Upcoming Events

IWILTA Alumnae Event Event – Keeping Illinois Blue

Join your fellow IWIL/TA Alumnae and Board Members on Thursday, July 8th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM CT to learn how to Keep Illinois Blue! Chair Robin Kelly will join us to discuss her plans for growing the Democratic Party around the State of Illinois and to let us know how we can help. 

Past Events

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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