Staff

ChIPs Network, Inc.

ChIPs Network, Inc.

660 4th Street

PMB 350

San Francisco, CA 94107

info@chipsnetwork.org

Karen Royer

Executive Director

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

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.

Devan Lane

Community Manager

Devan manages the chapters for ChIPs, supporting chapter events and the membership base. Devan joins ChIPs after years in event planning in the Bay Area, where she has worked with companies including Apple, HP, Seagate, VMWare and more. She most recently managed events for Giants Enterprises, the entrepreneurial arm of the San Francisco Giants. She worked on events from intimate dinners for 12 VIPS to private concerts for 40,000. Devan is a native San Franciscan and loves dogs and horses. Her father selected her name, which is Gaelic for poet, to represent his Irish heritage. Luckily, it also passed her mother’s sole requirement: that it be worthy of a Supreme Court Justice. Though neither a lawyer nor a poet, she is proud to support the women of ChIPs.

Shannon Wright

Program & Event Manager

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.