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THE 6th ANNUAL SOUL OF A POWERFUL WOMAN is a fundraising 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 and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky in 2013, Soul of A Powerful Woman has become a premier annual event raising more than $300,000 to support Black Ensemble Theater programs including our Educational Outreach programs impacting thousands of underserved youth each year as well as our Stellar, award-winning Five Play Season of Excellence.  These powerful women give their time and financial support to the theater because they all believe in the power of women!  It’s amazing that these very powerful women in politics, business, and entertainment take the stage to act, sing and dance while educating and uplifting the audience helping them to understand and celebrate the power of women.  Many, many great women leaders of Chicago participate to help make this woman lead, woman, sponsored, and woman united campaign be the success that it has become.

We hope you will join us!  Purchase your tickets today or Become an Honorary Committee Member and have your name listed in the program as a sponsor who believes in the power of Women!  Join us for one of the greatest performances and networking opportunities of 2019.  We want to see you at The Soul of A Powerful Woman!  There will be a champagne reception attended by all of our Powerful Women after the performance.  Tickets can be purchased by clicking below or calling Toni at 773-754-3931.  There is a special $100 ticket available for women and men 30 and under by calling the box office at 773-769-4451.

The performance is on May 19th from 6:00 – 7:30 at the Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark Street.  The champagne reception will follow immediately after the performance.

Sunday, May 19, 2019  
6:00 PM Performance 

Host Committee Member Financial Commitment: $1,500

-4 Complimentary tickets and listed in the program and on BE website
-Help market the event through your network
-Mingle with the audience at the after-party reception


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

Star Jones
Lawyer, Entertainer, Activist

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

Kimberly A. Lightford

Joyce C. Johnson
Business Woman


Ahvia Reynolds

Julia Stasch

Mellody Hobson

Ashley Gilmore-Tate

Sandya Dandamudi

Jeanie Adams

Robin Robinson