Next Gen Summit

As part of our group of initiatives to empower future generations, each year we host the Next Gen Summit, a one-day event designed for female attorneys in their first 15 years of practice.

The Next Gen Summit is an interactive, women-to-women event. The two-part program features a Mock Exercise and an afternoon forum. Attendees come from all areas of technology, law and policy.

Mock Exercise

Associates and junior partners have the opportunity to participate in a mock exercise. The programming may consist of a mock trial, business pitches, or other professional activities designed to improve participants skills and receive feedback from leading experts in IP and law. Judges, in-house counsel, partners act as panels or judges to help the next generation prepare for tough, but routine business occurrences.


The afternoon session of the ChIPs Next Gen Summit features keynote speakers, panels, and working sessions focused on professional development and leadership.

The day ends with a reception, the perfect opportunity to continue networking with the connections made that day.



Next Gen was perfect for an IP attorney in the early stages of her career. It gave me great perspective on where I am, where I want go, and what I need to do to get there. I had access to women leaders in IP who were incredibly generous with their time and spoke candidly about issues that are important to me. The opportunity to network with these leaders and other women at the beginning of their careers in IP provided me with a sense of community that I know is essential to my growth in this field.

Anna, Next Gen Forum Participant

I feel very fortunate that I could attend the Summit, including its Next Gen counterpart, so early in my career. I returned to Silicon Valley feeling energized and inspired by all of the professional women that I was privileged to meet. I found ideas to help guide our budding Santa Clara School of Law student chapter. And most importantly, I learned both substantive and interpersonal lessons that I apply at my firm every day. It’s a fantastic growth experience!

Missy, Next Gen Forum Participant

The ChIPs Next Gen Summit is always insightful, inspiring, and inclusive. Like the women of ChIPs, the Summit excels at fostering future women leaders in IP, tech, and policy by equipping them with expert insight, practical wisdom, and a community dedicated to promoting the advancement of women.

Rachel, Next Gen Forum Participant

[The program offered] candid in-house counsel feedback…[and] great strategies for client development and being assertive within the firm.

2017 Next Gen Summit Participant

New dates, new location. 2019 Next Gen Summit will be on March 14, 2019 at Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California.

Visit the 2019 Next Gen website for details.