New York Chapter Event: Grow, Transform, & Succeed

More than 100 ChIPsters gathered in Bryant Park for a panel entitled: Grow, Transform, and Succeed: Taking Charge of Your Career and Thriving with Change LIKE A BOSS

The New York Chapter of ChIPs held its latest event at Dechert LLP in midtown Manhattan, drawing more than 100 women from law firms, companies, academia and government, to celebrate the new year over cocktails and conversation, and hear from boss ladies who have made big choices and changes to reach professional and personal heights.

The dynamic panelists exemplified diversity and success across a variety of industries intersecting with intellectual property, law, and business. Thanks to each of the following for making the event such an authentic and inspirational experience about how to intentionally forge a successful career path:

  • Ruth Atherton – Director of Legal and Deputy General Counsel, Global Health, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Jeanne Curtis – Inaugural Director, The Cardozo/Google Project for Patent Diversity and former Partner at Fish & Neave and Ropes & Gray
  • Michelle C. Ifill – Founder, WEN, the Women of Excellence Network, Designer & Owner – Luxury Spa, Villa La Maison Michelle, Barbados, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel Emeritus, Verizon Corporate Services Group
  • Erin D.E. Joffre – Chief of Staff at the United States International Trade Commission
  • Leisa Smith Lundy – Owner, CertaPro Painters Franchise, Upper West Side, and former Partner at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto and Holland & Knight LLP
  • Patricia A. Martone – Principal at the Law Office of Patricia A. Martone, P.C. and former Partner at Fish & Neave and Ropes & Gray
  • Moderator: Katherine A. (“Kassie”) Helm – Partner, Dechert LLP

Attendees, most of whom have intellectual property backgrounds, included senior vice president of major corporations, professors, PhDs, and heads of government, were effusive about gaining takeaway advice and enjoyed networking over food and drink with their peers.