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Erika Gilchrist

Senior Director of Corporate Vendor/Sponsorship Acquisitions

  • Chief Director of Vendor/Sponsorship Acquisitions 

  • Public Relations 

  • International Women's Advocacy Liaison


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Erika Gilchrist is regarded as one of the most energizing, engaging, and captivating speakers in the industry. She is the creator of the brazen brand, W.T.F. – Women Thriving Fearlessly!™. As a published author of 13 books, and a 20 year speaking veteran, Ms. Gilchrist is an expert in event logistics, personal development, leadership training, and conflict management skills for women. She has built a thriving business from absolutely nothing to now being the owner of the largest expo for women in business in Chicagoland appropriately called the Women Thriving Fearlessly Expo™. During the 20 tenure in the world of event planning, and getting her own materials placed in the swag bags of the official post Oscar™ Party in 2016, she saw a unique opportunity for business owners to get their products and services in the hands of thousands of people each month. She seized the opportunity and created Swag Genie™ - a marketing company that places businesses in front of event attendees through the fulfillment of swag bags.

She’s been featured as one of the “15 Most Powerful Women on the South Side of Chicago,” Chicago Woman Magazine, CLTV, and Rolling Out Magazine.

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