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I AM - Women's Empowerment Conference Chicago - 2015

This is for you Chicago! Join us for the annual I AM - Women's Empowerment Conference, making its debut for the first time in the Chicago Metro Area. The day will be filled with phenomenal women motivating, encouraging, and supporting one another. Guest speakers will share stories that will inspire you and empower you to catapult to the next level in your life. All of this will be happening while you enjoy brunch, bottomless mimosas, and shopping with female entrepreneurs offering products just for you! Let's not forget amazing door prizes, free gift bags and raffles!

Dress code: Summer Chic

Thank you to our event vendors and sponsors: Ms. Rita with Jamberry Nails rjammin613.jamberrynails.net/, Ms. Shaunta with Mary Kay www.marykay.com/sclemons1, Childress Group LLC www.childressgrpllc.com, YANY Boutiques yanyboutiques.com and our certified charity Honey's Ministries honeysministries.org

I AM - Women's Empowerment Conference (Chicago)

Sunday, Aug. 2nd, 11am-2pm

Chicago Heights Glenwood Rd

Chicago Heights

To purchase tickets, visit the event page on Eventbrite.
11am - 12pm: Shopping, Brunch, Mimosas, Mix-and-Mingle
12pm - 1:30pm: Speakers
1:30pm - 2pm: Mimosas, Networking

With Special Guests

Yaminah Childress, JD

Ms. Childress is the creator of the I AM - Women's Empowerment Conferences. She has made it her life's mission to empower and support women and youth around the world. She has obtained three degrees, A.A in Education, B.S in Business Administration, and J.D in Law.

Ms. Childress considers herself a Social Entrepreneur owning and operating three businesses that support other businesses and the public at large. Ms. Childress is the Managing Member of Childress Group LLC, a small business management, mediation, finance, and legal support firm. She is the CEO of YANY Cosmetics an online boutique where entrepreneurs and consumers can buy and sell all things natural and handmade. Ms. Childress is also the founder and President of the DREAM It Forward Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting youth, teens, and single-mothers through mentoring, education, and art.

In her spare time, Ms. Childress loves to paint, draw, create and does Pilates regularly. Ms. Childress has three daughters SC3.

Lori Wilcox, M.eD

Lori Wilcox the first and youngest elected City Clerk/Collector for the City of Chicago Heights, IL. She possesses a strong background in community outreach and fund development. She chairs three boards (Rotary Club of Chicago Heights, Chicago Heights Public Library and Ghanaian Chair for the Festival of Sister Cities) and has yielded and sustained millions of dollars through endowment efforts. As a community engager of organizations, she has coordinated multiple programs through various partnerships to engage residents.


Ms. Wilcox is one of a small number of African American females working with young males, and is the Founder and President of Honey's Ministries. During the summer of 2012 and 2013 she mentored over 68 youth through collaboration with UCAN’s Youth Employment Program. She actively partners with the local elementary and high schools for her annual City Sticker Design contest, MLK Essay contest, ISAT Test Prep Kits (provided to over 1500 students in district 170) and is an advocate for community outreach, collaborations, schools and libraries. She created and hosted an annual Clerk’s Association Spring into Action Education Summit 2012, 2013 and 2014 for over 50+ local municipal clerks and staff. A 12 year combat veteran of the USAR, she is actively involved in the VFW. Finally, Lori is pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership.

Dr. Adeshola Ezeokoli - Speaker: 5 Secrets to Stress Management

Shola Ezeokoli is medical doctor, an author, a blogger and a public speaker. Shola inspires people to live with balance in 5 key areas of life: physical, spiritual, mental, emotional and relational. She has written three books, His Delight, Shoetry and You Are The Best You (which has a companion Workbook)

Shola has practiced medicine for 14 years and worked in Nigeria and England prior to moving to the United States.

Shola is married to her college sweetheart and they have two children. Together they head the marriage ministry of KingsWord International Church, Chicago. They provide faith based relationship/marriage counseling to couples who are dating, engaged or married. Together they have co-written an e-book titled Staying Married: 7 Key Strategies You Cannot Do Without

Shola enjoys reading non-fiction and self-help books. She also enjoys writing, dancing and listening to music.

She blogs at sholashade.com on matters related to balanced living.

