August 7, 2017
Fitch Even partners Nicole L. Little and Alisa C. Simmons helped coordinate a “speed career networking” event presented by Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP) on July 27, 2017, in partnership with GirlForward, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for refugee girls through mentoring and after-school programs. During the event, ChiWIP members and other women professionals met with 32 high-school girls, along with their interpreters and camp counselors, to discuss career opportunities open to them in a wide variety of industries.
Among the volunteer mentors advising the young women were Fitch Even graphic design and digital media specialist Julie Harshbarger and paralegal Anne Haag. Julie discussed opportunities available in the graphic and digital arts and other creative design fields. Anne shared information gleaned from her work as an activist involved in several Chicago-area advocacy groups including the Ladylike Project, an artistic collective she founded that raises money for smaller local nonprofits.
The Fitch Even volunteers remarked on how impressed they were with the young women’s determination to focus on their education and forge ahead to better their lives and fulfill their career ambitions despite the obstacles they’ve encountered. More information on GirlForward and their mission to assist young refugees can be found on their website.