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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.


  • Pre-Galentine's Day Ride
    Fri, Feb 11
    Peloton App
    Feb 11, 12:00 PM – Feb 12, 12:30 PM
    Peloton App
    Celebrate Galentine's Day early with the ChiWIP Social & Networking Committee! Join us for a quick 30-minute ride over the lunch hour! Add #ChiWIP to your profile to find other ChiWIP members riding. The event is free and open to anyone with the Peloton App.
  • Virtual Girl Scout IP Patch Event
    Wed, Feb 23
    Online Event
    Feb 23, 4:30 PM CST – Feb 24, 5:30 PM CST
    Online Event
    Join ChiWIP for this annual event in which we help Brownie troops throughout Chicagoland attain their Girl Scout Inventor Patch and their IP Patch.
  • January Book Club
    Sun, Feb 27
    Online Event
    Feb 27, 7:00 PM CST
    Online Event
    Join ChiWIP for our January Book Club reading Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, lead singer of Japanese Breakfast. Zauner’s memoir explores her grief and reestablishing a connection to her Korean heritage using cooking after the death of her mother in 2014. Send RSVPs to Francesca Cardillo.
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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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Shyla Jones-Ali
Charles Schwab

Shyla Jones-Ali, Director of Legal Counsel, Advertising, Marketing & Brand Protection at Charles Schwab, has pursued each step of her professional journey with intentionality. Shyla entered college dreaming of being a high school teacher—today she is a trademark attorney. At first glance, those two paths may seem vastly different, but, in retrospect, they are in fact just one path, forged together by a series of purposeful decisions by Shyla to keep an open mind and to embrace new challenges. Shyla never gave up her passion to teach either; she is also the Trademark Clinic Supervising Attorney at UIC Law School where she teaches the next generation of lawyers.