Chicago Conference

Level Up Career Conference & Business Expo

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Date: Monday, june 19th, 2023

Venue: Malcolm x conference center

Event Schedule

Panel Discussions

  • Keynote Speaker: Breaking The Glass Ceiling & Creating Your Own Lane. Speaker: Khadijah Tribble
  • The DEI Journey: From Buzzword to Actionable Steps in Career Advancement. Speaker: Veda Pennington, Jai Kensey, Danielle Drummond. 
  • The Power of Resilience: Overcoming Obstacles and Thriving Professionally after a Conviction. Speaker:Carlos Ramos, Corvain Cooper
  • Keep on Growing Panel Speaker: Eric Wilkinson, Reese Xavier, Gary Little, Johnny Raguay, Chris “Cat” Atkinson.
  • Cannabis Careers Unveiled: Diverse Pathways into the Booming Industry Speaker: 
  • The State of Expungement In Illinois Speaker:Congressman Danny Davis
  • Driving Social Impact through your brand: The Story of 40 Tons Speaker: Loriel Alegrete, Corvain Cooper, Anthony Alegrete

Sessions & Workshops

  • Resume Development (on-going throughout the day) 2 SESSIONS. 4 Career Coaches on site.
  • How to beat the ATS system to get your resume seen by HR Recruiters. Speaker: Noelle Holiday.
  • Grow With Google class (2hrs.). Speaker: Vernon Flemming
  • Pivot Smarter into the Industry: Get in Through the Back Door. Speaker: Shawnee Williams.
  • Know Your Rights Speaker: Peter Contos
  • Dispensary Agent Training. Speaker: Illinois Cannabis Agent Training
  • Green Rainbows: Harnessing the History of Prohibition for Your Professional Benefit. Speaker: Kelly Judge Goldberg. 

Business Expo - exhibitor listing

  • GTI
  • Ascend Wellness
  • HRDI
  • Engin
  • United Center / At Your Service
  • Tetragram
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Fully Baked
  • 1906
  • Cannabaddie
  • Illinois Equity Staffing,
  • Sociale Dispensary

Expungement Clinic

  • West Side Justice Center

Transportation & Parking

  • By public transit: Several transit routes run adjacent to the college including: the CTA Blue Line (Illinois Medical District stop) and the CTA bus #157, 126, and 50.
  • By car: Cars access Malcolm X College via Jackson Blvd. The Malcolm X College parking garage is accessible via Jackson Blvd. 
  • PARKING GARAGE – The Malcolm X College parking garage is accessible via Jackson Blvd. Parking is free with parking ticket validation.

Social Equity Scholarship

40 Tons has partnered with Oaksterdam University to bring Cannabis education to underserved communities. We believe the path to real restorative justice is through education and employment opportunities. Educational scholarships are awarded at each of our career conferences. To learn more about Oaksterdam and their curriculum, please click the links below.