Speakers and Board

Cara Hale Alter – Founder and President, SpeechSkills

Relying on 20 years of research, Cara has a deep understanding of how nonverbal communication shapes the perception of leadership presence. As founder and president of SpeechSkills, Cara has provided training to some of the world’s bestknown companies, including Allstate, Caterpillar, Google, Intel, Pixar, Pinterest, Salesforce and Williams-Sonoma. A guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Stanford University, and UC Hastings College of Law, Cara has also worked with numerous top-100 law firms, including DLA Piper, Morgan Lewis, O’Melveny & Myers, and White & Case. She is a frequent media resource, appearing in Forbes.com, The Globe and Mail, USA Today, and countless other media outlets.

Cara Hale Alter – Founder and President, SpeechSkills

Elena Borisenko – Chair, Supervisory Council of St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Foundation

As the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management, Ms. Borisenko is overseeing the Gazprombank’s Legal Department and responsible for addressing all legal matters encountered by Gazprombank and its group of companies.

Elena Borisenko – Chair, Supervisory Council of St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Foundation

Rachel Brand – United States Associate Attorney General

Rachel Brand was sworn in as Associate Attorney General on May 22, 2017, after Senate confirmation. Prior to becoming Associate Attorney General, Ms. Brand had a diverse legal career in public service, private practice, and academia. She previously served as the Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as one of five Senate-confirmed Members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. She also served as Associate Counsel to the President and as a law clerk to Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Rachel Brand – United States Associate Attorney General

Clare Bresnahan – Executive Director, She Should Run

Clare Bresnahan serves as the Executive Director for She Should Run, a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization expanding the talent pool of future women elected leaders. Prior to She Should Run, Clare managed Girl Scouts of the USA’s legislative and public affairs strategies for advancing the girl perspective in youth policy issues. She graduated with a Masters in Public Management from Johns Hopkins University and earned a B.A. in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government from American University. Clare is a proud Midwest native, who hails from the Queen City - Cincinnati, Ohio.

Clare Bresnahan – Executive Director, She Should Run

Janice Brown – Founding Partner, Brown Law Group

Janice P. Brown is the owner of Brown Law Group (BLG), a Southern California and Nevada law firm specializing in business litigation with an emphasis in employment. As a trial lawyer and arbitrator with the AAA, Brown is known for her professional distinctions as well as her commitment to the legal community. Brown’s commitment to excellence has earned her numerous accolades throughout her career. AV-Preeminent rated, Brown has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2007. Brown is a 1984 graduate of Gonzaga Law School and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1981 from the University of Montana.

Janice Brown – Founding Partner, Brown Law Group

Stephanie Burns – Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Amazon

Stephanie Burns is the Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Amazon’s Worldwide Operations business. She joined Amazon in 2004 to lead its IT Infrastructure Legal team. In 2011, she transitioned to a leading the legal support for North America Operations and in 2013, assumed worldwide Legal responsibility for Operations. She has worked closely with the business in launching new initiatives including Amazon Robotics, Prime Air, Amazon Logistics, Amazon Flex and Prime Now. Stephanie received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and JD and High Tech Law Certificate from Santa Clara University of Law.

Stephanie Burns – Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Amazon

Carol W. Carroll – Deputy Center Director, NASA Ames Research Center

Carol W. Carroll is the Deputy Center Director at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, where she collaborates with the center director to guide research in aeronautics, science, and exploration technologies that support aeronautics and space missions for NASA and the nation. During her more than 22 years with NASA, she’s served in a variety of engineering and management positions. Carol earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She’s received numerous honors including the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service.

Carol W. Carroll – Deputy Center Director, NASA Ames Research Center

Dale Cendali – Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Dale Cendali is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis's New York office and is head of Kirkland's Copyright, Trademark and Internet Practice Group. Some of her high-profile cases involved the Obama “Hope” poster, Victoria’s Secret, the Spider-Man musical, Oracle’s Java, Tetris, Take Two’s use of tattoos, and Nike’s Jumpman logo. She has argued before the Supreme Court and won the Harry Potter Lexicon trial for JK Rowling and Warner Bros. IP 360 named Dale one of the 25 “Icons of IP,” who have “made an indelible mark in the IP area.” The National Law Journal selected Dale as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” and she has repeatedly been ranked as a “top tier” lawyer by Chambers. Dale is co-editor of the ABA’s recently published treatise, “Copyright Litigation Strategies Handbook”. She is also an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School, teaching copyright and trademark litigation.

Dale Cendali – Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Jessie Cheng – Deputy General Counsel, Ripple

Jessie Cheng is Deputy General Counsel at Ripple, where she advises on regulatory and commercial matters with respect to cross-border payments and banking, distributed financial technologies such as blockchain, and digital currencies. Previously, Ms. Cheng was counsel and officer in the legal group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, providing legal advice to the financial services areas of the Bank, including with respect to electronic funds transfers and other payment systems, international currency services, and certain central bank and international account services. Before joining the Bank, she practiced law as an associate at the New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. A member of the American Bar Association, Ms. Cheng currently serves as Vice Chair of the Payments Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section’s Uniform Commercial Code Committee. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Columbia School of Law.

