Women Running for Public Office

“The Challenges that We Face and How to Overcome Them”.

This panel discussion was the second of a series of discussions about the challenges that women face in the legal community, corporate world, political arena, and judiciary. This program was not a political event, but rather an educational program that was a follow-up to the May 2010 event “Open Discussion and Reception with Women Partners & Women in Senior Corporate Management.” This lively discussion included addressing the challenges unique to women when running for public office, advice for persons contemplating running for public office, advice on media relations issues, the progress female elected officials have made within the last decade, and much more. Topics included:

  • Discussions of each panelist’s path to public office
  • Challenges unique to women running for public office
  • Ways to overcome these challenges
  • Advice to women (and men) who are contemplating running for public office
  • Media relations issues and how best to handle them
  • Lessons learned and shared
  • The progress women have made within the last decade regarding diversity and inclusion in public office
Stephanie D. Neely, Treasurer, City of Chicago,
Dorothy Brown, Clerk, Circuit Court of Cook County,
Robin Kelly, former Chief of State to the State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Candidate for State Treasurer,
Lt. Governor Sheila Simon,  Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law ,
Congresswoman Janice D.” Jan” Schakowsky, 9th District of Illinois