Wanda Sykes and Adam Rippon to Headline 2018 Chicago House Speaker Series September 14th 

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CHICAGO, IL – Chicago House, the leading social services provider for housing and support for those living with HIV/AIDS, is thrilled to announce its 8th Speaker Series headlined by Wanda Sykes and Adam Rippon on Friday, September 14th. Held at the historic Hilton Chicago’s Grand Ballroom from 11 am – 2 pm, the luncheon will feature a VIP Reception and premier cuisine benefiting Chicago House. Emceed by NBC reporter Chris Hush, guests can expect laughs, stories of triumphs and resilience from these two dynamic and prominent figures in the LGBTQ community as Chicago House highlights the theme of ‘Authentic Selves.’

Wanda Sykes has been called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her first HBO comedy special, Wanda Sykes; Sick and Tired, was nominated for a 2007 Primetime Emmy for ‘Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.’ She returned to HBO for her second stand up special I’ma Be Me which was honored with two 2010 Primetime Emmy nominations; Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.  In 2017 she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her work on the ABC show Black-ish. In 2010 she won a GLAAD award for promoting a good image of equal rights for gays and lesbians.  Her new comedy tour, “Oh Well” is currently under way across the country.


Before he even stepped on the ice at the 2018 Winter Olympics, American figure skater Adam Rippon made history as the first openly gay United States male athlete to qualify for the Winter Games. The Scranton, Pennsylvania native continued to make headlines as he competed in the prestigious competition, ultimately earning the bronze medal as part of the figure skating team event. After he served as the alternate for Team USA at the 2010 Games in Vancouver and became the U.S. National Champion in his sport in 2016, Adam achieved his Olympic dream in 2018 in Pyongyang, South Korea, where, at the age of 28, he was the oldest figure skater since 1939 to make their first trip to the Games. An outspoken voice and inspiration for the LGBTQ+ community, he became the first openly gay athlete to medal at the Winter Olympics.


Co-chairs, Nabeela Rasheed, Section Head, Intellectual Property at AbbVie and Chicago House Board Chair, Ray J. Koenig III, Clark Hill Executive Committee and Managing Member, Chicago office and Member in Clark Hill’s Litigation and Personal Legal Services Practice Groups, will host this much anticipated event. Returning after a two year hiatus. the Speaker Series has previously welcomed great minds in philanthropy, business, entertainment and politics, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, award-winning actor Whoopi Goldberg, designer Kenneth Cole, former U.S Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.


The Hilton Chicago is located at 720 South Michigan Avenue.