Chicago City Clerk and CFW President and CEO to Host 2020 Virtual Girls Summit
September 29 2020

Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia and Chicago Foundation for Women President & CEO, Felicia Davis to Host 2020 Virtual Girls Summit this October

CHICAGO — On October 31, 2020, Clerk Valencia, in partnership with the Chicago Foundation for Women President & CEO Felicia Davis, will host the 2020 Virtual 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.

The virtual summit is a modified version of one of the 20 recommendations listed in Valencia’s Status of Women and Girls Working Group’s, The Pink New Deal.

“This year has been full of unexpected obstacles,” said Valencia. “However, through unity and leadership we’ve seen the best aspects of humanity shine through. We’ve also seen the strongest leadership from our young people, particularly our city’s young women. All too often the voices of young women and girls are dismissed. That’s why, I’m so excited to announce our 2020 virtual girls summit, that will give our city’s young women and girls the platform they need to make their voices heard.”

Amid a global pandemic, logistical plans for the summit have changed, as the hope was to host an in-person summit this year. However, the challenges and inequities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic only emphasized the urgent need for such an event in support of womxn¹ across Chicago.

“It’s important that we take the time to lift up and center the voices of young people, especially young women, who are facing so many challenges today,” Davis said. “Safety is of paramount importance to our communities, and this summit offers a space for young people to address those issues head-on among their peers and with their supporters, in order to create solutions that work for them.”

What makes this upcoming virtual summit more unique than most is the direct influence of local young womxn. Members of the Status of Women and Girls Summit Steering Committee’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC), made up of young womxn from across our city, are leading the charge participating in planning sessions and weighing in on decisions directly related to the virtual summit. It will truly be a summit created by young womxn, for young womxn.

To learn more and to register, visit Also, make sure to follow @ChiCityClerk and @ChiFdn4Women on all social media platforms for continuous updates.

The virtual summit will also feature special guest speakers throughout the program, including summit co-chairs.

Summit Co-chairs include:
» 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 Lindsay, 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
» Angela Hurlock, Board Chairperson, Chicago Housing Authority
» Karen Freeman-Wilson, President & CEO, Chicago Urban League
» Liz Dozier, Founder & CEO, Chicago Beyond
» Laticia Holbert, Principal, ComEd
» Michelle Morales, President, Woods Fund
» Brenda Langstraat, President, Chicago Public Library Foundation
» Diana Palomar, Vice President, Community Engagement 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

The 2020 Virtual Girls’ Summit sponsors include:
» AT&T
» The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation
» The Mom Project
» Katherine Finnegan
» Verizon
» The Chicago Community Trust

About the Office of the City Clerk
The Office of the City Clerk (OCC) is one of the largest offices in the City serving 1.2 million Chicagoans. As City Clerk, Anna M. Valencia has focused on making government more accessible to all Chicagoans. Under Valencia’s leadership, the Office of the City Clerk has made it a priority to find new and innovative ways to bring services directly to residents, increase civic engagement, and collaborate across government in the private and public sectors. Valencia has also been a continuous champion for women’s rights, establishing the Status of Women and Girls Working Group in 2018, with a goal of creating a more just and equitable city for Chicago’s young womxn and girls. To learn more about the OCC’s community services and initiatives visit,

About Chicago Foundation for Women
Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for all. CFW funds organizations working to solve the biggest problems facing women and girls: economic insecurity, violence, and lack of access to health care and information. Since its founding, CFW has invested nearly $39 million in hundreds of organizations, leveraging the generosity of more than 2,700 donors, impacting over 70,000 women, girls, trans, and gender non-binary individuals in our region. In addition to grantmaking, CFW invests in developing women leaders and advocates, bringing together diverse coalitions to collaborate, share resources, and develop solutions. Learn more at

¹womxn is an alternative spelling of women inclusive of women, girls, trans, and gender non-binary individuals.