Member Spotlight

Lauren Waninski

Associate Attorney // Inman & Fitzgibbons, Ltd. // Workers’ Compensation Defense and General Liability Defense

Why are you a member of the WBAI? 
I am a member of the WBAI because I believe in the advocacy of women both inside and outside the legal community. In addition, I strive to enhance my relationships with attorneys through the networking programs offered by the WBAI which are unique and developed based on the interests of the membership. I have gained so much from the WBAI on both a personal and professional level through friendships and business relations. I hope to continue to advocate and encourage female attorneys seeking a professional organization within the WBAI.

What is your definition of “having it all”?
I believe women embody the meaning of “having it all.” As women, we strive to have a career, a family, a social life, and we achieve those aspirations. Women understand the importance of multi-tasking and are able to manage multiple things, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions. As female attorneys, this becomes imperative in order to meet both our personal and professional goals on an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. I am constantly impressed with the organizational skills of women and their continued ability to manage their time efficiently and effectively and still find time to enjoy the finer things in life. I encourage all women to be empowered by their ability to “have it all.”

What are you most looking forward to in the coming months? 
I am very excited for this upcoming bar year working with President Karie Valentino. I will be serving as the Recording Secretary as an Officer on the Board of Directors. The WBAI has so many fun and fresh member benefit offerings as well as legal and professional development opportunities for the WBAI membership to explore. There is something for everyone!

Tell us something interesting about you. 
I love history and architecture, especially the prairie style design made popular in Chicago. My husband and I are currently renovating/restoring a prairie style house we purchased as our family home. We are doing as much of the work ourselves as it is our labor of love.

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