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ChiWIP is committed to promoting the success of women+ in the field of intellectual property law by building, connecting, and sustaining all members of its community. Read our statement about how we are working towards achieving and maintaining a nondiscriminatory and equitable organization.


  • ChiWIP is Partnering with Bright Endeavors
    Thu, Nov 03
    The candle sale will run through 12/15/22
    Nov 03, 12:34 PM – Dec 15, 12:00 PM
    The candle sale will run through 12/15/22
    ChiWIP is partnering with Bright Endeavors again for a candle sale to support the young moms at Bright Endeavors. Bright Endeavors is a social enterprise of young moms. Its approach puts families experiencing poverty in control of their goals and unleashes their potential.
  • Mentoring Circles: Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace
    Dec 06, 12:00 PM CST – Dec 07, 1:00 PM CST
    Reed Smith LLP, 10 S Wacker Dr ste 4000, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
    Please join us for an open discussion on how to address mental health issues in the workplace.
  • ChiWIP Happy Hour at Time Out Market
    Wed, Dec 07
    Time Out Market Chicago
    Dec 07, 5:30 PM CST
    Time Out Market Chicago, 916 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
    Join ChiWIP for another social hour (or two!) at Time Out Market in the Fulton Market District! We will grab a few tables in the food hall space. Attendees can purchase food or drink from the vendors inside the Market space. Grab a cocktail and some bites and come join us!
  • ChiWIP at Christkindlmarket
    Tue, Dec 13
    Christkindlmarket Chicago
    Dec 13, 12:00 PM CST – Dec 14, 1:00 PM CST
    Christkindlmarket Chicago, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
    Join the ChiWIP social committee for another Christkindlmarket meet up! We will meet at the Daley Plaza at noon to browse the market and pick up some hot food and beverages. Dress warmly! This event is outside. All meals and beverages will be purchased by individual attendees separately.
  • ChiWIP Book Club - Shrines of Gaiety
    Jan 19, 2023, 7:00 PM CST – Jan 20, 2023, 8:00 PM CST
    This book of historical fiction takes place in 1926 London after the Great War and follows the story of Nellie Coker, the queen of the new nightlife culture emerging in London after the War, and her ambitious plots to advance her six children.
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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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Calista Mitchell
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery

Calista Mitchell’s biggest piece of advice to young attorneys? Create the career that’s best for you and be flexible while doing it. Career goals and personal commitments change over the years and in ways you can't easily predict. Calista reflects that her greatest successes have been the instances in which she was willing to try new things and speak up for what she wanted. She never felt like there was only one track to being “successful,” even at a law firm. She remarks that, on her career journey, she has learned that it is okay to define what success means for you. She suggests women find the work-life balance that suits them best and ask for what they need to stay in the practice of the law. She urges young attorneys to not make drastic decisions to fix short term problems. There’s often an easier fix if you just ask. As a partner at Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, Calista makes it a goal to facilitate career satisfaction and happiness among her colleagues and the young attorneys she works with. If they can define what they need, she will advocate for them to make it happen.