Statements and Updates:

The Coalition stands with the Black community and joins the outcry to end racial targeting and violence by the police. To read a statement from Chicago Chapter Leadership, click here.

COVID-19 Response:  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Executive Committee has composed a letter reminding firm leadership that dramatic economic events can have an overwhelmingly negative, long-lasting impact on women and diverse women in our profession. To read the letter, please click here.

Welcome to the Chicago Chapter of the Coalition

The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law began in Chicago in 2008. We are a non-profit membership association that brings together women in law firms, government, and companies of all sizes. Along with the New York and Washington D.C. Chapters, the Coalition has more than 120 law firms and companies as members, stretching the reach of the Coalition to thousands of women attorneys in its member organizations. 

The Coalition provides dozens of programs in Chicago each year. Our goal is to foster career advancement and professional development, promote dialogue and a support-network among members, and to help address the many issues facing women lawyers and women's initiatives today.

Upcoming Events:

Literary Lawyers Series with Marlene Trestman

April 27, 2023 at 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. EST via Zoom
Join the New York Chapter of the Coalition and Seyfarth Shaw LLP as they host lawyer-turned-author, Marlene Trestman, to hear about her biography of Bessie Margolin, her mentor, Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin (LSU Press, 2016). 

Annual Managing Partner & General Counsel Forum
May 10, 2023 from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. CT
Maggiano's Little Italy Chicago

Please join the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives for our annual Managing Partner/General Counsel forum on May 10, 2023. This year, our forum will consist of an interactive discussion about where the legal industry is now, where we’ve come from over the past three years, and where we are going in this post-pandemic world. Joined by a group of dynamic and impressive decision-makers, thought leaders, managers, mentors, and all around boss ladies, our conversation is sure to be inspiring and insightful. We look forward to seeing you for networking, great conversation, and thought-provoking presentations. 

Positive Intelligence Workshop with Danielle McCombs
Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. CT/6:00 p.m.ET via Zoom
Becoming the best leader you can be takes work, self-reflection and communication. Positive Intelligence (PQ) is a powerful tool, developed by Shrizad Chamine, to improve your mental fitness to take on the challenges we are faced with every day with a positive outlook rather than with fear and stress. This interactive workshop will provide you with tangible actions to build and strengthen your mental fitness to boost your leadership.


View all Chicago Chapter Upcoming Events

View a recording of the 2022 National Leadership Forum!

View the National program, From Risk to Reward Building Your Bridge to Leadership.


Stay connected with the Chicago chapter! The new “Coalition Connects” newsletter offers insights from leadership, member news, timely articles and more. View past issues of Coalition Connects.

And check out the latest National Coalition newsletter by clicking the image below! You can also view past issues here.