Applications for IWIL Training Academy’s Class of 2020 are now open!

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 8, 2019 at 10:00pm CT. If you have any questions, please contact

You must follow the steps below to apply. Only complete applications will be considered. If you are re-applying, you must provide a new application and re-submit letters of recommendation. It is incumbent upon applicants to ensure all supplemental materials are received by the deadline.

To apply, please complete the application form through the link below.

Click here to complete the application form. 

The form will require you to submit the following materials:

  • A general application questionnaire
  • Three short essays
  • A current resume in PDF format and no longer than two pages
  • A recent high-resolution headshot or photograph of yourself in JPG or PNG format

Lastly, please secure two (2) signed letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a Democratic elected official, a Democratic Party official or a Labor leader. Letters must be sent directly to IWIL Training Academy at the address provided below by the person making the recommendation. Letters may also be scanned and sent directly to the email address below. Emailed letters must be signed by and come directly from the personal or official email address of the person submitting the letter.

Applications must be submitted electronically by November 8, 2019 at 10:00 pm CT. Letters of recommendation must be postmarked or emailed by November 8, 2019. If emailed, they must be received by 10:00pm CT.

IWIL Training Academy Application Address:


Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership Training Academy

220 N. Green St.

Chicago, IL 60607

An agreement will be emailed after the application deadline to those who are chosen for an interview. This must be signed and returned in order to receive an interview.


Tentative 2020 Program Calendar
(Dates are tentative and will be confirmed during the selection process)

January 31st – February 2nd   – Orientation

(Location TBD)

March 6th – March 8th – Getting Ready to Run and Fundraising Training

(Chicago) *updated 10/1/19

April 20th – 22nd or 27th-29thState Government Training


April 20th or 27thAnnual Springfield Event


June 9th – 12thFederal Government Training

(Washington, DC)

July 23rd – 26thMedia Training


August 27th -30thSouthern Illinois Barb Brown Training

(Southern Illinois)

October 15thGraduation and Annual Fundraiser