Wheeler Named State Director of the National Foundation for Women Legislators

CRYSTAL LAKE – Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) has been named the Illinois State Director of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) for 2015. The NFWL, now in its seventy-seventh year of operation, is a non-profit, non-partisan foundation that works to promote female elected officials and encourages women’s involvement in government. As the Director for the State of Illinois, Wheeler will seek to promote NFWL’s mission of advancing women in government on the state and local levels.

“When I was first contacted by the National Foundation for Women Legislators, I must say I wasn’t expecting to be asked to be their State Director,” said Wheeler. “We are fortunate in Illinois to have a number of excellent and skilled women in government, and it’s a privilege to be thought of among that group. Although I wasn’t expecting it, I’m honored to take on the position. I know first-hand the difficulties that a woman can face in the world of politics and government and I hope my own experiences will aid me in taking on this position and helping engage more women in the governmental process.”

As the Director for Illinois, Wheeler’s duties will include: serving as the main point of contact for NFWL and elected women in Illinois; increasing participation in NFWL by encouraging current and former state and local elected officials to become active; Encouraging elected women from Illinois to take part in the NFWL annual conference to advance women in politics and government; hosting events to encourage cooperation of elected women from around Illinois; Serve as a liaison to business within in the state to help identify funding and lobbying sources to support NFWL scholarships.

The primary goal of the NFWL is to not only encourage women in government, but to assist those that are elected in the processes of legislative debate, networking, and earned media opportunities. For more information about NFWL, please visit their website: http://www.womenlegislators.org/.

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