Jessie Cheng – Deputy General Counsel, Ripple

Marcia Coyle – Chief Washington Correspondent, The National Law Journal

Marcia Coyle is the Chief Washington Correspondent for The National Law Journal. A lawyer as well as a journalist, she has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years and is a regular contributor of Supreme Court analysis to PBS’ NewsHour. She is the author of the book, “The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution,” (Simon & Schuster 2013). She is a graduate Hood College; Northwestern University’s graduate school of journalism, and the University of Baltimore School of Law. She has earned numerous journalism awards, including the George Polk Award for legal reporting.

Marcia Coyle – Chief Washington Correspondent, The National Law Journal

Celine Jimenez Crowson – Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Celine uses her technical background in electrical engineering and experience in IP law to provide her clients with practical, winning solutions to their most complex and important problems. She is also the head of Hogan Lovells intellectual property practice in the Americas. Celine is a first chair trial lawyer in patent cases in district courts and the ITC, and has represented some of the world’s most valuable and innovative companies. Celine is also at the forefront of USPTO patent challenge practice. She has been involved in numerous IPR proceedings, and handled the first ever instituted PGR proceeding at the USPTO.

Celine Jimenez Crowson – Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Dorian Daley – Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Oracle Corporation

Dorian Daley is the executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Oracle Corporation. She began her career at Oracle in 1992 after spending five years in private practice in San Francisco. She is a 1986 graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law and a 1981 graduate of Stanford University. Prior to her appointment as general counsel, Daley was a vice president and associate general counsel for Oracle. In September 2017, Daley became the first non-founding member to join the ChIPs board of directors.

Dorian Daley – Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Oracle Corporation

Sarah Dodds-Brown – Senior Vice President & Managing Counsel, American Express

Sarah Dodds-Brown is Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel in the General Counsel’s Organization at American Express where she leads the regulatory and legal strategy for the American Express global merchant and network services businesses. Sarah is a strategic business partner who has been instrumental in defining the culture and expanding the engagement of the legal function at American Express. Sarah is also a member of the Advisory Board for DirectWomen and serves as chair of the Planning Board for the City of New Rochelle, NY. Sarah resides in New Rochelle with her husband Brad and three children.

Sarah Dodds-Brown – Senior Vice President & Managing Counsel, American Express

Karen Dunn – Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Karen focuses her practice on high-profile civil litigation and crisis management, particularly for leading technology companies. She was recently named one of the National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers, Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer and Global Competition Review, and one of the 10 Most Compelling Women in Washington D.C. by Elle magazine. Prior to joining BSF, Karen served in all three branches of government, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, law clerk to Judge Merrick Garland and Justice Stephen Breyer, and as communications director and senior advisor to then-Senator Hillary Clinton.

Karen Dunn – Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Patti Fletcher – Chief Executive Officer, PSDNetwork, LLC

Dr. Patti Fletcher is author of the forthcoming book, ‘Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold,’ gender equity advocate, and authority on how to create a culture of inclusion to drive real business results. Dr. Patti Fletcher is recognized as a futurist and: - Gender equity advocate; authority on how to create a culture of inclusion to drive real business results - Innovation through inclusion expert - Writes, advises and speaks on topics related to driving progress through people

Patti Fletcher – Chief Executive Officer, PSDNetwork, LLC

Juleanna Glover – The Office of Juleanna Glover

Juleanna Glover advises major corporate clients with high-stakes public and governmental affairs challenges in a myriad of issue areas. Glover has decades of experience working on some of the most important government policy debates, political campaigns and corporate controversies in the U.S. and abroad. Glover is regularly included in publications’ lists of the most influential persons in the nation’s capital. Ms. Glover served on the senior staffs of President-elect George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. She also comments frequently on U.S. public policy in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Politico and National Review.

Juleanna Glover – The Office of Juleanna Glover

Jamie Gorelick – Partner, WilmerHale

Jamie Gorelick is a litigator who chairs the regulatory practices at WilmerHale in Washington. Her career has traversed law, policy and business. She was one of the longest-serving Deputy Attorneys General of the United States, General Counsel of the Department of Defense, Assistant to the Secretary of Energy and a member of the 9/11 Commission. She was a founder of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and chairs the board of the Urban Institute. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. She was President of the District of Columbia Bar. Jamie is on the boards of Amazon and Verisign and was previously on the boards of United Technologies, Fannie Mae and Schlumberger.

Jamie Gorelick – Partner, WilmerHale

Maria Gotsch – President & CEO at the Partnership Fund for New York City

Maria is the President and CEO at the Partnership Fund for New York City, which is the investment arm of the Partnership for New York City. In addition to leading the Fund’s operations, Maria has spearheaded the creation and operation of a number of the Fund’s strategic initiatives, including: FinTech Innovation Lab; New York Digital Health Accelerator; Fashion Tech Lab; NYCSeed (seed financing for IT/digital media companies); BioAccelerate Prize NYC (proof-of-concept funding for university-based biomedical research); Arts Entrepreneurial Loan Fund (low cost loans for mid-size arts groups); and ReStart Central and Financial Recovery Fund (assistance and funding for small businesses impacted by 9/11/01). Maria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Wellesley College.

