Elyse Whitehead leads the employment, litigation, and IP legal functions at Plaid. She is passionate about supporting her team and business partners to further Plaid's mission to unlock financial freedom for everyone. Prior to joining Plaid in January 2020, she was a shareholder at the boutique law firm of Keesal, Young, & Logan in San Francisco, where she provided employment advice and counsel and litigated a range of disputes. Elyse earned her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. In her free time, Elyse enjoys listening to podcasts, getting outdoors, and trying new local restaurants.
Melissa is a senior technology lawyer who has advised both startups and Fortune 500 companies in industries spanning online travel, consumer health & wellness, and e-/mobile commerce platforms. She is currently a Lead Counsel on the product, marketing, and commercial legal team at Airbnb. Before joining Airbnb, she held in-house roles at HotelTonight and The Clorox Company. Melissa has been actively involved in efforts to expand diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, including as chair of Sidley Austin’s DC Diversity Committee, a member of the California State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness, and a mentor for Berkeley's Women in Tech Law program. She has also served on Boards of Directors of MyHealthEd, Inc. (the tech non-profit behind the Real Talk app) and the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project. Melissa holds a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Liz Atlee oversees CBRE’s robust global Ethics and Compliance Program. She ensures the program is effective at encouraging employees, vendors and stakeholders comply with CBRE’s Standards of Business Conduct and RISE values. Her role includes identifying risks and preventing, detecting and correcting noncompliance with laws, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures to safeguard CBRE’s reputation and brand. She also has oversight of CBRE’s Global Data Protection and Privacy Program, which ensures compliance with domestic and international privacy regulations. She also is very involved in CBRE’s data protection and governance policies.
Liz was previously CBRE’s Deputy General Counsel of Global Litigation, Employment, and Intellectual Property and Data. In this capacity, she managed a broad range of litigation and business issues around the world. Liz oversaw more than 300 active cases each year, reported on legal matters to insurers, senior managers and the board of directors, and developed and managed the company’s e-discovery and litigation hold protocols. Liz was also responsible for protecting CBRE’s technology growth
Liz has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America, according to the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) in collaboration with Fortune magazine. She was also awarded the Professional Achievement Award from the Mexican American Bar Foundation. Liz serves as the executive sponsor of Hispanics Organized to Leverage our Advantage (HOLA), CBRE’s Latino employee network, serves on the company’s Executive Inclusion Committee and the Women’s Network. Liz is also a member of CBRE’s Executive Risk Committee and Cyber Security Response Unit.
Before joining CBRE in 2011, Liz was a senior attorney at BP, an international energy company, where she managed litigation as well as state and federal investigations and transacted franchise-related retail agreements. She is admitted to practice in all California courts, the United States District Court, Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Drawing on her corporate and business experience, Lauren assists clients of all sizes and across industries in identifying practical, strategic, and innovative solutions to employment issues that give consideration to greater business objectives, as well as diversity and inclusion goals. She advises employers on a variety of day-to-day employment issues including accommodations, FMLA and other leave rights, and misconduct allegations and investigations. In addition, Lauren regularly works with employers to navigate complex personnel issues and has successfully negotiated hundreds of severance negotiations. When necessary, Lauren defends her clients in litigation in matters related to wrongful termination, harassment, and claims of retaliation and discrimination.
Employers look to Lauren for advice related to the full spectrum of diversity and inclusion matters and rely on her to perform cultural assessments and risk-reduction audits to analyze current issues and internal processes. Lauren works closely with clients to understand their business and workplace culture so that she can proactively identify potential risks, strategically guide clients in avoiding potential litigation, and advise employers on building and strengthening their workplace culture. She utilizes her creativity and out-of-the box problem-solving ability to advise clients on effective approaches that support successful change management and process improvement. Lauren is prepared to guide clients through investigations and other crisis situations, including providing legal counsel on company messaging, and post-investigation steps such as discipline, trainings, and implementation of new processes and best practices.
Myrto Koimtzoglou is currently a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Asset management. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Myrto spent the bulk of her career in London serving as an Assistant general counsel and deputy head of compliance over at JP Morgan Asset management and UBS Wealth Management respectively. Myrto started her career as a junior litigator at Bank of Piraeus and then moved to M&As as junior counsel at ABN Amro Bank. Myrto is a Solicitor of England & Wales ,a Greek Lawyer and a registered foreign attorney with California bar. An International Funds and Investment Management Compliance Lawyer, In-house advisor for investment funds and investment solutions for institutional clients, she specifically focuses on advising the structuring and distributing regulated and unregulated funds (and fund of funds) on a cross border basis globally. Myrto earned her law degree from Aristotle University of Greece ad her Maters in Banking law (LLM) from London School of economics and political science. Myrto is also a certified UK Compliance officer and currently serves as a board member on 2 nonprofit organizations in San Francisco.
