2020 Virtual Girls’ Summit

Amid a global pandemic, an uncertain economic future, and our nation’s most heightened racial awareness since the civil rights movement, young womxn are refusing to stay silent. From planning peaceful protests to organizing community food drives, they continue to push the status quo. And the world needs to start listening.

This October, City Clerk Anna Valencia, Chicago Foundation for Women’s President & CEO Felicia Davis, and the Status of Women and Girls Working Group will host the 2020 Girls’ Summit.

This free virtual summit will bring together young women, girls, trans, and gender non-binary individuals ages 13-24 from across Chicago to discuss the issues most important to them.

We want to hear from you. Secure your spot today!


Saturday, October 31, 2020 | 9 am - 2:30 pm

Virtual Event (details provided upon registration)


Please contact: OCCSWAGSUMMIT@cityofchicago.org

We understand that some participants may also need a quiet space with reliable access to Wi-Fi.

The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation is offering that space at Fifth Third Arena! To maintain social distancing, limited spots are available on a first-come-first-served basis but you must sign up to reserve your spot before Friday, October 16!

Sign Up for the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation Watch Party here.

Each branch of the Chicago Public Library offers access to Wi-Fi and computers for registration and participation in the Girls' Summit. The following branches are closed at this time:

Canaryville, Gage Park, Galewood-Mont Clare, Water Works, Legler, Manning, Pullman and Logan. 

Please see here for information on hours and operations for the most convenient location.

Youth Advisory Council

» Loreli Paredes

» Norah Al-Hallaj

» Lauren Robinson

» Jaidah Temple

» Erica Williams

» Calen Redic

» Zara Khan

» Erin Newell

» Zoe Weinstein

» Iliana Garner

» Jada Carothers-Johnson

» Emma Zubak

» Alejandra Gonzalez

» Jesiel Montano

» Bianca Jimenez

» Julie Thai

» Taylor Mazique

» Nadia John

» Lidia Madrid

» Sophia Eisenberg

» Ranita Barney

» Samira Asseh

Girls’ Summit Co-Chairs

Lead Co-Chairs:
City Clerk Anna M. Valencia and
Chicago Foundation for Women’s President & CEO 
Felicia Davis

» Senator Tammy Duckworth, United States Senate

» Congresswoman Robin Kelly, United States House of Representatives (Honorary)

» Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, State of Illinois

» State's Attorney Kim Foxx, Cook County

» Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Cook County

» City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin, City of Chicago

» Commissioner Rachel Arfa, City of Chicago

» Commissioner Josina Morita, MWRD

» Acting Commissioner Mary Ellen Messner, Chicago Public Library

» First Lady MK Pritzker, State of Illinois

» Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO, Chicago Public Schools

» Valerie Jarrett, Former Obama Administration Advisor

» Dr. Helene Gayle, President & CEO, Chicago Community Trust

» Sonia Antolec, Director of People and Legal, The Mom Project

» Sara Guderyahn, Executive Director, Chicago Blackhawks Foundation

» Eileen Mitchell, President, AT&T Illinois

» Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President, Northern Trust

» Beth Swanson, CEO, A Better Chicago

» Andrea Zopp, President & CEO, World Business Chicago

» Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

» Cherita Ellens, CEO, Women Employed

» "Z" Scott, President, Chicago State University

» Nia Mathis, Vice President of State & Local Government Affairs, Verizon

» Angela Hurlock, Board Chairperson, Chicago Housing Authority

» Karen Freeman-Wilson, President & CEO, Chicago Urban League

» Liz Dozier, Founder & CEO, Chicago Beyond

» Laticia Holbert, Principal Business Program Manager, ComEd

» Michelle Morales, President, Woods Fund

» Brenda Langstraat, President, Chicago Public Library Foundation

» Diana Palomar, Vice President, Community Engagement for ABC 7 Chicago

» Tracy Baim, Publisher, Chicago Reader

» Kim Fountain, Chief Administrative Officer, Center on Halsted,

» Bernarda "Bernie" Wong, Founder & President (retd), Chinese American Service League

» Jackie Kaplan-Perkins, Founder, LeaderShifting Consulting; Chair, Mayor Lightfoot's Women's Advisory Council

2020 Virtual Girls’ Summit Sponsors

Benefactor Sponsor

Action Sponsors


Partner Sponsors

Additional Allies and Supporters

Girls’ Summit Leadership, Development, and Implementation

Office of the City Clerk, City of Chicago

» S. Mayumi "Umi" Grigsby, Chief of Policy and Advocacy

» Danish Murtaza, Director of Policy


Chicago Foundation for Women

» Emily Dreke, Chief Development Officer

» Melanie Conway, Associate Program Officer, Women's Leadership Development

» Christina Córdova-Herrera, Director of Communications

» Ilda Lagunas, Manager of Special Events


Youth Participation

» Ariana Garcia, Chief of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the City Clerk, City of Chicago

» Faith Garcia, CCC Star Scholar

» Courtney Hrejsa, Director of Teacher Leadership Strategy & Operations, Chicago Public Schools

» Jacky Salgado, Current University of Illinois at Chicago student, Former Chicago Public Schools student

Curriculum and Operations

» Adrienne Upchurch, Chief Program Officer, Centers for New Horizons, Inc

» Brenda Wolfe MSN APN, Director of Clinical Education and Initiatives, Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Marketing and Communications

» Treshonna Nolan, Chief of Communications, Office of the City Clerk, City of Chicago

» Danielle Veira, Director of Communications & Engagement, A Better Chicago


» Rebecca M. Langan, Director of External Affairs, Youth Guidance

» Miloney Thakrar, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Operations, Women Tech Founders

» Jen Mason, Vice Chancellor for Legislative and Community Relations, City Colleges of Chicago

» Natosha Johnson, Manager of Institutional Relations, Chicago Foundation for Women

Girls’ Summit Steering Committee

» 1871

» 20th Senate District

»  AAR Corp.