Sophia Ruffin - Speaker: You are a Dopechicbutholychic

Ambassador Sophia Ruffin is an ordained minister who was prophetically released by Pastor Lydia Clark of Asiel World International Ministry, June 2011. Sophia is an active member of Heritage of Life Covenant Church under the leadership of Apostle Lancer, and Traci Delashment. Sophia’s passion for ministry has opened the door for her to advance and impact the Kingdom of GOD. Sophia has a passion to draw the bruised, broken, and bound woman, who desires to be set free. It is Sophia’s desire to inspire, and lead others through their journey of deliverance by being the blueprint and syllabus for women as they walk through their deliverance process. Ambassador Sophia Ruffin is the founder of DopeChicbutHolyChic Ministry. Sophia’s ministry focus on empowering women to know that as “Overcomers” you can walk in your dopeness with holiness, and share with the world how GOD has given you beauty for ashes, and double for all the shame you’ve endured. God has gifted her with the ability to spread an epidemic by bringing the Kingdom from behind the four walls of the church, and has positioned her to impact the Kingdom. She enjoys edifying and encouraging the body that there is a place in God that shakes the kingdom of darkness and unleashes the Power of God.

Paula E Foster - Speaker: The KEYS to Purpose and Affirmations

Paula Foster is a native of Atlanta, GA! Just as rare as it is to find a Georgia Peach, she is also a rare jewel. Because of the struggles she faced growing up, she truly feels it pushed her into the person she is today.

Who is that person you ask? Paula is a visionary, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, domestic violence survivor and advocate, author, and so much more! She is the founder of Fostering Hearts. Fostering Hearts, Inc., while currently in the start up phases, will be an all in one Transitional Home for survivors and victims of Domestic Violence. This center will house and provide all the necessary essentials for a victim of Domestic Violence to reclaim her life and be who God called them to be. Paula knows this area all too well being a survivor of Domestic Violence. When God allowed her to escape she vowed she wouldn’t stop until she provided for others what she didn’t have for herself.


Yearly Paula speaks at the Red Heels in the City Empowerment Summit for young girls ages 8 and up. She speaks on her past while encouraging the young ladies to invest in a positive future. She was also a speaker at the 2014 P.U.R.S.E Foundation Domestic Violence Awareness program, 1st Annual Game Changers Women Empowerment Summit where she was awarded the 2015 Game Changer Leadership Award, and was recently debuted on Atlanta Live where she shared her story and encouraged those affected by abuse and Church hurt. Paula is the author of the Amazon best seller, “I AM: 30 Affirmations To Reaffirm Your TRUE SELF”. It is a tool women can use to reaffirm their worth that was lost when going through life’s ups and downs. Paula truly has a heart and a purpose to serve others.


When Paula has down time, she enjoys reading, bowling, skating, relaxing, volunteering, and going to concerts. She also enjoys listening to music and spending much needed time with her family. Life may have dealt her some unfortunate cards, but she definitely learned to play with what she was dealt. She is a Virtuous Woman!

Christy Cooks - Speaker: Never Giving Up

Christy Cooks is a successful Registered Nurse. She currently hold a Masters in Nursing and is working towards her Doctorate in Nursing. In her spare time she enjoys reading , singing and is very adventurous. Ms. Cooks is also the author of "Never Giving Up: The Power of True Deliverance". Through her platform of "Never Giving Up", Ms. Cooks aims to encourage women around the world with her captivating and powerful testimony. She wants to empower women with words of encouragement. Ms. Cooks aims to motivate women to never give up on their dreams or hopes. She say's the sky is not the limit.

Toccara Steele - Speaker

Toccara N. Steele is a native of the Chicago area who is known for her zeal and enthusiasm about life. She has been told by many, when she enters a room, her presence is felt by everyone. She is a forward thinker and who enjoys helping others to embrace the brighter side of life. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix. Her dissertation topic focuses on African American Women in leadership roles with Absentee Fathers. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master's Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.


Miss Steele is an Empowerment Speaker, Life Coach, Image Consultant, Business Strategist, Author, Mentor and a dear friend to many. As an Empowerment Speaker, her audience is typically comprised of women of all ages, where she freely shares her experiences which often touch everyone, not matter what age, race, or gender. Some of the topics she expounds on include:

-Healthy Relationship

-Understanding a Woman’s Worth (The World vs. The Kingdom’s View)

-Self Image and Esteem

-Growing up as a Fatherless Daughter

-Overcoming Domestic Violence


Her most recent work, The Re-Invention Project, is a Self-Help Resource where she along with 7 experienced writers share ways of overcoming, when failure speaks.

She tends to approach each day of life as if it is the first day of the rest of her life. She is an excellent leader; however, she understands the proverb, "In order to be a good leader, you must be an excellent follower." She is no stranger to motivating and encouraging others to get the most out of life. On the horizon is VOS (Vault of Steele) International where she plans to house all of her services and offer/provide them to those at large. In the future, Miss Steele plans to launch a nonprofit organization slated to target youth who are being parented without an active father in their lives along with many other projects.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, motivational speaking, writing, and traveling, but most importantly spending quality time with her friends and family.

Thank you to our vendors & sponsors!