While studying peace and conflict resolution during a college program in the Middle East, Marla Sofer realized her passion for partnerships aimed at addressing significant social challenges. Today, she is driving revenue growth for strategic partners at Microsoft. Prior to that, she was VP of Strategic Partnerships at Jemstep, a digital advice platform focused on helping Americans achieve their financial goals. At Jemstep, Marla established allies across technical, financial, and consulting ecosystems to expand the availability of investment advice, improve the end-to-end user experience, and reduce the cost to serve clients at the country’s largest financial institutions. Prior to joining Jemstep, she was the Head of Business Development at Xignite, and the Head of Third-Party Monitoring and Oversight at Lending Club. Both firms dedicated to democratizing financial services to broader markets.
Before diving into Fintech in 2015, Marla led institutional partnerships at BlackRock, and J.P. Morgan. At BlackRock, she was a founding member of the Global Provider Strategy team responsible for developing and executing the firm’s operating strategy for selecting and partnering with global banks, index licensors, and market data providers. At J.P. Morgan, she established the West Coast Investment Management Segment coverage team, responsible for over 100 asset manager relationships. On behalf of her clients, she and her team led initiatives to improve automation and simplify business processes. Her entry to financial services was at Bank Leumi, where she managed partnerships with branch offices across South and Latin America, and directly with international high net worth clients.
Marla has committed to improving gender diversity at every one of her employers. She was a co-founder of Lending Club’s women’s network and recently launched a women’s network supporting the west coast at Invesco. Marla has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations. She spent several years on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council, focused on social justice and community engagement in the Bay Area.
She also served on the advisory committee of the Jewish Coalition for Literacy,dedicated to improving the reading skills of elementary school-aged children in high risk areas of the Bay Area. She holds an MBA in business strategy and international business from Rutgers University, completed a program focused on Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University, and a BA in Sociology and Hebrew from the University of Texas at Austin.
15+ years at a Global20 and AmLaw 100 firm and in-house at a Fortune 500 biotechnology company. Extensive experience, including supervising outside counsel, in domestic and international complex commercial disputes (including litigation and ADR); counseling internal clients on how to avoid and resolve contract and partnership disputes at all stages of the drug life cycle (development to post-market); training internal stakeholders on "hot button" compliance issues and risk mitigation (FCPA, ABAC, antitrust, document best practices, etc.); and managing legal/compliance investigations, with a particular focus on disputes involving cross-border issues.
Jessie Silverthorne serves as legal counsel for Freddie Mac’s Multifamily Production & Underwriting and Equity in Multifamily Housing business teams. In this role, Jessie regularly counsels her clients on structuring and closing loans and advises on loan purchase and securitization matters. She also collaborates with clients on various initiatives to promote equitable housing opportunities and help minimize the racial wealth gap.
Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Jessie was a real estate finance attorney at various firms in Washington, DC and New York, where she represented lenders and borrowers in multifamily and healthcare transactions insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and advised clients on CMBS transactions.
Jessie earned her law degree from Georgetown University and holds a B.A. from Duke University.
Danielle Coleman is Director & Assistant General Counsel at VMware, where she oversees global litigation. She also is Global Co-Lead of the Black@VMware Power of Difference employee resource group. Danielle previously was a litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP, and she was a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Alsup, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California. Danielle earned an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Before law school, she worked at pharmaceutical companies performing biochemical research, and she is an inventor on four U.S. patents.
She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Alameda County Community Food Bank and the Alameda Health System Foundation. The National Bar Association has recognized Danielle with a “Diversity in Tech and IP” award and a “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” award. The Bar Association of San Francisco also has recognized her with a “Excellence in Diversity” award.
Jasmine Singh is Assistant General Counsel at Pinterest, managing the company’s global inbound, expense, and commercial agreements. She is also an implicit bias trainer for new hires and on the Steering Committee of Women@Pinterest.
Prior to joining Pinterest, Jasmine worked as Corporate Counsel for 24 Hour Fitness, where she negotiated and drafted commercial agreements, advised on product and strategy, and was Co-Chair of 24 Hour’s internal women’s organization. Before moving in-house, Jasmine was an Associate in the SF offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Arnold & Porter LLP (formerly Howard Rice), and Kerr Wagstaffe, practicing complex commercial litigation. Jasmine maintained an active pro bono practice and served on each of her firm’s Diversity Committees.
Jasmine founded The Dincert Movement in 2017, hosting at-home concerts + dinners to raise money for local nonprofits lacking institutional giving channels. The initiative has raised tens of thousands of dollars for non-profits that provide direct services and aims to decentralize philanthropy while engaging the Oakland community through music and food. Jasmine also serves on the Boards of Public Advocates and California ChangeLawyers and was formerly on the boards of the South Asian Bar Association and the Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. In the wee morning hours, Jasmine teaches indoor cycling at Ride Oakland and Bhangra Barre at Remedy Barre.
