH1, Centric, TV One, NBC, WGN, WCIU, FOX, ESPN, WE tv, Lifetime, and Food Network.

Her artistry has also been published in Jet Mag, Ebony, Vibe, Essence, Hype Hair, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago SunTimes.  Whether it’s for children or the homeless, every birthday and Christmas she does an outreach assignment.  Candace loves outreach and providing mentorship and guidance for those who need it.

2. Vanessa Abron

Chief Public Relations Strategist, Agency Abron

Vanessa Abron is a public relations professional with expertise in securing positive media coverage for brands in national and local media outlets. Past media coverage includes placements in notable media outlets such as Good Morning America, Extra, The Insider, The Huffington Post, the Associated Press and ABC News to name a few. Vanessa has led multicultural and global communications initiatives, public relations strategy development, events management, account management, content development, promotional visibility and media outreach to consumer, public affairs, and corporate media contacts.
3. Jennifer Beckham

Program Coordinator/Social Worker, S.E.A.L. South, Ada S. McKinley, TRCDO

Jennifer Beckham achieved her masters in 2012 while raising her son, going to school part-time, working full-time and completing my internship. She currently works 3 jobs because she believes in trying to impact as may lives as she can to help change the world we live in. As a supervisor of an alternative school (10 yrs) she has worked with students who felt that everyone has given up on them and encouraged them to fight because their lives have a purpose.  As a Child and Family Therapist for DCFS (6yrs) she has had the honor at being there for her clients when they felt they had no one.  She’s helped restore hope and helped them find their resilience. Jennifer truly believes “to much is giving, much is require.” She is blessed to be a blessing to those around me.  
4.  Melanie L. Brown Melanie L. Brown is a Media Specialist/Activist/Actress. She owns her own media company Melanie L. Brown Photography & Media Arts where she documents beautiful stories happening in the community that may not have enough social media followers to get their stories heard. She has been blessed with the opportunity to work on a production for Warner Bros., The Word Network, WCIU U-Too and Impact. Melanie has also worked with many politicians, artist and actors doing photography, video work, public relations and regulating their social media accounts. She is an actress and has worked in all forms of media, radio, TV, print and social media. Melanie has been the Executive Producer for three shows on WVON 1690AM – The Talk of Chicago and currently has an upcoming show scheduled to air on Fridays.
5. Nicole Bynum

Banking Operations Consultant , Northern Trust Bank & Owner/Operator, Next Stream Radio

Nicole Bynum is a 36 year old Banking Professional with 16 years of banking experience.  She earned her degree in Communications with an emphasis in Media Studies from Northern Illinois University. Her passion has always been media/communications which lead her and her Husband to launch their own streaming Radio Station. The radio station has become a success due to hard work and dedication.
6. LaGena Cain

CEO, Browsbylala

LaGena “Lala” Cain was born into the beauty industry. Her mother and aunt are the owners of Your School of Beauty Culture in Bronzeville. She holds a Bachelor degree in fashion business, certified tattoo artist, licensed Cosmetologist that specializes in hair removal, and devoted mother. In 2012 she established Browsbylala a mobile waxing and threading bar.
7. Meshon Chase

Assistant General Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle

A native of Chicago, I’m a graduate of the International Academy of Design & Technology. I studied my passion, Fashion Merchandising, and after graduation I chose to embark into another industry: Corporate Real Estate Management. 10 years and 2 Master’s Degrees later, I’ve grown with major real estate firms in Chicago as one of the few African-American Property Managers in our market.
8.  Lauren Cole

Founder, Her Future: Teen Mom Empowerment Group

Lauren Cole is the founder of Her Future: Teen Mom Empowerment Group. She is a single mother of two boys, Jeremiah and Jacob.  Lauren became pregnant at the age of 18, during her freshmen year of college at DePaul University. Currently, she serves as Housing Coordinator for a non-profit on the west-side of Chicago. She holds a Bachelors of the Arts degree in Sociology with a Health and Human Services concentration from DePaul University and a Masters of the Arts degree in Human Services – Executive Leadership from Liberty University. She believes that teen parenting does not have to be the end of the road, but can be the beginning of a bright future, and is committed to walking with other young moms who are determined to build a brighter future for themselves.
9. Stephanie D. Coleman