» A Better Chicago

» ABC 7 Chicago

» ACLU of Illinois

» Affinity Community Services

»  AGG Consulting

» AIDS Foundation of Chicago/Pride Action Tank

»  American Muslim Health Professionals

» Annie’s Little Angels Dance Group

» Ariel Investments

» AT&T Illinois

» Cabrini Green Legal Aid

» Center on Halsted

» Centers for New Horizons

» Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

» Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

» Chicago Beyond

» Chicago Blackhawks Foundation

» Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

» Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center

» Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR)

» Chicago Community Trust

» Chicago Department of Aviation

» Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

» Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)

» Chicago Federation of Labor Chicago Housing Authority

» Chicago Foundation for Women

» Chicago Housing Authority

» Chicago Department of Information and Technology

» Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

» Chicago Police Department

» Chicago Public Library Foundation

» Chicago Public Schools

» Comprehensive Sex Ed Now

» Cook County Board of Commissioners

» Cook County Commissioner, Bridget Gainer

» Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

» Covenant House Illinois

» CPS Office of Equity

» Demoiselle 2 Femme

» Design Dance / Prismatic

» Enlance Chicago

» Erikson Institute

» Farpoint Development

» Female Strong YEA! Chicago

» Forefront

» Former Senior Advisor Obama Administration

» Fresh Philanthropy

» Girls in the Game

» Girls Inc. of Chicago

» Girls Like Me Project

» Girls on the Run Chicago

» Girls Supporting Girls

» Giving Others Dreams

» Global Girls

» Gyrls in the HOOD Foundation


» HEART Women and Girls

» Heartland Alliance

» HUB International

» Hustle Mommies

»  Illinois Action for Children

» Illinois Environmental Council

»  Illinois General Assembly

»  Illinois Medical District

»  Illinois Say No More

»  Illinois Sierra Club

» Illinois State Police

» Inner-City Muslim Action Network

»Iris Worldwide

» June4Me

» Kareracter

» KLEO Center

» Ladies of Virtue

» Office of Senator Durbin

»  Office of Congresswoman Robin Kelly

» Obama Foundation

» Office of Senator Duckworth

» Peer Health Exchange

» Planned Parenthood of Illinois

» Playworks Illinois

» Polish American Association

» Polished Pebbles

» Pride Action Tank

» Prismatic Movement

» Private Vista LLC

» Project Styles

» R.M. Chin & Associates

» Resilience (formerly Rape Victim Advocates)

» RM Engineers and Associates

» Saint Anthony Hospital

» Salt and Light Coalition, NFP

» Sarah's Inn

» Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

» Sexpectations Chi

» State of Illinois

»  State Representative Lisa Hernandez

»  State Senator Iris Martinez

» Strives for Peace

»  Symptaomtic.io

»  The Academy Group

»  The Antiharassment, Equality, and Access (AHEA) Panel

» The Mom Project

»  The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence

»  The Resurrection Project

»  UChicago Medicine


» Unite Here Local 1


» United Chicago

» United States House

» United States Senate

» University of Chicago

» University of Chicago - Ci3

» Chicago Reader

» Chicago Scholars

» Chicago State University

» Chicago Urban League

» Chicago Woman Magazine

» Chicago Women History Project

» Chicago Women in Trade

» Chicago Youth Centers

» Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance

»Chinese American Service League

» Chinese Mutual Aid Association

» Ci3 at the University of Chicago

» City Colleges of Chicago

» City of Chicago Mayor’s Office

» City of Chicago Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities

» City Year Chicago

» Coalition on Urban Girls Chicago

» ComEd

» Community Organizing and Family Issues

» Latino INTREN

» LeaderShifting Consulting

» Leadership Greater Chicago

» LEARN Charter, Co-Founder Consent Simplified

» Lefkofsy Family Foundation

» Love, Unity, and Values Institute

» Loyola University

» Lyft

» McDonalds

» Metropolitan Water Reclamation Board

» Midwest College Project

» Mikva Challenge

» Mind + Matter Studio

» Mission Propelle

»  Mt. Pisgah

» MWRD Commissioner

»  Northern Trust

» Northwestern School of Medicine

» Northwestern University Medicine

» Northwestern University Women’s Center

» University of Chicago Medicine

» University of Chicago School of Law

» University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

» University of Illinois - Chicago

» University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

» University of Illinois Hospital

» University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences

» Vismed 3D

» Women Employed

» Women Tech Founders

» Women's Business Development Center

» Women’s Justice Institute

»  Women's Law & Policy Initiative

» Woods Fund / Mikva Girl Power

» World Business Chicago


» Young Chicago Authors

» Youth Guidance

» YWCA Chicago

» YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Production for Summit

Dr. Brittne Martin - Ebbing Forward