Chicago Southsider is on a mission to showcase the best of Chicago's South Side one block at a time. In honor of Women's History Month, we are recognizing women who are making an impact through entrepreneurship and community leadership.
Please leave a comment below to nominate a woman who you believe should be added to this list. We aim to highlight 25 women on Chicago's South Side.
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Keeana Barber is the CEO of WDB Marketing, a full-service marketing and promotions shop that caters to entrepreneurs on the South Side of Chicago. Her company offers graphic design, web design, marketing and promotional supplies and strategies. She brings entrepreneurs from all over the city together for her annual L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards Gala.
Keeana's been featured in Chicago Defender, Rolling Out, and Fox 32. She's also made appearances on WGN 9.
Whitney is a licensed Real Estate Broker, community developer, and event curator. She has hosted the Building Blocks of Business Series, Diamonds & Deeds Virtual Homebuying Workshop, and Wealth Building Wednesday podcast.
Serita Love is a personal brand strategist and founder of Success Junkie. Her life goal is to help over 100,000 enterprising professionals create powerful, impactful & profitable brands. She turned her 12 step success program into her first book, "The Success High: 12 Steps to Getting & Staying Ahead.”
Serita was a recipient of Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35 Award. Last year, she delivered a TEDx Talk on The Success of Trauma: How Challenges Make Champions.
Assata is an expert mathematician and former high school principal. She teaches students the true origin of mathematics through her Black Math Genius Program. Assata is also the author of "The Wealth Formula: Secrets to Financial Freedom" and "Get Your $H!T Together: Guide to Getting Your Mind, Credit and Money Right"
In 2009, Assata received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Andrea NaTay is a serial entrepreneur. She's owned a business development firm, snow plowing company, and food trucks while on her mission to own a school.
Before taking the leap into entrepreneurship, she worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, and City of Chicago.
Andrea joined the Navy at age 20 and served the country for seven years. A few years ago, Andrea hosted the "Ditch the Weight & Guns" 5K Walk & Run Series. Her group ran in some of Chicago's most under-resourced neighborhoods, including Englewood, Chatham, and Roseland. She has been an active contributor to the development of the South Side of Chicago.
Rashauna is a real estate agent and investor. She is also the founder of Flippin' In Heels, a community for women real estate investors. Flippin' in heels hosts conferences, online summits, and property tours to educate women on the many avenues of investing.
Rashauna was recognized by Homesnap for being in the Top 15% of agents in the country. She has appeared on Rants and Gems and was a panelist at the 2021 Invest Fest experience presented by Earn Your Leisure.
TeQuila is the Founder and CEO of Qui Virtual Support Solutions, LLC. Her staffing agency matches pre-screened virtual assistants (QuiVAs) from the U.S. and other parts of the African Diaspora with high achieving Black entrepreneurs, small business owners, and busy professionals.
TeQuila is a Forbes Next 1000 awardee and recipient of the Founders First CDC 2022 Chicago Job Creators Quest Grant.
Did you enjoy reading about these women?
If so, feel free to nominate another woman we should add to this list and support the Chicago Southsider by investing in an annual membership.
Leave a comment below and let us know about a woman who is leaving the South Side better than she found it by using her gifts as an entrepreneur or community leader.
We will tally up the votes and add more women to the list based on your recommendations. Act now -- we are closing the list at the end of April. We aim to showcase 25 amazing women impacting the South Side of Chicago.
Hey, I'm Charlene and I'm the founder of Chicago Southsider.
I was born in Englewood, raised in Auburn Gresham, and educated in Chicago's Bronzeville community.
In 2015, I represented Chicago in the Ms. Corporate America pageant and brought home the crown.
Then, I transitioned from Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the banking industry to financial journalist for major publications so that I could use media to help generate millions of dollars in our community.
I've written thousands of articles for publications all over the web, including Black Enterprise, American Express, Huffington Post, and The Motley Fool.
My content has produced more sales and exposure for small business owners across the country.
Now, I'm on a mission to use Chicago Southsider as a vehicle to circulate more dollars in our community and I'm so glad you are part of this vision.
If you enjoy our content and want to see more coverage of Chicago's South Side entrepreneurs or financial resources, I would love it if you considered an annual membership.
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