Ward Committeeman, 16th Ward Democratic Organization

Stephanie D. Coleman, a lifelong 16th Ward resident, is the daughter of retired Alderman Shirley A. Coleman and Pastor David Coleman. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University and Masters of Science Degree in Nonprofit Management from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. At age 27, Stephanie ran for 16th Ward Alderman and became the youngest African American to make it to a municipal run-off election in the history of the City of Chicago. Although she missed the mark by only 76 votes, Stephanie continued her pursuit and with faith, hard work and determination, she successfully campaigned again and on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, she became the youngest African American female sworn in as the Democratic Committeeman of the 16th Ward!
10. Siekeia Collins

Senior Patient Relations Manager, Oak Street Health

Siekeia Collins is making a difference by educating and creating awareness in underserved populations to eliminate health disparities. Her academic career is rooted in healthcare with her most recent achievement being a Masters of Public Health from Chicago State University. Mrs. Collins developed in her public health career by conducting and participating in many community based research projects with the goal to improve health outcomes. As a Senior Patient Relations Manager, she is able to bridge the gap for patients who are lacking in access and health care information that can improve their quality of life and potentially save their life. She manages the communication between patients and healthcare providers at seven clinics on the southside of Chicago and in the south suburbs. Additionally, she dedicates time to mentoring youth and also peer to peer young adult mentoring.
11.  AnDrea Lyn Dixon

Owner, Oh So Fuzzy

As a media personality, lifestyle blogger/vlogger, public speaker and creative consultant, AnDrea Lyn Dixon better known as Fuzzy, wears many hats (literally and figuratively). She is the brains and talent behind her own brand, Oh So Fuzzy, where she builds and grows networks of like-minded go getters from all walks of life. Fuzzy is also a student at The Art Institute majoring in Advertising. AnDrea applies her gifts to help others and uses her influence to provide resources to those in need. She has a passion for bringing awareness to mental illness and educating the masses on the importance of safe sex and HIV/AIDS.  She enjoys volunteering her time with various agencies including Chicago House.  
12. Kamela Fulbright

Jane Ella Productions

Kamela Fulbright obtained her Bachelors Degree in Accounting and her Master Degree in Public Administration. She has excelled in her field of Accounting, working with multi-million dollar industrial industries.  In 2014 she successfully lead her Accounting team during a multi-million dollar contract with her employer, BMWC Constructors and Marathon Petroleum company, where gross profits were well over $40 million. Kamela started her own consulting firm in 2015 that services, individuals, small business and non-profits. She also volunteers her time as a coach/technique coordinator for her alma-mater’s Pom-pon team. She also served on the NGen council for Demoiselle 2 Femme NFP, where 40 Under 40 YWPL was initiated.
13. Marva Hall

Liaison to Government Agencies, City Colleges of Chicago

Marva Hall, PhD was born and raised on the southside of Chicago by her grandparents. She completed her PhD in Higher Education Leadership at Capella University in August 2017. She holds an Associates degree from Moraine Valley Community College; Bachelors in Sociology and Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from DePaul University and a Masters in Education Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago. She has Over 10 years of knowledge and experience in pre-k-12, higher education, education policy, strategic planning and partnership development. Marva believes that when students and community come together to grow and learn, change happens and legacy are created.
14. Myisha Harvey

Owner/Operator, Ready Set Relax-Beauty Bar

Myisha Harvey is a single mother of two as well as a small business owner.  She is a Licensed Esthetician and owns Ready Set Relax Beauty Bar in South Holland, IL. She has years of business and marketing experience in Cooperate America dating all the way back to 2005. Myisha  received her Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University in 2005 and obtained her MBA in 2010. Her role as an Esthetician, however, allows her to help others feel good about themselves and she takes that calling very seriously.  Myisha was recently published nationally/internationally in Dudley’s 50th year Hair Magazine. She says her passion and purpose in this life is to serve and do that daily professionally and personally.
15.  Tameika Hinton

