Wheeler Named Midwest Regional Director for Non-Partisan National Foundation for Women Legislators

State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) has been named a Regional Director of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) for 2016. Wheeler was the Director for the State of Illinois last year, and is taking on a greater role to continue to promote NFWL’s mission of advancing women in government on the state and local levels. The NFWL, entering its seventy-eighth year of operation, is a non-profit, non-partisan foundation that works to promote female elected officials and encourages women’s involvement in government.

“I am very excited and honored to continue to serve the National Foundation for Women Legislators and take on this larger role as a Regional Director,” said Wheeler. “There are so many excellent and skilled women in government in the Midwest, and it’s a privilege to be thought of among that group. I know first-hand the difficulties that a woman can face in the world of politics and government and I hope my personal experiences, and those over the past year with NFWL, will help engage more women in the governmental process.”

Elected women from across the country will gather in Orlando, Florida from November 16-20, for NFWL’s 2016 Annual Conference to identify effective solutions to some of the nation’s most timely and pressing issues. Providing a non-partisan environment that encourages dialogue and the sharing of information and experiences, women leaders are able to build coalitions, share the concerns of their constituents, and identify out-of-the-box solutions to the most pressing issues facing their communities today.

“We are so proud Representative Wheeler has again accepted a leadership position in our Foundation,” stated Delaware State Representative Helene Keeley, NFWL’s 2016 Chair. “She will play a key role in aiding women legislators in the Midwest, as we grow as an organization.”

Wheeler at NFWL's 2015 Annual Conference in Oklahoma City.
As a Regional Director, Wheeler’s duties will include: serving as the main point of contact for NFWL and elected women in the region; increasing participation in NFWL by encouraging current and former state and local elected officials to become active; encouraging elected women from the region 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 the region; serve as a liaison to business within in the region 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/.