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What is Legacy Project?

In April 2011, a group of women from various levels of public service within Illinois began to meet to start a dialogue focusing on their legacy as leaders. The core questions before them centered on the following themes:

  • How can we help attract, mentor and retain women in local government?

  • How can we encourage students to pursue a career in local government management?

  • How can we help diversify the profession and encourage more minority representation?


Today, this effort is known as Legacy Project. The purpose of the Legacy Project is to advance women in local government. It is a forum for learning, connecting, and promoting the knowledge that supports the collective legacy of women in local government management. Legacy Project aims to help women succeed in public service by enhancing career-building models that develop leadership skills and by providing an opportunity to network with professional women in government.


The Legacy Project is dedicated to the advancement of women in public leadership in local and state government.

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