MEET THE WINDY CITY COLLECTIVE
The elite 8, Chicago’s finest have been selected to be a part of Jordan Women’s Collective. Each one of these women have an impact on their community and empower women through their craft:
Ana Sierra, CEO of ASWBL – @aswbl3
Aja Johnson, Dancer – @aja.mj
Sydney Zenon, Makeup Artist – @syd_bidd
Kirsten Corley, Founder of Boby– @kirstencorleybennett
Emma McKee, The Stitchgawd – @thestitchgawd
IB Majekodunmi, Founder of Refine Collective – @ibonitt
CaSera Heining, DJ/Producer – @djcashera
Griz Preciado, Photographer – @grizp
“Community means so many things and I have so many different communities within Chicago. From women in the city who resonate with or play basketball to my neighborhood community and who I share politics with to the arts. However, a big portion of my community are people who want abolition, who want liberation,” said Chicago Collective member Emma McKee.
And speaking of basketball, one of the women within the Chicago Collective is doing just that! Ana Sierra is the founder of ASWBL, a Chicago Women’s Pro AM that aims to empower and celebrate women in the basketball community.
Another member of thee Chicago Collective is Sydney Zenon, a Makeup Artist who is showcasing the female trailblazers in the beauty industry. She believes in pulling others up in the community and finding ways to rise above obstacles.
Knowing the importance of community and intentional relationships, the Jordan Brand brought the 8 ladies South for a retreat to bond and build. The itinerary was stacked with legendary moments.
First stop was Houston, TX where they had a chance to visit Jennifer Ford’s Premium Goods - the only Black, female owned sneaker boutique in the country and chatted about Jennifer’s journey as a woman in the industry.
Lunch at James Whitner’s A Ma Maniere was a must stop to view the concept store with access to exclusive collaboration products and a private meal prepared by their female chef. Here the ladies discussed the Global Collective in depth and how Jordan Brand is expanding their community through this initiative.
The team ended their Houston leg of the trip at the historic Delmar Arena, where the ladies played on the court alongside WBNA Athlete Chelsea Dungee and female coaches. Equipped with custom uniforms and Jordans of course.
The remaining retreat was brought to life just outside of Austin, TX at Miraval, where the collective experienced a life-changing weekend of building long-lasting bonds with one another as well as impactful interactions with current WNBA athlete Chelsea Dungee and WNBA Champion, Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes.
There is no doubt that a sisterhood of leadership, empowerment and impact has been created thanks to Jumpman’s Global Women’s Collective and we love to see it!
Looking forward to seeing what these dynamic women of Chicago have in store for their community.
Written by Her Grails Staff