I was one lucky lady last Friday, April 28th. I attended The Made Man Chicago event presented by Blueprint Global Group in partnership with the 100 Black Men of America, Black Enterprise Magazine, National Urban League, Upscale Magazine, 100 Black Men Chicago and the Chicago Morehouse Alumni Association, Sponsored by BMW & PNC Bank. This star-studded celebrity red carpet reception event honored African American celebrities and influential men making a difference right here in Chicago.
I was happy to already know some of the distinguished gentlemen getting honored, but there were quite a few men I didn’t know and it was an honor to be able to attend the press conference to hear from each one of them the contributions they have made in Chicago and what being a Made Man means to them.
Every Made Man of the evening was given a Rose to wear to distinguish them from the crowd. There was a reason behind the rose. We are only as strong as our community and I loved how Ky Dele (Founder of BluePrint Global Group) made sure to let them know they should be networking with each other. The main reason for the small gathering before the actual reception was for ALL The Made men to get to know each other and see how they can help each other achieve more greatness.
The evening included mingling, small bites, checking out the 2017 BMW M760i on display, and being treated to entertainment by American Award winning recording artist and producer Baritone Michael Harper.
I wanted to include the Chicago original Press Release again below because it goes into more detail of the event and other initiatives covered by Blueprint Global Group. The Made Man is not just a Chicago event, but a Nationwide event. Make sure to visit the TheMadeMan.org site to see where the next Made Man is near you.
Congrats again to ALL the 2017 Chicago Honoree’s.
Abe Thompson – Community Leader
Alonzo Jackson – CEO, Designer Fashion Geek Clothing
Anthony McCain – Vice President of Resource Management, Southern Company Gas
Bernard Bronner – President, Bronner Brothers
Blair Harrison Smith – Marketing Disruptor, Entrepreneur
Brian Coleman, Owner of Gold Coast Barber Shop
Brian Sleet – Principal, Kivvit
Bryant Lamont – Artist, Collector, Gallerist, Activist
Cannon Lambert ESQ – Attorney, Karchmar & Lambert, P.C.
Carl Tutt – Board President, 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc.
Carl D. West – CEO, Publisher, MG Media TBT NEWS
Charles Matthews – President, Peoples Energy
Charles B. Sheppard – Labor & Employee Relations Supervisor-, City of Chicago Department of Finance; President – Sheppard & Sheppard Image Consultants
Corey A. Hardiman – President, Chicago Area Morehouse Alumni Association, CEO, Founder of Hope Dealers Inc.
Craig Gilmore – CEO, Marlynn Enterprises LLC
D.C. Crenshaw – CEO, Fete Business Group
Dr. Major Armstead – President, CEO Winning Wellness LLC
Emanuel Basnight- Marketing Strategist
Harold Green – Writer, Mentor, Speaker, Educator
Homer Hans Bryant – Artistic Director, Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center home of Hiplet™
J Niice – Radio Personality, B96 FM
Jeffrey Beckham, Jr. – Founder, Black Box Creative Inc National Director of Digital Marketing, New Teacher Center
John McClendon – President, McClendon Holdings
John S. Kendall – Co-Founder, Past President and Past Chairman, 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc.
Jonathan Swain – Principal, Kimbark Beverage Shoppe
Julius Russell – Chef, Television Personality and Culinary Ambassador to Chile
Keith Purvis- Founder of Junction Group Films
Kenny Johnson – Entrepreneur
Kevin Williams – Head of Multicultural Marketing, BMW Group
Larry Ivory – President, CEO, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
Lester McKeever – Chairman, Board of Directors, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Lloyd Walton – Career Counselor, National Basketball Players Association
Marc Morial – President, National Urban League
Maurice Smith – President, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois
Marvin Dickerson – Vice Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Michael Scott, Jr. – Alderman, City of Chicago Ward 24
Michael Sutton – President, CEO, Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.