Maria Gotsch – President & CEO at the Partnership Fund for New York City

Nicky Goulimis – Co-Founder & COO, Nova Credit Inc.

Nicky Goulimis is the co-founder and COO of Nova Credit, the world’s cross-border consumer reporting agency. Nova has built a global infrastructure of credit data which it delivers to lenders and landlords so that they can finally acquire immigrants. Nova’s mission is to “enable immigrants to access capital to realize their potential”. Nicky’s previously worked in the financial services practice of Bain & Company. She has worked in financial inclusion at Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture and an Ugandan NGO. Nicky is from Greece originally. She holds a BA from Cambridge and an MBA from Stanford GSB, where she was awarded the Miller Social Change Leadership Award.

Nicky Goulimis – Co-Founder & COO, Nova Credit Inc.

Anirma Gupta – General Counsel, Tanium Inc.

Anirma Gupta is an accomplished business executive with broad experience in the technology industry. She has managed challenging corporate, business and legal issues. Ms. Gupta is currently General Counsel at Tanium Inc., a revolutionary cyber security and systems management software company. She leads multiple initiatives to address a broad range of global legal and corporate issues as Tanium grows domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Tanium Inc., Ms. Gupta was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Intuit Inc. with a broad array of responsibilities. Prior to Intuit, Ms. Gupta was at Sun Microsystems and the law firm of Sughrue Mion. Ms. Gupta is also Co-Founder and Board member of ChIPs.

Anirma Gupta – General Counsel, Tanium Inc.

Debbie Epstein Henry – Co-Founder & Managing Director, Bliss Lawyers; Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing

Debbie Epstein Henry is an internationally recognized expert, consultant, best-selling author and public speaker. Debbie runs DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing and consults on careers, workplaces, women and law. She authored two ABA best-selling books, LAW & REORDER (author, 2010) and FINDING BLISS (co-author, 2015). Debbie’s work has been featured by hundreds of news outlets including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, NPR and The Wall Street Journal. She built a national network of over 10,000 attorneys. From there, she co-founded, with two colleagues, Bliss Lawyers that employs attorneys to work on temporary engagements for in-house and law firm clients.

Debbie Epstein Henry – Co-Founder & Managing Director, Bliss Lawyers; Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing

Payton Iheme – U.S. Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Payton Iheme is a U.S. Public Policy manager on the Federal policy team for Facebook DC. She focuses on policy issues on a range of topics, but works closely on issues related to the Internet, digital economy/small business, counter terrorism, cybersecurity, data privacy, and partnerships. Prior to her current role, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Communication Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Obama Administration. Payton has also held various roles in Congress as a legislative liaison and specialized in defense, intelligence, and special access programs for Members on the Senate Intelligence, Armed Services, and Foreign Relations Committees. Payton has broad experience in the national security sector, public/private partnerships, and with international relations while serving as a commissioned officer in the Army’s special operations and humanitarian assistance elements supporting the Department of Defense. She holds degrees from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in Government policy from the George Washington University. (Other odds and ends include travel, home remodeling, and supporting fearless women and their allies!)

Payton Iheme – U.S. Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Sarah Beth Jansen – Sr. Dir., Government Affairs & Policy Counsel, Information Technology Industry Council

Sarah Beth Jansen is Senior Director, Government Affairs & Policy Counsel at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Prior to joining ITI, Sarah Beth spent almost 7 years in the Senate, most recently as counsel to Ranking Member Tom Coburn, M.D. on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) where she handled immigration, nominations, data security, and Judiciary Committee issues. Sarah Beth began her legal career in 2008 as counsel to Senator Coburn on the Senate Judiciary Committee. There she focused on intellectual property, working on both the PRO-IP Act and the America Invents Act, antitrust, bankruptcy, drug policy and Department of Justice oversight. During law school, Sarah Beth spent the summers of 2005 and 2006 as a legal intern on the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, the House Financial Services Committee, and with Senator Jeff Sessions on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Before entering public service, Sarah Beth worked for three years in the financial services industry in Birmingham. Sarah Beth earned her J.D. from The University of Alabama and her finance degree from Auburn University. She is a member of the Tennessee and Alabama Bars. Sarah Beth is originally from Memphis.

Sarah Beth Jansen – Sr. Dir., Government Affairs & Policy Counsel, Information Technology Industry Council

Kelly J. Kelly – Freelance Writer and Writing Teacher, OpEd Project

Kelly J. Kelly is a freelance writer and writing teacher. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times, Publishers Weekly, and the Huffington Post, and she co-authored “Work on Purpose,” a nonfiction book about social entrepreneurs. She’s taught writing for over ten years, including the Logic and Rhetoric course at Columbia University. She has a MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia and a BA from Yale.

