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 programs and 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. Members also receive a bimonthly newsletter chock full of valuable information on Chicago's publishing industry and can be a part of the CWIP Mentorship Program.
We meet on the third Wednesday of each month in downtown Chicago for a career-related educational program and networking. We also hold a major Fall Kickoff Event, a holiday party, a spring reception, a publishing fair, half-day workshops, mentoring events, and mixers with other professional groups in Chicago. Go the the Events Calendar or the Events page for a more complete listing of upcoming events.
President: Kim Bookless
Vice President: Jill Welsh
VP Strategic Planning: open
VP Business Development: open
Treasurer: Heather Lengyel
Secretary: Janine Rodriguez
Marketing Director: Paula Krapf
Programs Director: Brittany Bommelman
Membership Director: Meghann Workman
Mentorship Director: Laura Paton
Website Manager: Ola Faleti
Board Members at Large: Board Members at Large: (General) Fiona Saltmarsh, Doug Tonks, George Becht; (Blog Content Editor) Aleisha Gardner
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.
Check out CWIP's 2015/16 educational programs* held on the third Wednesdays of most months, usually in the second-floor conference center of the Four40 Building located at 440 S. LaSalle St., Chicago. The venue is easily accessible by public transit and offers $9 parking for attendees with validation. Enter the underground parking from Financial Pl. at Congress Blvd. All programs are open to the public, but are either free or at preferred pricing for CWIP members. Our Events Calendar lists every CWIP event as all the details become available.
Networking begins at 6:00 p.m. with the program running from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and more networking time follows the programs.
Look for additional Saturday workshops (from 9:00 a.m to noon)*, mentorship events, and networking mixers throughout the year.
CWIP programming takes a break in the summer and returns again in the fall.
Our Members Say...
"As the author of a children’s book, I needed an editor with experience in children’s literature, language arts, and Lexile scores. Fortunately, I discovered CWIP's Freelance Directory and found the perfect match for my manuscript. Soon I began attending the monthly meetings, becoming a CWIP member myself. Where else can you learn so much about the publishing world through knowledgeable and experienced guest speakers? The networking opportunities helped introduce me to publishing professionals familiar with print production—even marketing. I found my team at CWIP."
—Caroline Lee, Author of Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins
*(Note: dates will not change, but program topics may.)