Chicago Events Celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018

Ladies! This week is a good week to network and meet other amazing, entrepreneurial women in Chicago for International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8, 2018. I went to a beauty event with the Tulle Project today and as we were introducing ourselves, one women shared the four, yes four jobs she has. Another woman, in awe, noted how ambitious Chicago women are. I wholeheartedly believe that. I encourage you to meet these Chicago girl bosses this week at one of the many Chicago events for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018. Look for events and opportunities to connect all month long for women’s history month.

Quick note: International Women’s Day theme is #PressForProgess.

Global Strategist Association Event:

The Global Strategists Association is hosting a luncheon in honor of International Women’s Day to discuss opportunities for women of color.


Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: The DuSable Museum of African American History


1871 Event:

1871, a Chicago incubator for startups is hosting a day of workshops and speaking events for women. 1871 is such a great resource that female founded companies like this 3D printing jewelry company, this beauty services company that is now offering company perks to GrubHub, and this designer clothes and accessories startup all used to help grow their business.

This event series has several sessions that you can drop into throughout the day. I’m personally looking forward to the Building Your Company’s Brand Panel Discussion.


Time: 8 am – 9 pm

Location: 1871, Merchandise Mart


SheSays Chicago Event:

SheSays Chicago, a Chicago chapter of a national organization of women in creative fields, is putting together an event with Leo Burnett on Thursday, March 8, 2018 right after work.

I’ve been attending SheSays Chicago events for years and even spoke at one of the panels about networking. You can read about some of my past coverage of their events like Turning Passion into Profit and Networking Advice from Edelman, PR Agency.

There will be a panel discussion.


Jessica Papilla, Data Analyst at Leo Burnett


Monika Black, PhD, CPC | Chief Strategy Officer at DyMynd

Kayte Malik, CEO and Co-founder of Dresscode

Beth Sehgal, Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion for A.T. Kearney

Priya Shah, Founder and Executive Director of The Simple Good


Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Location: Leo Burnett Office


Ladies Get Paid Event:

Ladies Get Paid, an organization that helps women achieve their professional goals and get equal pay, is hosting an International Women’s Day event at Ace Bounce. This looks like a causal event to get drinks and meet other professional women.


Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Ace Bounce


WeWork Kenzie Event:

WeWork Kinzie is hosting an International Women’s Day workshop for freelancers and female entrepreneurs. Over 150 people have signed up for this event. In this workshop, speakers will present four topics: (a) finding the courage to lead, (b) the foundations of entrepreneurship, (c) a woman’s story of finding her purpose, and (d) establishing a position of influence in a competitive industry.


Time: 6:00-9:00 pm

Location: WeWork Kinzie

RSVP ($20)

She Means Business Event:

She Means Business will be presenting a panel discussion and gender equality and female leadership in the workplace.

The Panelists:

• Naima Prince, Expert Budget and Financial Analyst at GSA

• Lindsey Branding, Controller at Hireology

• Colleen Wilson, Founder & CEO of Collaborate Chicago

• Holly Glowaty, Co-Founder at K+H Connection and Founding Co-Producer at Flourish

• Katharine Hebenstreit, President & COO at Link Capital


Time: 5:30-8:00 pm

Location: Topstep Trader


Edgewater Chamber of Commerce:

If drinks aren’t enough for you, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is hosting a dinner crawl. Get all the savory details below!

Time: 5 pm

Location: Edgewater, over 10 restaurants



I hope to see you at one of the Chicago events for International Women’s Day or you can join the conversation online using the hashtag: #PressForProgress.

How do you build a professional community in Chicago? Tag me on Twitter or Instagram @windycitycosmo.

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.


Happy International Women’s Day, Ms. Independent

Today, March 8, 2017, is the 106th International Women’s Day, a day that the United Nations recognizes women’s advancements in the workplace, as well as socially and economically.

And I want to take a moment to say thank you. There is no better satisfaction than being an independent woman. I was shopping for groceries, something I did about every other month last year, but I do every other day now that I’m learning to cook. And, all I could think about was how exhausting and scary it is to be an adult – to realize that it’s just you supporting yourself, balancing your budget, cooking for yourself, all while supporting charity and being kind to that neighbor who kept you up till 4 am in the morning (just kidding – I’ve always had good neighbors, I even dated one, but that’s another story).

When I first moved to Chicago, there were a lot of people overprotective about me. When you think of a woman in the city, you think of self-defense, safety, taking a car home instead of the Red Line at midnight, and having a doorman. And while I think you do have to be aware and cautious (regardless of gender), I think that things that once classified men as gentlemen like walking or driving me home are nice, but quite unnecessary (unless I’m wearing stilettos and it’s 0 degrees).

I don’t feel the need to be bailed out by my parents or to spend my nights in the Viagra Triangle trying to marry rich (and unfortunately, old). I’m more concerned about having dreams and making plans and thinking about educating myself on 401ks and stocks and being business savvy. I don’t look to men as lovers, but rather mentors.

I realize that as one female entrepreneur told me, “There’s nothing better than having your own money.”

It’s really nice that we as women don’t have to subscribe to a system where we are the weaker sex, dependent on men to find us pretty enough and competent in chores and cooking to marry. I love the idea of marriage and being a wife, but I also understand that I might not find my prince charming, and I don’t have to make that my mission in life.

I’m thankful that I have women and men who paved the road to the independence I have had for the past four years in Chicago.

What is International Women’s Day?

This year, given the drastic political changes and the ongoing fight about government funding of Planned Parenthood and on a broader spectrum, how to handle health care in America, many women have chosen to wear red and march for a bigger statement – A Day Without Women. This campaign is from the same infamous leaders and organizers of the Women’s March on Washington this January.

The Day Without Women is to show what it would be like without women. Women were encouraged to take the day off so people would see the effects. 

What Does It Mean?

But this year is also about “Women in the Changing World of Work,” which highlights the accomplishments of women in the workplace, but also how much further that we have to go for equal representation. The need for women’s rights in the workplace has been recently fueled by viral letters like ex-Uber, Susan J. Fowler. 

So, I want to leave you with this quote:

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” a famous quote from journalist Gloria Steinem.


Happy International Women’s Day

“Happy International Women’s Day!” I said to my roommate in Paris.

“What’s that?” he asked.

“It’s a day that recognizes women for advancing in the workplace,” I responded. 

“Great. You guys deserve it,” he said. 

“But it’s also about voting. If you think about it, women were the last people to receive the right to vote in America,” I said.

We have a lot of special holidays and days of recognition, so I wanted to take the time to see why this holiday, International Women’s Day is important. 

Today, March 8, 2016 is the 105th International Women’s Day, a day that recognizes women’s advancements in the workplace, as well as socially and economically. 

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,”a famous quote from journalist Gloria Steinem.

Major organizations have highlighted the importance of International Women’s Day, which is founded in women’s rights movements in the twentieth century. 

Google interviewed women throughout the world and had them complete the phrase: One Day I will… 

Click here to see one of the several videos that Google created for International Women’s Day. They also have a special doodle on the Google homepage.

And if you haven’t been on Snapchat yet, here’s a preview of women celebrating International Women’s Day!