Kelly J. Kelly – Freelance Writer and Writing Teacher, OpEd Project

Stasia Kelly – Co-Managing Partner (Americas), DLA Piper

Stasia Kelly has extensive experience as both outside counsel and as a general counsel and brings these perspectives to her practice, working closely with boards of directors, general counsel and in-house legal teams, helping clients design and implement effective governance and compliance programs. Stasia also advises boards and executives on crisis management. Stasia is the Co-Managing Partner (Americas) of DLA Piper and co-chairs the Global Governance and Compliance practice. She is also a member of the firm’s Global Board and Executive Committee. Firmly committed to helping advance women at DLA Piper, Stasia is a mentor to a number of the women lawyers and is on the leadership committee of the firm’s Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW), which is committed to the hiring, development and advancement of women lawyers.

Stasia Kelly – Co-Managing Partner (Americas), DLA Piper

Alexa King – EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, FireEye

Since 2012, Alexa has built FireEye’s Legal, Stock & Privacy department, and FireEye has expanded into 50+ countries, gone public, completed a $1 billion acquisition and became the first cybersecurity company to be certified as an effective anti-terrorism technology by the Dept. of Homeland Security. Since 2016, Alexa has served on the Board of Directors of Vocera Communications, a publicly traded clinical communication technology company. Before joining FireEye, Alexa served as General Counsel at Aruba Networks, Inc. and as head of litigation at Siebel Systems. Alexa received her BA magna cum laud from Harvard College, and her JD from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Alexa King – EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, FireEye

Noreen Krall – Vice President & Chief Litigation Counsel, Apple Inc.

Noreen Krall is Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Apple Inc., and is responsible for all aspects of Apple’s global commercial and intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining Apple, Ms. Krall was the Vice President and Chief IP Counsel for Sun Microsystems, providing legal counsel over all facets of Sun’s intellectual property assets and leading Sun’s engagement on intellectual property law and policy issues. Ms. Krall started her career as an engineer at IBM where she worked for 12 years and held various positions in both the engineering and legal departments, supporting IBM’s server, storage and global services divisions.

Noreen Krall – Vice President & Chief Litigation Counsel, Apple Inc.

Caroline Krass – Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Chair, National Security Practice Group; Former General Counsel, CIA

Caroline Krass is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is Chair of the National Security Practice Group and focuses on advising clients on the most complicated and sensitive matters involving national security, intelligence, cybersecurity, data privacy, surveillance, economic sanctions, CFIUS, government investigations, and regulatory issues. Ms. Krass has served as the General Counsel of the CIA, the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, the Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and the Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. Earlier in her career, she served as a federal prosecutor and as an attorney at the Treasury, State and Justice Departments. Ms. Krass received a BA from Stanford University and a JD from Yale Law School. She clerked for Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Caroline Krass – Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Chair, National Security Practice Group; Former General Counsel, CIA

Jess Ladd – Founder & CEO, Callisto

Jess is the Founder & CEO of Callisto, a nonprofit online sexual assault documentation and reporting system. Jess has been honored as a TED Fellow, a Fearless Changemaker by the Case Foundation, and an Emerging Innovator by Ashoka and American Express. Before Callisto, Jess founded a series of online services for STD prevention and control, worked in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, and as a sexual health educator and researcher. She founded The Social Innovation Lab in Baltimore. Jess completed her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins and her BA in Public Policy/Human Sexuality at Pomona.

Jess Ladd – Founder & CEO, Callisto

Michelle K. Lee – Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Michelle Lee is a proven leader at the highest levels in technology, law, business and government. As Under Secretary and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Ms. Lee led one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world and was principal advisor to the President on IP matters. She is the first woman to lead the Office in the country’s history. Ms. Lee currently serves as the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor at Law at Stanford where she teaches about disruptive technologies and their impact on laws and regulations. Ms. Lee also served as Deputy General Counsel at Google and partner at Fenwick & West. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and a J.D. from Stanford.

Michelle K. Lee – Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Lori Lesser – Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Lori Lesser is a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she is Head of the IP Transactions Practice and Co-Chairs the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. Lori is ranked in Chambers USA and Legal 500. She has been listed in the "Top 50 Under 45" U.S. IP Lawyers (IP Law & Business), “Top 45 Under 45” U.S. women lawyers (American Lawyer), "20 Most Influential Women in IP Law" (Law360) and "Top 250 Women in Litigation" (Euromoney’s Benchmark). Lori serves on the advisory board of ChIPs. She graduated with honors from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Lori Lesser – Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Allison Lucas – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, BuzzFeed

Allison Lucas is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at BuzzFeed. She is part of the company’s executive team and heads up all of BuzzFeed’s legal matters, including overseeing IP strategy, first amendment issues, advertising, data privacy and security, litigation, corporate, and employment matters. She also advises on all legal policy considerations. Prior to BuzzFeed, Allison was VP/Associate GC at Gilt Groupe, where she managed all of Gilt’s IP issues. Prior to that, Allison was Associate GC at United Media, a former division of EW Scripps, where she handled all aspects of the syndication and licensing businesses. Allison received her undergraduate journalism degree from Northwestern and her JD from Fordham University.

