The Girl Talk: Women Run IL Edition at The Hideout @ Hideout Inn, Chicago [22 August]

The Girl Talk: Women Run IL Edition at The Hideout


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1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642
The Girl Talk: Women Run IL Edition at The Hideout
Tues. 8/22/17 6:30pm | $5

It’s 2017 and not only do we have a Sex Offender In Chief, but abortion is essentially illegal in wide swaths of the country, our maternal mortality rate is higher than any developed nation, women still don’t get equal pay or paid leave for continuing the human race and there are only four female governors in the entire country.

We’re ready for this nonsense to change, and to do that, more women need to get into the political fray. This month, The Girl Talk will be talking about how we can do just that.

The good news: it’s already happening. Since Donald Trump’s election, there’s been an explosion of women running for office across the country. Organizations like Emily’s List and She Should Run report thousands more women expressing interest in running this year than in years past.

Still, we’re nowhere close to parity when it comes to women in government. Why don’t more women run? What are the obstacles we still need to break down? And what do we need to know to more effectively recruit and support women candidates?

Join us on August 22 to hear from two women who have run for office, State Rep. Juliana Stratton (D-5th) and Friends of the Parks Executive Director Juanita Irizarry, plus the woman who (literally) wrote the book on women running, Rebecca Sive.

State Representative Juliana Stratton is the director of the Center for Public Safety and Justice (CPSJ) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and serves as State Representative of Illinois’ 5th Representative District. She has over 20 years of experience as a mediator, arbitrator and administrative judge. Juliana previously served as senior policy advisor to the Cook County Board President on matters relating to criminal and juvenile justice reform and as executive director of Cook County Justice for Children. She is a founding board member of the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and serves on the boards of the Juvenile Protective Association and Public Allies-Chicago. Juliana is a restorative justice practitioner and trained peace circle keeper. She lives in the Bronzeville community and is a marathoner, triathlete, and mother of three daughters.

Juanita Irizarry is a bilingual/bicultural, Illinois-born Puerto Rican whose current role in government builds upon 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, philanthropy, and government.

Juanita is the executive director of Friends of the Parks, where she is currently involved in a high-profile battle to save Chicago’s lakefront from the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts, in accordance with her organization’s 40-year effort to preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of Chicago’s parks. She previously ran for alderman in Chicago’s 26th Ward, coming 142 votes short of a run-off. During that time, she also worked as Statewide Coordinator for Long Term Care Reform in the Office of Governor Pat Quinn, building on work she was engaged on from a funder standpoint in her most recent previous role as Senior Program Officer in Human Services and Community Development at The Chicago Community Trust, the Chicago region’s community foundation. Her grant-making at the Trust has focused on housing, homelessness, hunger, disabilities, immigration, early childhood education for the Latino community, and capacity-building for small non-profits. Her responsibilities include staffing the Trust’s Persons with Disabilities Fund and the Nuestro Futuro Fund and representing the Trust at the Hispanics in Philanthropy Chicago Funders Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities.

Juanita previously served the Christian Community Development Association as its Institute Director, coordinating and teaching trainings across the country to educate churches and faith-based organizations in the key principles of Christian Community Development. Through this role she became a published author, contributing a chapter entitled, “The Border, the Barrio, and the ‘Burbs: Ministry Among America’s Biggest Minority,” in the book A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry, published in 2009 by Moody Publications.

From late 2001 to mid 2006, she served as the executive director of Latinos United (now Latino Policy Forum) where she led the retooling and refocusing of the organization, bolstering its position as a leading Chicago area non-profit policy and advocacy organization. For years Latinos United had been Illinois’ only regional, Latino-focused public policy and advocacy group regarding housing issues and the only Latino-specializing fair housing organization. Juanita led the organization through a merger and its metamorphosis toward a comprehensive Latino advocacy, policy, and research network addressing a broader range of issues impacting the Latino community, including immigration, and early childhood education. Previous to that, she played various roles at leading Chicago community development corporations: The Resurrection Project, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, and Hispanic Housing Development Corporation. She also worked at and later served on the board of the Olive Branch Mission homeless services center.

Over the years, she has also played various teaching roles. She has served as adjunct faculty in DePaul University’s School of Public Service at the graduate level and in the undergraduate Community Services Studies program as well as in Eastern University’s Master of Urban Studies program. She previously taught a “Community Development, Culture, and Christian Leadership” course at the Olive Branch Mission’s Christian Center for Urban Studies.

