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Erika Gilchrist Vio
Assaulted as a little girl, domestically abused as a young adult, living in a women’s shelter, and survived a suicide attempt, Erika Gilchrist has earned the title of “The Unstoppable Woman.” She is regarded as one of the most energizing, engaging, and captivating speakers in the industry.
Through many years of self reflection and mental health therapy, she began to better understand the diverse world around her. After years of conducting diversity workshops with Monster.com and other companies, she took a deeper dive into the world of equity and inclusion. After two decades of being a professional trainer, she created long-lasting relationships with some of the country's leading experts in the field and curated: "What's In It For WE?"
She is the creator of the brazen brand, W.T.F. –Women Thriving Fearlessly!™. As a published author of 13 books, and a 24-year speaking veteran, Ms. Gilchrist is an expert in personal development, leadership training, abuse prevention & escape, DEI+B, 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™. She’s been featured as one of the “15 Most Powerful Women on the South Side of Chicago,” Chicago Woman Magazine, WCIU, CLTV, and Rolling Out Magazine.
She has been certified in the following topics:
"Unconscious Bias: From Awareness to Action"
"Teaching & Learning in Diverse Classrooms"
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