Community Designs Permanent Home For Progress Center For Black Women

Essence, July 24, 2019

The Progress Center for Black Women in Madison, Wisconsin, has welcomed people with open arms for close to a year now, but founder and director Sabrina “HeyMissProgress” Madison always knew the space would be temporary.

With eyes set on higher heights, Madison is developing plans to transform the 800 square feet center into a 10,000 square feet oasis where serving Black women will be the chief objective.

Madison and her work were previously featured in ESSENCE Woke 100 list in 2018. The award-winning entrepreneur has a long track record of collaborating with others to create new and innovative ways to connect with Black folks in Wisconsin.

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Black women to design permanent home of Progress Center

Associated Press, July 20, 2019

“Sabrina Madison knows most places in the city weren’t designed with black women in mind.

“Black folks and especially black women don’t already have places that belong to them in this community,” Madison said. “There are not too many spaces where they already fit in when they walk in the door.”

So when thinking about the design of the future permanent home for her Progress Center for Black Women, she brought black women to the table on day one.

Madison recently met with SmithGroup, an architectural, engineering and planning firm, to cast a vision for the center, and she asked black women to come and weigh in. Participants said they felt “honored” to be invited.

“To me, Sabrina’s like our local celebrity,” said Ruby Clay, so when she was invited, “I was like, whoa, me?”

“I think it was one of the best meetings I’ve been to in my 39 years of living. To be sitting at a table full of leaders that look like myself — it was an amazing feeling,” said Alice Larrue, adding she hasn’t stopped talking about it since.”

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An amazing feeling’: Black women gather to design permanent home of Progress Center

The Cap Times, July 15, 2019

“Sabrina Madison knows most places in the city weren’t designed with black women in mind.

“Black folks and especially black women don’t already have places that belong to them in this community,” Madison said. “There are not too many spaces where they already fit in when they walk in the door.”

So when thinking about the design of the future permanent home for her Progress Center for Black Women, she brought black women to the table on day one.

Madison recently met with SmithGroup, an architectural, engineering and planning firm, to cast a vision for the center, and she asked black women to come and weigh in. Participants said they felt “honored” to be invited.

“To me, Sabrina’s like our local celebrity,” said Ruby Clay, so when she was invited, “I was like, whoa, me?”

“I think it was one of the best meetings I’ve been to in my 39 years of living. To be sitting at a table full of leaders that look like myself — it was an amazing feeling,” said Alice Larrue, adding she hasn’t stopped talking about it since.”

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Fourth Black Women’s Leadership Conference Highlights “Love Ethic”

Madison365, May 7, 2019

“When it was time to break for lunch at the 4th Annual Black Women’s Leadership Conference held May 2 and 3 at UW-Madison’s Discover Building, Sabrina Madison, founder of The Progress Center for Black Women said she saw a few people sitting by themselves.

“Uh, no, we don’t do that here! You got to get at one of these tables with somebody else,” she recalls telling the few women eating alone. “This is a space where you are with someone else and finding your tribe. I know you might be alone at work, at school or with family, but find some women up in here because y’all need each other.”

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Sabrina Madison plans documentary on Progress Center for Black Women

The Cap Times, May 4, 2019

“At the fourth annual Black Women’s Leadership Conference, Sabrina Madison reflected on the creation of the Progress Center for Black Women with Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and shared future plans for the conference.

Madison recounted the frustration she felt working at Madison College and what led her to quit that job in 2016.

“I got sick and tired of going into these work spaces where I was the only black person in the building,” Madison said.

The Progress Center for Black Women, located in Fitchburg at 5936 Seminole Centre Ct. in Suite 211, is designed specifically for black women. The space brings all of Madison’s work under one roof and represents a long-term commitment to black women and families.”

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Sabrina Madison’s Black Women’s Leadership Conference to make space for mental health

The Cap Times, April 18, 2019

“When Myra McNair first started her therapy practice, she noticed an unhappy trend. African-American women kept coming in for the same reason: to talk about stress on the job. When she gives talks around town, women often hang back to ask questions about work stress.

Sabrina “Heymiss Progress” Madison, founder of the Progress Center for Black Women, has seen this, too. And while she’s happy to see and read about more and more black women flourishing in Madison since she started her annual Black Women’s Leadership Conference, she said there’s still an unfortunate constant: “the stress of just being a black woman in a predominantly white workspace.”