Juanita served for many years on boards of community groups, as a leader on organizing campaigns, as a volunteer in political races, and in church leadership roles in Chicago’s Humboldt Park and Logan Square communities where she has lived most of her life. She previously served as president of the Near Northwest Neighborhood Network, the co-chair of the Humboldt Park Empowerment Partnership’s Housing Action Team and Special Projects Committee, member of Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation’s New Communities Program Humboldt Park Task Force Housing Committee, and co-chair of the Puerto Rican Agenda. Currently much of her volunteer service is more regional in scope. She founded and leads the Latina Leadership Circle, a mentorship group for young Latina professionals in the Chicago area. She recently served as a vice president of the board of Community Renewal Society whose mission is to combat racism and poverty. She also co-chaired Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy and served on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Donors Forum. Juanita sits on the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Housing and Community Development committee, for which she co-chaired the Public Housing Working Group. She directed on a volunteer basis the policy team of the Miguel del Valle for Mayor of Chicago campaign. In 2013 she joined the board of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. In 2016, she joined the board of Common Cause Illinois.

Her professional and volunteer activities have led to government advisory roles, including her role on the Illinois Attorney General’s National Foreclosure Settlement Advisory Council, a gubernatorial appointment to the current Illinois Commission to End Hunger, and service from 2004-2006 as a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Housing Task Force and its Executive Committee. She also served on a governor’s Transition Team Housing Committee and two City of Chicago 5-Year Affordable Housing Plan Advisory Committees.

Her service and leadership has led to various recognitions. The Humboldt Park Social Services organization presented her with its Community Partner Award in October 2010. In 2007 she received Greenville College’s 2007 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. She was named the 2004 Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Award Winner by the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Latino Affairs.

Juanita has benefitted from various leadership development programs. While in graduate school, she was selected as one of 50 Harvard students to participate in the “From Harvard Square to the Oval Office” program for women who seek to run for political office or manage campaigns. In June 2006, she studied in Spain as one of 15 U.S.-based Hispanic leaders chosen by the government of Spain to participate in its “Programa de Jóvenes Líderes Hispanos” (Young Hispanic Leaders Program). In 2005, she was one of 22 Latinas chosen nationally to participate in the National Hispana Leadership Institute.

In June 2007, Ms. Irizarry completed her Master of Public Administration degree at the Harvard Kennedy School where she studied on a full-tuition scholarship as a Presidential Scholar/Public Service Fellow and received upon graduation the Littaeur Fellowship Award for Public Service, Academic Excellence, and Potential for Leadership. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Political Science and Spanish from Greenville College and has completed 60 hours of graduate study in urban planning and policy with concentrations in housing and community development as an Abraham Lincoln Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Rebecca Sive's career has spanned executive positions − in business, government, philanthropy, and the not-for-profit sector − where she has earned a reputation as a smart and inspirational women’s leadership strategist. Her book, Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to The White House, has been praised as an indispensable guide for professional women who seek to make a difference in the civic, political, and policy arenas. Recently, Every Day Is Election Day was named as a “must read” by Cosmopolitan magazine, and was exclusively featured in Eileen Fisher stores throughout the United States, and by BookBub during the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (For more about Rebecca’s book, see:

In Sive’s speaking to business, association, university, and public service audiences, she calls on women to engage in the public square with steadfastness, energy, and conviction. Her speeches, workshops, seminars, and
moderating focus on:
•Women who lead: what they know, and how they do it.
•Proven women’s leadership strategies for becoming a public policy voice and making the world a betterplace.
•How women business executives and professionals build their professional careers and stature by becoming publicly influential.

Sive has been a Lecturer at The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies and was the founding Program and Academic Director of its Women in Public Leadership. Sive has been widely recognized for her public service, including receiving distinguished achievement awards from her undergraduate alma mater, Carleton College, and from the University of Illinois (from which she received an M.A. in American History), and awards from the United Negro College Fund, the Jaycees, and the YWCA. She is listed in Feminists Who Changed America, University of Illinois Press (2006). At the start of their respective inaugural terms, Sive was among the national leaders who developed women's issues agendas for Presidents Clinton and Obama. She has also been a corporate officer and director. An organizer of one of the nation’s first women’s centers, Sive has advised numerous celebrities and business executives on their public service. She was a gubernatorial appointee to the founding Illinois Human Rights Commission, and a mayoral appointee twice, including service as a commissioner of the Chicago Park District, an independent municipality; a founding board member of the Chicago Foundation for Women; and serving as a director of many organizations and foundations, nationally and in Chicago
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