New ChIPs chapter grows Midwest member base


CHICAGO — Women in Greater Chicago whose professions relate to law and technology have another means to connect and address the advancement of women in the field, following the launch of ChIPs Chicago chapter on Feb. 7, 2018.


The new chapter’s inaugural event, “A View from the Top of the Climb,” featured a panel of two CEOs and two general counsel who discussed the experiences of leading women in the legal and technology industries. The executives also spoke about the ways they effect change in their organizations and in their communities. More than 60 women attended the event and proceeding reception, which was hosted by Trading Technologies International and sponsored by law firm BakerHostetler.


The founding committee for the Chicago chapter comprises Monika Dudek, Director, Patent Portfolio Development and Management, Trading Technologies International Inc.; Jennifer M. Kurcz, Partner, BakerHostetler; Katherine G. Minarik, Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP; and Sangeeta G. Shah, Shareholder, Co-Chair Post-Grant Proceedings, Chief Diversity Officer, Brooks Kushman.


Moderated by Kurcz, the panel included Stacey Kacek, CEO, Vertex Analytics; Elena Kraus, Senior VP and General Counsel, Walgreens; Susan C. Levy, Executive VP and General Counsel, Northern Trust Corporation; and Jennifer L. Sherman, President and CEO, Federal Signal Corporation.


ChIPs was founded in 2005 in Silicon Valley and has grown to a global network with more than 3,000 members who believe that diversity of thought, participation and engagement are pivotal to innovation and success. Members include general counsels, chief IP officers, chief litigation counsel, private practitioners, judges, lawmakers, regulators, academics, board directors, corporate executives and entrepreneurs.


With more than 80 members, ChIPs Chicago’s next focus is on community initiatives and social events. The chapter’s next event will be held on May 10, where the members will continue the discussion on shared challenges and how they can address them. The chapter will host a panel discussion annually.


About ChIPs Chapters

ChIPs is currently has nine chapters in the United States and abroad. Each chapter represents a local community of professionals dedicated to furthering the ChIPs mission of advancing and connecting women who work at the intersection of technology, law and government.

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