Founded in 1972, CWIP is one of the oldest and proudest publishing associations in Chicago. And don't let the name fool you: for the past 45 years, we've helped both men and women, seasoned publishing veterans, aspiring and published authors, students, and anyone considering a career in the industry to navigate the publishing world. CWIP hosts many events by bringing in the cream of the crop of local and national speakers with the goal of educating and growing Chicago's publishing community.
The benefits of CWIP membership are many: free or discounted educational and special events, open-jobs listings, referrals, mentoring support, and leadership and networking opportunities that can enhance your career, build your business, and foster lasting relationships. Regardless of your circumstances, CWIP can help you achieve your goals.
Explore the website to learn about upcoming events, industry news, and publishing resources. As a CWIP member, you have access to new job postings online through Jobvine, the opportunity to advertise your freelance services in our online Freelance Directory, and access to our online Membership Directory. The CWIP Speakers Bureau features members who are subject-matter experts and can speak on various topics at professional and public events. Members can also take advantage of peer support and advice through the CWIP Mentorship Program.
We meet on the third Wednesday of most months in Chicago for educational and special events and networking. Other events include a major fall kickoff night, a spring publishing fair, half-day and full-day workshops, mentoring events, and mixers with other professional groups in Chicago. Visit the Events Calendar or the Events page for a more complete listing of upcoming events.
President: Jill Welsh
Vice President: Kim Bookless
VP Strategic Planning: Open
VP Business Development: Open
Treasurer: George Becht
Secretary: Fiona Saltmarsh
Marketing Director: Taylor Alcantar
Website Manager: Nadia Alfadel Coloma
Events and Programs Codirectors: Brittany Bommelman and Janine Loechel
Membership Director: Meghann Workman
Mentorship Director: Jeff Fleischer
Board Members at Large: (General) Laura Paton and Jenna Pirrie, (Blog Content Editor) Ola Faleti, (Social Media) Paula Krapf
CWIP Mission Statement
Chicago Women in Publishing is a nonprofit volunteer organization formed in 1972 for professionals in the publishing industry and allied fields. Our purpose is to explore and improve the status of publishing professionals, to assist members in greater professional achievement, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas. Read the gritty details in our bylaws.