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Thank you to everyone who attended the Morning Symposium

Thank you to everyone for the amazing support!



Across our communities, young people are daring to speak out and demand change to create safe, just and healthy communities for all.

Join Chicago Foundation for Women as we listen to a new generation of leaders speak their truth and share how they are daring to take action on the issues that matter most to them. At the free and public Morning Symposium you’ll also have the opportunity to connect with members of our community committed to ending gender bias, so that you leave informed and inspired to perform your own acts of daring.

Please note that space is limited, and registration is required to attend. To learn more and to register for the Annual Luncheon, please visit You may also indicate your plans to attend the symposium on your luncheon RSVP.


Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Upper Wacker Drive

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Immigration Text

Featuring a conversation between Elizabeth Cervantes, Director of Organizing at Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project + Hannah Doruelo, Community Organizer at AFIRE.

Elizabeth Cervantes is a DACA recipient and co-founder and Director of Organizing with the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP), an immigrant rights organization serving Will & DuPage counties in Illinois. Elizabeth began organizing around immigration policy while in college as an undocumented student, co-founding the student-led campus organization Undocumented, Resilient, & Organized (URO) at Northeastern Illinois University and serving as the Midwest Representative for the youth council for the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS). She now oversees the implementation of civic and youth leadership programs and advocacy at SSIP.

The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights & Empowerment (AFIRE) is a grassroots community organization that builds the capacity of Filipino/a/xs to organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice that affect undocumented immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth. As a community organizer, Hannah Doruelo strives to grow AFIRE’s membership for collective healing and liberation. She believes in the transformative power of narrative, education, and community in combating structural injustice.

LGBTQ Rights text

Featuring a conversation between Grey Miller, CHAT Network, + LaSaia Wade, Executive Director of Brave Space Alliance.

Grey Miller is a member of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health’s Change, Heal, Act, Together (CHAT) Network, which engages youth and their communities through peer education, online and offline campaigns, and systems change work. Grey has helped create a survey that is by and for trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people, and is currently working with ICAH’s TGNC group to analyze the data to put forth a campaign to address the needs of the community. Grey is a rising junior at Evanston Township High School.

LaSaia Wade is an open Afro-Puerto Rican indigenous Trans Woman, founder of TNTJ Tennessee Trans Journey Project, and member of Chicago Trans Gender Nonconforming Collective and the Trans Liberation Collective, and Director of Brave Space Alliance. Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, and designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ community of Chicago. LaSaia’s role in organizing ranges from being  a central organizer for the Trans Liberation Protest Chicago, the largest march for trans rights in Midwestern history, and being the Chicago chapter Mother for the House of Lauren.

Community violence text

Featuring a conversation between Amani Johnson, a member of B.R.A.V.E. Youth Leaders of St. Sabina + Maxine Wint, co-founder of Youth for Black Lives.

Amani Johnson became a member of B.R.A.V.E. Youth Leaders of St. Sabina as a high school freshman at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep. B.R.A.V.E stands for Bold Resistance Against Violence Everywhere and serves as a peer youth council geared towards violence prevention. It is a program for youth ages 13-24 from varying schools and communities who combine their goals and ideas to promote peace and change in their communities. The group’s mission is to cultivate and develop youth into leaders and agents of social justice through demonstrations for peace such as the march to shut down the 79th Dan Ryan that took place earlier this summer. Amani is currently a junior at DePaul University studying Health Science. After graduation, she plans on continuing her studies to become an occupational therapist and working in her community as an activist.  

As co-founder of Youth for Black Lives, Maxine Wint was one of four high school students to organize more than 1,000 people, largely young adults, to peacefully protest police violence. These young women went on to organize Youth For Black Lives, an organization committed to amplifying the voice of young black people in Chicago. Maxine received Chicago Foundation for Women’s 2017 Pioneer Award, recognizing trailblazing young leaders under the age of 30 whose work is already impacting women and girls and shows great promise for the future, for organizing the Chicago Youth Sit-In and March Against Police Brutality.


If you are unable to attend or would like to offer additional support, please consider donating.


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Title Sponsors

Strellis & Field


Official Media Sponsors of Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Woman


Official Airline of Chicago Foundation for Women




To speak with someone about the 33rd Annual Luncheon or Morning Symposium,
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