Founder & CEO of MEIKAs| Professional Organizer & Green Cleaning Specialist

Tameika Hinton is a woman that wears multiple hats. She’s the mother of two and the  100% Owner Operator of MEIKA’s Cleaning & Organizational Service. In this role, Tameika coordinates, manages, and leads a team providing all aspects of detailed cleaning & organization. MEIKAs motto is, “Having a clean & organized space touches you mentally, physically, emotionally and financially!” Tameika is a qualified Residential & Commercial Cleaner & Organizer with many field skill sets, certifications and awards.
16. Rachel Holmes

Physician Practice Consultant, Advocate Health Care

Rachel Holmes, founder/owner of iWEARMi INC., is a young influential trailblazer who has reshaped the landscape of women and girl’s confidence with her inspiring & uplifting brand. This leading lady is a mother of four with a full-time career, a student, prominent small business owner, entrepreneur, aspiring author, speaker, humanitarian, pillar in the community, and “Confidence” extraordinaire.
17. Tammera L. Holmes

President/CEO & Executive Director, AeroStar Consulting Corporation and AeroStar Avion Institute

Tammera Holmes has cemented an impressive curriculum vitae and educational background in Aviation. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. She is an upstanding role-model and leader within the African-American and Aviation community. Since 2008, Holmes has been opening doors and spreading knowledge to young people on a field that for most is still very foreign. Her focus is to get more African Americans, females and other underserved and underrepresented populations interested in STEM careers, particularly in the Aerospace industry.
18.  Jacqueline Horbrook M.Ed

Director of Diversity,  North Park University

Graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Business Comminication, and her Masters of Education in Counseling and College Student development, Jackie Horbrook has been able to achieve a high level of success very quickly. Now operating as the Director of Diversity at North Park University, she has been able to manage a Center for Collaborative Learning at the college, as well as oversee two programs that give out over a half a million dollars in scholarships each year. Amongst my other roles she also engages in activism work on and off campus, while promoting efforts for restoritive justice. Recently she have launched a website which features blogs, and resources for Christian millenial educators. This new platform has allowed for her to connect with educators across the country. Jackie’s most important platform though is my new ordination as a minister at House of Prayer Ministries in Englewood, IL, where I also serve as the minister of music.
19.  Latoya Hunter

Manager of Learning and Development / Film Producer/Production Manager/Writer/Director

Latoya Hunter is an experienced and performance-driven HR leader with progressive expertise in workforce learning and development, career and leadership development, program implementation and employee engagement programs.  As the Manager of Employee Development for an $800 million dollar, nationwide life-style oriented real estate Company, Latoya is highly proficient in developing and implementing employee engagement, performance improvement, and retention strategies to attract and retain a talented workforce.  Not only is she fierce in the workplace but she has recently followed her creative passions for being a force on set. Over the last year Latoya has swiftly transitioned into pursuing her purpose of producing and directing of film projects that positively impact the community in which she serves.  One person can make a change and she demonstrates her willingness to go against the grain to see that happen.
20.  Menia Johnson

Owner, APS Books & More

Menia Jonson wears a few different hats outside of being wife and mother.  Full time, she acts as the Community Relations Manager of Marketing & Sales at Renovo Financial. In 2012 she endured one of the most challenging obstacles of her life.  After not feeling well for weeks, the doctors found a tumor in her heart that caused a stroke and open heart surgery.  Realizing that there must have been a reason for this trial, she wrote a book called “The Veils of My Heart” describing many seasons of bitterness that lead her to the point of needing a physical yet spiritual heart surgery. Together with Leslie Nicole Smith, Menia founded Freedom Girlz in October of 2016. Freedom Girlz has given her added incentive to become and BE who God purposed her to be for his girls.
21.  Lutonya M. Lang

CEO/ Founder, Media

Lutonya M. Lang, a Chicago native is the founder and creative mind behind Media Network, BuzzZinOFF with Lutonya Show and the Inspire Our Youth Media Program. Determined that, “with God all things are possible” Lutonya’s dream was birthed in 2008 to start her own online media network. Lutonya M. Lang is known as a true supporter of the youth and entrepreneurs. Her network is insightful, informative and spreads a wealth of entertainment news to over 7 million online supporters. As a mother, business woman and active leader in the community, Lutonya is a woman who has learned that through every obstacle she has or may encounter there is a fight in her to “CONTINUE TO PRESS.”
22. Karyn Lee