Allison Lucas – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, BuzzFeed

Julie Mar-Spinola – Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Finjan Holdings, Inc.

Julie Mar-Spinola holds a dual business and legal role as Finjan Holdings, Inc.’s Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Vice President of Legal Operations. In this capacity, Ms. Mar-Spinola oversees the Company’s revenue-based and legal operations, including those relating to the Company’s IP and cyber technology innovations, enforcement programs, best practices, public policy initiatives, and mentorships. In 2016, Ms. Mar-Spinola was appointed to the Board of Directors for subsidiary, Finjan Mobile, Inc.

Julie Mar-Spinola – Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Finjan Holdings, Inc.

Julia Matheson – Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Julia Anne Matheson, a partner at Finnegan’s Washington, DC office, practices in every area of trademark and unfair competition law including trademark clearance, counseling, and prosecution; global brand strategy; strategic portfolio development; acquisition due diligence; and licensing, as well as social media policies and trademark rights on the Internet. Practicing in this area for more than 25 years, she has worked with clients in a wide range of industries including consumer products, fashion, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, telecommunications, manufacturing, and oil and gas, and her clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies, multi-national organizations, as well as start-ups.

Julia Matheson – Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Tekedra Mawakana – Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Waymo

Tekedra N. Mawakana is the vice president of public policy and government affairs at Waymo -- a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. Tekedra joined Waymo with over two decades of experience at eBay, Yahoo and AOL., handling a variety of public policy, legal and regulatory issues. Tekedra received her JD from Columbia University School of Law and her BA from Trinity College.

Tekedra Mawakana – Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Waymo

Deanne Maynard – Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

For more than 20 years, Deanne Maynard, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice, has briefed and argued significant appeals in the United States Supreme Court and appellate courts across the country. She has argued 14 cases in the Supreme Court. Law360 dubbed Deanne a “Legal Lion” for her “big victory” last Term in Sandoz v. Amgen, which it described as “a major decision that will speed up access to … lower-cost medicines.” She has argued more than 25 appeals in the Federal Circuit, representing both patentees and defendants on a variety of technologies.

Deanne Maynard – Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Kate McCarthy – Director – Director of Programs, Women’s Media Center

Kate McCarthy is the Director of Programs for the Women's Media Center with responsibility for WMC SheSource – our database of women experts - and WMC training.  In this role she is responsible for amplifying women’s voices in the media by ensuring that journalists and producers have access to a diverse range of qualified experts. Kate is an experienced leader and political campaigner with exceptional field and online expertise.  For seven years she was at the cutting edge of online political campaigning, as the head of the UK Labour Party’s e-campaign department.  In that position she developed the Labour Party’s first and subsequent online election strategies using multiple websites, mobile, video, email, social media, blogs, games, and online conversations with two prime ministers and hundreds of senior politicians.

Kate McCarthy – Director – Director of Programs, Women’s Media Center

Katie McCarthy – Partner, King & Spalding LLP

Katie McCarthy, a partner in King & Spalding’s IP practice, specializes in trademark, copyright, false advertising, right of publicity and internet matters. Katie is Editor-in-Chief of The Trademark Reporter, INTA’s scholarly journal, an officer and a Board member of NYIPLA and on the New York City Bar Association’s Trademark Committee. She speaks frequently at PLI, and assists with editing the PLI treatise, Kane on Trademark Law. She lives in Astoria, New York with her husband and two sons, two brothers, one sister, one sister-in-law, one brother-in-law and 2 nieces. Katie likes to toss around kettlebells in her spare time.

Katie McCarthy – Partner, King & Spalding LLP

Lydia McNally – Vice President, Patent Head, Oncology and US IP Site Head, Novartis

Lydia McNally is Vice President, Patent Head for Novartis Oncology and the US Patent Department Site Head. Lydia and her team have global responsibility for all patent matters for the Oncology Business at Novartis, including drafting and prosecution, transactions, and litigation. Lydia has been a patent attorney for over 25 years and has been with Novartis for over 18 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Colgate University, a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Vermont, and a Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School.

Lydia McNally – Vice President, Patent Head, Oncology and US IP Site Head, Novartis

Kimberly Moore – Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

KIMBERLY A. MOORE was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006. Prior to her appointment, Judge Moore was a Professor of Law from 2004-2006 and Associate Professor of Law from 2000-2004 at the George Mason University School of Law. She was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law from 1999-2000. She served both as an Assistant Professor of Law from 1997-1999 and the Associate Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program from 1998-1999 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Judge Moore clerked from 1995-1997 for the Hon. Glenn L. Archer, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She was an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis from 1994-1995. From 1988-1992, Judge Moore was employed in electrical engineering with the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Judge Moore received her B.S.E.E. in 1990, M.S. in 1991, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her J.D. (cum laude) from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. Judge Moore has written and presented widely on patent litigation. She co-authored a legal casebook entitled Patent Litigation and Strategy and served as the Editor of The Federal Circuit Bar Journal from 1998-2006.

