Our 3rd annual awards ceremony was another mind-blowing night of black excellence. We had the pleasure of inducting 40 new beautiful black women into the 40 under 40 young professional women’s league.

The difference here is that this organization is not just an Awards Ceremony. We are the only organization that actually works in an actionable sense after the awards are handed out, and the Awards Ceremony, in and of itself, is a small part of what the 40 under 40 is about. Our organization is about executing a call-to-action! We are creating a movement of women to help empower girls and there is nothing about our organization that was purposed to copy any other event in the city of Chicago.

— Cheresa Purnell