The Working Lunch, Virtual Edition, May 25, 2021

Program: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. CT
Breakout Sessions: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. CT

Let's Make the Next Four Years Count!

Keynote Speaker

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood

U.S. Representative (IL-14)


Congresswoman Lauren Underwood serves Illinois’ 14th Congressional District and was sworn into the 116th U.S. Congress on January 3, 2019. Congresswoman Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Underwood serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor, the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, and the House Committee on Homeland Security. She also serves on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Rep. Underwood is a member of the Future Forum, a group of young Democratic Members of Congress committed to listening to and standing up for the next generation of Americans, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the LGBT Equality Caucus. As a strong supporter of addressing the gun violence epidemic, Congresswoman Underwood is a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce.

Prior to her election to Congress, Congresswoman Underwood worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure that it provided high-quality, cost-efficient care. She served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), helping communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies. As a career public servant at HHS, she helped implement the Affordable Care Act — broadening access for those on Medicare, improving health care quality, and reforming private insurance. Congresswoman Underwood also taught future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program. Congresswoman Underwood is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from Neuqua Valley High School and is a lifelong Girl Scout. She resides in Naperville, Illinois.    


The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus

Chairwoman Sonya M. Harper

Chairwoman Sonya M. Harper

Senator Lightford's Headshot

Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

SEIU Healthcare Illinois

The Pattis Family Foundation

Erica Bland-Durosinmi

Erica Bland-Durosinmi, Exec. Vice President

Lisa and Mark Pattis

Lisa and Mark Pattis

Thank You to Our Corporate Partners




Nancy & Rick Kreiter


The Pattis Family Foundation

Photos From Our 2019 Event


Watch Our 2020 Virtual Program

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