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THE 6th ANNUAL SOUL OF A POWERFUL WOMAN is a performance to help raise funds for the Black Ensemble Theater to support our mission of eradicating racism through the theater arts.  Co-created by Jackie Taylor, CEO and Executive Director of the Black Ensemble Theater and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Soul Of A Powerful Woman has become a premier annual event having raised more than $300,000 to support Black Ensemble Theater programs including our Educational Outreach programs impacting thousands of underserved youth each year.

Our performers give their time and financial support because they want to do their part in making our vision of a world without racism a reality. It’s amazing to see these powerful women in politics, business and entertainment take the stage to act, sing and dance. Their performance is uplifting, inspirational, motivational and not to be missed. Everyone, men and women will have a joyful and celebratory experience at Soul Of A Powerful Woman!

We hope you will join us! Purchase your tickets today or become an Honorary Committee Member and have your name listed in the program, on the invitation and on our website as a sponsor of this historical event. We promise you a great performance and a one of a kind networking opportunity.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking below or calling the box office at 773-769-4451.

The Soul Of A Powerful Woman will be performed on May 19th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark Street. The champagne reception hosted by our powerful women will follow immediately after the performance.

Sunday, May 19, 2019  
6:00 PM Performance 

Individual Tickets: $250

Mingle with the powerful women at the after-party reception

Host Committee Member Financial Commitment: $1,500

4 Complimentary tickets and listed in the program and on BE website
Host Committee members are recognized as sponsors
Mingle with the powerful women at the after-party reception
Let the world know you support POWERFUL WOMEN


Illinois Lieutenant Governor
Juliana Stratton

Jan Schakowsky

Hedy Ratner
Activist and President Emerita
Women’s Business Development

Cook County Board President
Toni Preckwinkle

States Attorney
Kim Foxx

Andrea Zopp
President and CEO of World Business Chicago

Dr. Suzet McKinney
CEO/Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District.

Robin Kelly

Kimberly McCullough-Starks
President & CEO at Platinum Public Strategies, LLC

Jennifer Dedes-Nowak
Senior Manager, Cubs Charities

Robin Robinson
Reporter and Entrepreneur

Star Jones
Attorney, Author & Advocate,
President; Professional Diversity Network Inc.

Sandy Reynolds
Global Sales Director of Kendall Miles Design

Melody Spann Cooper
Chairman Midway Broadcasting Corporation

Jade Williams
Restructuring Associate DLA Piper LLP

Corliss Garner
Vice President & Senior Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion, BMO Harris Bank

Joyce Johnson-Miller
Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, PGC Asset Management


Ahvia Reynolds

Julia Stasch

Mellody Hobson

Ashley Tate-Gilmore

Sandya Dandamudi

Jeanie Adams

Robin Robinson

Jennifer Dedes – Nowak

Abbey Canning

Diane Whaton

Justine Fedak