Trailblazers Event and Reception 2019

Please join us in honoring the life and work of Margaret Blackshere on Thursday, October 24 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm in Chicago at our annual Trailblazers Award and Reception.

Margaret was the definition of a trailblazer, from her work as a kindergarten teacher to becoming the first woman President of the Illinois American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). She paved the way for greater gender equality.

As a founding mother of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership in 2002, Margaret helped create an organization that propels women to run for office and become effective leaders. Her legacy lives on with IWIL Training Academy. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Margaret’s legacy with like-minded leaders and supporters on October 24th. You can RSVP HERE. We look forward to seeing you!

Dawn Clark Netsch Policy Forum 2019

We had a full house for our annual Dawn Clark Netsch Policy Forum Voter Suppression Then and Now: 19th Amendment, Ballot Box Access, and Illinois Stories. Thank you to everyone who joined us! A special thanks to our moderator Kristina Zahorik (President, IDCCA) and our panelists Ami Gandhi (Director of  Voting Rights and Civic Enpowerment, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights), Sheila Nix (President, Tusk Philanthropies), and Audra Wilson (Executive Director, League of Women Voters Illinois). We’re grateful for Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP for hosting IWILTA in their beautiful offices. If you couldn’t make it this time, watch the entire discussion on our Facebook.

When Women Lead April 2019

We had a great time in Springfield honoring First Lady MK Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton for our When Women Lead reception. Thank you to everyone who joined us and your continued support for IWIL Training Academy! 

A recap of our first event of 2019

On January 26, 2019, we joined with Senator Dick Durbin and the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association to hold our first ever forum where we tackled the 2018 Midterm Elections and looked ahead to 2020. Thank you to the esteemed guest speakers and partnered organizations who joined us at the event. Watch the event video online here.

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