The “Unleashing Entrepreneurial Leadership” event, featuring Erika Gilchrist, was held on March 19th, 2024 in Tinley Park, IL by Southland Development Authority. This gathering provided a valuable opportunity for attendees to learn from Gilchrist, an acclaimed speaker and author renowned for her energizing and captivating presentations.

Erika Gilchrist, often referred to as “The Unstoppable Woman,” is a figure of resilience and empowerment. Having overcome significant personal adversities, she has emerged as a leading voice in several key areas. Her expertise spans personal development, leadership training, abuse prevention, diversity, equity, inclusion, and conflict management for women. Gilchrist has authored 13 books and is known for creating the “W.T.F. – Women Thriving Fearlessly!” brand. Her work has been recognized across various platforms, making her a sought-after speaker for her insightful and motivational approach.

The event was a showcase of Gilchrist’s insights into effective leadership and entrepreneurship. Attendees had the chance to engage with topics such as women’s empowerment, understanding personal journeys in entrepreneurship, recognizing and overcoming common pitfalls like overconfidence and failure to pivot, and developing a personal leadership brand. Gilchrist’s approach is not just about business acumen but also encompasses personal well-being, as evident in her advice against negative self-talk and her recommendation to use specific events for business promotion.

For those interested in further exploring Erika Gilchrist’s work or seeking motivation, her website, Erika Gilchrist’s official website, offers resources including her “Monday Minute” for weekly inspiration.

The event was a valuable opportunity for individuals at various stages of their entrepreneurial journey to gain insights from a seasoned professional who has not only mastered her craft but also provides a unique blend of personal experience and professional expertise.

About Southland Development Authority

The Southland Development Authority is a nonprofit business organization launched in 2019 by business, civic, and political leaders from around the Southland who recognize the potential of the region’s people, businesses, and real estate. Our mission is to bring the resources and capacity needed to achieve transformative, inclusive economic growth for the south suburbs with a focus on investments in the Southland’s communities, industry, housing, and workforce.

We work steadfastly to connect Southland business owners, investors, and individuals with key resources to operate and thrive in the region, from equipping mid-size and small businesses in our Business Growth services Program with customized advice and consulting services, to helping local residents access the tools needed to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. With a deep institutional knowledge of the Southland’s people, markets, and history and our multifaceted, experienced team, the Southland Development Authority is a powerful partner for any individual, business, or investor.