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Entrepreneur prioritizes supporting black women in Madison

Associated Press, March 30, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It’s a Wednesday afternoon at Ford’s Gym, a “Rocky”-style gym filled with “regular old-school dudes,” Sabrina Madison says. That’s why she likes it.

Head coach Andrea Nelson leads Madison through her boxing drills. Wearing boxing gloves, Madison punches while stepping to the left, stepping right, taking quick one-two punches, then punches while stepping forward and stepping backward. At the end of her session, she gives whatever she has left to the heavy bag hanging from the ceiling by a chain.

She’s sweating from the effort, but she laughs when she mixes up her footwork. After all, this counts as time off for Madison. Her seven-day schedule and everyday support for black women doesn’t allow for free nights and weekends, The Capital Times reported.

Sabrina’s Madison

The Cap Times, March 20, 2019

“Her friends and colleagues agree. They say Madison is an entrepreneur, unapologetic about being herself and focusing her work on black women. She’s willing to critique the powerful. She doesn’t care whether you like her, yet people use words like “charismatic” and “warm” to describe her.

Madison’s innovative ideas and tenacity have taken her far, from a dysfunctional family, early grief and teenage motherhood in Milwaukee to creating a host of programs and spaces for black women in Madison. She quit her job at Madison College in 2016 to work for black women and hasn’t looked back; she hosted her first Black Women’s Leadership Conference later that year and founded the Progress Center for Black Women just a year later.”

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Photos: Progress Center for Black Women is open for business

The Cap Times, NOV 10, 2018

The Progress Center for Black Women in Fitchburg.

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Progress Center for Black Women finds home in Fitchburg

Unified Newspaper Group, NOV 10, 2018

A little over a year ago, Sabrina Madison came up with an idea to give black women a space of their own.

In early November, the year-old nonprofit organization she founded, Progress Center for Black Women, opened an office in Fitchburg, at 5936 Seminole Court, Suite 211. The center provides programming and resources promoting upward mobility for women such as the Black Women’s Leadership Conference and the Black Business Expo.

Madison had created those events last year after getting frustrated with the lack of diversity at speaking events she attended in Wisconsin.

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Progress Center for Black Women opens in Fitchburg

CHANNEL 3000, NOV 3, 2018

Sabrina Madison talks about the center and how it’s hoping to change some statistics in the area.

Progress Center for Black Women opens in Fitchburg

CHANNEL 3000, NOV 4, 2018

Sabrina Madison opened the center to give other black women in the area a chance to follow their dreams, too, despite the disparities they face.

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Progress Center for Black Women opens Saturday, but creator Sabrina Madison plans to keep growing

THE CAP TIMES, NOV 3, 2018

On Saturday, Sabrina “Heymiss Progress” Madison will cut the ribbon to her fully decorated, ready-to-roll Progress Center for Black Women, a dedicated space for local black women to grow in economic wellness, professional development and entrepreneurial skills.

That’s a huge accomplishment for Madison, who started fundraising for the center just over a year ago after quitting her job at Madison College in 2016 to dedicate her time to black women.

And while she’s satisfied with her work whenever people tell her about its impact — “Hey, I met someone at your leadership conference and it led to a job!” — in another way, she’s never really satisfied: she is a relentless entrepreneur with bigger plans for the center.

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Progress Center for Black Women Opens Tomorrow

MADISON365, NOV 2, 2018

About a year ago, Sabrina Madison had a vision for revolutionizing the lives of African-American women in the greater Madison area. Affectionately known as Heymiss Progress, Madison has spent much of 2018 gathering funds and forming connections as she sought to build a dedicated space for Black women.

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City staff recommends funding for three neighborhood leadership programs for underrepresented residents

THE CAP TIMES, AUG 18, 2018

The Progress Center’s program, called the Institute on Transformative Community Engagement, is a three-month leadership program. The citywide program aims to help underrepresented city residents and support them to “bring about transformative change in the community.” Participants will work in teams to tackle a community issue, and will “use the process as a lab, practicing new skills and using tools that are discussed throughout the program,” the application says.

Sabrina Madison, founder of the Process Center, feels that her success has come from her willingness to work with people from all over the city. That’s why she wanted to create a citywide leadership program — so people from different communities and backgrounds could share their expertise.

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Sabrina Madison’s Progress Center for Black Women finds a home in Fitchburg

THE CAP TIMES, AUG 3, 2018

On Wednesday, Sabrina “Heymiss Progress” Madison walked into the Fitchburg office building that will temporarily house her Progress Center for Black Women.

