We are proud to announce Susana A. Mendoza as keynote speaker 2017

Susana A. MendozaSusana A. Mendoza will have kindly taken the time to share her history in our Dare to Dream Annual conference 2017.

Susana A. Mendoza became the first Hispanic to ever run for and win a statewide elected office in Illinois as a Democrat. She was elected on a platform of prioritizing state payments to Illinois’ most vulnerable residents.

Prior to her election as Illinois Comptroller, Susana was the first woman ever elected to the office of the Clerk of the City of Chicago. Before City Clerk, Susana proudly served six terms as a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 2001 to 2011 during which period she also spent time as the co-chairwoman of the bi-partisan group, Conference of Women Legislators. Ms. Mendoza has been recognized for her leadership and legislation on social services, education, law enforcement, job creation and animal welfare.

In 2004, Susana Mendoza was named one of Chicago Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine “40 under 40” and in 2011 she was highlighted again in the magazine’s “Women to Watch” series.

In a field still often dominated by men, Susana Mendoza credits her tenacity to get things done to her time as the only girl soccer player on an all boys soccer team in elementary school. Most recently, instead of giving in to pressures to raise the cost of city stickers, Susana Mendoza worked with industry representatives to craft an ordinance creating a universal residential parking zone sticker for realtors which is estimated to create a half-million dollars of new revenue for the city without asking residents to spend more.

She is the daughter of Joaquin and Susana H Mendoza. Wife to David Szostak and mother to David Quinten Szostak. Her hard work and successes serve as an example to women everywhere that anything is possible.