Staff

ChIPs Network, Inc.

ChIPs Network, Inc.

660 4th Street

#350

San Francisco, CA 94107

Karen Royer

Executive Director

 

kroyer@chipsnetwork.org

Karen oversees ChIPs’ operations and the team of staff, contractors and volunteers. She brings over 20 years of experience in professional services, nonprofit and technology-focused organizations, including at Anita Borg Institute, a global nonprofit dedicated to advancing women technologists. She co-produced the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world’s largest technical conference for women in computing. At The Amplify Lab, she led the organization’s operations and client engagement experience. Karen also held positions at PwC, Navigant Consulting and TMFinancial Forensics, where she advised clients on a range of financial and economic damages issues arising complex intellectual property disputes and business transactions. An advocate for the advancement of women, education and youth, Karen has served in the capacity of board member and volunteer for organizations that include Leading Women in Technology, Girls Inc., the All Stars Project and Playworks.

Jill Durfee

Event Coordinator

 

jdurfee@chipsnetwork.org

 

Jill leads event planning for ChIPs, serving as event coordinator for the annual Global Summit and leading all aspects of the one-day Next Gen Summit designed for lawyers in their first 15 years of practice. Jill recruits women and minority-owned businesses to provide pop-up shops and manages volunteer operations on the ground for the Global Summit. She brings more than 15 years of experience in event planning, focused largely on culinary and wine industries, working with clients such as Oxbow Public Market, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, the Napa Truffle Festival and the Napa Valley Youth Symphony. Her passion for food, wine and gardening come together in her annual “can’t wait” ratatouille garden.

Ginny LaRoe

Communications Manager

 

glaroe@chipsnetwork.org

Ginny is ChIPs’ chief storyteller, helping spread the word about the critical work it’s doing to support women in technology, law and government. She is a career journalist who joins ChIPs after more than a decade covering courts, local news and natural disasters for newspapers in five states. As a federal courts reporter at The Recorder, she had a front-row seat to some of Silicon Valley’s most high-stakes legal disputes and saw firsthand the need for an organization with ChIPs’ mission. She held numerous leadership positions with the ALM family of legal affairs publications, including serving as The Recorder’s acting editor-in-chief and a judge of the American Lawyer’s Litigation Department of the Year contest. She is a battle-tested editor who directed coverage of the criminal justice system in New Orleans for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune before returning to the Bay Area, where recent bylines have focused exclusively on animal welfare work.

Shannon Wright

Program & Event Manager

 

swright@chipsnetwork.org

Shannon manages operations for ChIPs, supporting day-today functions and planning member events, including aspects of the annual Global Summit and regional chapter gatherings. Shannon joins ChIPs after a decade in marketing and event planning in the Bay Area, where she worked with clients including HP, Autodesk, GoodData, Brocade, VMWare, The Winery SF and The Bay Club Company. Her longtime passion for riding in the equestrian industry — something she has done since age 3 — coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit led her to create barnstyle, an online equestrian boutique. That experience motivated her to pursue opportunities to support other women in business. Shannon has given her free time to both animals and young humans, serving as a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters and as a volunteer with the Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center.