The 6th Annual ChIPs Women in Tech, Law and Policy Global Summit took place October 17-19 at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC. It drew more than 500 women in senior-level positions at law firms, companies and government agencies and who work at the intersection of tech, law and policy. Panels on AI, cybersecurity, fintech, biotech, privacy, diversity, Supreme Court developments, leadership and more featured all-women lineups of experts in their fields. An all-GC panel featured top lawyers from Buzzfeed, Oracle, Tanium and Thomson Reuters. The women judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit continued their tradition of appearing on stage together for a wide-ranging discussion. Headline speaker Sally Yates, the former deputy attorney general, received a standing ovation after her fireside chat with Nina Easton. The event kicked off with a Hall of Fame & Speakers dinner (Check out our tribute to Hall of Fame inductee Michelle Lee) and concluded with a robust discussion of the role of tech in politics.
The second annual Next Gen Summit took place Oct. 17 at Sidley Austin’s Washington, D.C., office. It drew associates from 30 firms who got to participate in a mock pitch exercise designed to give junior lawyers a chance to gain critical business-development skills. The associates pitched to senior in-house counsel and other influential legal leaders who served as clients. The associates came prepared, received invaluable feedback and set themselves up for future business opportunities. The afternoon sessions included an in-house panel as well as role playing and presentations by Pat Gillette and Debbie Epstein Henry, who encouraged the rising-star associates to make meaningful connections to build their careers and be smart risk takers.