Olympic Champion Gabrielle Douglas will visit Chicago with her mother, Natalie Hawkins, to highlight a special event exclusive to mothers and daughters.
What: Douglas will speak to hundreds of mothers, daughters and supporters at the “Pink Pearls & Pretty Dresses: Girls’ Empowerment Brunch.” The event is a fundraiser for Inspire Girls to Lead Our World (iGlow)—a Chicago mentorship program for young girls.
When: Sunday, October 14, 2012; 12pm-4pm
Where: Donald E. Stevens Convention Center; 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
Why: The event will be a day of inspiration and empowerment for young girls and their mothers. It will also help raise funds for iGlow so that it can continue delivering resources and guidance for young women in the Chicago-land area. In short, iGlow provides platforms for young girls to get answers to their questions about life and their struggles.
About the Founder of iGlowDelores Balogun is a Chicago native and currently serves on the advance team for First Lady Michelle Obama. She attended Chicago public schools and earned a Bachelor’s degree in event marketing at Illinois State University. She also worked for the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for several years.
A humanitarian at heart, Balogun is passionate about empowering the next generation of young women through mentorship so that they may radically impact their local and global communities. As a teenager, she often felt insignificant and sought validation from others. She is inspired by her own struggles with depression and low self-esteem. But because of various mentoring relationships, she was able to triumph over her personal insecurities. This once insecure girl with no desire to live now imparts confidence and healing to the lives of other young girls.