Rick Johnson – President, Urban Vibe Entertainment
Shannon Waldron – Founder, Urban Fêtes
Spencer Leak, Jr. – Vice President, Licensed Funeral Director, Leak and Sons Funeral Homes
Terrance Miller – Senior Pastor, Reach Within Ministry
The Honorable Michael C. Fountain – Honorary Consul to the Bahamas
Thurman “Tony” Smith -PNC Bank, Senior Vice President Community Development Banking
Tyehimba Jess – Author
Tyronne Stoudemire – Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion Hyatt Worldwide
Victor LaGroon – Director, Office of Veterans Affairs, City of Chicago
Vincent Cornelius – Cornelius Law, President, Illinois State Bar Association
Waymon Davis- President – Davis Apartments
Yaw Ofosu – Senior Privacy Administrator, Health Care Service Corporation
The Made Man Chicago Top 50+ Honoree Red Carpet Reception Chicago
Blueprint Global Group, 100 Black Men of America, Inc, 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc
National Urban League, Chicago Area Morehouse College Alumni Association,
Black Enterprise Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
CHICAGO (APRIL 2017) The Made Man (TMM) initiative is a national 10-city multi-market corporate and community initiative designed to showcase philanthropy and honor the extraordinary achievements of notable African American male influencers from various walks of life, while building a bridge for the honorees to volunteer their resources to provide empowerment for under-served men with motivational mentoring workshops and donating business attire to suit them for success.
The Made Man (TMM) initiative will be heading to Chicago presented by Blueprint Global Group in partnership with the 100 Black Men of America, Black Enterprise Magazine, National Urban League, Upscale Magazine, 100 Black Men Chicago and the Chicago Morehouse Alumni Association, Sponsored by BMW. This star-studded celebrity red carpet reception event honors African American celebrities and influential men making a difference right here in Chicago.
The 2017 Chicago honorees include Marc Morial , National Urban League President , Tyrone Stoudamire , Vice President , Global Diversity and Inclusion , Hyatt Corporation , Bernard Bronner President of Bronner Bros. Inc., Carl Tutt, Board President , 100 Black Men of Chicago, Marvin Dickerson, Vice Chairman of 100 Black Men of America, Kevin Williams – Head of Multicultural Marketing, BMW Group, Maurice Smith , President, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois, Thurman “Tony” Smith , PNC Bank, Senior Vice President Community Development Banking, Vincent Cornelius , Cornelius Law, President, Illinois State Bar Association and over 50 more honorees.
The reception will include live entertainment and a toast to the progressive men in the city that keep raising the bar. Join The Made Man honoree reception at the Hyatt Regency (151 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601) on Friday, April 28th. Tickets are available at TheMadeMan.org
The Made Man initiative provides a platform for the influencers to be celebrated, positioned with extensive business networking opportunities like the signature Linked In Live and become direct community partners. Honorees are committed to impact their city as a collective in 24 hours by engaging in motivational mentoring workshops with local schools and youth organizations, and donation of gently worn business attire/ suits collected at the reception to be provided. “I created the Made Man initiative to celebrate those upholding the principle that giving back is a lifestyle and a responsibility”, states Ky Dele (The Made Man Founder). The Made Man Chicago reception will include a star-studded red carpet and a toast to the progressive men in the city that keep raising the bar. Past keynote speakers and honorees include Marc Morial (president of the National Urban League), Johnny Gill (R&B recording artist) and Matthew Knowles (Grammy award-winning executive producer). Join The Made Man Awards red carpet reception at the Hyatt Regency on Friday, April 28th, 2017. For more information and city listings visit www.TheMadeMan.org. join the conversation the hashtag is #TheMadeMan. The Made Man Programming and Schedule: The Made Man initiatives’ 2017 10-city tour is held in each host city and includes a day-long series of community engagement and programming. The schedule includes the following:
Mentoring Workshops and Impact: Community empowerment mentoring and motivational workshops with the honorees speaking at local schools and community-based organizations.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Press Conference: Press conference with national and local media outlets for The Made Man honorees, partners, and VIP guests.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency
Honoree Reception & Suit Drive : The Made Man honoree red carpet celebrity/influencer reception is a platform to recognize our honorees for their leadership, lifetime achievement in their respective fields of work, social consciousness, and significant contributions to community empowerment. The Made Man honoree reception receives an outstanding turnout of venerable honoree’s, guests, and top-tier organizations. Gently worn suits /business attire will be collected from the guests during the reception to be donated underserved men in the city of Chicago
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency
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