VP of Marketing and Partnerships/Co-Founder,

The Red Pump Project

Karyn Lee is an experienced marketer with a passion for giving back and empowering the health of communities around her. Currently, she is a Marketing Manager at Walgreens responsible for developing marketing strategies and plans to support Walgreens HIV-specialized pharmacies. She is also the co-founder of The Red Pump Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to educating women and girls of color about HIV. She currently serves at the Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships for the organization.
23. Archana Liggins

Agency Area Specialist, Northern Illinois Food Bank

Archana Liggins is the personification of what it means to want to serve and love the community. She is an alum of Governor’s State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration and Master’s degree in Communications. Not only has Archana excelled in the areas of education but she is the epitome of what it means to have a servant’s heart. Over the last 4 years, Archana has worked diligently to ensure that families are receiving food and resources in underserved areas of Illinois and has made a positive impact in various communities by ensuring that the need is being met and families are being served in the areas of need.
24. Lisa Lyons

Academic Resource Advisor, Saint Xavier University

Lisa Lyons is an Academic Resource Advisor and Adjunct Faculty member at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Lisa is a double alumna of Western Illinois University. Lisa is very active in social, civic, and community organizations. Lisa is proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc  in which she sits on several committees. Lisa is also active in the National Pan-Hellenic in which she currently serves as the chaplain. Lisa is and IHSA Sports Official license in Cheerleading, Dance, Cross country and Track. Lisa is an active member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in which she serves as an Usher, Junior Women Mission, Church Anniversary committee, as well as participate in outreach efforts serving the Englewood community. Lisa believe that higher education should be afforded to all those that wishes to pursue it.
25. Jamila Parham

Senior IT Project Manager,  Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

Jamila Parham is a Senior IT Project Manager at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). She leads both application development and operational improvement efforts for the Program Management and Technology division. Affectionately known as the Tech Unicorn, Jamila is an IT Leader, speaker, and a champion for diversity and inclusion. Jamila was featured as one of Verizon’s ten brilliant men and women breaking stereotypes in their professions. She was also featured by The Root as one of ten women of color you should know changing the face of technology.
26. Adeola  “Addie” Pollard

Assistant Facility Administrator, DaVita Kidney Care

Adeola “Addie” Pollard is a single mother of three, philanthropist, cosmetologist and health care professional who has learned the art of balancing life despite her odds.  With over 10 years of experience as a cosmetologist, Addie has also dedicated herself to little princesses, young ladies and women towards making them feel beautiful and wearing a smile on their face.  Because of her aspirations to help women feel beautiful and powerful, Addie has donated her time as a mentor to My Beauty Runs Deep, an organization to empower young ladies to gain confidence, positive self-image, and promote self –worth by helping them develop an inner beauty. Currently Addie is employed at DaVita Kidney Care.  Addie believes that giving back and serving others is her life’s purpose.
27.  Bianca Shellie Robinson

President,  Cayden Cay Consulting

Bianca Shellie-Robinson is a Workflow Strategist. She uses her corporate principles and strategies to help emerging businesses create effective processes and procedures in their business so they can increase their cash flow. She also teaches corporate professionals how to transition into part time CEOship because she strongly believes that full time entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone but part time definitely is. She has worked with many companies during her employee to entrepreneur journey such as Com Ed, Cook County, Mercedes, BMW, University of Illinois, and many others. So if you’re trying to start your side hustle, side business, and/or you want to dive into entrepreneurship, she can help you learn how to monetize your gifts, strengths, and talents.
28. Tonie Robinson

Executive Director, Children’s First Learning Academy

Tonie Neshelle is an Empowerment Speaker, Entrepreneur, Mentor and Mother. She began her voyage in 2013 when she opened her daycare facility, “Children’s First Learning Academy”. She saw an essential within the community to have a facility where the attention is focused on love, education and exploration through structured play. She has since served over 500+ families (and counting) and has met the desires of the community! In 2016, working with young parents and young ladies throughout the community, she felt an intense desire to start a mentoring program, “Pretty N’ Posh, Inc.” Some of her initiatives and focus within her program are topics such as; “Self Love & Respect and Poise & Posture”.
29.  Tai Sawyer Tai Sawyer is a Senior Diversity & Inclusion consultant with ERS Enterprises, Inc., the largest African American-owned urban planning company in Chicago. Throughout her time at ERS, she has consulted on numerous high-profile projects including the new McCormick Place Marriott Hotel and Wintrust Arena Event Center, a $750 million project. However, she most enjoys collaborating with community leaders to help build up the city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. In her spare time, Tai volunteers with Girls, Inc. and Global Strategists Association; and is currently preparing to run a half-marathon.
30. Kenyatta Scott

