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Erika Gilchrist          

Creator of WTF, Author & Domestic Abuse Survivor

Assaulted as a little girl, domestically abused as a young adult, living in a women’s shelter, and survived a suicide attempt, Erika Gilchrist has earned the title of “The Unstoppable Woman.” She is regarded as one of the most energizing, engaging, and captivating speakers in the industry.

She is the creator of the brazen brand, W.T.F. – Women Thriving Fearlessly!™. As a published author of 13 books, and a 20 year speaking veteran, Gilchrist is an expert in personal development, leadership training, and conflict management skills for women. She has built a thriving business from absolutely nothing to now being the owner of the largest expo for women in business in Chicagoland appropriately called the Women Thriving Fearlessly Expo™. She’s been featured as one of the “15 Most Powerful Women on the South Side of Chicago,” Chicago Woman Magazine, CLTV, and Rolling Out Magazine.

Speech Topics


Domestic Violence Prevention & Escape

Erika dives deeply into the murky waters of partner violence and sheds light into the dark spaces of abuse. This topic outlines in great detail exactly what abuse looks like, how to prevent it, and how to escape it unharmed. In business, Erika shows companies how partner violence negatively impacts the bottom line and offers tangible solutions to protect the company and its staff.

Resilience in Entrepreneurship

The resilience of the entrepreneur is truly the 8th wonder of the world. Erika will show you how to decipher if entrepreneurship is right for you, getting started in the process, how to expand, and how to overcome mental and emotional roadblocks in the process. It also covers how to turn your idea into a sellable product. You'll get marketing strategies (including media), funding resources, and where to find free stuff to help your business grow.

Influential Artistry - Moving Others Into Action

At some point in your life, you will have a desire to influence others into specific courses of action. This topic offers fundamental strategies, tactics, and tools to do just that. Learn what inspires others to make decisions, the influential process, and keywords & phrases that persuade.

Mission NOT Impossible

This topic shows how to manage conflict with challenging personalities to reach a respectful understanding of the positions of all parties involved. We provide tangible solutions that can be implemented right away to begin the process of de-escalation.

Leadership Isn't a Title, It's an Action!

This topic is ideal for emerging leaders to start them off with a strong foundation so they can lead through their strengths and their authenticity. This topic is universal, but is very popular in the college & university community.

I Am Enough

This topic gives its audience permission to boldly declare their life's worth on their own terms. We deep dive into the discovery of the qualities of the individual to reveal productive ways to harness those gifts in order to navigate the roller coaster ride of personal & professional relationships.

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Secrets to Being An Unstoppable Woman

This topic shares her transformational journey from homelessness, abuse, and suicide attempts to how she became the owner of the largest expo for women in business in Chicagoland. Chocked full of new insights, practical advice, and catalyzing ideas, Erika shows you how to strengthen your spirit, harness the power of change, and firmly plant your feet on the path to emotional well-being.

Humility is Overrated

Long gone are the days of taking the back seat and hoping someone else sees your value. This topic teaches that humility is an overrated virtue and plunges deep into how to claim your rightful place in the driver’s seat using valuable tactics designed to transform your life and business.

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