Political Training: Taking Our Seat at the Table
9:00 AM09:00

Political Training: Taking Our Seat at the Table


You are talented and represent our American core values ... Thinking of political office? Just want to know what it takes?

Learn how to tell your story, develop a strategic path to victory, create a team, run operations, get funding, manage challenges, and connect with voters!

All speakers are campaign strategists, GOTV organizers, or have run for office!

Sunday, Dec 16th

Coalition's Oakbrook office

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Seats are limited!

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Media Literacy Town Hall
2:00 PM14:00

Media Literacy Town Hall

  • J Sterling Morton West High School (map)
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Join State Representative Lisa Hernandez, iSpeakMedia Founder Alicia Haywood, and attorney Maaria Mozaffar for a town hall to kick off Media Literacy Week! In this digital age, it is more important now than ever to understand and filter the content we see online. Learn tips and tricks to navigate the internet and hear more about HB5096, which would allow schools in Illinois to offer a Media Literacy component in their curriculum.

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8:00 PM20:00

A Louder Narrative: A Vision of Optimism in a Divided Citizenry

Today, America sits as a polarized country. We are divided on political issues, segregated by race, religion and ethnicities. In a heated political election season, we see even more of these divisive sentiments that can manipulate our emotions, loyalties and our identities. Leading us to ask the question: Who are we, really? What are our values? And most importantly, how can as a divided country, move together towards optimism resulting in an output of positive change?

Join the thought leaders in digital communication, media storytelling and strategic policy and personal advocates as they discuss how to create a Louder Narrative of Possibility and Optimism that breaks our county’s echo chambers and propels ordinary citizens to take action in defining who we are.

Alicia Haywood, Award-Winning Producer (OWN, The Style Network, The History Channel) Founder of The iSpeakMedia Foundation, helped launch Media Literacy Week in the U.S.

Maaria Mozaffar, Civil Rights Attorney, Founder of The Skinless Project, Author of More Than Pretty
Caleb Gardner, Founder of 18 Coffees, Previous Digital Director of OFA, Former Digital Strategist for Bain & Co.
Sonya Jackson, Co-Creator of Chicago Ideas Week, Founder of Mantra For Good, and EP of Harold Washington For Chicago Documentary

This panel event is free and open to the public, with seating first come, first served.

More info or to RSVP here.

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11:00 AM11:00

Mocktails and Conversation with Tina Tchen and Kimberly Foxx

Join The United State of Women with our guests of honor Tina Tchen and Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx on 2/10 for Mocktails and Conversation hosted by Maaria Mozaffar.

The United State of Women Cocktails and Conversation Event Series is an opportunity to provide women leaders in business, advocacy and political community to meet, network, and raise funds to support the United State of Women’s Galvanize Program. We kicked off the series in Washington D.C. at Sidley Austin, LLP with Valerie Jarrett, Tina Tchen, and Angela Rye where we gathered 300 women and allies for a conversation about the State of Women. The conversations continued in San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York, and now we plan to further the discussion back in the District with an intimate conversation, moderated by Maaria Mozaffar with panelist Tina Tchen and Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx on concrete steps we can all take to improve women's lives. 

The United State of Women was launched in 2016 with our summit co-hosted with the Obama Administration White House Council on Women and Girls. The summit brought together experts, advocates, grassroots organizers, and business leaders to raise the voices of those working on important pieces of gender equality. We heard from thousands of women and allies that they wanted to keep learning, connecting and advocating – and they wanted to do it in their own communities. Our Galvanize Program answers that call.

Lunch and Mocktails will be provided. Purchase tickets here.

Host Committee:

Maaria Mozaffar - Chair, Sonya Jackson, Ximena N. Larkin, and Kina Collins

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6:30 PM18:30

Emerging Voices in Leadership: A Women’s Forum

Emerging Voices in Leadership: A Women’s Forum.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Please arrive 15 minutes early.)
Riverside Township Auditorium (2nd Floor)
27 Riverside Road
Riverside, IL
(Street parking will be available.)

Panelists will include:

  • Marie Newman: Candidate for US House, 3rd District
  • Elyse Hoffenberg: LaGrange School District 105 Board Member, Former Candidate for IL House, 82nd District
  • Elizabeth Peters: Riverside Village Board Trustee
  • Jeanine Reardon: 3rd Ward Alderman, City of Berwyn
  • Kathryn Maloney Vahey: Candidate for Cook County Judge
  • Karen Yarbrough: Cook County Recorder of Deeds, Candidate for Cook County Clerk
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5:00 PM17:00

Become An Agent of Change: Fight For Your Rights

Soho House, Chicago

Find out what it takes to go from a political observer/private commentator to an agent of change. This workshop will cover how to advocate for social justice issues you care about, and create a domino effect which brings positive change to your community. Expect a breakdown of your state and federal rights and what you need to know when protesting.

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