Founder & CEO, Let’s Talk Incorporated

Kenyatta Scott has worked in the field of Early Intervention, for the last 8 years, providing Speech Therapy to Children Ages Birth to 3 in low income, SES neighborhoods. She desired to work in these areas of Chicago because she sought to fulfill the need to have Therapists service these neighborhoods. She goes into homes others shy away from and also Mentors the young parents. She is also a Gateways Certified Trainer, training Daycare Staff, a Motivational Speaker for youth and young adults, Author of “The Violet Book Series” and Co-Author of “It’s Just High School” She has a love for the community and believes that, in order to change the world, we must first seek to make an impact in the immediate lives around us.
31. Monique K. Shelton

Senior Program Manager for Center for Workforce Development, The Chicago Urban League

Monique K. Shelton has worked in Workforce Development for the past 11 years, servicing all populations seeking to connect to employment opportunities. She received a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Corporate Communication from Northern Illinois University. After completing her studies at NIU she started working in the non-profit arena here in Chicago, and has held several positions such as Community Outreach, Employment Specialist, Case Manager, Life Skills Instructor just to name a few.  Monique now holds a Master’s Degree in Education and will be completing a MBA this Spring. She currently works as a Senior Program Manager at The Chicago Urban League where she manages several programs that aim to connect individuals to career and career pathway opportunities.
32. Leslie Nicole Smith

Co-Founder/Co-Host, Freedom Girlz Talk

Leslie Nicole Smith is proudly married to Roland Smith, a mother to Ava and RJ, originally from Indianapolis, IN, and currently resides in the Chicagoland area. In 2003, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science from DePauw University. She is a public speaker, the Vice President of the DePauw University Alumni Association Board of Directors, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, member of the National Association of Professional Women, and the co-founder/co-host of the online talk show “Freedom Girlz Talk”. Full time, she is the Alumni Career Supports Manager for the Noble Network of Charter Schools.
33. Dr. Kenya Thomas

Physician, Unclouded, LLC

Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, Dr. Kenya Thomas spent many years in school to become a physician. Graduating in 2013 from UIC’s College of Medicine, she began training as an OBGYN as a resident physician. Recently, she took a huge leap of faith, left her formal training after 3 years and began making moves to open her own women’s care clinic. Kenya also started her company, Unclouded, that focuses on providing wholesome, organic feminine hygiene products that are handmade, all while working as a consultant physician part time. After leaving the traditional pathway of medicine, Dr. Kenya believes she has discovered a whole new, more fulfilling journey that utilizes all of her gifts and creativity.
34. Jeri Toliver

Founder of Flyy Credit Solutions

Jeri Toliver, mother of two and Founder of Flyy Credit Solutions, has dedicated her work to promoting positive community and economic growth in our communities through the power of financial education. With over 10 years of experience managing company finances, she has taken her knowledge to help people, both locally and nationally, learn the power of their credit ratings and responsible money management.
35.  Amber Travis