Kimberly Moore – Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Jennifer Morrish – Home Office Legal Advisor, UCHQ / United Kingdom

After graduating in Law from Cambridge University, Jennifer Morrish qualified and practiced law at City firm Rowe & Maw (now part of Mayer Brown). Jennifer then joined the Government Legal Service at the Home Office in 1997, working initially on drafting the UK’s first comprehensive data protection legislation. In 2004 she began advising on national security issues, and has been involved in all UK national security related legislation and litigation since then. Between 2010 and 2016, Jennifer was GCHQ’s Legal Director, leading the UK’s response to the Snowden leaks and involved in the early stages of setting up the National Cyber Security Centre.

Jennifer Morrish – Home Office Legal Advisor, UCHQ / United Kingdom

Susan Morrison – Managing Principal, Fish & Richardson

Susan Morrison is the Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Delaware office. Ms. Morrison is a patent litigator who has tried cases in forums around the country on technologies ranging from semiconductor manufacturing to medical devices to pharmaceuticals. She has extensive experience in Hatch-Waxman and life sciences litigation, representing branded pharmaceutical clients on a range of technologies. Ms. Morrison also has experience working on IPR proceedings on behalf of her pharmaceutical clients. In addition to her practice, Ms. Morrison serves on the Board of Directors for Westside Family Healthcare, an nonprofit community health center in Northern Delaware.

Susan Morrison – Managing Principal, Fish & Richardson

Pauline Newman – Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Hon. Pauline Newman was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Reagan on January 30, 1984, and assumed the duties of such office on May 7, 1984. Judge Newman was Director of Patent, Trademark and Licensing at FMC Corporation at the time of her appointment to the bench. Judge Newman has served as an officer and director of several bar and scientific organizations and has also served on several public advisory committees, including the Advisory Committee to the Domestic Policy Review of Industrial Innovation and the State Department Advisory Committee on International Intellectual Property.

Pauline Newman – Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Louise Pentland – EVP, Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer at PayPal

As Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, Louise Pentland is responsible for ensuring that PayPal complies with global financial, regulatory and legal requirements. A passionate defender of human rights, Louise implemented a global pro-bono program at PayPal that serves the needs of people and communities around the globe. Additionally, she mentors young women in the legal profession and encourages more women to pursue the role of general counsel. Before joining PayPal, Louise served as EVP and Chief Legal Officer at Nokia Corporation. Louise is a member of the Board of Directors of Hitachi and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.

Louise Pentland – EVP, Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer at PayPal

Sharon Prost – Chief Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

SHARON PROST was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 and assumed the duties of Chief Circuit Judge on May 31, 2014. Prior to her appointment, Judge Prost served as Minority Chief Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel, and Chief Counsel of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate from 1993 to 2001. She also served as Chief Labor Counsel (Minority), Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources from 1989 to 1993. Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, she served for fifteen years in five different agencies of the executive branch. These agencies included the Department of the Treasury, National Labor Relations Board, and General Accounting Office.

Sharon Prost – Chief Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Mona Sabet – Principal, Tribal Ventures

Mona Sabet is an entrepreneur, business executive, fierce diversity advocate and seasoned attorney. Mona led the strategy and implementation that took The Grace Hopper Celebration, the largest annual convention of women technologist in the world, from 8000 to 15,000 attendees in 2 years. She co-founded VIBLIO, an online video search and sharing service. Prior to VIBLIO, Mona was on the buy side of start-ups, running corporate development for Cadence Design Systems. Mona is a ChIPs co-founder. In addition to ChIPs, Mona co-founded Leading Women in Technology, which has been helping women in the tech sector for over a decade to accelerate their careers. Mona has a strong science, legal and business background and years of experience negotiating complex technology deals. She has delivered training on diversity and professional development, as well as on tech transactions and business development.

Mona Sabet – Principal, Tribal Ventures

Pattie Sellers – Partner, SellersEaston Media; Executive Director Fortune

Pattie Sellers is a partner and co-founder of SellersEaston Media, a private-client content company that helps successful people and organizations capture their stories for select audiences. A former assistant managing editor of Fortune, Pattie also serves as executive director of Fortune Most Powerful Women Summits and Live Content at Time Inc. She has written more than 20 cover stories during her three-decade career at Fortune and co-founded Fortune Most Powerful Women (MPW), which began in 1998 as an annual ranking of the top women in the business, and has grown to be the magazine’s most valuable franchise. In 2013, Pattie won Time Inc.’s prestigious MVP award for her innovative work at Fortune and broad contributions across its parent company.

Pattie Sellers – Partner, SellersEaston Media; Executive Director Fortune

Bettina Elias Siegel – The Lunch Tray

Bettina Elias Siegel is a former intellectual property lawyer, now a nationally recognized writer and commentator on matters relating to children and food policy. Her news articles and opinion pieces have appeared in a variety of publications including the New York Times, the Houston Chronicle, Civil Eats and her widely read blog, The Lunch Tray. Bettina’s advocacy work includes launching three Change.org petitions relating to children and food, all of which ended in victory. She’s currently writing a book examining how America’s food environment affects kids, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2019. She lives in Houston and can be found on Twitter at @thelunchtray.

