Recognition Brunch & Listening Session

Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (9:30 am – 10:00 a.m. meet and mingle)
Location: Inn at 835
Address: 835 S 2nd Street Springfield, IL 62704

Dear Honoree,

The Emerging Women Leaders Conference was first developed to celebrate women like you, and to listen to what women across the state had to say. I am proud to continue this tradition with another exciting event ahead of us. This year, we will be expanding the program to include a listening session and opportunities to build networks, learn new skills and meet influential leaders. More than anything we hope to inspire you, like you inspire us.

We’re here to help you attain your leadership goals and to gain your input throughout the day. We cannot wait to hear from you!


Tony McCombie
House Minority Leader
Illinois House of Representatives


Juliana Stratton
Lieutenant Governor, State of Illinois

Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton serves Illinois as the state’s 48th Lieutenant Governor. She previously represented the 5th District in the Illinois House of Representatives and her first elected office was serving as Chair of the Kenwood Academy Local School Council.

Lieutenant Governor Stratton’s entire career has focused on bringing people together, building consensus, and solving problems.  As a lifelong advocate for youth and creating safe spaces for our young people, Stratton is a restorative justice practitioner and trained peace circle keeper.

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Stratton is the proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and DePaul University’s College of Law. She and her husband Bryan live in the Bronzeville community and have four daughters. When she can find a bit of free time, she enjoys going to concerts, a good documentary, and training for marathons and triathlons.

Tony McCombie
House Minority Leader
Illinois House of Representatives

State Representative Tony McCombie is the first woman to serve as Illinois House Minority Leader. She began her fourth term in the General Assembly in January 2023 at which time she was sworn in as House Minority Leader. Before serving in the Illinois House, McCombie served as a City Alderperson and Mayor for the City of Savanna, Illinois.

Born and primarily raised in Savanna, McCombie graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Business and Sociology.  Additionally, McCombie has begun her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

McCombie is a small business owner, owning and operating Blue Appraisals, and is self-employed as a realtor with Mel Foster Company.  She has been married to her husband, Curt, since 2006. Together, they enjoy all types of outdoor activities with their friends and family.