‘Chipsters’ Lobby For More Women In Silicon Valley Legal Departments

Excerpt from The Grindstone

We all know that women are underrepresented in the tech world. Turns out they are also sparse in tech companies’ legal departments. But that kind of gender heterogeny won’t be possible in the next generation, if a group of women who call themselves the Chipsters have their way.

The Chipsters — the name is a loose take-off on “chief IP counsel” — are seven women who set out to help women get ahead in legal departments of top Silicon Valley companies. This year, they’ve been delivering a program all around the country called “The Road to Chief Counsel or Partnership in the World of Intellectual Property.” Their events feature panelists like female federal judges talking about how they got ahead.