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The Black Woman's Expo

Our vision was to create a forum in Chicago for women to discuss and explore solutions to the issues they confront in their daily lives and to celebrate their aspirations and achievements in an event designed for women by women. The Black Women’s Expo, now in its 20th year and the nation’s longest running exposition of its kind, garners the attendance of thousands at this annual ticketed event, more than 25,000 in 2013, and it has become an essential marketing tool for corporations seeking to engage this lucrative, upscale African American consumer in the country’s third largest market, Chicago.

Merry Green, President of MGPG Events, Inc.

Merry Green is the Creator & Founder of The Black Women’s Expo in Chicago, the nation’s longest running empowerment exposition for the African American consumer. Since 1995, MGPG Events, Inc., a boutique firm headquartered in the city of Chicago, has specialized in Event Planning & Production, Experiential Marketing and Public Relations for an expansive list of clients. Merry has an extensive background and expertise in community relations and outreach, creating effective public relations campaigns, and producing special events specifically targeting the African American community.

Over the past 18 years, MGPG Events has created and executed the following events and community outreach campaigns: V103’s Expo for Today’s Black Woman, The Chicago Football Classic, Real Men Cook, Tavis Smiley’s Blacks in Technology Conference, RTA’s Transportation Symposium, League of Black Women’s National Leadership Conference, Chicago Defender’s Pastors Salute, Women of Excellence & Newsmakers Gala, and Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Family Expo at Megafest, to name a few.

Advisory Panel

  • Adrienne Kellum McDay, Harper College
  • Anita Genes, WCIU TV
  • Ann Yancy, Yancy Foundation
  • Atty. Jeanette C. Wilson, Chicago Public Schools
  • C. Betty Magness, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  • Debra Porter, Macy’s
  • Donna Williams, ABC7 Television
  • Dorothy Leavell, Chicago Crusader Newspapers
  • Henrietta Leak, A.R. Leak & Sons
  • The Honorable Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
  • Ingrid Bridges, McGraw Foundation
  • Juanita Passmore, Jazz Unites
  • Marshette Turner, State of Illinois
  • Monica Haslip, Little Black Pearl
  • Nikki Zollar, Triad Consulting Services
  • Ollie McLemore, DePaul University
  • Pepper Miller, The Hunter Miller Group
  • Rev. Helen Carry, Johnnie Coleman Institute
  • Rev. Johnnie Coleman, Christ Universal Temple
  • Rev. Willie Barrow, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  • Sheila White, Holistic Wellness Practitioner
  • Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President
  • Wynona Redmond, Wyn Wyn Communications, Inc

Expo Team

  • Merry Green, Expo Creator/Executive Producer
  • Tiffany Childs, Executive Assistant/Small Business Exhibitor Sales
  • Sharita Childs, Seminar Producer
  • Janeen Foriest, Seminar Producer
  • Janeen Griffin, Gala Coordinator
  • Summer Alexander, Marketing Coordinator


Norine Smyth, Sponsor Chicago
Sponsorship Sales

Euris Bates, E & Z Sales and Marketing,
Inc Sponsorship Sales

Victory Mobile
Digital Marketing / Branding