Jamila Trimuel

Founder, Ladies of Virtue

2019 Chicago Peace Fellow

From the south side of Chicago, Jamila Trimuel is the Founder of Ladies of Virtue, an award-winning mentoring and leadership program that has empowered over 1,000 girls, ages 9 to 18, to become confident and purpose-driven leaders. Jamila started her career in strategic planning at Northwestern Medicine and has over ten years of experience in strategic planning and community engagement. Jamila is a Steering Committee member for the Greater Bronzeville Neighborhood Workforce Development committee. Jamila is also a member of the Founding Steering Committee for the IL Council of Women and Girls which was just signed into law. Jamila is the co-author of “A Status Report on Teen Girls in Chicago” produced by the Coalition of Urban Girls. Jamila is also the Co-Chair for the Status of Women and Girls Working Group led by City Clerk Anna Valencia. Most recently, Jamila gave her TEDx Talk at Rush University entitled, “Make Today Your Saturday: Live A Fulfilled Life of Purpose.”

Jamila has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign and a Master of Science in Health Systems Management from Rush University. She also holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from The Broad Center for Management of School Systems.

“I am looking forward to collaborating with other community leaders that are truly doing amazing work and making a difference in Chicago. I am determined to work towards making systemic changes specifically as it relates to black girls in Chicago.”

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