Lieutenant Governor Stratton Inspires the Next Generation of Female Leaders


(Chicago, IL) June 30, 2019 - Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton had an intimate conversation with a group of women and teens from Girls Inc. of Chicago during a live recording with Lindrea Reynolds, host of Next Level Brand Behavior podcast.

Stratton, the chair of the newly created Illinois Council on Women and Girls, spoke candidly about a wide range of issues impacting women including the importance of self-care and balancing a high-profile career. She also gave insight on her personal journey growing up on the south side of Chicago to becoming a lawyer, small business owner, State Representative, and now Lieutenant Governor of the sixth most populous state in the country.

On empowering women and removing barriers for women in the workplace, Stratton affirmed, “One of the things that we can do as women in particular is make sure that when we have access, when we go to that next level, that we are always making space to bring other women along.” 

Reynolds, a creative director, and brand strategist, was excited to partner with Girls Inc. for her first live recording. Reynolds remarked, “I believe that everyone should be empowered to fearlessly and creatively pursue their dreams. Through her powerful words, Lt. Gov. Stratton inspired the next generation of female leaders - everyone from the teens present in the room to those women who may be on the brink of something extraordinary but feel stuck and everyone else in between.”

Asata Young, a junior from Kenwood Academy High School, was inspired by Lt. Gov. Stratton. Young remarked that Lt. Gov. Stratton inspired her to shift her paradigm from thinking of obstacles as barriers to instead viewing them as a “training ground” for the future. 

Arshele Stevens, CEO of Girls Inc. of Chicago, a nonprofit organization that provides life-changing programming that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold was excited about this event. “As a woman of color from the south side of Chicago - just like Juliana and most of the girls that we serve - I know how important it is for girls to see leaders who look like them”, Stevens remarked. She further explained, “This month marks the 100th anniversary of Illinois’ ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. The fact that we had an opportunity to hear from Illinois’ first African-American female lieutenant governor was not lost upon anyone in the room.”

Launched in 2019, Reynolds created Next Level Brand BehaviorTM, a platform for networking and brand storytelling experiences designed to provide creative fuel for the dream chasers and over-thinkers; inspiring them to catch their dreams and elevate their brands. The Next Level Brand BehaviorTM podcast will be available on Apple and Google Podcasts in July 2019.

# #If you would like additional details about this event and/or the Next Level Brand Behavior, please contact Lindrea Reynolds at and 773.458.6254.

For more information about Girls Inc. of Chicago, please contact Lindsay Bartlett at and 312.416.7799.

Lindrea Reynolds