Bettina Elias Siegel – The Lunch Tray

Eulonda G. Skyles – Assistant General Counsel, Privacy & Data Security, Capital One Services, LLC

Ms. Skyles is an experienced, trusted legal adviser, who specializes in intellectual property matters and privacy and data security. Ms. Skyles serves as Assistant General Counsel for Privacy at Capital One in McLean, VA, where she manages and advises on all aspects of the company’s privacy and data security matters. Before assuming her role as head of privacy, she served as head of intellectual property litigation at Capital One. Ms. Skyles was previously Of Counsel at Orrick Herrington as a part of its intellectual property and data security and privacy groups in Washington, D.C. Before that, she served as head of litigation and risk management/compliance at SafeNet, Inc., a data security and encryption technology company based in Maryland. Prior to SafeNet, she ran her own law practice, Skyles Law Group in the greater Washington metro area, where she managed litigation and other dispute resolution matters for a variety of technology and media companies. Before moving to the East Coast, Ms. Skyles worked for over a decade in Silicon Valley. She held the role of Litigation Counsel for Yahoo! Inc., where she oversaw domestic and international litigation and provided legal counsel to business clients in the areas of product planning, product compliance, litigation avoidance, and contractual matters such as technology licensing, indemnities, warranties, joint-ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Skyles also worked as a Litigation Associate for Fenwick & West LLP in Palo Alto, California and was a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Ms. Skyles graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in History. She obtained a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. Ms. Skyles is admitted to the California and D.C. bars. She resides in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband and two (very cute) daughters.

Eulonda G. Skyles – Assistant General Counsel, Privacy & Data Security, Capital One Services, LLC

Caren Ulrich Stacy – Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Lab; Board Member, DirectWomen; VP of Policy & Partnership, US National Committee for UN Women, SF

Caren Ulrich Stacy is a talent management expert with more than 20 years of experience as the head of lawyer recruitment, development, and diversity for several of the world’s top law firms. After cofounding Lawyer Metrics, a start-up company acquired by the Access Group that pioneered a “Moneyball” data approach to lawyer recruitment and development, Caren created the Diversity Lab to focus exclusively on closing the gender gap and increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal field. The Lab experiments with new and innovative ways to recruit and retain top diverse talent through the use of data, behavioral science, and design-thinking.   In addition to her work with the Lab, Caren serves on the Board of Advisors for DirectWomen and on the Legal Advisory Committee for the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League. She also serves as a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow and as the Vice President of Partnerships and Policy for the US National Committee for UN Women in San Francisco.

Caren Ulrich Stacy – Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Lab; Board Member, DirectWomen; VP of Policy & Partnership, US National Committee for UN Women, SF

Deirdre Stanley – Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Thomson Reuters

Deirdre Stanley is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets. In this capacity Ms. Stanley oversees all aspects of the company's legal affairs and leads the day-to-day operations of a global team of over 240 lawyers and other professionals. She also is responsible for the company’s government and regulatory affairs function, and serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors. Ms. Stanley is a member of the Thomson Reuters Executive Committee.

Deirdre Stanley – Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Thomson Reuters

Kara Stoll – Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Judge Kara Farnandez Stoll was appointed by President Barack H. Obama in July 2015.  Prior to her appointment, Judge Stoll practiced law for seventeen years with the firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett and Dunner, LLP, where she specialized in patent litigation, with an emphasis on appeals.  Judge Stoll served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law from 2008 to 2015 and at Howard University School of Law from 2004 to 2008.  From 1997 to 1998, she clerked for the Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Judge Stoll worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 1991 to 1997 as a patent examiner, at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, and in the Solicitor's Office.  She received a J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law in 1997 and a B.S.E.E. from Michigan State University in 1991.

Kara Stoll – Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Heather Egan Sussman – Co-head of the Privacy & Cybersecurity Group, Ropes & Gray LLP

Heather Egan Sussman is co-head of the Privacy & Cybersecurity group at Ropes & Gray. Heather advises multinational clients on privacy and cybersecurity laws around the globe, helping them navigate an increasingly complex patchwork of laws in ways that leverage the value of data and digital technologies while meeting compliance obligations, supporting innovation, and delivering value to the business. She counsels businesses on how to mitigate the risk associated with the collection of personal information and, in the event of a privacy or security breach, helps clients respond and remediate. She is ranked by Chambers USA and The Legal 500.

Heather Egan Sussman – Co-head of the Privacy & Cybersecurity Group, Ropes & Gray LLP

Andria Thomas – Associate Partner, Dalberg Advisors

Andria Thomas is an Associate Partner in Dalberg’s Washington, DC office and co-leads the Financial Inclusion practice; she has particular interests in technology, women’s empowerment, and inclusive economic development. Her recent work includes studies on how women access and use the internet in developing countries, and a report with Intel on diversity in the technology industry. Before Dalberg, Andria worked at BCG, helped grow multiple tech startups, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia. She has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon and a degree in Math and English from U.Va. Andria lives in Capitol Hill with her family.