Editor,  Urban Faith Magazine

Amber Travis is a young woman who has made it her life’s mission to uplift and empower adolescent girls and young women both personally and professionally.  Amber received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame and later went on to complete her Masters of Science in Journalism at Northwestern University where she honed her talents in magazine and interractive publishing. In recent years, Amber has worked for, and contributed to digital media projects of various organizations and publications.  Amber is currently the editor of Urban Faith Magazine, a premiere publication for African American millennials. Since taking on her role as editor, Amber has made it her mission to cover the topics that are often avoided in the African American church, including police brutality, politics, homosexuality, mental illness and pre-marital sex.  In 2016, she became a certified wedding and event planner and launched Modern Ever Afters, a full-service wedding and event planning company.
36.  Tonya Weatherly Tonya Weatherly is a young woman who has a deep passion for life, love, and learning! She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, as well as, two minors in Black World Studies and Women Studies from Loyola University of Chicago in 2002. While, studying at Loyola, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, adding to her idea of what a woman, sister, and friend are. After college, she earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education from National Louis University in 2004 and received her certification in Administration and Supervision in 2007 from Loyola University Chicago. Tonya is currently coaching teachers and educating within the Chicago Public Schools where she has worked for 17 years. There she also works in conjunction with her BE G.L.A.M.O.R.O.U.S. mentoring group she founded seven years ago focusing on the arts, designed to give young girls a creative alternative to distracting behaviors. Tonya lives by the idea that you need to always live life as if you’re on camera, even if no one is watching…yet!
37.  Dr. Gabrielle Wells   Gabrielle Gabby Wells, PharmD, is a registered pharmacist who has devoted herself to a lifetime of service to others within her community. Dr. Wells, a native of the south suburbs of Chicago, completed her pre-pharmacy coursework at Purdue University (2009), and holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Chicago State University—College of Pharmacy (2013). In 2015, during the CVS/Target pharmacy acquisition, Dr. Wells became the pharmacist-in-charge (PIC) and pharmacy manager. Currently, as the PIC and pharmacy manager, Dr. Wells has improved customer interactions by fostering a high performing team, and focusing on the needs of the patient. Dr. Wells is also committed to the health and well-being of her patients, and believes her dedication and compassion are helping people on their path to better health.
38.  Ashley White

Freelance Writer

At the age of 19, the Detroit native decided she wanted to write for magazines. She wasn’t exactly sure how she would make that happen, but she was determined. While in college she did four internships that helped develop her writing skills and made the vision for her writing career clearer. After graduating from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Ashley moved to Chicago in 2014 to pursue her career in the publishing industry. To date, Ashley’s work has been published in Real Detroit Weekly, DBusiness Magazine, ColorBlind Magazine, Sophisticate’s Black Hair,,, MADE Magazine and more. Outside of writing, Ashley is passionate about being a positive role model for teens, especially teen girls. She serves as a mentor for the Identity Teen Ministry at New Life Covenant Southeast and for a teen girls mentorship organization, Fearfully Fierce. Ashley is currently writing her first book which is slated to release in 2018. Until then, she’s focused on living her best life, staying true to herself and walking in her purpose.
39.   DeLisa New Williams

Authorpreneur,  The hem of HIS Garment, INC Custom Apparel and Rhinestone Company, The Wives Talk, and Author

DeLisa New Williams, M.B.A. is a wife to an amazing husband, mother of four dynamic kids, momager, authorpreneur, cutting-edge speaker, marriage ministry teacher, and media personality.  When life threw DeLisa a major curveball and she was laid off from her corporate job after 5 years, she started her custom apparel company The Hem of His Garment, Inc. which has been in existence for almost 7 years. Many of the creations have been featured on national networks and landed The Jet Magazine article with The Boss Network entitled “Who’s that Boss?:DeLisa Williams”. In addition to being a boss, she became a published author and  released  her first children’s book. Her second published book titled, “No Longer Am I Baby Mama” a self-help guide for single mothers debuts Winter 2018.  With her Faith, ambition and drive this young woman has a bright future on the horizon and she is determined to help others see the victory in their lives as well.
40.  Inez Woody Inez Woody, a Chicago native, is a writer, entrepreneur and technology professional. She studied Business Administration and Project Management. In 2003, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from DeVry University. Later that year, Inez co-founded a non profit organization, JUST (Just Us Sistahs talking), Org to support women and children in the Chicagoland area. She is a freelance writer, blogger and has a solid social media presence.  As a black girl techie, Inez solidified a spot in Chicago’s legal industry as an IT professional, traveling to both the east and west coasts to support offices at 3 major international law firms. After nearly a decade of working in the legal industry, Inez made a leap of faith to the education sector. With nearly 5 years working in education, Inez recently accepted a director of technology position at Our Lady of Tepeyac High School in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood where she manages the website and network infrastructure, trains faculty and teaches publications and technology courses to high school girls.

When: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Where: Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Dr.
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $65 VIP, $40 General Admission

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