Join us at this family friendly event as we come together to honor & be inspired by Black entrepreneurship & innovation.
This signature event will include a fireside chat with Meta Chicago’s Chief Culture Officer Nikki Newsome on the topic of knowing your worth as a Black professional as well as opportunities to network, eat, & celebrate the day.
- Connect with fellow allies
- Discuss how to amplify your voice in the workplace
- Enter to win special prizes & support the Black Pitch Competition in our raffle
Registration has closed for this year’s Juneteenth celebration. Be on the lookout for future events in the coming weeks!
What to expect
Vendor Fair, Jenga, Trap Yoga, Food and Bev station
1:00 PM - 1:55 PM
1:55 PM - 2:00 PM
Juneteenth family feud
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Participate in one of America’s favorite tv gameshow’s with a twist! Join us on the main stage as we play Juneteenth Family Feud, where ten lucky contestants have the opportunity to test their knowledge on black culture, topics include: history, pop culture, entertainment, HBCU facts and more!
Marseil ‘Action’ Jackson
Marseil ‘Action’ Jackson is a Serial Entrepreneur and Radio Personality whose life mission is to “help people live a better Life”! He’s the owner of the Dream Center CoWorking & Business Support Center located in The Soul City Corridor of Chicago! He’s one the Host of the Brunch Bunch on Inspiration 1390AM that airs Mon-Fri 12pm-1pm and their aim to send their listeners back better than they came!
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Fireside chat with Lisa Laws and Nikki Newsome
2:30 PM - 3:05 PM
Lisa Laws, COO of 1871
Lisa Laws is the Chief Operating Officer at 1871, responsible for day-to-day operations, building employee alignment, and creating critical organizational targets. Gifted in operational leadership and collaborative work, Lisa’s Engineering and Project Management background in the Private sector and Operations, Community Engagement, and Policy in the Public sector has given Lisa a unique skill set to successfully manage cross-functional teams to create and execute strategic priorities.
Nikki Newsome, Chief Culture Officer, Meta Chicago
Nikki joined Meta (formerly known as Facebook) in 2017 on the Global Marketing Sales team as part of the launch team in Chicago to aid the growth of small and medium businesses within the Meta family of apps. In addition to her sales role, Nikki saw an opportunity to localize Meta’s global mission by building community and bringing people closer together. Given the growth of the office and the need to expand the Meta Chicago brand, Nikki was named Site Lead of Meta Chicago in 2019.
Learn more about Nikki Newsome on her website.
Fireside chat Q&A
3:05 PM - 3:15 PM
Instructional line dance party
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Dr. Loretta Hall-Martin
Dr. Loretta Hall-Martin is a retired Chicago Public School teacher, counselor, assistant principal, driver education director, and coordinator of the city-wide Safety and Driver Education program. She was the only woman in the nation to hold the top administration position in Driver Education and her safety tips continue to be used in driver education textbooks today. During her 34 years with the CPS she also taught part-time at Northeastern Illinois University, at the Center for Inner City Studies, at Northwestern University Traffic Safety School, “The Pep Program” with the University of Chicago, The Principal Scholars Program with the University of Illinois and at the Sinai Parenting Institute. Her post-graduate studies were achieved from Roosevelt and at Americus Universities.
3:45 PM - 3:50 PM
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Health and safety
The health and safety of our guests is of the utmost priority to 1871. All in-person attendees are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before entering, and we ask that anyone who is feeling under the weather switch to our virtual programming. Masks are optional in 1871’s event space & common areas.