Jasmine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 2004 and graduated Order of the Coif from UCLA School of Law in 2008. She was selected by the SF Business Times as one of 2019's Most Influential Women in Business.
McGuireWoods partner Carolee Hoover represents financial institutions in single plaintiff, class action, and multidistrict consumer finance litigation nationwide in matters relating to automobile and mortgage loans, deposit accounts, and related servicing. She defends alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, RICO, the Bank Holding Company Act, and state UDAP statutes. Additionally, Carolee handles complex commercial litigation and antitrust price-fixing matters as well.
Kavitha Mecozzi is Senior Counsel at Genentech, where she focuses on healthcare law, counseling clients on healthcare fraud and abuse, FDA regulations and other matters related to the development, manufacture, and commercialization of products. Prior to joining Genentech, Kavitha practiced at Ropes & Gray and focused on government enforcement and litigation related to several industries including healthcare. She graduated from Harvard Law School and received her undergraduate degree from UCLA. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Harvard Law School Association for Northern California.
Laura comes from 11 years in-house at large consumer product goods companies, prior to which she worked as a Staff Attorney for the Ninth Circuit and an Associate at O’Melveny & Myers. She currently serves as Corporate Counsel for Clif Bar & Co.. Laura’s practice focuses on advertising, trademark, food law, operations and commercial contracts. She is active inside her companies, working to promote diversity and mentor junior attorneys. She serves on the Board of Directors for Las Trampas, a school for differently-abled adults and does regular pro bono work for The Nature Conservancy and Better Watts Initiative. When her son came out as transgender, she developed a new appreciation for inclusion and the power of kindness in the workplace and beyond.
Leader of enterprise-wide Big Data strategy and governance; experienced in Healthcare Information Technology (Health IT); complex technology transactions, Big Data strategy, and IP attorney for one of the largest health care non-profits ($79 billion operating revenues); over 18 years experience in structuring and negotiating high dollar technology transactions, cloud services, AI, strategic innovation collaborations, licensing, professional and managed services, web-based, and outsourcing transactions. Negotiated upwards of one billion dollar IT deals, including domestic and international transactions. Advised on customer and supplier side of technology agreements for both in and out-bound transactions. Counseled clients ranging from Fortune 100, and early stage companies in IT, healthcare, software, web-based, e-commerce, automotive, manufacturing, insurance, energy, and banking and financial industries. Lead a Data Strategy Team of 12 attorneys and paralegals. Co-chair of the Enrichment and Development Subcommittee of the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
Nicholas Tiger joined the neobank start-up Upgrade, Inc. as Associate General Counsel in 2021 overseeing consumer borrowing, new product development, and marketing guidance. Prior to joining Upgrade, Nick was Senior Counsel for Capital One and provided regulatory counsel to product, process, and customer service managers. While at Capital One, Nick was appointed to the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Committee and took on a leadership role in OutFront, the LGBTQ+ employee resource group. Identifying himself as neurodiverse, Nick also regularly speaks out against mental health and disability stigma in the workplace.
In addition to being passionate about driving diversity in the legal field, he has also been widely recognized for his pro bono service where he has appeared in contested removal proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals. He was recently named a finalist for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year award for the Greater Washington DC metro area. A new San Francisco resident, he can normally be found outdoors exploring the sights and sounds of the Bay Area.
Nicholas received his J.D. with an emphasis in International Law from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While in school, Nicholas clerked for both a Federal Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Missouri and an Administrative Court of Appeals Judge abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico. He also holds a B.A. from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Jung-Kyu McCann oversees the global legal team at Druva, including all corporate, commercial, IP, privacy and litigation matters. Prior to joining Druva, she served as Associate General Counsel at Broadcom and Principal Corporate and Governance Counsel at Apple. She started her legal career at Shearman & Sterling, where she spent more than 15 years counseling companies with respect to all corporate matters. She was honored with the 2017 Rising Star award at IR Magazine's Corporate Governance Awards. She currently serves as a director of the Society for Corporate Governance and a member of its Audit and Finance Committee. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Women's General Counsel Network. She received a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Candice Petty joined Tesla, Inc. as Senior Employment Counsel in November 2018, bringing 15 years of experience as both in-house and outside counsel. At Tesla, she provides advice and counsel on every aspect of labor and employment law, and manages employment litigation ranging from single plaintiff charges to class action litigation.
Prior to Tesla, she was the Director of Litigation for 24 Hour Fitness, a national fitness chain based in the SF Bay Area, where she managed and led strategy on all litigation against the company and supervised all aspects of case management. Candice has extensive experience advising on complex wage and hour issues arising from both exempt and non-exempt workforces, as well as navigating discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints at the state and national level.
In her spare time, Candice volunteers as the Executive Director of the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization focused on criminal justice reform. Candice received her law degree from Stanford Law School in 2004, and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001.