Rep. Grant welcomes Wheaton business owners as part of women's recognition forum in Springfield
State Rep. Amy Grant (R-Wheaton) recently welcomed about 40 women to Springfield as part of a daylong forum that saluted them for their contributions as female leaders making a difference across the state.
Among the honorees were Wheaton residents Renee Pollino and Shameke Osbourne, both of whom form the leadership team operating the My Half of the Sky local coffee shop that donates a portion of its earnings to organizations that work to eradicate homelessness, human trafficking and extreme poverty along with supporting environmental issues and providing assistance for teen mothers.
“These two women are making a real difference in their community by helping raise funds for Illinoisans in crisis and to support the environment,” Grant said in an April 9 press release. “It is a pleasure to recognize their contributions and provide them with a forum for sharing their ideas, challenges and successes.”
All of those honored share the common goal of working to make Illinois better for all by empowering females.
“We need to ensure that women’s voices are being heard during policy discussions in Springfield,” Grant added. “Today was a great opportunity to learn about their priorities, concerns and hopes.”
As part of the day’s proceedings, the group was permitted to sit in on a legislative session and watch the proceedings from the House gallery. Later, they met and were further feted by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.
“It was humbling to hear stories from so many women who are truly living lives of purpose and impact,” Grant added. “I have tremendous respect for the hard work and dedication these women display on a daily basis.”