Raising Black Girls: A Roundtable Event

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00 - 9:00PM
Location: YMCA Corporate Headquarters, 1030 W. Van Buren St, Chicago, IL, 60607
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Our Children: An Education and Empowerment Series

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6:00 - 7:00 PM Cocktail Reception | 7:00 - 9:00 Program

The Cradle will host a roundtable discussion designed to promote an honest and open dialogue about some very real issues that affect Black girls. A panel of distinguished Black women will discuss issues prevalent with Black girls, from low self-esteem around hair and body images to stereotypes of Black girls as disruptive, defiant and sassy.

With much dialogue about Black boys taking place around the country, Black girls are being left out of the conversation. We want to ensure an equitable approach to address the issues that Black girls are facing as well.

Following the roundtable, there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to talk one-on-one with our esteemed panelists. 

Panelists for the evening will be:

Sharlene Hobson practices law at PB Hobson at Law, LLC, the strategic solution firm she founded in 2010. Her practice areas include business litigation and dispute resolution, as well as political law. She earned her B.S. from Cornell College in Iowa and her M.A. from the University of Chicago. After working in social services for several years, Sharlene earned her J.D. at the NYU School of Law. Sharlene resides in Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood with her husband, Darryl, and their two children, Sarah and Darryl.

Dr. Karen Johnson is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and Medical Director of Women’s Healthcare of Illinois in Evergreen Park and is a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Johnson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. She did her medical training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Johnson lives in Chicago with her husband and their two children – son Wesley and daughter Sloan.

Kara Burrell Wright is founder of Mindhearted, Inc., a diversity education company for parents passionate about raising culturally competent children. Kara holds a Master’s degree in Multicultural Communication and Organizational Communication from DePaul University. She began her career as a diversity and inclusion specialist with an organization development firm. She worked with both private and public sector organizations including Fortune 500, national non-profits and several other state and local organizations before founding Mindhearted, Inc. in 2008. Kara and her husband Sherman are the proud parents of a daughter, Asha, 13, and live in Chicago.

Janell Conley has worked as both a public school teacher and an educational advocate, with extensive experience providing instruction and support to maximize outcomes for students in underserved communities. As an advocate in the Department of Student Services, she provided case management for students exhibiting attendance, disciplinary, academic, and/or personal-social concerns beyond the scope of school-based personnel. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution program at Dominican University and volunteers as a Mediator at Maywood Courthouse. Residents of Oak Park, Janell and her husband Eric are the parents of three daughters – Cydney (21), Cori (20) and Christen (17).

Angela Taylor was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. She earned her B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Angela has worked in the marketing industry for over 20 years, holding positions at General Mills and Simon Marketing before joining PepsiCo 17 years ago. Angela resides in Olympia Fields, IL with her husband, Jason, and their daughter, Jordan (4), who was adopted through The Cradle’s Sayers Center in 2012. Angela is an adult adoptee, via a closed adoption.

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