GIRLS Mentorship

In keeping with the mission of CWIP, the GIRLS Committee was created to focus on the development, nurturing, and engagement of girls of all ages to ensure that they develop skills to prepare them to become leaders in whatever fields they choose. GIRLS is an acronym that stands for Girls Igniting Real Leadership and Service. The Committee’s staple program is GLMP; the Girls Leadership and Mentoring Program fashioned after CWIP’s own WLMP.  Each girl selected is assigned a mentor to work with from January - May of each year. of each year.  The girls and their mentors learn from knowledgeable presenters on a variety of topics and they have lots of fun together!  The culmination is a walking field trip in May to visit historical sites in Chicago that focus on women of color in the Bronzeville neighborhood. 

If you are looking to get involved, contact CWIP at

Meet the GIRLS committee

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WLMP Benefits

Mentees have a chance to: get career guidance from experienced nonprofit leaders; build the skills necessary to take their careers to the next level; expand their professional networks by connecting with women who are guiding and transforming the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in Chicago and beyond; and gain access to exclusive workshops and networking events.

Mentors have a chance to: “pay it forward” by sharing their expertise with emerging and mid-career leaders; enrich their own perspectives on the nonprofit sector and learn new skills and approaches by exchanging ideas with their mentees and fellow mentors; and develop new contacts and lifelong relationships by getting to know the diverse group of WLMP participants.


The WLMP strives to engage a racially and ethnically diverse group of participants from a variety of fields with different types of job responsibilities, professional experiences, and career goals.


Mentees: Young women in the early stages of their nonprofit careers (five years or fewer of work experience) who have specific needs in areas such as goal-setting and career planning, skill-building, networking, or navigating an employment or educational transition. Both CWIP members and non-members who meet these criteria are welcome to apply.

Mentors: CWIP members who have at least eight years of experience and/or senior management experience in the
nonprofit sector and a desire to support emerging women leaders in the nonprofit sector.

WLMP: mid-career leaders

Mentees: CWIP members who are at or reaching the mid-career stage of their professional development with over seven years of experience. Issues that could be addressed with a mentor include developing high-level communications skills; finance for the non-finance executive; board development and management; managing “up, down, and sideways;” and maintaining work/life balance.

Mentors: CWIP members with senior management experience and a desire to nurture the next generation of
executive-level women in the nonprofit sector.


Both mentees and mentors are expected to commit to two to four hours per month to the WLMP for one program
year (October-August). This commitment includes:

Setting jointly agreed-upon mentorship goals with your partner
Participating in an Orientation and Goal-Setting session
Monthly meetings with your mentoring partner (virtually or in-person)
Participating in two professional development sessions
Participating in two peer-to-peer sessions
Participating in the evaluation process, including the completion of online surveys and periodic phone check-ins with
committee members

WLMP Co-Chairs  

Bridget Hickey
WLMP Co-Chair

Michelle Patterson
WLMP Co-Chair

Shruti Saxena
WLMP Co-Chair

Contact us with questions