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Honoring Excellence: BPN Chicago Chapter Recognizes Black Women Making a Difference

Honoring Excellence: BPN Chicago Chapter Recognizes Black Women Making a Difference

In a world where recognition often seems reserved for the few, it’s vital to shine a light on those who are making significant strides in their respective fields. The Black Professionals Network (BPN) Chicago Chapter’s this March will host its 2nd annual Black Women in Excellence Networking Mixer, acknowledging and celebrating the achievements of ten remarkable individuals who have excelled in their careers, businesses, and contributions to social good. Let’s take a closer look at these inspiring honorees and the impact they’ve made:

1. Ashleigh Cortes Morgan: Champion of Philanthropy and Corporate Leadership
Ashleigh is a beacon of hope, seamlessly blending her corporate prowess with her philanthropic spirit. As the Global Onboarding Manager at Salesforce, she not only fosters employee connections but also spearheads philanthropic initiatives. Outside of her corporate role, Ashleigh is the founder of The Stay Beautiful Foundation, dedicated to supporting women battling cancer, embodying compassion and resilience in all her endeavors.

2. Bonnie Smith: Connector Extraordinaire and Marketing Maven
With a career spanning two successful startups and a wealth of experience in marketing and media, Bonnie’s influence extends far beyond boardrooms. Her superpower lies in connecting Fortune 50 brands with diverse audiences, particularly women of color, driving revenue and brand visibility. Through her advocacy work with organizations like Momproject.org, Bonnie continues to pave the way for equitable opportunities in the business world.

3. Brittany D. Applegate: Branding Guru and Advocate for Diversity
Brittany is a force to be reckoned with in the realm of branding and marketing. Through her agency, The Resume Agency, she has empowered thousands of minority professionals to unlock their potential and thrive in their careers. Her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is evident not only in her professional endeavors but also in her active involvement in community service organizations.

4. Cassandra Bell: The Directoress – Storyteller Extraordinaire
Known as “The Directoress,” Cassandra’s talent for storytelling has captivated audiences and amplified underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry. Her commitment to social justice and inclusivity is evident in her thought-provoking productions, which tackle pressing issues with grace and authenticity. Through her non-profit, Save Me 2 Live Foundation, she continues to bring performing arts programs to vulnerable communities, leaving an indelible mark on society.

5. Dr. Kerry Mitchell Brown: Advocate for Racial Equity and Organizational Development
As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Brown is at the forefront of organizational development, advocating for racial equity and social justice within institutions. Her multidimensional approach to fostering inclusivity goes beyond diversity and inclusion practices, addressing systemic inequalities at their core. Through her consultancy firm, she empowers organizations to confront anti-Black racism and enact meaningful change, driving towards a more equitable future.

6. Dr. Evelyn Campbell: Scientist, Educator, and Artistic Visionary
A true polymath, Dr. Campbell’s contributions span the realms of science, education, and artistry. As a STEM education advocate, she inspires the next generation of scientists while leveraging her expertise in microbiology and immunology. Her commitment to human connection and community learning fosters an environment of growth and empathy, transcending disciplinary boundaries.

7. Serita M. Love: Empowerment Enthusiast and Social Impact Trailblazer
Serita’s journey from adversity to empowerment is a testament to her resilience and determination. Through her achievement lifestyle brand, Success Junkie™, she empowers underserved communities to thrive, providing tools and resources for upward social mobility. Her dedication to mentorship and community engagement underscores her commitment to creating a brighter future for all.

8. Dr. Caroline Robinson: Dermatology Innovator and Diversity Advocate
Dr. Robinson’s impact in the field of dermatology extends beyond medical expertise, advocating for diversity and inclusivity in skincare and beauty. As the founder of Tone Dermatology, she champions representation and healthcare equity, ensuring that all individuals have access to quality dermatological care. Through her advocacy efforts, she challenges industry norms and fosters a more inclusive beauty landscape.

9. Kim Lewis: Entrepreneurial Dynamo and Clean Beauty Pioneer
Kim’s entrepreneurial journey is a testament to her resilience and tenacity. As the CEO of CurlMix, she has transformed a daring decision into a thriving business, empowering women of color and working moms along the way. Her commitment to diversity and inclusivity is evident in every aspect of her company, from its diverse staff to its clean beauty products.

10. Arielle Renee Johnson: Public Service Prodigy and Social Enterprise Leader
Arielle’s dedication to public service and entrepreneurship is unparalleled, shaping policies and initiatives that drive social impact. Through her work with Fierce Staffing and the Business Leadership Council, she creates pathways for marginalized communities to thrive, fostering economic empowerment and community revitalization. Her commitment to equity and inclusion serves as a beacon of hope for future generations.

In honoring these exceptional women, the BPN Chicago Chapter not only celebrates their individual achievements but also acknowledges the collective impact of their contributions. Their stories serve as inspiration for all, reminding us of the power of perseverance, passion, and purpose in driving positive change in our communities and beyond. As we continue to champion diversity and inclusion, let us stand together in recognizing and uplifting the voices of those who are making a difference, one remarkable woman at a time.

WHO: Black Professionals Network (BPN) Chicago Chapter

WHAT: 2024 Black Women in Excellence Networking Mixer

WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 6:00PM to 9:00PM 

WHERE: (Chicago) – Hue Chicago, 67 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

Register to attend here.


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