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Thursday, September 26 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Harold Washington Speaks: The Social Change Edition

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Harold Washington Speaks will provide a platform for young professionals to showcase their thoughts in areas of expertise and influence. This event will have emerging leaders of Chicago speaking on critical and empowering topics that embody the legacy of Mayor Harold Washington. The topics will not only have an impact in Chicago, but across the nation.

Felicia Williams, Recording Secretary, Metroboard

Mother, student, community servant - those are the words that define, native Chicagoan, Felicia Williams. Felicia is an Organization Development Specialist for (Philadelphia-based) property preservation company, RDF Field Services, where she is charged with creating infrastructure and developing successful operating policies and procedures. The mother of two is also full time MBA student at the Morris Graduate School of Management at Robert Morris University (IL). While she is extremely dedicated to her family, professional and educational pursuits, volunteerism has always been Felicia’s true passion. She currently serving as a Membership Committeewoman for the National Urban League Young Professionals and Recording Secretary for the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League, where she was named 2013 Executive Board Member of the Year. Consistently seeking to engage the community and utilize her talents in organization, Felicia has founded her own nonprofit, S.P.A.C.E. (a college readiness program for single teenage parents) set to launch in August 2014.


Jahmal Cole, Founder, Role Model Movement

Jahmal Cole is an author, speaker and community leader. One of Cole's first inspirations toward public service came from his father, who ran for City Council. Today, Jahmal is using that inspiration to service and mentor inner  city youth. As the founder of Role Model Movement Inc, a non-profit organization, Cole strives to make the community a better place to live as he inspires and helps teens and young adults to rise above their present  circumstances and upbringing. Jahmal Cole is a Chicago Ideas award winning author and 2013 Scion Motivate Winner. 


Kelly Fair, Founder & CEO, Polished Pebbles

Literacy advocate and mentor, Kelly Fair, founded Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program in 2009. An active member in her community, Kelly’s passion for youth and female-specific enrichment programs inspired her to consult for several other non-profit organizations as an educational consultant and trainer in addition to Polished Pebbles. Kelly graduated from Howard University with a degree in Speech Pathology minoring in Psychology and completed her master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa. She uses her educational background to instill effective communication skills via the Polished Pebbles S.H.I.N.E. : Smile, Hello, Introduce, Nod your head, End the conversation.


Rebecca Reynolds, Chicago Votes

Rebecca is the executive director of Chicago Votes where she is focused on educating, inspiring and training the next generation of civic leaders and citizen advocates. An experienced campaign manager who specializes in field work, volunteer organizing and youth engagement, she has run competitive electoral campaigns in Illinois known for their non-traditional young candidates and rigorous field programs supported by Millennial Generation volunteers. She served as the Director of Citizen Outreach with The Fund for the Public Interest Research Groups in Chicago and Washington, D.C., where she worked primarily with students advocating for issues ranging from gay and consumer rights to environmental protections. She is on the board of the Dill Pickle Food Cooperative and a recent fellow of the the New Leader Council Chicago chapter.


Wendell Mosby, Chair, Young & Powerful Group Chicago

In 2011, Wendell Mosby was the youngest ever to be elected to the Board of Trustees at Prairie State College. As one of seven Trustees, he is responsible for the hiring of the President’s and evaluation including the governance and financial oversight of a $50 million budget. Trustee Mosby serves as Chairman of the Public Relations Committee for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA). As Chair, the committee is tasked with generating ideas to promote Illinois' 39 college districts. Mosby holds a Bachelor of Science in apparel production management from Iowa State University. Currently, he is an Educational Consultant for Just WIMP. Just WIMP is a motivational company with a curriculum-based program and apparel line. As a motivational speaker, Mosby conducts workshops and presentations about leadership, bullying and entrepreneurship. In February Mosby was named a Semi-finalist for the Echoing Green Fellowship for Black Male Achievement. Mosby is the Illinois State Director for the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network and Chair of the Chicago’s Young & Powerful Group. Since 2008, nationally The Young & Powerful Group has raised over $250,000 for President Barack Obama.


Thursday September 26, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
BLUE1647 1647 South Blue Island