More than 30 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits will participate in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by Windy City Times with Center on Halsted, Pride Action Tank, Chicago House, Association of Latino/as Motivating Action, Affinity Community Services, TransTech Social Enterprises, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Out & Equal Chicagoland, Lambda Legal, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and the Northalsted Business Alliance.
Confirmed exhibitors, in addition to the sponsors, include:
Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas
Chicago Commission on Human Relations
Chicago Women in Trades
Christy Webber Landscapes
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Gap Inc. and Old Navy
Howard Brown Health
MB Financial Bank
Metropolitan Family Services
Northwestern Department of Medical Social Sciences
Pace Suburban Bus Company
Paul Mitchell The School
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
State of Illinois Department of Rehabilitation
Zurich North America
This is the second WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair. The first focused primarily on youth experiencing homelessness. This fair is open to all, and will have special workshops focused on youth, transgender employment, and seniors.
The workshops include:
Getting Started ( or Starting Again ): Job Searching for "First" Timers
Kara Rosser, One Summer Chicago
One Summer Chicago youth participant
Sean Bush, Silver Fork Coordinator
Silver Fork Alumni
Stronger and Wiser: Job Searching For LGBTQ Older Adults
Dan O'Donnell, AARP
Jonathan Tague, Senior Helpers
Britta Larson, Center on Halsted
Nora O'Malley, Lyric Opera
Transgender and the Workplace
Moderator: Alexis Paige, Lambda Legal
Owen Daniel-McCarter, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
Sandra Wagner, Northern Trust
Alexis Martinez, activist
Channyn Lynn Parker, TransLife Center, Chicago House
From Resumes to Interviews: Making a Good First Impression
Moderator: Michael Erwin, Director, Global Corporate Communications and Social Media CareerBuilder
Julie West, CG Consulting
Justin Thompson, Consumer Marketing, CareerBuilder
Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder
Sarah Frank, Experis/ManpowerGroup
Mike Madura, Associate Director National Recruiting, KPMG
The Illinois Secretary of State Mobile Services Unit will be on-site to assist attendees with acquiring or renewing state identifications, driver's licenses, and other state registrations from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Youth Space.
Booths at the job fair are $95 for businesses, $50 for nonprofits. Deadline is Sept. 6. Email Tracy Baim for details: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 773-871-7610.
See www.facebook.com/LGBTQJobFair/ .