Mentorship matters at the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. On November 3, 2022, we kicked off the WBAI Mentorship program. We had over 60 women participate in our program with attorneys and students from the University of Chicago, Northwestern, Loyola, DePaul, Kent, and UIC as well as a few out of state and a variety of practice areas. For mentors, participating in this program is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the legal community and those who supported, advised, and opened doors for them. For the mentees, we hope to provide the opportunity to grow, connect and learn from women who have been where you are now, overcome hardships, pursued their careers, developed relationships and client contacts, and made contributions to the legal community all while maintaining a work-life balance.
WBAI plans to offer a variety of programs to promote networking, career development, and a healthy work-life balance. Thank you to Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres for hosting us. And thank you to Jessica Klapper Fairchild, Loveleen Ahuja, and Nadine Wichern for all their hard work organizing this event with me. Also thank you to Mark C. Palmer and 2Civility for partnering with us. But most of all, thank you to all of the WBAI members who volunteered to serve as mentors and mentees.
This article was originally published in the WBAI Fall 2022 Newsletter on page 59.