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Women in Politics

The Heartland Institute’s second Women in Politics Event, held just days before the 2016 election in our Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center.

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October 26, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Heartland Institute
3939 N. Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

Listen, learn, and get inspired from women who are shaping free-market governing policies in America.

Our speaker line-up included: Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti; Illinois state Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno; Illinois State Rep. Patti Bellock; Wisconsin State Rep. Samantha Kerkman; Illinois State House Candidate Dawn Abernathy; Kathleen Murphy of the Illinois Opportunity Project; and Linda J. Hansen, Deputy Chief of Staff of Herman Cain’s 2012 presidential campaign.

All of the women on our distinguished panel entered politics to advance the principles of smaller government and free markets. With moderator Elizabeth Yore, they discussed the challenges – and successes – of adhering to conservative principles while mired in the rough-and-tumble world of politics. You will not want to miss their opinions about the future of freedom in a Clinton or Trump administration.

Watch Heartland’s event with key political and policy leaders in Illinois and Wisconsin at the top of the right sidebar.

  • Speakers
    • Evelyn Sanguinetti
      Evelyn Sanguinetti
      Lt. Gov. of Illinois
      Evelyn Sanguinetti is the 47th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. She is a wife, working mother of three and an attorney by trade. She was formerly an adjunct professor of law and a Wheaton City Councilwoman. Sanguinetti graduated from Florida International University and earned her law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
    • Christine Radogno
      Christine Radogno
      Illinois State Senate Minority Leader
      Christine Radogno is the Senate Republican Leader, and first female Caucus Leader in General Assembly history. She began her third term as Senate Republican Leader in 2013. Radogno has served in the Illinois Senate since 1997, and she currently represents the 41st District in DuPage, Will and Cook Counties.
    • Patti Bellock
      Illinois State Representative
      Patti Bellock is currently serving her ninth term in the Illinois General Assembly. Appointed Deputy Minority Leader in October 2013, her assignments include serving as Chief Budget Negotiator for the House Republicans, Minority Spokeswoman on the Human Services Appropriations Committee and a member of the Labor & Commerce Committee.
    • Samantha Kerkman
      Samantha Kerkman
      Wisconsin State Assembly
      Born in Burlington, Wisconsin, Kerkman graduated from Wilmot Union High School before receiving a B.A from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in 1996. Kerkman has served in the Wisconsin State Assembly since 2001.
    • Dawn Abernathy
      Candidate for Illinois House
      Dawn Abernathy grew up in Libertyville and attended Carmel High School in Mundelein. She attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. In 1994, she married Mark Abernathy, a small business owner whose family owned Abernathy’s Department Store in Mundelein for 57 years. Mark and Dawn have fostered five children, and they have two daughters, Akaysha and Maggie
    • Kathleen Muprhy
      Kathleen Murphy
      Illinois Opportunity Project
      Kathleen Murphy is a political communication expert, with strong media background and extensive experience in research, analysis and messaging in the political arena. As Director of Communication for Illinois Opportunity Project, Kathleen oversees the organization’s messaging and communication strategy; leads their media strategy; interprets and explains the politics behind state policies; and helps to advance center-right leaders and free-market policy solutions. She is a trusted adviser to many liberty-principled legislators, candidates, advocates and community leaders. Kathleen is also the host of Upstream Idea's Follow the Logic, a man-on-street segment the challenges interviewees' principles and fixed ideas politics and politics.
    • Linda J. Hansen
      Linda J. Hansen
      Founder & President of Capacity Strategies, LLC
      Linda J. Hansen is the founder and president of Capacity Strategies, LLC, and is a strategic political and business consultant, a certified personal and executive coach, author, and speaker. Most well-known for her role as Deputy Chief of Staff for Herman Cain’s 2012 presidential campaign, Linda has decades of political experience at local, state, and national levels, and played a key role in developing the strategies that led to the historic 2010 partisan shift in Wisconsin.
    • Elizabeth Yore
      Elizabeth Yore served as Special Counsel at Harpo, Inc. for the last 5 years. In that position, she acted as Oprah Winfrey’s Child Advocate both with the Oprah Winfrey Show and in South Africa at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Prior to that position, Liz was General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois statewide child welfare agency.

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