Upcoming Events

2021 Trailblazers Award Reception

We are thrilled to honor Illinois’ first woman Attorney General and IWIL Founding Mother Lisa Madigan at this year’s virtual Trailblazers Award Reception on Wednesday, October 13th from 6:00PM – 7:00PM CT. IWIL Training Academy’s fundraisers allow us to offer a year-long program at no cost to our class members. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Hon. Lisa Madigan’s trailblazing career in public service on October 13th! You can RSVP HERE.

Past Events

2021 Alumnae Dinner

This summer, we had the opportunity to host our annual alumnae dinner again. It was wonderful to see so many IWIL/TA sisters in-person at Maggiano’s. Plus, a very special thank you to Senator Durbin for joining us.


Alumnae Event Event – Keeping Illinois Blue

As Democratic Party of Illinois Chair Robin Kelly and Executive Director Abby Witt traveled from stop to stop on their statewide listening tour, they made a virtual stop with IWIL Training Academy to listen to our questions & suggestions for the Party. We are excited to work w/ Chair Kelly to Keep Illinois Blue this cycle & beyond!


2021 Annual Spring Fundraiser: When Women Lead

Our second virtual fundraiser was a hit! Because of all those who helped make this event successful, we can propel more women into elected office. Thank you to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IWIL Founding Mother) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi for providing us with candid insights into what it means to be a woman in office. Thank you also to Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth for their steadfast support of IWILTA, and to our alumnae, Congresswomen Cheri Bustos (IWIL Class of ’06) and Marie Newman (IWIL Class of ’17), for continuing to give back to the IWILTA community. This discussion served to reinforce all of our desires to help women succeed in elected office. Thank you to everyone who made the event possible! 


2020 Annual Fall Fundraiser: Women Who Win

Our first virtual fundraiser, Women Who Win: A Conversation with Female Trailblazers, was a huge success! Thank you to our special guests, DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos (IWIL Class of 2006), Senator Tammy Duckworth, and DSCC Chair Catherine Cortez Masto, who spoke candidly to us about their careers, the current political climate, and what they are doing to empower women to run for office. Thanks also to IWIL Founding Mothers former Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky as well as Senator Dick Durbin for joining the conversation, and for your ongoing support of IWIL Training Academy. This engaging conversation left us inspired and empowered to get to work to elect more women. Big thank you to everyone who joined!


Dawn Clark Netsch Policy Forum 2020

We had a full (virtual) house for our Annual Dawn Clark Netsch Policy Forum on Today’s Civil Rights: Reimagining Public Safety. Thank you to everyone who joined us! A special thank you to our presenters State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, Ralph Martire, Toi Hutchinson, Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth, and Police Chiefs Lou Jogmen, LaDon Reynolds, and Kristen Ziman. Also a big thank you to our President Barbara Flynn Currie and Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering for moderating portions of the forum. If you couldn’t make it, watch the discussion on our YouTube

Winning Women Alumnae Panel Discussion 2020

Thank you to all alumnae who joined us for “Winning Women: Overcoming Adversity in Primary Elections”, our virtual panel discussion with women who recently ran in competitive primary races. Alumnae and the Class of 2020 had the opportunity to learn from Commissioner Kim Du Buclet, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, Marie Newman, and Representative Theresa Mah about overcoming campaign challenges, sexism, and adversity along the trail. Thank you to Representative LaToya Greenwood for moderating this discussion!

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