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