Event Review: CWIP Mentorship Night

CWIP Panel

By Riley Jane McLaughlin
Contributor to The Underground

On Tuesday, February 13th, in Arts & Letters Hall at 6:30 pm, Chicago Women In Publishing hosted a mentorship night for DePaul students. The three panelists—Jeff Fleischer, Marian Mangoubi, and Kristen Raddatz—discussed their individual career journeys and what it is like to work in the writing, publishing, and editing realms in Chicago today. The floor was also open for any questions the students had regarding careers in those fields and the best way to start preparing for success.

Jeff Fleischer discussed how he began his career writing for newspapers. Fleischer ran his college newspaper at Indiana University, and then ran a local newspaper in a rural town in Indiana. After coming to Chicago, he began to write for magazines and publications before receiving fellowship to go to New Zealand for a year, where he was able to write on current issues such as climate change, among other topics. After coming back and bouncing around freelance writing and editing jobs, he took a day job working forty hours a week. Outside of this, he published his first nonfiction book in 2011, and then wrote his first fiction book in 2013.

Marian Mangoubi grew up editing medical texts with her mom as a young girl. She got more into creative writing after taking a screenwriting class, and it inspired her to begin a career in freelance writing. While Mangoubi identifies the hardships of doing freelance writing as a full-time job and making a living out of it, she informs her listeners that she has a spouse who also has an income, which allows her the ability to do freelance writing for her career. During the summer, Mangoubi also teaches creative writing at a camp for young girls.

Kristen Raddatz graduated from Wesleyan University about five years ago. She realized her sophomore year that she wanted to be a publisher, and soon began networking with alums during her junior and senior years, after discovering her interest in marketing. Thanks to the connections she made during her internship at an academic magazine, Raddatz was able to get a publicity assistant position at the University of Chicago Press. She’s been promoted a few times since then, still working in publicity at UChicago. As a creative outlet, Raddatz volunteers as the executive editor at Review Books.

Overall, the advice that the panelists offered to the eager students was that networking is essential for success in writing, publishing, or editing, as it allows them to make the crucial connections they need in order to get opportunities and interviews in their field. Also, the panelists offered insights on the difficulties that are very apparent for these careers—they can be unreliable and scary at times. However, they each encouraged students to stick with it if they are truly passionate about writing or publishing.


Job Opportunity: Tutoring


Frog Tutoring now accepting applications for Chicago tutors.

All Frog Tutoring tutors will meet with assigned students to provide one-on-one private tutoring for subject matters in their areas of expertise. Tutors are to serve as a guide and coach to assist their students to become a successful, independent learner while integrating effective study and learning strategies to maximize the student’s potential for academic progress. Ultimately, it is the tutor’s responsibility to motivate students to want to learn, achieve, and be self-motivated.

Why Work For Frog Tutoring?
1. Flexibility
2. Tutors will choose which grade levels and subjects to tutor.
3. Tutors will create their own work schedule.
4. As long as tutors work the minimum amount of hours a week, they can work as many hours as they like.
5. Driving Compensation Depending on the distance, tutors will be compensated for driving over a certain mileage.
6. Bonuses Tutors who constantly receive high tutor rankings will be eligible for periodic bonuses.
7. Incentives & Acknowledgement (Hard work does not go unnoticed!!!)
8. Tutor of the month: Every month the Regional Coordinator from each region will submit one tutor to be selected as the tutor of the month. This tutor will have their name and photo posted on the corporate page of the website as well as our Facebook page. Not only will they receive public acknowledgement and a certificate, the tutor of the month will receive “special prize” which will vary each month.
9. Tutor Referral Program during our “busy” season
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Job Opportunity: Impact


Searching for full-time work after graduation? Interested in advocacy and campaign organizing? Impact is hiring their next class of organizers.

Impact organizers are on the ground to mobilize businesses, faith leaders and citizens to demonstrate the commitment to keeping our promises on climate change, and transitioning a sustainable, renewable energy economy.

Many Impact organizers are working with elected leaders in states across the country to meet goals of getting to at least 10 percent solar by 2030. Grassroots efforts like these have helped triple solar nationwide in just the last two years.

The fall application deadline is next Friday, Nov. 10.

Learn more!

New DePaul Mentorship Community


Gain exclusive first access to DePaul’s new mentorship community!

The Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network is launching a new mentorship platform where you can connect with DePaul alumni who have been in your shoes. Connect with at least 3 mentors this week.

When you join as a Student, you will be able to:
* Expand your DePaul community
* Connect with alumni in your city or industry of interest
* Establish short-term or long-term mentorships with alumni
* Learn about and apply for internships and jobs
* Access educational/career resources and discussions

It just takes a couple minutes to register. Visit here to learn more about how the program works. Hope to see you on board soon!