Upcoming Events

We are looking forward to upcoming virtual events this summer. Please stay tuned for more information regarding a virtual alumnae event and the 2020 Virtual Dawn Clark Netsch Policy Forum. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay connected with us virtually through Facebook and Twitter. We will post frequent updates.

Please keep safe and healthy during these difficult times.


Past Events 

When Women Lead April 2020

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we canceled this year’s When Women Lead reception in Springfield. We look forward to honoring Hon. Toi Hutchinson and Hon. Elaine Nekritz next year!

Trailblazers Event and Reception 2019 Recap

Thank you to our generous attendees, supporters, and sponsors for making our annual Trailblazers Award & Event such a success. This year our Trailblazers Award recipient was a woman who embodied the term Trailblazer. Margaret Blackshere was the first–and so far, only– woman President of the Illinois AFL-CIO. She blazed a path for other women to rise in the ranks of labor first at AFT-IFT then at Illinois AFL-CIO. While she was busy creating a more equitable state for us all, she also helped create IWIL. Margaret stood up to unfairness and injustice and for her work, we are all thankful. 

We must express our gratitude to our speakers, Senator Dick Durbin, IL AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan, IFT President Dan Montgomery, the Honorable Carol Ronen, and Tom Blackshere, who shared touching stories about Margaret’s advocacy and her impact on their lives. We are grateful for each and every one of you and your commitment to carry on Margaret’s legacy.

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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