Open to anyone interested in the publishing industry, CWIP is an organization dedicated to helping our members make industry connections and creating a vibrant and useful community of successful professionals. Whether you're male or female, a seasoned publishing veteran, aspiring author, or simply considering a publishing career, CWIP can help you achieve your goals. The benefits of CWIP membership are many: free or discounted educational and special events, leadership opportunities, open-jobs listings, referrals, mentoring support, and networking opportunities that can enhance your career, build your business, and foster lasting relationships.
CWIP offers many publishing-related activities. Explore the website to learn about upcoming events, industry news, and publishing resources. As a CWIP member, you have access to online job postings 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 is comprised of members who are subject-matter experts and can speak on various topics at professional and public events. Members also receive a bimonthly newsletter chock full of valuable information on Chicago's publishing industry and can join 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: Aleisha Gardner
VP Strategic Planning: Kim Bookless
VP Business Development: Heather Lengyel
Treasurer: George Becht
Secretary: Fiona Saltmarsh
Marketing Director: Taylor Alcantar
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
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.