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  • Summer Soiree!
    Thu, Aug 19
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    Aug 19, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
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    ChiWIP will be hosting small in-person gatherings at three committee members' homes in the greater Chicago area.
  • Mentoring Circles: Transitioning Back into the Office
    Sep 09, 12:00 PM CDT
    The transition back to working at the office can be overwhelming for many. Join us for an open and honest conversation on how to adjust to in-person work arrangements, after more than a year of working from home.
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Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP) is a networking and mentoring group committed to the connection, promotion and success of professional Chicago women in all stages of practice of every facet of IP law. 

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Kimberly Schenk

Vice President at Charles River Associates

“The biggest insight I‘ve gained over the years is that if you want to step out of growing linearly and begin to grow exponentially, you must leave your comfort zone behind you,” says Kimberly (Kim) Schenk, Vice President at Charles River Associates.


As a Certified Public Accountant and an expert witness on damages in IP matters, having testified in 7 trials and given more than 20 depositions, Kim’s task is to explain to the judge and jury the value of the assets at issue in a case, be it a piece of technology, a trademark, or another type of IP. While Kim had a variety of interests growing up, math came most naturally to her. “I always found a sort of elegance in analyzing what is otherwise a jumble of numbers and finding an answer.” Kim pursued a degree in finance and economics, and her desire to apply her skills creatively led her to consulting. “I came across a boutique firm that was doing IP valuation, which immediately interested me,” Kim said. “In a way, this opportunity allowed me to combine . . . my math and valuation skills to determine the value of a given aspect of a product in the market.”