I heard today from CCLaP friend Chris Benevich of MediaBistro (who's been interviewed here in the past as part of the CCLaP Podcast), writing in with news from the local organization Chicago Women In Publishing (or CWIP); turns out that they're hosting an interesting panel soon featuring Chris, as well as a whole tableful of other interesting female professionals. Entitled "Contract Negotiations for Freelancers," the two and a half hour event is pretty much what it sounds like; besides Chris, participants include attorney Amy Cook and fellow freelancers Mary Beth Klatt and Dawn Reiss, with the panel being hosted by Marci Rolnik, legal director of Chicago's Lawyers for the Creative Arts, a great organization I actually used a number of times back when I was an artist myself.
Anyway, the panel is coming up on Wednesday, February 20th, and will be held at National-Louis University down at 122 S. Michigan Avenue in the Loop; registration is $15 ($10 for members and students), and you can do so in advance at their website or at the door that evening. By the way, CWIP is a pretty interesting organization in their own right; they host regular panels like this all the time, not to mention monthly networking events and other professional/social get-togethers. I encourage you to stop by the front page of their website for a lot more.