Andria Thomas – Associate Partner, Dalberg Advisors

Sarita Venkat – Senior Counsel, Apple Inc.

Sarita Venkat is Senior Counsel at Apple Inc., where she manages complex, high-risk patent and commercial litigations worldwide. She has secured multiple trial wins, and managed numerous cases to favorable resolutions in the U.S. and abroad on behalf of Apple. Prior to joining Apple, she handled pharmaceutical and medical device litigation worldwide at Abbott Laboratories Inc. including Hatch Waxman cases in the U.S., and defending the company’s IP in Europe, Asia, South America and Russia. She is a registered patent attorney, has a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology.

Sarita Venkat – Senior Counsel, Apple Inc.

Kathi Vidal – Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn Silicon Valley

Managing partner of Winston & Strawn LLP’s Silicon Valley office, Kathi Vidal is one of the leading patent litigators in the country. Nationally recognized for trying high-profile, high-stakes, and high-tech patent disputes for the region’s leading companies, her experience covers a myriad of technologies, including semiconductors, telecommunications, circuits and systems, computers, software, Internet applications, and consumer products.

Kathi Vidal – Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn Silicon Valley

Annsley Merelle Ward – IP Senior Associate, Bristows LLP

Annsley is an experienced, strategic and hard-fighting intellectual property litigator. Based in London, she specializes in identifying game-changing opportunities in complex global patent, FRAND/SEP and trade secrets litigation for innovative clients in the life sciences and TMT sectors. Her experience ranges from disputes concerning radiotherapy/MRI, wireless technology and algorithmic trading to TNF-inhibitors, respiratory products and molecular diagnostics. In 2017, she was listed as a Rising Patent Star by Managing IP’s IP Stars and a WIPR Global IP Leader. She writes as the AmeriKat for the award-winning IPKat blog, is a Co-Chair of AIPPI’s Standing Committee on the Unified Patent Court and a member of EPLAW. Annsley is also the Co-Chair of the London Chapter of ChIPs.

Annsley Merelle Ward – IP Senior Associate, Bristows LLP

Emily Ward – CEO, Calla Nava

Board director/advisor for technology companies: LabMate (biopharmaceutical platform founded by Harvard StemCell Institute principals); Nearchus (mobile); YTranslate (international translation); and Averon (cybersecurity). Calla Nava owner (Silicon Valley land development). Previously, eBay/PayPal’s VP & Chief Technology Counsel for 14 years. Driving force in M&A teams that bought Skype, Braintree, and other companies. Split eBay/PayPal’s IP portfolios during PayPal’s IPO. Won bet-the-company lawsuits, including Merc Exchange v. eBay (unanimous Supreme Court decision). Testified on patent reform before Congress.  Won numerous awards, “Most Influential Women in SV,” Top Women Leader in Technology Law, World’s Leading IP Strategists, Legal Impact Winner, Legal Momentum honoree.  

Emily Ward – CEO, Calla Nava

Barbara Whye – Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and VP of Human Resources, Intel Corp.

Barbara H. Whye is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at Intel Corporation. She leads Intel’s Diversity in Technology initiative as the company endeavors to reach its goal of full representation in its U.S. workforce by 2018. A champion of Intel’s culture of inclusion with 21 years of experience, she develops strategy that accelerates progress and integrates diversity and inclusion across the ecosystem to enhance innovation and drive business results.

Barbara Whye – Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and VP of Human Resources, Intel Corp.

Sally Yates – Former Deputy Attorney General

Sally Q. Yates served as Deputy Attorney General in the Obama administration from January of 2015 until January 20, 2017, then served 10 days as Acting Attorney General. As Deputy Attorney General, she oversaw all facets of the Department’s work, including its four law enforcement agencies (FBI, DEA, ATF and Marshals Service), its prosecutorial, litigating and national security components, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Prior to serving as Deputy Attorney General, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as the United States Attorney in Atlanta, where she had previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney. Earlier, Ms. Yates had practiced commercial litigation at King & Spalding.

Sally Yates – Former Deputy Attorney General

Mallun Yen – Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, ChIPs Network, Inc.

Mallun Yen is CEO and a board director of ChIPs, a 501(c)(3) organization she co-founded in 2005 dedicated to advancing women at the intersection of law, technology and regulatory policy. The 1,200+ member global organization has the dual purpose of increasing diversity and inclusion in these fields as well as accelerating the progress of innovation that benefits our society. As a senior executive, public company officer, founder, advisor, intellectual property strategist and lawyer, Mallun has led organizations ranging from early stage start-ups to Fortune 10 enterprises in creating and launching new products, initiatives and businesses, with a particular focus on using data, analytics and collaboration to foster innovation and growth, drive better decision-making, shift behaviors and disrupt industry conventions.

Mallun Yen – Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, ChIPs Network, Inc.