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40 UNDER 40 (2017 AWARD CEREMONY!)

Photo Credit: Jim Allen

On November 30, 2017, women from all walks of life (entrepreneurs, bloggers, medical doctors, educators, activists, etc.,) were honored at the 40 UNDER 40 YOUNG WOMEN PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE's annual award ceremony which honors women who've done great things in their communities as well as professional lives. 

The event was held at the Harold Washington Cultural Center located 4701 S. King Drive in Chicago, Illinois. The event started at 6 PM with a reception that included light bites and cocktails. During this hour people from all over Chicago mingled, laughed and enjoyed each others company. 

At around 7 PM the award ceremony got underway and opened with masters of ceremony: Rendel Solomon and Dr. Janelle "Doc McMuffins" Hadley.

After the opening of the award ceremony, Rashauna Scott spoke about the history and mission of the 40 UNDER 40 YOUNG WOMEN PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE.

Next was Dr. Kisha Roberts Tabb and Rachel Turner. They both spoke about the League's "Scholarship Presentation". The 40 UNDER 40 YOUNG WOMEN PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE was given over $52,000 dollars in scholarships to young women pursuing higher education.  

Sandra Washington and Kristen R. Harris gave the GEMS Presentation.

The keynote speaker was Sherida Morrison (CEO and Founder of Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP). She gave a powerful speech about the importance of order, illustrated by using the analogy of the order of Geese as they fly in formation. The message was so profound to the degree I fear I'll do it disservice trying to explain it. The message was simply amazing.

The award ceremony honored the following people: Adeola Pollard, Amber Travis, Andrea Lynn Dixon, Archana Liggins, Ashley White, Bianca Robinson, Candance Edwards, DeLisa Williams, Gabrielle Wells, Inez Woody, Jackie Horbrook, Jamila Parham, Jennifer Beckham, Jeri Toliver, Kamela Fulbright, Karyn Lee, Kenya R. Thomas, Kenyatta Scott, LaGena Cain, LaToya Hunter, Lauren Cole, Leslie Nicole Smith, Lisa Lyons, LuTonya M. Lang, Marva Hall, Melanie Brown, Menia Johnson, Meshon Chase, Monique Shelton, Myaisha Harvey, Nicole Bynum, Rachel Holmes, Siekeia Collins, Stephanie Collins, Tai Sawyer, Tameika Hinton, Tammera Holmes, Tonie Robinson, Tonya Weatherly, Vanessa Abron.

The award ceremony ended with a powerful closing by the founder and president of the 40 UNDER 40 YOUNG WOMEN PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE, Cheresa Purnell.

She gave a wonderful speech that challenged the awardees as well as everyone in the room, including men, to reclaim their communities, their sisters, and their families.

I truly had a great time celebrating all the women being honored as well as family and friends who attended. Such a magical night of Black excellence.  

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Photo Credit: Jim Allen

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Written By: Jim Allen