Women in Bloom



Alicen Irby, Executive Director

A native Chicagoan, Alicen loves her hometown and community. Upon graduating from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a Master of Accountancy and two Bachelor of Science degrees in Accountancy and Economics, she relocated to Washington, DC where she began honing her skills as a business and event consultant. In Winter 2015, Alicen returned home to her beloved Chicago, where she has been planning, cultivating and sowing seeds ever since. She possesses a great passion for women and sisterhood, and lives to help others succeed.

An accountant by trade and an event consultant by passion, Alicen has a deep understanding and appreciation for creative businesses. Her professional background gave her keen insight when it came to launching her own creative business in October 2015, SoBe Events. However, it was her creative network filled with photographers, designers, marketers, and other creative professionals that helped her direct her business the way she could be proud of. Their professional opinions, recommendations and support has made the world of difference for her and she knows The Bloom Experience will make the world of difference for you!




image1 (2)JaNee C. Harrell, Executive Director

JaNee is a Chicago native with a passion for community  service and involvement. She graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Human Development & Family Studies. Her background and experience led her to serve as a Counselor for more than 4 years where her favorite part of her job is motivating and encouraging others.

JaNee’s passion and gifts led her to create Devoted Energy Photography over 2 years ago, where she lives too capture the beauty in every client’s smile. Her keen eye has made her one of the most sought after up and coming photographers in Chicago, and her clients love her warm and vibrant spirit. Her love and respect for women drives her to be heavily committed and devoted to her community and service. JaNee knows that TBE will the stepping stone to launching and maintaining your creative business and invites you to join her on this journey!


“There is nothing as divinely blessed as a blooming growing garden.”

– Vera Nazarian