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The Ultimate Career Summit for Black Women with Full-time Careers

September 21 - 22, 2023
An immersive career experience designed with Black professional women, ages 25-40 in mind.

THE CLIMB 2023
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Recap from the 2022 Summit
The Great Reshuffle:
Redefining the Corporate Dream

Long gone are the days when women are willing to forsake all parts of their lives in pursuit of the corner office. Long before the career-changing impact of COVID-19, women began to reconsider what career success actually meant. COVID-19 simply accelerated that examination, and employers and employees alike are currently redefining what that corporate dream means to them.

At the 4th Annual The CLIMB Career Summit, we will explore what it means to redefine your corporate with some of the leading Black female corporate executives. This immersive career experience was designed with Black professional women, ages 25-40 in mind.
What You Will Learn...

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The biggest blocks holding you back from reaching your career goals

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What is preventing you from securing a corporate leader position


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How to balance your ambition with your desire for a healthy personal life
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The generational habits that make it difficult for Black women to thrive in senior leadership positions

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How self-advocacy and negotiation work together to earn what you are worth
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How to navigate a work environment where change is constant, and success seems like a moving target

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Tools to decide if you need to start or business or if you simply need a new job
The CLIMB Career Summit Starts on September 28th, are you ready yet? Get on the waitlist now!
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2022 Speakers
Dheena Allen
Program Manager
Medallia

Shavon Banket
Director of Content & Social Media
Shaker Recruitment Marketing

Devin Blackburn
Managing Director, Head of Executive Compensation Advisory, Advice Lab
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Vunzai Coen
CEO
Coen Carpentry Services Inc
& Coen Construction Services
Laurinda Dodgen
Associate Vice President,
Community Engagement
Molina Healthcare of Illinois
Alicia Francis
Senior Vice President,
Head of Strategic Initiatives
Weber Shandwick
Shana Johnson
Executive Director, Finance
GCM Grosvenor

Felicia Joy
Executive Vice President of
Business Transformation
Edelman

Mariah Matthews
Human Resources Associate
GCM Grosvenor


Renetta McCann
Chief Inclusion Experience Officer
Publicis Groupe


Kenya Merritt
First Deputy Commissioner
Chief Small Business Officer
Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
Colsha Moore
Vice President of Product Marketing
JP Morgan Chase & Co.


Watchen Nyanue
Founder and CEO
I Choose the Ladder

Marla Ocampo
Chief of Staff
I Choose the Ladder

Dr. Itoro Okpokho
Family Medicine Physician
Community Health Network

Ayana Parsons
Senior Partner, Board & CEO Inclusion and Marketing Transformation
Korn Ferry
Donna Steele Ponder
Senior Director, Global
People Systems
McDonald's

Hayet Rida
Creative Strategist
Meta (formerly Facebook)

Alysia Sargent
Director, Client Partnerships
My Code

Deidra Smith
Marketing Manager
I Choose the Ladder

Audia Wells
Founder
TILT HR Consulting LLC

Lizette Williams
Global Head of
Vertical Solutions Marketing
Meta (formerly Facebook)
Details for The CLIMB 2022
Interactive Experience
Actionable Takeaways
Community Driven
Relationship Building
Schedule
Friday, September 23rd
(6:30 PM CST - 8:30 PM CST)
On Friday, we will focus on
building strong networks...
As part of our VIP Experience, our summit VIPs will attend curated, intimate, pop-up dinners at restaurants around Chicago. Each dinner will feature 13 attendees and one VIP guest who will answer any and all career + Black girl magic questions you may have.
Saturday, September 24
(8:00 AM CST - 5:00 PM CST)
On Saturday, we will focus on career growth strategies through
soft skills development...
At I Choose the Ladder we focus on corporate advancement through knowing and mastering the unwritten rules of corporate America. As you prepare for leadership, what will actually make a difference in your career and your bank account. This is what we will focus on during the summit.
You will not leave the same way that you came.
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You can't miss the biggest I Choose the Ladder event ever! Get on the waitlist now!
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What Past The CLIMB Attendees Are Saying

Ticket Options


In-Person Summit Only 
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Ticket to Saturday Summit
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Attendee Gift Bag
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Summit Playbook
$397
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In-Person
VIP Experience

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Ticket to Friday Pop-Up Dinner
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Ticket to Saturday Summit
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Networking with the next generation on Black Corporate Leaders
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Resume Submitted to all Corporate Partners
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Opportunity for On-site Job Interviews
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Early Event Access
$547
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Virtual Attendee

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Attend from the Comfort of Your Own Home
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Attendee Gift Bag
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Digital Summit Playbook
$397
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Be the first to know the details about the 2023 The CLIMB Career Summit!
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The CLIMB Covid Safety Precautions


Here’s What We’re Doing to Keep You Safe

  • All attendees will be required to show proof of COVID vaccinations when entering the building unless they have a medical or religious exemption and a negative COVID test will be required.
  • All attendees are required to wear a mask at all times inside the conference rooms and hallways immediately outside the conference rooms.
  • There are currently no State restrictions on capacity and no social distancing requirements!
  • Increased regular deep cleaning of the conference room.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the venue.
  • Only attendees that adhere to the conference COVID policies will be granted access to the conference.

If you have any questions please contact us at letstalk@choosetheladder.com

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