Speakers and Panelists

Elena Robinson

Elena Robinson

Board Member, Women Employed & Sr. Integrated Producer, Energy BBDO
Tayo Mbande

Tayo Mbande

Birthworker and Community Educator
Andrea Palmer

Andrea Palmer

Chief, Illinois Department of Public Health’s Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health Services & Director, Illinois’ Maternal and Child Health
Bethany Pagels-Minor, MIS, MBA

Bethany Pagels-Minor, MIS, MBA

Senior Program Manager, Apple & Board of Directors Member of Chicago Black Women in Tech, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, and Howard Brown Health
Mae Whiteside

Mae Whiteside

Leadership Circle Member, Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association
Jeanine Valrie, Logan, MPH, RN, CLS

Jeanine Valrie, Logan, MPH, RN, CLS

Midwife, Nurse, and Certified Lactation Specialist & Co-Editor, Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers
Sophia Burke

Sophia Burke

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, American Indian Health Services of Chicago, Inc.
Tiana J. McCall

Tiana J. McCall

County Clerk, Winnebago County


Great Accommodations and Rates for Attendees
Chicago State University


We’ll be excited to meet you! You can register here.

  • A regular Student/Transitioning Adult General Admission ticket is $20.00
  • A regular General Admission ticket is $75.00

Visit here to register now.* While you can purchase tickets at the door, we strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets and register in advance online by October 18 to ensure you are able to attend the sessions of your choice.

Yes. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please email us at info@speaktruthsummit.com.

Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628, is accessible by car as well as public transportation. Google Maps can provide various routes coming from all directions to reach CSU. For public transit directions, click here.

On-site parking at Chicago State University is $10 per day.

No transportation will be provided to Connect+ Gallery. If you’re not driving or carpooling, ordering a Lyft is suggested.

Yes! Your ticket includes a Lyft ride discount code, which will be provided to you three (3) days prior to the summit.

Yes, you may at the door using cash, credit card, or check. To ensure you are able to attend your preferred sessions however, we strongly encourage you purchase your ticket to the Summit in advance here.

Absolutely! While your guest can purchase their ticket at the door, we strongly encourage them to buy their ticket in advance here. The deadline to purchase tickets online is October 18, 2018.

Nearby hotel accommodations include:

  • La Quinta Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60615
  • Hyatt Place Chicago – South, 5445 S. Harper Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
  • Sophy Hotel, 1411 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

We made sure to arrange discounted accommodations for summit attendees!

Discounted rooms can be reserved at the following hotels by mentioning that you are a summit attendee. All hotels are within walking distance of the Speak, Queen! Celebration location, The Silver Room, located at 1506 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615.

Absolutely! On-site vendor stands will provide food options for purchase.

Check us out on social media! There’s plenty of content on our channels, including in Instagram to share with your online community.

You’re also more than welcome to participate in our #STSTruth Campaign where we’re inviting women to share their truth and learn more about the #SpeakTruth Summit

Members of the media should contact Felicia Apprey-Agyare via e-mail at fapprey@theafricanlife.org or by phone at (773) 671-3240

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Your ticket purchase is non-refundable but can be transferred to another individual upon giving us notice thereof.

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