“Look at that! Suite 211! The Progress Center for Black Women!” she told viewers on a Facebook Live video showing off the new space. “I couldn’t have done it without y’all.”

She found her own space for the center less than a year after launching the program. But for local African-American women, it’s been a long time coming.

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ESSENCE Presents 2018’S ‘Woke 100 Women’ List To Highlight Black Women Change-Agents

ESSENCE, APRIL 23, 2018

For the second year in a row, ESSENCE honors the women who are proven change agents, shape-shifters and power players across the nation and beyond. These women continuously fight the good fight by inspiring us and igniting movements—from the healthcare field to the Hill to Hollywood.

This year’s cover star features the one and only Kerry Washington — who, alongside Nina Shaw, is one of the founding members of the Time’s Up campaign, and a consistent supporter of Black Lives Matter (but more on that later).

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Yoga Mats and Entrepreneurs: Progress Center for Black Women Ramps Up Programming

MADISON365, MARCH 8, 2018

Nearly five months after launching the Progress Center for Black Women, Sabrina “HeyMiss Progress” Madison, has been cooking up several new initiatives as well as revamping some staple events.

One of the center’s upcoming events is a Yoga series for middle and high school girls.

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Sabrina Madison’s New ‘Progress Center For Black Women’ Is About To Change The Game

ESSENCE, OCTOBER 31, 2017

She goes by the moniker “Heymiss Progress” and now award-winning entrepreneur Sabrina Madison is putting her name to the test.

During a gathering of the Urban League in Madison, Wisconsin, the entrepreneur and motivational speaker announced the establishment of a new Progress Center for Black Women backed by a 150 thousand-dollar fundraising initiative. The goal of the center will be to construct new professional development opportunities and cooperative spaces for women of color.

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#FUBU: Sabrina Madison Creates The Progress Center for Black Women

BLAVITY, October 30, 2017

Sabrina Madison, known to many by her handle “Heymiss Progress,” set out into the entrepreneurial world with one goal in mind: To uplift and help black women.

“When I left my job at Madison College I said, ‘I’m quitting to go work for black women,’” she said.

Since then, she has created several initiatives including an annual Black Women’s Leadership Conference, Black Excellence Youth Conference, and Black Business Expos. While this is amazing, her newest project brings it all together.

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The Progress Center for Black Women announced

WKOW, October 25, 2017

Madison is behind The Progress Center for Black Women, a new center focused specifically on women of color. She says the center will break through existing roadblocks to success, and transform how black women access leadership and entrepreneurship opportunities.

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Plans announced for Progress Center for Black Women

NBC15  

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)— An announcement at the Urban League Wednesday will impact the professional lives of black women in the Madison area.

Sabrina Madison, also known as Heymiss Progress announced a brand new Progress Center for Black Women and a 150 thousand dollar fundraising effort.

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Progress Center for Black Women to Spark Economic Empowerment

Madison 365  

Sabrina “HeyMiss Progress” Madison announced the opening of the Progress Center for Black Women, to be housed at the Urban League of Greater Madison, at a press conference Wednesday morning.

“I left my job in March of 2016 with no plan, no goal, except I’m going to work for Black women,” Madison said.

Since then, despite that space she has created for Black women, Madison found many women continue to reach out to her for financial, professional, and entrepreneurial needs.

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Sabrina Madison announces creation of Progress Center for Black Women at Urban League

Cap Times Oct 25, 2017

In 2016, Sabrina “Heymiss Progress” Madison quit her job and became an entrepreneur with a single goal.

“When I left my job at Madison College I said, ‘I’m quitting to go work for black women,’” she said.

She’s done that as a motivational speaker and social entrepreneur, creating the annual Black Women’s Leadership ConferenceBlack Excellence Youth Conference and Black Business Expos. Now she’s taking it a step further.

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Black female leader spearheads new initiative to support women of color in business

Badger Herald Oct 25, 2017

Sabrina Madison, a black entrepreneur, announced her partnership with the Urban League of Greater Madison on Wednesday to house a new center providing leadership opportunities and resources for the advancement of women of color in Madison.

Known as “Hey Miss Progress,” Sabrina Madison led the vision for the center, which will be known as the Progress Center for Black Women. Madison hopes to confront disparities with unequal pay and lack of women in higher positions, according to a press release.