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AGENDA: Thursday, November 2nd

08:00 AM
09:00 AM
Gender Equity in IP & Law: The Current Landscape

New York’s business environment and culture is making it easier and more accessible for all, which is seen in the number of women in both IP and Law. Such diversity is more pronounced when compared to other prominent IP communities across the country. What are the ingredients that have created such a diverse IP environment in New York? 

This panel will examine:

  • New York's current state of gender equity in IP & Law
  • What can other IP hubs across the country model?
  • What can be improved in New York’s IP community?
  • A call to action and takeaways for the audience

09:50 AM
Work-Life & Career Management: Creating the Right Blend for Your Goals and Life

Juggling ambition, professional fulfillment and the right career choice is a challenge for many women in the legal profession and IP’s skew toward science adds yet another layer of challenge. What career choices do you have? What realistic sacrifices will you make to pursue a fulfilling, rewarding and balanced career?

This panel will examine:

  • What are the best ways to manage your career?
  • What are the career paths available to you?
  • How to discuss schedule and productivity with your employer/manager?
  • Will working from home negatively impact your career?
  • How to approach this with family/partners?

10:40 AM
11:10 AM
Developing Your Work Style, Approach and Strengths

Many of today’s successful female IP attorneys have stated that working with your own style, approach and finding your strengths is a good foundation to build a fulfilling career. Why is this such an important topic? How will you recognize and develop your work style and approach? Conversely, how to catch the pervasive pressures and traps that may cause you to work in someone else’s style?

This panel will examine:

  • Why is developing your own work style important?
  • Traps and pressure to watch out for?
  • Training you manager
  • Open forum questions

12:00 PM
Self-Advocacy & Career Development: Effective Networking and Bonding

When networking and self-promotional opportunities come up that are in culturally male-dominant areas, what choices do women have? How can you bond and network with internal & external clients in a manner that enhances your personal brand? What are the other ways you can network and promote yourself?

This panel will examine:

  • How can you take part in male-dominated networking opportunities?
  • What other ways can you promote and build your personal brand?
  • How to utilize social media in the right way?
  • How can you change the culture in your organization?

12:50 PM
01:50 PM
Roundtable Discussions

Four rotating, 20-minute discussions hosted by a topic experts.

Roundtable 1: Work-Life Balance
Moderated by: Lisa Simpson, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

Roundtable 2: Networking and Promoting Yourself
Moderated by: Amanda Williamson, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Roundtable 3: Career Options in IP
Moderated by: Megan Woodworth, Partner, Venable LLP

Roundtable 4: Developing Your Own Work Style
Moderated by: Pamela Deese, Partner, Arent Fox LLP

Click here for more info.

03:10 PM
03:30 PM
Lessons Learned from Female Litigators

A female litigator challenges all preconceptions and prejudices faced by ambitious women in IP. Whether you are in-house counsel and managing a litigation or a law firm litigator who is as “good as their last result” – there are productive takeaways for female IP counsel to navigate a male-dominated sector.

This panel will examine:

  • What is it like being a female litigator?
  • How to overcome inherent bias about successful litigation?
  • Keys to successful litigation
  • Takeaways for all aspects of IP

04:20 PM
Who is My Mentor and Developing a Sponsor

Having a mentor is great but it may not be realistic in IP as you can’t ask a peer at a rival company if you just made a mistake. However, in order to progress your career you must find sponsors to learn and develop. So where can you get mentorship? What people and experience should you seek? How to be seen and heard so the quality of your work can be judged on its own merit?

This panel will examine:

  • The value of good mentorship
  • No mentor? Where to seek guidance
  • Sponsorship and its importance
  • Creating your own meritocracy

05:10 PM